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Pastel Society of Southern California (PSSC)
PSSC 15th Annual Members' Exhibition


Pastel Society of Southern California

15th Annual Members’ Exhibition

2024 Official Prospectus



•      To be eligible to participate in this show, you must be a current paid member of the PSSC at the time of entering the exhibition. Click here to join:

•      Each member in good standing is guaranteed at least one piece in the show, as anonymously selected by our Special Invited Juror,  Tracy Ference, PSA, IAPS-MC.



For the past 20 years, Tracy Ference, PSA, IAPS-MC has dedicated her artistic endeavors to the delicate art of portraiture.  Each stroke on the canvas reflects a desire to understand the human spirit. The evolution of her work is a testament to an enduring commitment to the craft and an unyielding curiosity about the unique stories etched on every face.

From the earliest strokes to the latest creations, Tracy's portfolio is a visual chronicle of growth, experience, and a relentless pursuit of excellence in portrait art. Awards and recognition have followed her path and have helped support her endeavors.

Having served as a former president and activity chair for the Piedmont Pastel Association, Tracy appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the pastel community. Her focus remains on the joy of creating art and the shared experience with fellow artists.  Each portrait, a testament to the shared human experience, tells a story that goes beyond the visual.


•      Each member may submit unlimited images for an entry fee of $30 for the first 2.   You may enter as many additional images as you like for an additional fee of $10 each. Entry fees are non-refundable. You must enter online.  All entries must be submitted as digital files to OnlineJuriedShows.

•      To begin your submissions and to pay the jury fee, log in on this page and click Enter This Show.

•      For best results, images should be at least 1920 pixels on the longest side (minimum 800) @ 72 dpi. Image files must be jpg and under 4 mb.

•      For help with your submissions, contact or 888-666-1351.

•      Participation requires gallery docents to sit in the show to keep the exhibition open. Sign-up time slots available via the “Sign Up Genius” website: Please sign up by March 31st. (Out-of-area members more than 100-miles away from the exhibit venue are not obligated to fulfill this responsibility.)


•      Sunday, March 10 -- Final day to submit digital images and pay jurying fee to

•      Monday, March 18 -- (Tentative date) Notification by email from once results are ready to view in your artist profile

•      Saturday, April 6 -- 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. – Take-In: Deliver your accepted and ready-to-hang painting(s) to Riviera United Methodist Church - 375 Palos Verdes Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA. 

The galleries will be located in the two upper level ocean view rooms.  

•      *Note: Out-of-area members, please see Shipping Instructions, below.

•      Wednesday, April 10  –  Show opens 11:00 a.m. 

•      Saturday, April 13 -  1-4 p.m. – Gala Reception and Awards

•      Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily beginning April 10.

•      Saturday, May 11 -    Noon  – Show closes.  Please pick up artwork after 

PSSC Meeting that day.

•      Please make arrangements for pickup if this day does not work for you.


•      The accepted paintings will be judged in person by our Invited Distinguished Judge, Karen Margulis, IAPS-MC



Karen Margulis is a full-time artist and art educator. Karen is a mother of 2 and a grandmother of 6. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Michael. Karen received her B.A. in Education from the University of Florida. She currently teaches painting workshops around the world. Karen is a contemporary landscape painter. She works in most painting media but has achieved recognition for her pastel paintings. She has exhibited her award-winning work around the world and has been featured in Pastel Journal for her wildflower and landscape paintings. Karen is a daily painter and blogger, and shares her work, art tips, and inspiration in frequent posts on her blog “Painting My World” and on her website. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a Masters Circle recipient of the International Association of Pastel Societies. She has been a faculty member at the prestigious IAPS Convention. For more information about Karen and examples of her work, go to


Awards will be given at a gala awards reception for the following

  First Place, Second Place, Third Place and two Honorable Mentions in both the Gold and Silver  categories; and First Place in The Novice category; and one Best in Show overall. 

  One People’s Choice Award also will be given at the reception, as voted on by the attendees.

 You may enter one category as defined below.


Gold Category:

This category is for all eligible PSSC members who are professional artists, art teachers, or painters with years of experience. The submitting artist will determine if his or her painting will be submitted into this category. Artists entering in this category are not eligible to enter the “Silver” or the “Novice” category. 

