​​​​​​RITA KIRKMAN WORKSHOP - JULY 15-17, 2017





Colette Odya Smith is a widely-exhibited, award-winning painter, educator and juror, working primarily in soft pastels for over 20 years. Working from natural subjects, her paintings have a contemporary, almost abstract sensibility. She has been featured in newspaper stories,  publications  and  artist  magazines  including  American  Artist,  The  Artist’s Magazine,  Pastel  Journal,  and  Pratique  des  Arts.  Her  recognitions  include  Masters Circle  IAPS  (International  Association  of  Pastel  Societies),  signature  member  PSA (Pastel Society of America) and Distinguished Pastelist PSNM (Pastel Society of New Mexico).

E-Linear Thinking - Colette Odya Smith, artist

Preston beginning the workshop.
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“The reason why I can’t wait to paint with Colette, not including the GREAT job she did at IAPS this year, is that she is not interested in making me paint any specific way. She is dedicated to helping YOU become the best painter in the way YOU paint. It’s like going on a high wire and having Colette there to hold the net.

This workshop is designed for people that have been thinking about their painting path and would like some guidance just to help them be better.

Personally I am looking for the confidence to work with both realism and non-objective shapes in the same painting.”   From an email from the first PSNM student to sign up.

To contact Colette, 

go to her website:  www.coletteodyasmith.com

or send an email:


April 10th - 12th. 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

PUBLIC DEMO: Wednesday the 11TH at 10:00 am
Hispanic Arts Building at New Mexico Expo Fairgrounds

Cost of Workshop:

$320 for PSNM members $330 for OTHER MasterWorks societies’ members.

  $345 for non-members.

$100.00 deposit with registration.

Workshop is limited to 13 students on a “first come, first served” basis, with registration opening September 9th , 2017 to PSNM members; all others November 1, 2017.
Enrolling deadline is March 9th, 2018.

 For more information: Nance@NanceMcManusStudio.com

Colette will also be offering the PSNM monthly meeting (10:00-Noon) demo on April 14th, 2018 at the ABQ Museum. The demo is free.


John Preston Workshop at Lion's Den Gorge: September 19-20, 2015

John lives in Fairfield, Iowa and has been painting the landscape since 1984. He especially enjoys painting the often dramatic weather we have in the Midwest, particularly far horizons and a sky filled with clouds. He "finds an idea in an image, rather than finding an image for an idea."

He has exhibited nationally and is in many public and private collections, including Iowa State University, John Deere and the Chicago Federal Reserve.

WPA artists gathered at Lion's Den Gorge in Grafton, Wisconsin for a two-day workshop.

Rita Kirkman teaching at the Wisconsin Pastel Artists' workshop in July at Grafton High School. Attendees included 16 artists from all over Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and even Canada. Rita is from Texas. We are so lucky to have her here!

And thank you, Marcia, for making all the arrangements.

Here are the happy attendees!

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                             Four-Day workshop at 
                         Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI

                               July 16 – 19, 2018