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!


The next meeting of the Wisconsin Pastel Artists will be on 

Wednesday, March 13th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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

 This will be a critique meeting - bring your work! 

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

And a HUGE THANK-YOU to Shannon Piette, Executive Director of Richeson School of Art and Gallery in Kimberly, WI for providing a morning workshop and hundreds of pastels for us to choose from!

WPA is beginning a new activity for members! It's called "DUST BUDDIES"!

It's a 'play date' with fellow members. The first date is Saturday, February 16th, from 1:00-4:00 pm, at Grafton High School. (Thank you Marcia Gorra-Patek for hosting us again!).  The second date is Sunday, April 28th, again from 1:00-4:00 pm, at the high school.  Bring all your supplies; work you have started or work that is half-finished;  bring all the questions you  have always wondered about; and be prepared to:


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.


A brick has been donated to the Wisconsin Humane Society in Paula Buran’s name.  Paula was a member of the WPA and before her death, donated all of her art supplies to members. The brick is located in the entry way to the courtyard.

2018 - WPA honors student artist, Olivia Eis!

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!

​​​​​​​Our 2018 summer picnic and plein air event took place on Saturday, July 21st at the Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha.​​

Members gather to begin exploring and experimenting with materials brought by Shannon Piette.


​​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!​​​​

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​​The third 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 1, 2018, 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 pot-luck offerings gave us all a gourmet lunch! Thank you for everyone who attended and special appreciation, as always, to Marcia Gorra-Patek for hosting again! ​​​