Renaissance in Pastel

Our flagship show, the annual Renaissance in Pastel Exhibition, is generally held in the fall at different excellent galleries across Connecticut. All pastelists, members or not, are invited to submit one to three digital images through our online entry system for this exhibition. Entries are juried for entry by a jury panel of three award-winning pastelists, with a limit of one piece per artist accepted. Once paintings are delivered and the show is hung, awards are determined by two Awards Judges. We hold an opening reception at which awards are announced and distributed. CPS presents a pastel demonstration or an informative gallery tour during the show.

Please see our Exhibition Guidelines before entering any of our exhibitions.

The CPS 2017 Renaissance in Pastel 24th Annual National Juried Exhibtion will take place October 4 – November 5, 2017 at Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT 06066, (860) 871-8222. The entry period was 6/1/17 – 8/4/17. The Jury of Selection was Maria Marino, Paul Leveille and Eileen Casey; the Judges of Awards will be  Jean Dalton and Jane McGraw Teubner.

Accepted Artists – download here:
Painting ID Labels.
Shipping Form.

RECEIVING: SUNDAY, October 1st from 10:00AM TO 12:00 Noon. ONE DAY ONLY. All hand delivered work must be dropped off and ready to hang at Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT. Parking is available behind the building.

SHOW OPENS TO THE PUBLIC: Wednesday, October 4th.

AWARDS JUDGING: Tuesday, October 3rd. You will be notified of receiving an award by October 10th.


BY DAVE KAPHAMMER Saturday, October 21st from 1:00 – 3:00PM

EXHIBITION CLOSES: PICK UP is Sunday, November 5TH, from 1:00PM – 3:00PM. ONE DAY ONLY, NO STORAGE IS AVAILABLE. A daily storage fee of $25.00 will be charged.

Volunteers Needed: We are looking for volunteers to help with receiving, pick up, and gallery sitting (four Wednesday afternoons in October plus November 1st). If you would like to help please contact Vicki Rooney at or 914-954-5409


The 2016 Renaissance in Pastel Exhibition Best in Show Award went to Deborah Quinn Munson for her pastel “Track 2.”


View a show of 2016 award winners

Shows of award winning work from previous years:
Year Best in Show
2015 Laurel Friedmann
2014 Michele Poirier-Mozzone
2013 Karen Suponski
2012 Liz Haywood-Sullivan
2011 Alain Picard
2010 Rainie Crawford
2009 Rainie Crawford
2008 Julie Friedman
2007 Rainie Crawford
2006 Dan Slappo
2005 Sam Goodsell
2004 Dick McEvoy
2003 Rhoda Yanow

Pay By Check Or Money Order

Please Print Membership Application Form and mail with your check or money order
Download form in PDF format

Please include e-mail on checks or money order and make payable to: Connecticut Pastel Society and mail to Membership Chair Polly Castor at:

CPS Membership, Connecticut Pastel Society
P.O. Box 653
Bethel, CT 06801