Margaret Glass, our judge for the Winter Get Dusty Competition has made her decision:

The winner is Silja Salmistu with "Violin in Case" Congratulations! She wins a set of 10 PanPastel colors and a set of Sofft tools from our sponsor PanPastel.

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In second place is George Tsakiris with "Path of Transformationin third place is Dorothea Schulz PGE with "Merry Blackberries".

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Dear members,


please pay your membership dues until tomorrow. Members who haven't paid their fee will automatically lose their membership in our pastel society with the end of February. Paying your dues only takes a few minutes. You can find all the relevant information here:


The category for this month's Get Dusty is Portrait/Figure, the challenge is painting a person dreaming or sleeping. It can be a full or half figure or a portrait. What we do not want, is the depiction of a dream. That would be a separate challenge and an interesting theme for a future Get Dusty. The competition runs until February 25, every member may enter two paintings.


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Born and raised in Berlin, Germany, and currently living near Los Angeles, CA, Daggi is an award winning painter specializing in contemporary realism and portraiture. She has reached the level of Eminent Pastelist of the International Association of Pastel Societies and Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America as well as Signature Status in several other arts organizations..
Her work has been shown at the National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club in NYC, the Butler Institute of American Art, OH, and is in several permanent corporate collections. She has won numerous awards in national and international exhibitions and her work has been published in several magazines and books, including American Art Collector, Southwest Art, Professional Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine, The Pastel Journal, Poets and Artists Magazine and Pratique Des Arts in France.


Margaret Glass is recognized as one of the leading pastellists of today. She is a past Vice-President of La Société des Pastellistes de Françe and a member of the English Pastel Society.

In 1992 she was awarded the title 'Maitre Pastellist' by La Société des Pastellistes de Françe, only the eleventh artist to receive this distinction. In recent years she has also built up a growing reputation as a talented oil painter, able to capture the light with the same facility as in her pastels.

Margaret is a member of the Institute of East Anglian Artists.

"I tend to choose a subject because of the drama of light on it or within it. Whatever the subject matter may be, the light is what interests me. Light has always fascinated me. A landscape transformed by the sunrise, or light reflected on water, inspire me to paint. In my work I want to point to God the creator, and for people to stop and wonder at the beauty all around us.