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Learn about our history and philosophy.

Our Story

Established in March 2015, the Pastel Society of Western New York (PSWNY) has grown to encompass 72 members from across New York State and Vermont. Our members come from diverse regions such as Buffalo, Jamestown, Finger Lakes, Ithaca, Rochester, Union Springs, Catskills, and the Syracuse area.


As a member society of the International Association of Pastel Societies, we are proud to be part of a larger community of pastel artists. Throughout the year, we organize two juried exhibitions at various locations, providing a platform for our members to showcase their work.


Additionally, PSWNY hosts workshops conducted by nationally and internationally renowned artists. In the past, we have had the privilege of hosting talented individuals like Deborah Stewart, Aaron Schuerr, Marla Baguetta, Stan Sperlak, Jacob Aguiar, Robert Carsten, Tony Allain, and Lyn Asselta. These workshops are initially open exclusively to our members during the first month of registration before being made available to the public.


In response to the challenges posed by the pandemic, we pivoted to online exhibitions in 2021. Embracing technology, we continued to offer workshops virtually, with Lyn Asselta leading online sessions in 2022.


We remain dedicated to fostering a supportive and vibrant community of pastel artists, providing opportunities for growth, learning, and artistic expression.

The Board 2023 - 2025

  1. Denise Rizzo – President

  2. Heather Nenadic - Vice President

  3. Lana Grauer – Secretary

  4. Bonnie Wallace – Workshop Coordinator

  5. Nancy Mariani – Western New York Liaison

  6. Stacy Mayou – Exhibition Chair

  7. Victoria Brzustowicz – Newsletter Editor

  8. Robin McCondiche – Team Support

  9. Treasurer

  10. Marlene Rogalski – Website/Social Media Chair

  11. Karlene VanDeusen – Membership Director/Program Chair 

Contact Us

Reach out with this form if you wish to:

  • Provide workshops or demos

  • Request exhibit information

  • Share member news

  • Have questions or suggestions

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