Silver Category:

This category is for emerging artists who do not consider themselves established at a professional level. The submitting artist will determine if his or her painting will be submitted into this category. Artists entering in this category are not eligible to enter the “Gold” or “Novice” category.

Novice Category:

This category is open to all eligible PSSC members who are beginning artists and/or student artists. The submitting artist will determine if his or her painting will be submitted into this category. Artists entering this category are not eligible to enter the “Gold” or “Silver” category.   


•           The artwork’s final layer must be (80%) soft pastel.

•           Artwork DOES NOT have to be for sale. 

•           Artwork must be original and personally executed, not copied from other artists or from   published or copyrighted materials or from someone else’s real life/still life set-up or photo. Artists working from reference photographs must use their own photo that they have personally taken. Paintings using photos taken by another photographer, even used with permission, will not be accepted. 

•           Artwork may not have been accomplished in a directed, step-by-step class or workshop. 

•           Artwork must have been completed in the last 3 years and may not have been exhibited in a     PSSC show before.

•           Artwork image size must be no longer than 36” in either direction (not including frame).

•           Painting must be wired for hanging. Use D-rings or screw eyes only, placed 1/3 down from the top of the frame. Saw tooth hangers are unacceptable. Use braided wire that is sturdy enough to support the artwork. The peak of the hanging wire should be approximately 3 inches from the top of the center of the frame. Frames must be sturdy, neat, and simple. Mats, if used, are to be clean, well cut, and neutral in color. Mats must be in proportion to the frame, i.e., frame must be the correct size for the painting. (Alternative: Mat openings must be cut to the same aspect ratio as the frame. This is the length to width relationship of the frame.)

•           Artwork may not be removed from the show until the exhibit closes. Artwork may not be moved on exhibit walls after placement by the Exhibition Director.

•           All paintings shall be delivered with an attached label specifying:  Artist Name, contact information, Painting Title, Painting Size (H” x W”), Sales price (If not for sale, please indicate NFS), and the category being entered, (Gold, Silver, or Novice).

•           In addition, print the artist name on the back of the painting, stretcher bar or frame so that we can identify the painting in the event the label is inadvertently detached.


•      If an artist sells a painting at the show, a commission of 20% of the full sales price will be due and payable to PSSC.  


•      Artwork will be handled with the utmost care.  PSSC and Riviera United Methodist Church will make every reasonable effort to keep artwork safe. Artists are responsible for insuring their own pieces. PSSC and Riviera United Methodist Church and their representatives will not be responsible for loss, theft or damage of artworks while in the organization’s possession or in transit, including those artworks sold during the exhibition.  A signed waiver form for accepted works at the take-in shall constitute agreement with ALL conditions set forth in this prospectus.


•       If artists cannot drop-off accepted artwork in person during the designated date and time, artwork must be shipped. SHIPPING INFO is as follows:  Out-of-town shipments MUST arrive on one of the following days:  April 1, 2, 3 or 4, 2024.   Artists will be responsible for the cost of crating, handling, and shipping artwork to and from the Exhibition. Include the return pre-paid shipping label inside the box. Remember to allow up to 4 days delivery time for your artwork. Both UPS and FedEx Ground recommend a minimum of 3 inches padding around paintings to ensure safe delivery. AirFloat Artwork boxes are recommended.

•       Please ship artwork to:   Riviera United Methodist Church, 375 Palos Verdes Blvd, Redondo Beach, Ca  90277.  Please note - ATTN:  PSSC Lynn Attig

•       Any unsold out-of-town artwork will be returned after May 11 via FedEx or UPS, depending on which carrier was used for the original delivery. Please make sure your pre-paid return slip is included in the packaging and that it has a bar-code for scanning. All paintings will be returned in the original package only, and we are not responsible for damage due to re-use of inadequate packaging material. Please notify Jolene Paige (949)436-1536 or if you need to schedule an alternate take-in or pickup date or time. 

It is the Artist’s responsibility to pick up their artwork on the designated pick up days and times.

If that is not possible, the artist should make arrangements for someone else to pick it up.  Failing the above procedure, the artwork will be shipped back to the artist after the artist pays PSSC a handling fee of $25 plus packaging and shipping costs.



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