Our Society

Philadelphia Pastel Society

• Member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS)
• Current PPS membership is 107 pastelists and growing.

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 for pastel. We are seeking to provide a supportive community for artists where ideas are shared and educational activities benefit all. Together we hope to promote the soft pastel medium 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.


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Philadelphia Pastel Society Board Members

President: Blanche Levitt Torphy

Vice-President: Denise Vitollo

Secretary: Donna Streisfeld

Treasurer: Judy Kornfeld

Website Manager: Mary Rinderle Smith

Facebook Manager: Kathy Apfelbaum

Instagram Manager: Ann Guidera-Matey

Membership: Pat Riley

Workshops: Mary Rinderle Smith

Exhibitions: Al Richards and Jack Lloyd

Plein Air Events: Pat Riley and Kathy Apfelbaum