Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod

Nancie King Mertz


2 Day workshop with Nancie King Mertz, PSA-MP, CPP-MP, IAPS-MC

The Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod is pleased to announce our upcoming Master Workshop in September, 2017: 

"Pastels are Perfect for Plein Air"

Date: September 23rd & 24th, 2017 (Saturday & Sunday) 9am - 4pm, with a break for lunch
Location: Mount Horeb Masonic Hall, 242 Old Bass River Road, South Dennis, MA 02660
Plein air workshop:
One or two paintings will be completed each day, depending on the artist's comfort level.  Individual attention is stressed in this workshop rather than group lecture.  Short demos will be offered throughout the workshop to help clarify techniques, as needed. Sessions will be plein air, weather permitting, and indoor facilities will be available if needed.

Member registration through 5/15/17 - $275*
Member registration after 5/15/17 - $325
Non-member registration - $325

*Early bird registration savings
Preferred materials:
Sturdy Plein air easel to hold your pastels
Asst. soft pastels (no oil pastels)--if buying new, the Sennelier Plein air set is a good start. Jack Richeson also offers a beginning set in my name on Amazon.
4-8 painting surfaces of your choice, attached to rigid backing, to work vertically on your easel.  Suggested are 11x14 (or your size choice) Ampersand pastel boards, mounted Wallis or UArt papers. Richeson sells a rigid pastel surface on Amazon also.  Depending on how quickly you work, only tote 2-3 per day to class to save space in your daily gear.  Pack them face-to-face to protect the painting surface.
2-3 sticks of vine charcoal
a selection of thin, hard pastels
small closed container for denatured alcohol (alcohol will be provided)
inexpensive fan brush or 1" brush
waxed paper and painters' tape to wrap finished pieces for transport
wet wipes, hat or visor, sunscreen
optional:  bug spray, umbrella, chair, etc.
A rolling grocery cart or suitcase is very helpful.  If all will fit into a backpack, even better!
So looking forward to working with each of you! 
To learn more about Nancie and view her work, go to


Cancellation policy: 45 days or more prior to the workshop, the workshop fee may be refunded if the workshop is full with a waiting list and there is a person on the waiting list willing to fill the spot. If the spot is filled, a refund will be processed less the $50 administrative fee.  If a substitute from the waiting list is not available, then no refund will be given. Less than 45 days prior to the workshop no refunds will be given.
Class size will not exceed 18 students. PPSCC reserves the right to cancel up to 30 days prior to workshop if minimum number of registrants has not been met. In this case, a full refund will be given.


Announcing the 2017 Signature Membership Exhibition

PPSCC invites you to attend the opening reception of

“For the Love of Color” -The Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod Signature Membership 2017 Exhibition 

The pastelist’s special passion is color. The pure touch of pigment to paper, the seductive array of beautiful sticks laid out like candy at our fingertips, draws every pastelist to this direct, sensuous medium.  Color evokes mood—whether subtle or strong--and this exhibition celebrates the extensive range of the Signature Pastelists of the PPSCC.

Join us at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis MA on Thursday March 23rd, from 5:30-7:00 pm for an opening reception.  Free admission the night of the opening.

For the Love of Color” will be on display from March 16th – April 30th

For Signature Members 

-Show closes on Sunday April 30th.

-Pick up of artwork will take place on Sunday April 30 3-5pm and Monday May 1st. 10- 3pm. 

-Shipped paintings will be handled by CCMoA.


Best in Show: I’m All Ears ~ Mona Dumoulin Cross

1st Place: Summer in the City ~ Mary Tennaro

2nd Place: Debut ~ Diane Sawyer

3rd Place: Skaket Sunset ~ Janet Shwartz

Honorable Mention: Fairies Abound ~ Maureen Spinale

Honorable Mention: Reaching ~ Jory Mason