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Pastel Society of Southern California (PSSC)
Make Your Mark!

Pastel Society of Southern California (PSSC)

Make Your Mark! International Online Open Juried Exhibition

2020 Official Prospectus

Because We Are All In This Together!


The Pastel Society of Southern California (“PSSC”) is pleased to announce our second international online open exhibition. This juried exhibition, “Make Your Mark!” is easy to enter and requires no framing or shipping of artwork. The final show is completely online, making it accessible for all to view and purchase artwork. Our esteemed Juror of Selections are Special Invited Jurors, Dianna Ponting, Niall O’Neill and Isabelle V. Lim. Our Judge of Awards is Lorenzo Chavez. The exhibition features both cash and merchandise awards. You may even enter artwork that is no longer in your possession, as long as you have an image of it.


Online Entry Opening - May 27, 2020

Online Entry Deadline - July 22, 2020
(Final day to submit digital images and pay jurying fee to

Notice of Acceptance - July 30 (Approximate Date)

Online Show goes online - August 1, 2020

Online Show closes - August 30, 2020


Dianna Ponting is a well-known Canadian Artist and pastel instructor who travels the world teaching workshops and leading art holidays.

Dianna was born, Diane Lloynd, sometime over 70 years ago in the small Alberta mining town of Coleman. Her earliest memories, however, are of the fields, flowers, schools and friends in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. These childhood memories of life on the Canadian Prairies are interwoven with the present to inspire work that is timeless and renowned for the realism and detail used in expressing it. Creating via many different mediums, Dianna’s use of light and shadow, combined with her ability to create the illusion of texture, results in a wonderfully distinctive style.


JUROR OF SELECTIONS: Niall O’Neill from France

Niall O’Neill, artist and writer, worked as a health professional and clinical manager for many years before taking early retirement to concentrate on fine art. Painting chiefly in pastels for 20 years, he began to exhibit only in 2011. He has been accepted for juried and invitational exhibitions in Ireland, France and China. His work is in private and corporate collections in Ireland, the U.K., France, the Netherlands, and China. Niall is an Associate Member of the American Pastel Society, and is a member of the Cork Arts Society, and past President of the Maclise Art Society. Niall’s work has won awards in International Artist Magazine and in the annual Pastel 100. As well as painting, Niall writes about art, and is a regular contributor to the American Pastel Journal and to Watercolor Artist


Isabelle V. Lim is an artist from Singapore who lives and paints in Hong Kong.

Isabelle works in series. She explores the design and composition based on her own close observation of each subject and from the reference photographs taken during the visits to places. The more she allows herself to go deeper in the subject, each painting promises a new inspiration, direction, freedom of expression and strength.

Her works are featured in international magazines, books and internet platforms. Isabelle contributes her writing regularly for the Pastel Journal, Watercolor Artist and Pratique des Arts magazines.


JUDGE OF AWARDS: Lorenzo Chavez


“My art reflects my deep passion for the landscape of the American West. My passion for the American Southwest especially has been a major catalyst for my love of creating art. My hope is that the qualities represented in the art traditions of American painters such as the Taos Society of Artists and the American Impressionists are also echoed in my work.” –Lorenzo Chavez


His suggestive renderings and fluent technique in both Oil and Pastel have earned him numerous awards and many devoted collectors throughout the United States, and he is considered by many to be the West’s premier pastel painter.  He has been the recipient of awards and honors from such notable groups as the Pastel Society of America, California Art Club, American Impressionist Society, The Russell Art Auction, numerous Pastel Societies across the United States, Society de Pastelists France, the C.M. Russell Auction, and Artists of the West Pioneer Museum. 


Chavez is an active member of Northwest Rendezvous of Art; past Signature Member of The Plein Air Painters of America; Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America; Signature Member of the California Art Club; and Signature Member, American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of Spain.




  • To be eligible to enter the show you must be 18 or older and working in the pastel medium
  • The show is open to both PSSC members and non-members worldwide. Images will be juried anonymously by our Special Invited Jurors, Dianna Ponting, Niall O’Neill and Isabelle V. Lim. Our Judge of Awards is Lorenzo Chavez. Acceptance is not guaranteed.

·         All work must be entered online through Online Juried Shows at


·         Member Pricing: $30 for up to two images for members of the Pastel Society of Southern California (please make sure your membership dues are current for the 2020-2021 membership year before entering the show). $10 for each additional image. There is no limit to the amount of entries allowed per artist.


·         Non-Member Pricing: $40 for up to two images for any artist who is not a member of the Pastel Society of Southern California. $10 for each additional image. There is no limit to the amount of entries allowed per artist.


·         If you would like to become a member of the Pastel Society of Southern California, please visit our website at Annual dues are $30.


  • You must enter online. All entries must be submitted as digital files to
  • For information on submitting images and to pay the jury fee, go to, scroll down to the “Pastel Society of Southern California Make Your Mark!” exhibit listing and click “enter this show.”
  • JPEG images must not show mat, frame, etc. and must be cropped to include only the artwork. Make sure images are right side up. Images must be smaller than 4MB, at least 1920 pixels on the longest side and 72 dpi.                         
  • Payment is online via credit card or PayPal. No checks accepted. All entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.
  • The artwork’s final layer must be (80%) soft pastel.
  • No oil pastels
  • Artwork must be original and personally executed, not copied from other artists or from published or copyrighted materials or from someone else’s real life/still life set-up or photo. Artists working from reference photographs must use their own photo that they have personally taken. Paintings using photos taken by another photographer, even used with permission, will not be accepted.
  • Works that appear to duplicate, or be closely derivative of a painting previously accepted into any PSSC show will not be eligible.  
  • Paintings of nudes will be considered.
  • Artists who enter a painting which shows a recognizable likeness (face or figure) must have a signed model release from the person portrayed in the painting, giving the artist permission to exhibit the painting in a public forum.
  • If the work is not for sale, check “NFS” on the entry form
  • Artwork may not have been accomplished in a directed, step-by-step class or workshop.
  • Artwork must have been completed within the last three years (e.g. after July 22, 2017), and may not have been exhibited in any PSSC show before. Artwork submitted and accepted into this show that has been shown in a previous PSSC exhibition will be rejected, and the Artist will be ineligible for the next PSSC show. If there is a second infraction, the Artist will receive a two-year ban on entering future PSSC shows. A third infraction constitutes the Artist a lifetime ban from any future PSSC shows. These rules of ineligibility also apply to any Artist who does not use their own original material reference.
  • PSSC reserves the right to exclude from exhibitions any artwork deemed offensive, or any artwork that violates the laws of the United States, or of state or local governments.  
  • There are no size limitations.
  • A maximum of 3 paintings per artist will be accepted into the show.
  • PSSC reserves the right to refuse artwork that does not meet with any show rules or requirements even though accepted by the juror.



Prices may not be changed after submission is completed and after the submission deadline.

If an artist sells a painting during the show, each artist is responsible for any sales transactions according to the listed price. Once the image is entered and paid for using Online Juried Shows, it is considered “entered” in the show.

There will be no commission taken from sales. Artists are responsible for their own sales taxes.


Artist agrees to allow the Pastel Society of Southern California and Online Juried Shows to reproduce the accepted paintings on their websites, and for advertising and promotional purposes only. No images will be used or published for any purpose except as stated above.


Submission of online entry form and fee shall constitute agreement with ALL conditions set forth in this prospectus.


For questions about the exhibition, please contact Chris Stillians, PSSC Exhibition Vice President,, or Otto Stürcke, PSSC President, at


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