An award-winning artist, Nancie has spent her lifetime painting in oil & pastel.  She was awarded the IAPS Master Circle Medallion  in 2015 and is also a Master Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Chicago Pastel Painters. She teaches across the US and internationally and is on the faculty for the Plein Air Convention and the IAPS Convention.

Mertz has traveled to nearly 20 countries and around the US for inspiration, however, Chicago remains her favorite city to explore and paint, where she was twice named “Artist of the Year”.  Collectors marvel at the beauty she finds in the urban setting and have said she "softens the edges of the city".


Dear PGE members, you should by now have received an email with the new meeting ID. Our host will be EzTalks. All necessary information is also available in the forum.

Best regards

Dorothea Schulz

PGE chair


Please read the rules before you upload your pastel images!

March - Landscape - challenge: Cityscape, day or night

An urban theme for March; buildings tall or small, roofs, streets, squares, bridges. Your entry may contain human figures, but only as part of the scenery. Remember, this is a landscape, not a figure challenge!

April - Animals - challenge: On the bird table

A painting of one or more local wild birds that visit our gardens. It’s fine if they are perched on a twig or sitting on the ground; a bird table is not essential for this challenge.

May - Still life - challenge: Clothing and accessoirs

Think of a still life containig scarves, hats, jewellery, gloves, with or without a piece of clothing.

All PGE members are cordially invited to attend the meeting tonight at 6pm GMT/7pm CET in an online chatroom. Please check the forum for all necessary details. Looking forward to meeting you!
Dorothea Schulz
PGE chair

Our guest judge Margaret Dyer has choosen the winner; it is Michele Ashby with 'Entrée of the pas de trois‘.This is a beautiful painting and a worthy winner; congratulations! Michele wins a set of Premium Sanded Pastel Paper from our sponsor UART.

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In second place is Brigitte Charles with  'Une petite bourrée auvergnate les filles?´. In third place is Teresa Allen with ´Dancers at the barre´.

2.3. Feb.2018