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Pastel Society of Southern California (PSSC)
12th Annual PSSC Members’ Exhibition

Pastel Society of Southern California

12th Annual Members’ Exhibition

2021 Official Prospectus



  • To be eligible to participate in this show, you must be a current paid member of the PSSC at the time of entering the exhibition.
  • Each member in good standing is guaranteed one piece in the show, with a maximum of 2, as anonymously selected by our Special Invited Juror, Jeanne Rosier Smith.
  • Each member may submit up to 3 images for an entry fee of $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 12th Annual Members’ Exhibition” exhibit listing and click “enter this show.”
  • Participation requires gallery docents to sit in the show to keep the exhibition open. A sign-up sheet for time slots will be available via the “Sign Up Genius” website. (Out-of-area members more than 100-miles away from the exhibit venue are not obligated to fulfill this responsibility.)


  • Sunday, October 17 -- Final day to submit digital images and pay jurying fee to
  • Sunday, October 24 -- (Tentative date) Notification of acceptance (by email from
  • Saturday, November 6 -- 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. – Take-In: Deliver your accepted and ready-to-hang painting(s) to Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Dr., Suite 117, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. The gallery is located on the lower level. It was formerly the Loft. Free parking in the Mall parking structure. *Note: Out-of-area members, please see Shipping Instructions, below.
  • Wednesday, November 10 Show opens 11:00 a.m. 
  • Saturday, November 13, 1-3 p.m. -- Show gala reception and awards ceremony at the Promenade PSSC Gallery space immediately following the PSSC General Meeting.
  • Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily beginning November 10
  • Sunday, November 28, 5 p.m. – Show ends.
  • Sunday, November 28, 5-6:30 p.m., or Monday, November 29, 10-2 p.m., or Tuesday, November 30, 10-2 p.m. – Pick up any unsold painting(s) from Promenade PSSC Gallery space.


  • The accepted paintings will be judged in person by our Invited Distinguished Judge, Mary Aslin, and awards will be given at a gala awards reception for the following First Place, Second Place, Third Place and two Honorable Mentions in each of three categories: Gold, Silver, and Novice, plus awards in memory of PSSC members Fran Nichols, Carole Kearns, Gloria Lee and Lorene Barker. One overall People’s Choice Award also will be given at the reception, as voted on by the attendees. You may enter one category as defined below.

Gold Category:

  • This category is for all eligible PSSC members who are professional artists, art teachers, or painters with years of experience. The submitting artist will determine if his or her painting will be submitted into this category. Artists entering in this category are not eligible to enter the “Silver” or the “Novice” category. 

Silver Category:

  • This category is for emerging artists who do not consider themselves established at a professional level. The submitting artist will determine if his or her painting will be submitted into this category. Artists entering in this category are not eligible to enter the “Gold” or “Novice” category.

Novice Category:

  • This category is open to all eligible PSSC members who are beginning artists and/or student artists who have started painting in the last 3 years. The submitting artist will determine if his or her painting will be submitted into this category. Artists entering this category are not eligible to enter the “Gold” or “Silver” category.   


  • The artwork’s final layer must be (80%) soft pastel.
  • Artwork DOES NOT have to be for sale. 
  • 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. 
  • Artwork may not have been accomplished in a directed, step-by-step class or workshop. 
  • Artwork must have been completed in the last 3 years and may not have been exhibited in a PSSC show before.
  • Artwork image size must be no longer than 36” in either direction (not including frame).
  • Painting must be wired for hanging. Use D-rings or screw eyes only, placed 1/3 down from the top of the frame. Saw tooth hangers are unacceptable. Use braided wire that is sturdy enough to support the artwork. The peak of the hanging wire should be approximately 3 inches from the top of the center of the frame. Frames must be sturdy, neat, and simple. Mats, if used, are to be clean, well cut, and neutral in color. Mats must be in proportion to the frame, i.e., frame must be the correct size for the painting. (Alternative: Mat openings must be cut to the same aspect ratio as the frame. This is the length to width relationship of the frame.)
  • Artwork may not be removed from the show until the exhibit closes. Artwork may not be moved on exhibit walls after placement by the Exhibition Director.
  • All paintings shall be delivered with an attached (removable) label specifying:  Artist Name, contact information, Painting Title, Painting Size (H” x W”), Sales price (If not for sale, please indicate NFS), and the category being entered, (Gold, Silver, or Novice).
  • In addition, print the artist name on the back of the painting, stretcher bar or frame so that we can identify the painting in the event the label is inadvertently detached.


  • If an artist sells a painting at the show, a commission of 20% of the full sales price will be due and payable to PSSC.  


  • Artwork will be handled with the utmost care.  PSSC and Promenade LLC will make every reasonable effort to keep artwork safe. Artists are responsible for insuring their own pieces. PSSC, Promenade LLC and their representatives will not be responsible for loss, theft or damage of artworks while in the organization’s possession or in transit, including those artworks sold during the exhibition.  A signed waiver form for accepted works at the take-in shall constitute agreement with ALL conditions set forth in this prospectus.


  • If artists cannot drop-off accepted artwork in person during the designated date and time, artwork must be shipped. SHIPPING INFO is as follows:  Out-of-town shipments MUST arrive on one of the following five days:  November 1, 2, 3, 4, 5th. Artists will be responsible for the cost of crating, handling, and shipping artwork to and from the Exhibition. Include the return pre-paid shipping label inside the box. Remember to allow up to 4 days delivery time for your artwork. Both UPS and FedEx Ground recommend a minimum of 3 inches padding around paintings to ensure safe delivery. AirFloat Artwork boxes are recommended. Please ship artwork to: Kath Anderson, PSSC Member’s Show, 32039 Sea Ridge Circle, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA., 90275.  
  • Any unsold out-of-town artwork will be returned after November 28 via FedEx or UPS, depending on which carrier was used for the original delivery. Please make sure your pre-paid return slip is included in the packaging and that it has a bar-code for scanning. All paintings will be returned in the original package only, and we are not responsible for damage due to re-use of inadequate packaging material.   

Please notify Christopher Stillians, 310-714-2108, or, if you need to schedule an alternate take-in or pickup date or time. 

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