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Pastel Society of Southern California (PSSC)
6th ANNUAL “Make Your Mark!”

Pastel Society of Southern California (PSSC)


6th ANNUAL “Make Your Mark!


International Online Open Juried Exhibition


2024 Official Prospectus


The Pastel Society of Southern California (“PSSC”) is pleased to announce our sixth international online open exhibition, “Make Your Mark!”  This juried exhibition is easy to enter and requires no framing or shipping of artwork. The final show is completely online, making it accessible for all to view and purchase artwork. 


Our esteemed Judges of Selections are Kris Buck, Gareth Jones and Andrew McDermott. The exhibition features multiple cash awards. You may even enter artwork that is no longer in your possession, as long as you have an image of it. 




Online Entry Opening – May 15, 2024 


Online Entry Deadline - July 14, 2024 

(Final day to submit digital images and pay jurying fee to


Notice of Acceptance - July 30, 2024 (Approximate Date). Results will be available in your OnlineJuriedShows artist profile


Online Show goes Live - August 1, 2024 


Online Show closes - August 31, 2024 




Kris Buck, born and raised in Santa Barbara, has been painting with pastels since 2003. She has won awards both locally and nationally. Kris is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of the West Coast and a Master Circle Pastelist with the International Assn. of Pastel Societies. She has been published in Pastel 100 Magazine (honorable mention) and was featured in an article in Plein Air Magazine 2022 Dec/Jan). Her paintings can be seen at Santa Barbara Fine Art and Gallery Los Olivos.




Gareth is an award-winning artist and tutor from North Wales and a passionate advocate of the medium of soft pastel. He is renowned in particular for his powerful and realistic depictions of the sea and coastal fringes. Gareth has taught widely in the UK and also in France, Norway and Italy. He is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Unison Pastels Associate Artist and a member of the prestigious East Anglian Group of Marine Artists. He has exhibited at the Pastel Society of America and The Royal Society of Marine Artists in London, and his work features in collections around the world. 




Andrew is an IAPS Master’s Circle Medallion member, along with over 70 National and International Awards. Andrew also has had full feature articles in top art magazines such as International Artist, The Artist UK, Pastel World, Magazin'art, and the Pastel Journal. Andrew is a popular workshop Instructor and teaches Figure Drawing and Painting at Capilano University and the Vancouver Film School. 






·       To be eligible to enter the show you must be 18 or older and working in the pastel medium. 

·       The show is open to both PSSC members and non-members worldwide. Each submitted image will be juried anonymously by our three judges of selection and assigned a numerical score. These scores will be averaged to determine which pieces are accepted into the exhibition. Similarly, several awards will be given to the top scoring artworks. Any numerical award ties will be broken by juror discussion. Acceptance is not guaranteed. 


All work must be entered online through Online Juried Shows. Log in and click Enter This Show above to begin your entries.


· Member Pricing: $30 for up to two (2) images for members of the Pastel Society of Southern California (please make sure your membership dues are current for the 2024-25 membership year before entering the show). $10 for each additional image. There is no limit to the amount of entries allowed per artist. 


· Non-Member Pricing: $40 for up to two (2) images for any artist who is not a member of the Pastel Society of Southern California. $10 for each additional image. There is no limit to the amount of entries allowed per artist. 


· If you would like to become a member of the Pastel Society of Southern California, please 

visit our website at Annual dues are $30. 




·       You must enter online. All entries must be submitted as digital files to onlinejuriedshows (log in on this page and click Enter This show to begin). For help with your entries, contact or 888-666-1351. 

·       JPEG images must not show the mat, frame, etc., and must be cropped to include only the artwork. Make sure images are right side up. Images must be smaller than 4MB, and at least 1920 pixels on the longest side, at 72 dpi, and sRGB colorspace.

·       Payment is online via credit card or PayPal; international entries are to use PayPal only.  No checks accepted. All entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline. 

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

·       No oil pastels 

·       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.  Paintings using reference photos taken by another photographer, even used with permission, will not be accepted. 

·       Works that appear to duplicate, or be closely derivative of a painting previously accepted into any PSSC show will not be eligible. 

·       Paintings of nudes will be considered. 

·       Artists who enter a painting which shows a recognizable likeness (face or figure) must have a signed model release from the person portrayed in the painting, giving the artist permission to exhibit the painting in a public forum. You do not need to provide the release, but you should hold it for your own protection. 

·       If the work is not for sale, check “NFS” on the entry form.

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

·       Artwork must be originally drawn and not created on top of any type of photographic image.

·       In the spirit of honesty and integrity each work should reflect human originality.

·       Artwork must have been completed within the last three years (i.e., after July 14, 2021), and may not have been exhibited in any PSSC show before. Artwork submitted and accepted into this show that has been shown in a previous PSSC exhibition will be rejected, and the Artist will be ineligible for the next PSSC show. If there is a second infraction, the Artist will receive a two-year ban on entering future PSSC shows. A third infraction constitutes the Artist a lifetime ban from any future PSSC shows. These rules of ineligibility also apply to any Artist who does not use their own original material reference.

·       PSSC reserves the right to exclude from exhibitions any artwork deemed offensive, or any artwork that violates the laws of the United States, or of state or local governments. 

·       There are no size limitations. 

·       A maximum of two (2) paintings per artist will be accepted into the show.

·       Any one artist is eligible to receive up to a maximum of two (2) awards only (one ranked award and one special award). 


·       PSSC reserves the right to refuse artwork that does not meet with any show rules or requirements even though accepted by the juror. 




Prices may not be changed after submission is completed and after the submission deadline. 


If an artist sells a painting during the show, each artist is responsible for any sales transactions according to the listed price. Once the image is entered and paid for using Online Juried Shows, it is considered “entered” in the show. 


There will be no commission taken from sales. Artists are responsible for their own sales taxes. 




Artist agrees to allow the Pastel Society of Southern California and Online Juried Shows to reproduce the accepted paintings on their websites, and for advertising and promotional purposes only. No images will be used or published for any purpose except as stated above. 




Submission of online entry form and fee shall constitute agreement with ALL conditions set forth in this prospectus. 


For questions about the exhibition, please contact Jolene Paige, PSSC Exhibition Chair, or PSSC President Chris Stillians


For help with your entries, contact or 888-666-1351


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