The purpose of the Pastel Guild of Europe is to strengthen connections and friendships between pastel artists across Europe, to inform, enjoy and delight in the beautiful artist's medium of pastels, and to be a support and resource for artists and groups of artists.
You are warmly welcome to join the PGE. We use guild ranks for the different membership levels. Any person who is 18 years of age, and agrees to the above statement, is welcome to become an Apprentice member. This is an associate, not a full membership. The fee is 15€/year.This level is meant for beginners who are learning the medium and/or learning to paint, for supporters, or for those who want to try out membership in the Guild. The Journeyer (a gender neutralized form of journeyman) level is for the artist who aims to be professionally serious about their art and have attained certain skills with the medium. This is a juried membership. A Signature member is a highly skilled pastellist who has contributed to the PGE. This is also a juried membership. Journeyer and Signature members pay 30€/year.

We have a monthly members-only online competition, the Get Dusty (holiday periods excluded). The winner will feature on the frontpage of our website and on our FB page. The winner also gets his/her own forum thread. He/She receives a prize of pastels or pastel paper, a nice certificate and a winner article in our online magazine, the Pastel Scribbler.

Information about the subscription and the payment is here:    The Subscription to a PGE - Membership

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Printable small flyer (14,5x21cm/ DIA5)  for your workshops or promoting.


Associate membership

All welcome. Fee: 15 Euro/year

To join PGE, click on 'Subscription to a PGE - Membership'. Follow the steps given. Do try to pay immediately; if we do not receive payment within two weeks, your registration will be cancelled. When we have received your payment, your membership will be approved, and you will have access to the website.

Benefits :

  • Participation in our monthly member competition, the Get Dusty
  • All your Get Dusty entries will be shown in a public long term gallery
  • Receive our online pastel magazine, the Pastel Scribbler; besides presenting the Get Dusty winners and the judges' comments, our magazine contains articles about exhibitions, demos by well-known pastel artists and much more
  • Welcome to publish articles in our pastel magazine
  • An extensive members-only archive with articles about pastel painting techniques
  • Networking with other pastel artists in our artist forum
  • A public profile with link to your website and your personal gallery with 3 images of artwork
  • Access to our collection of free reference photos from members for members


Journeyer membership

A juried membership level. Fee: 30 €/year

Applicants for journeyer membership must send their application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with images of three paintings (JPG format only, minimum length or width 800 pixels, size minimum 300kb).
Associate members can apply for Journeyer level any time during the year. If accepted, the difference between the Associate fee and the Journeyer fee will have to be paid by applicant. The system calculates this on a pro rata basis. When/if you are granted the Journeyer membership, you will get information about how to proceed, and you will be given the means to upgrade your member level in your profile/subscriptions.



Same as above, with the below additions:
A personal gallery  with 6 images of artwork

Voting right in the Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Eligible to committees

Eligible to board; for specifications, see PGE bylaws

Eligible to Signature membership

Membership via PGE of IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies). Journeyer Members may enter IAPS shows and contests. Be sure to sign up for the IAPS newsletter on the IAPS site!


Welcome to submit tutorials, demos and advertise for workshops


Signature membership

A juried membership level. Fee: 30€/year

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.



add PGE to your signature

a bio page on the PGE website 

a personal gallery with 10 images of artwork


The registration for every new member starts with the subscription to the Associate membership.

When you register, you are asked to choose a user name. We ask you to use your real name, eg John Smith, John S or J Smith, not a random combination of letters and numbers. It's a user name, not a password!

Information about the PGE membership plans can be found here:

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Your PGE membership fee is to be paid once a year. The Associate member fee is paid when registering, and after that in January of each year. If the fee is not renewed by the member, the membership will be terminated by the end of March.
If a new membership starts during the year, the first fee you pay is for the period up to the end of the year. Depending on when you join, it can be a full year, 3/4 or half of a year's fee.
Upgrades to Journeyer level are possible at any time during the year. Send your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and if the jury grants you the Journeyer membership, you are asked to pay the higher fee, for the period up to December, 31 of that year.

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Payments are to be made in Euro using normal bank transfer. The necessary transaction data such as the IBAN and BIC/SWIFT code will be sent to the applicant by e-mail during the registration process. You also have the choice to pay by Paypal; you will receive a Paypal request in your email for the amount in question, and you can choose which way you prefer to pay. When we have received the fee, the membership registration will be approved and immediate participation is possible.

