​​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 next meeting of the Wisconsin Pastel Artists will be on 

Wednesday, March 14th, 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 general

​theme will be a peer critique and getting ready for the April Exhibit.

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

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!​​

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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 mark your calendars for the

Annual Summer Picnic & Plein Air get-together - Saturday, July 21st.


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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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!