​​The second annual Winter event - When the Dust Settles with Shannon from the Richeson School and Art Gallery in Kimberly, Wisconsin was CREATIVE, ENRICHING AND FUN!  It was held at:


Grafton High School on Saturday, December 2nd, 9:00 am. to 4:00 pm.

We continued the tradition of a pastel painting exchange, as well as general holiday merry-making next year. The food was OUTSTANDING - yum yum! Thank you to Marcia Gorra for hosting again!

Shannon brought hundreds of pastels for us to choose from, all from a new line of Richeson soft pastels - a pastel artist's dream!  Everyone walked out with a fresh supply, ready to begin their next masterpiece!

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!

WPA Member Colette Odya Smith attended the current Regional Scholastic Exhibition and selected a painting titled "Still Within It”, completed by Olivia Eis, a student artist at Menomonee Falls High School.  The drawing “Still Within It” was awarded a Gold Key in the Exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Eis will receive a $100 gift certificate for the Richeson School of Art and Gallery in Kimberly, Wisconsin.

 Odya Smith said she "picked this drawing for a variety of reasons. It demonstrates great observation and rendering skills, a wonderful sense of personal / universal story-telling, as well as a refined sensibility to pattern, texture, and form. The total effect is one of elegance and intimacy.  A quiet gem." 

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


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


2018 - WPA honors student artist, Olivia Eis!

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!

Our 2017 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!​​​

And don't forget to mark your calendars for the

Annual Summer Picnic & Plein Air

get-together on Saturday, July 21st at Retzer Nature Center, 8:30 - 4:00 pm.

Click here for the Informational Flyer.


The next meeting of the Wisconsin Pastel Artists will be on 

Wednesday, July 11th, 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 but primarily we will be reviewing how to  prepare our pieces for exhibits in general and specifically for the upcoming show in the fall at the Gallery of Wisconsin Art.  We will also be discussing new techniques to use with our pastels on larger-sized formats .

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

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