About PPS

PPS founding Board members.
PPS Founding Board Members.

The Philadelphia Pastel Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2019 by a group of Philadelphia area artists who are active in the soft pastel medium. We were established to fill a need long expressed by area artists who were looking for a way to share their love of the pastel medium. We are seeking to provide a supportive community for artists where ideas are shared and educational activities benefit all. Together we hope to promote pastel throughout our region.
Artists, from beginners to professionals, benefit from the many opportunities provided by PPS. Members learn about materials and techniques and grow in their abilities by observing demonstrations at Society meetings, participating in hands-on workshops led by nationally recognized instructors and by attending other PPS events.
Members are invited to participate in both juried and open exhibitions at locations throughout the area.
• Member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS)
• Current PPS membership is 90 pastelists and growing.

  • President: Blanche Levitt Torphy
  • Vice-President: Denise Vitollo
  • Secretary: Kathy Apfelbaum
  • Treasurer: Jack Lloyd
  • Website Manager: Mary Rinderle Smith
  • Facebook Manager: Kathy Apfelbaum
  • Instagram Manager: Ann Guidera-Matey
  • Membership: Pat Riley
  • Workshops: Mary Rinderle Smith
  • Exhibitions: Al Richards
  • Plein Air Events: Pat Riley and Kathy Apfelbaum