One of the things, (there are so many) that

makes our group sooo great, is the varied

opportunities for us to grow involving

what we love....PASTELS.  

And we are so fortunate to once again

schedule When the Dust Settles 

with Shannon from the Richeson School

and Art Gallery in Kimberly, Wisconsin! 

It will be held at:


Grafton High School on

Saturday, December 2nd

9:00 am. to 4:00 pm.

We will continue the tradition of a pastel

painting exchange, as well as general

holiday merry-making. Bring your favorite

​food dish.

Thank you to Marcia Gorra for hosting!

WPA Member Colette Odya Smith attended the current Regional Scholastic Exhibition and selected a painting title “Bones”, completed by student artist Tallis Cofta.  “Bones” is about 30 inches tall and 22 inches across. The media is acrylic and oil paints, gesso, medium, and charcoal.  The painting was in the Milwaukee Art Museum on display and won a gold key in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. Cofta was awarded a gift certificate to Pan Pastel products and a framed certificate of excellence from the WPA.

Cofta responded: "Thank you so much! I am honored. Pan Pastels has beautiful products. I am very excited to look through the catalog and will reply back to you shortly with my choices. Again, thank you very much. I am incredibly honored that my piece spoke to you and Wisconsin Pastel Artists.”

The WPA board will continue to acknowledge a student artist in this prestigious exhibit every year.



The next meeting of the Wisconsin Pastel Artists will be on 

Wednesday, January 10th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Location is the West Allis City Hall at 7525 West Greenfield Avenue.

Agenda and activities will be coming soon!

***Please come and share your ideas, your art and your questions ***

The pot-luck lunch was DEEELICIOUS! The selection was gourmet, especially the Lemon Brownies brought by Sheryl Zirbes.

THANK YOU to all the members who attended and made it such a successful WPA DAY!

 And don't forget to come to our annual Christmas eat & paint get-together! See Below...

Here is Shannon Piette from our 2016 event, demonstrating the application of various grounds for pastel paintings.


Tallis Cofta is a senior at Pius XI Catholic High School. She will be attended Cardinal Stritch University, having received direct admission into the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences.  Her goal is a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. She has an immense interest in the medical field, which is the reason all her paintings are named after medical terms or parts of the body. She paints abstractly and focuses on form and color. She plans on continuing to paint throughout her life as she finds that it balances her and is an escape from the academic world. 

2017 - WPA honors student artist, Tallis Crofta!

Here's a view from the deck on the back of the office at Riveredge Nature Center. it was a perfect day and the views were outstanding!

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Our summer picnic and plein air event took place on Saturday, August 19 at the Riveredge Nature Center,

at 4458 County Hwy Y, Saukville, WI 53080!