Important: Do not forget to click on the confirmation link we include in our email, otherwise the registration process will not be finished! It should arrive in your mailbox shortly after your registration. If not, check your spam folder!

Note to artists whose country uses a different writing system:

Our website's software can only handle the Latin alphabet, Chinese characters or cyrillic letters turn up as question marks. A valid registration is therefore not possible. Please use your country's romanization system e.g. Pinyin. When you are paying with PayPal, please make sure to add your romanized name in the notes, or our treasurer will not be able to recognise where the payment is coming from! Thank you!

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Minutes of the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Pastel Guild of Europe online at 18:00 BST, April 3rd 2016

Present at the meeting: Ruth Mann, Dorothea Schulz, Annika Ostman, Dolores Saul, Mario Vukelic, Lynn

Howarth, Susan Corcoran, Ludmilla Podolski, Brigitte Courte, Tonya L Carpenter, Ghislaine Fabre Apologies received: Marie-france Oosterhof, Jill Harker

Until now, our association was registered in Sweden, because Charlotte Herczfeld, founder of the PGE and our first chair is a Swedish national. To stay registered in Sweden, at least one board member has to be a resident of Sweden. When Yvonne Jensen decided to leave the board in March, we had to re-register PGE in another country. After checking the association laws of several countries, we decided to re-register PGE in Finland;  it is the least complicated and treasurer Annika Östmann is a Finnish resident. We have amended the bylaws in accordance with the Finnish association act. Thank you, Annika, for the huge amount of work you've done!

Statutes/Bylaws of the Pastel Guild of Europe




Section 1 Name: The name of the organization is The Pastel Guild of Europe. It is a non-profit organization.

Section 2 Seat: The association is based in Vaasa, Finland. The activity field is all European countries.

Section 3 Purpose: The Pastel Guild of Europe, hereafter called PGE, is organized exclusively for a common purpose; to strengthen connections and friendships between artists across Europe. To inform, enjoy and delight in the beautiful artist’s medium of pastels, and to be a support and resource for artists and groups of artists. To educate the public in appreciation of art and encourage their participation in art, and especially in pastel techniques.


Section 1 Eligibility for membership: Application for membership shall be open primarily to residents in Europe who support the purpose statement in Article I, Section 3. Membership is granted after completion and receipt of a membership application and annual dues. The Board may grant a lifetime honorable membership to a member; this is a free membership.

Section 2 Annual fees: The annual fees are decided by the membership at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Continued membership is contingent upon being up-to-date on membership fees.

Section 3 Rights of members: Each member has one vote and shall be entitled to use their vote in elections.

Section 4 Resignation and termination: Any member may resign by filing a written resignation with the board. Resignation shall not relieve a member of unpaid dues, or other charges previously accrued. Membership can be terminated by a majority vote of the Board. Membership is considered terminated when the yearly fee has remained unpaid for 3 months.


Section 1 Regular meetings: The chair regularly convenes board meetings. Regular meetings of the members shall be held at a time and place designated by the Chair

Section 2 Annual meetings: An Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the members shall take place in February or March; the specific date, time and location of which will be designated by the board. Due to geographical distances, AGMs may be held online, in a proper venue or by phone. If the whole discussion can be saved to a computer file in written or in audio form, it shall be so saved. At the AGM the members shall

  • Choose a chair and a secretary of the meeting, a person to check the minutes and a person who counts the votes
  • constitute a quorum
  • receive reports on the activities of the association and it’s finances
  • determine the Financial Statements and discharge the treasurer and the Board
  • decide on the annual fees
  • determine the direction and the budget of the association for the coming year
  • elect the board, as specified in ARTICLE IV
  • choose two members who will act as operations inspectors

Section 3 Extraordinary meetings: Extraordinary meetings may be called by the Chair, the Executive Committee, or a simple majority of the Board. A petition signed by 10 percent of members may also call an extraordinary meeting.

Section 4 Notice of meetings: Written notice of the Annual General Meeting shall be given to each voting member, by e-mail, not less than two weeks prior to the meeting.

