The aim of CPS is to encourage and raise public awareness of the pastel medium, while giving our members an opportunity to exhibit, to get education, to meet fellow artists and to share ideas.

Some of the benefits of becoming a CPS Member include:

  • Get exposure for – we exhibit in museums and galleries across Connecticut
  • Interact with other artists, share ideas and techniques
  • Attend or give workshops, demonstrations, critiques
  • Gain professional advice, perspective and guidance
  • Attend / organize plein air outings
  • Receive our newsletter providing show announcements and general art news
  • Receive new product information and discounts on supplies
  • Attain Signature Member status and display your work on this website
  • Reduced fee for show entries

Regular CPS Member

Annual Dues: $35 per calendar year (1/1 – 12/31).

Signature CPS Member

Annual Dues: $45 per calendar year (1/1 – 12/31)
Annual Dues plus website gallery page: $75 per calendar year (1/1 – 12/31)
For information on applying for Signature status, see below.

CPS Signature Member Information

A Signature Member may use the initials “CPS” after her or his name, and their name will be included in the list on our Signature Gallery page. The annual membership fee is $45. In addition the artist may have a display of up to five images of her or his paintings with an artist’s bio on the CPS website for an additional annual fee of $30.

Signature members, to have your images included on this website, please pay $75 when renewing for the year.

Signature member status can be attained in either of two ways:

1. At least thirty days after becoming a member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, but within one of the months noted below, a member may submit five digital images, a recent resume, a fee of $25.00 and an SASE to the Signature Artist Committee for consideration.

2. A CPS member who wins three awards in the CT Pastel Society Renaissance in Pastel National Exhibition, which is an open, juried show, will receive Signature status. This requires a fee of $25.

Applications for Signature Membership will be viewed three times a year: April, August and November. Submissions should be received in the months prior to review: March, July and October. Please do not send them except in these months.

Please note that all Signature Member submissions must now be digital images on CD (formerly slides). Save your images as high-quality jpg files with dimensions of at least 700 pixels on the long side and a resolution of 300 dpi.

Please send your Signature Membership application materials in the months of March, July or October only, to:

Christine Ivers
91 Preston Drive
Meriden, CT 06450

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