We did it; PGE finally has their very own signature members! A long-cherished plan has come true.
In the last few weeks the board discussed and approached suitable candidates. Yesterday, during our latest board meeting we brought them to a vote. Congratulations to our first signature members Lynn Howarth, Ruth Mann, Marie-France Oosterhof, Annika Östmann, Dolores Saul and Dorothea Schulz!
Are you interested in joining the club? These are the criteria as stated by the PGE membership rules:
A PGE Signature member not only has to be an experienced and highly skilled pastellist, but someone who actively contributes to PGE by sitting on committees, writing articles, moderating in the forum, helping with the website, finding sponsors etc. This type of membership has to be earned. The board will meet once a year and consider which journeyer members deserve to be promoted to signature status. The candidates will then be contacted and asked to apply by sending in an artist statement, listing their artistic achievements (winning the Get Dusty, being juried into exhibitions, teaching pastel painting etc.) The final decision will be made by a jury of members of the PGE board who will later be joined by PGE signature members.