Section 5 Voting: All issues to be voted on at the AGM shall be decided by a simple majority of those present at the meeting in which the vote takes place.


Section 1 Board role, size, and compensation: The Board of Directors (hereafter called the Board) shall consist of a maximum 10, but no fewer than four directors. All Board members/officers must be residents of Europe. The Board receives no compensation other than reasonable expenses.

Section 2 Terms: The Chair shall serve one-year terms. All other Board members shall serve two-year terms.

Section 3 Meetings and notice: The Board will meet at least quarterly, at an agreed time and place. Board meetings can be in a physical location where members will be present in person, but mostly via the internet or by a conference phone call. An official Board meeting requires that each Board member have written notice a minimum of one week in advance.

Section 4 Election procedures:Any voting PGE member can nominate a candidate for the board. Elections will be held such that ca 50% of the Board, plus vacant posts are elected on alternate years.

A list of candidates, including the Chair and treasurer nominations will be made available to PGE members a minimum of two weeks before the AGM.

Section 5 Board elections: Directors shall be elected or re-elected by a simple majority of PGE members present at the annual meeting.

The Chair and treasurer shall be named at the AGM. All other positions within the Board shall be decided at the constitutive meeting. Each nominated candidate must be available to take an active part in the Board immediately upon election.

All PGE members are eligible to transfer their voting rights to a nominated representative provided this is done in writing.

Section 6 Quorum: A Board meeting must be attended by a quorum of at least forty percent of Board members for business transactions to take place and motions to be passed.

Section 7 Officers and Duties: At a minimum the Board will consist of four officers, comprising a Chair, vice-Chair, secretary and treasurer. Because the association is based in Finland, one of the board members must be a resident of Finland. If there is no resident of Finland on the Board, the PGE must be re-registered in another relevant country.

The Chair shall convene regularly scheduled Board meetings, shall preside or arrange for other members of the Executive Committee to preside at each meeting in the following order: vice-Chair, secretary, treasurer. In case of a tied vote, the Chair shall have the casting vote.

The vice-Chair shall also have a specific area of responsibility, to be defined by the Board.

The secretary shall be responsible for the taking of minutes at all Board meetings and the AGM, sending out meeting announcements, distributing copies of minutes and the agenda to each Board member, and assuring that records are maintained.

The treasurer will present a fiscal report at each Board meeting and prepare an annual budget report for the AGM. The accounting period shall be one year. The treasurer shall chair the finance committee, help develop fundraising plans, and make financial information available to Board members and the public.

The responsibilities of other directors will be decided at by the Board at its inauguration meeting.

Section 8 Resignation, termination, and absences: Resignation from the Board must be in writing and received by the Board. A Board member will be terminated from the Board due to excess absences, or more than two unexcused absences from Board meetings in a year.

Section 9 Special meetings: Special meetings of the Board shall be called upon the request of the Chair, or one-third of the Board. Notice of special meetings shall be sent out by the secretary to each Board member a minimum of two weeks in advance.


Section 1 Committee formation: The Board may create committees as needed, such as fundraising, exhibitions, public relations, data collection, etc. The Board Chair appoints all committee Chairs.

Section 2 Executive Committee: The Chair, vice Chair, secretary, and treasurer serve as the members of the Executive Committee.

Section 3 Finance Committee: The treasurer is the Chair of the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee is responsible for developing and reviewing fiscal procedures, fundraising plans, and the annual budget with staff and other Board members. The Board must approve the budget and all expenditures must be within budget. Any major change in the budget must be approved by the Board.

The financial records of the organization are public information and shall be made available to the membership, Board members, and the public.

Article VI AUDIT

During the AGM, the PGE members shall choose two members who will act as operations inspectors. They will inspect the finances and the administration of the association to the extent required by the association’s operations and submit an operations inspector's report, in writing, to the following AGM.


The PGE Board has the right to decide to donate money to charity.


Section 1 Amendments: These bylaws may be amended when necessary by two-thirds majority of the Board.

Proposed amendments must be submitted to the Board to be sent out with regular Board announcements.


Section 1: If the PGE would dissolve and cease activity, the Board will decide how to deal with possible funds.

ARTICLE X Signature

The name of the Pastel Guild of Europe will be signed by the Chair, vice Chair or the Treasurer.