Dear members,

another year has gone by, 2020 is nearly with us. Our pastel association has grown steadily since our first international online competition last year. We now have 131 members from Europe, but also from the US, Asia and Australia.

I would like to thank those of you who participated in our member competition, turning the Get Dusty into a show of high quality pastels. I would like to thank Michael Schnitker, our webmaster, who keeps our website up and running despite his own busy schedule. My thanks go to Annika Östman, our treasurer, who deals with all the financial problems of an international non-profit organization.I would like to thank Susan Corcoran for compiling, editing and designing the Scribbler. I would also like to thank my colleagues from the board who are all volunteers and work for PGE in their own free time. Without them, PGE wouldn’t exist. My thanks also go to those of you who, by writing articles or being active in the forum contribute to making PGE a pastel association worth belonging to.

My wish for 2020 is that more of you would consider giving a bit of your time and support the board, or better still, volunteer to become a board member. The next AGM will be in March/April 2020; time enough to think about it.

With my best wishes for a peaceful Hannukah, Christmas and end of the year and all the best for 2020

Dorothea Schulz

PGE chair


Painting by Kerstin Birk

Jeri Greenberg PSA, our judge for the November Get Dusty Competition has made her decision:

The winner is Silja Salmistu with "Lemon Tea" 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 Anne-Laure Glaude with "Concombresin third place is Clea Müller with "HomeMade Jelly".

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Our Winter Get Dusty - Free Choice runs from November 26th, 2019 until January 25th, 2020. It can be still life, floral, landscape, portrait, animal or abstract. For this competition you may upload up to three entries. Enjoy the holidays and happy painting!


After many years as a fashion illustrator and designer, Jeri took time off to raise a family while working from home as a textile and graphic designer.  Years later, she discovered her passion for pastels. Jeri teaches weekly classes at Museum School at Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, leads a variety of demos and  workshops across the country, and juries pastel shows nationwide.



"Pastels are an immediate tool to express feelings, the perfect vehicle by which to "Make the Ordinary Extraordinary" and to tell stories in paintings...Pastels are pure color and pure joy for me.  The ability to make them do whatever you want, using both soft and hard pastels, is both freeing and a delicious torture." - J. Greenberg



From still lifes, urban interiors, figures and fabrics, to landscapes, Jeri's portfolio reflects the Power of Pastels™.   She shares her love of nature, people's expressions and the soul that's hiding in an inanimate object.


 Written by Joanna Ward