Renaissance in Pastel

The 17th Annual National Exhibition of the Pastel Society

More than 125 works from artists throughout the United States feature the best in contemporary pastels and demonstrate the range of color, technique, and tone in award-winning artists' works.

More about this exhibition


  • Peonies and Cherries by Anne McCrory; 2009 Jack Richeson Award winner
  • Fog and Mist #2 by Dick McEvoy
  • Primary Colors by Mally DeSomma
  • Barn Shape #2 by Frank Federico
  • Brilliant Lemons by Rita Paradis

Meet the Artists

Dick McEvoy is a signature artist and elected board member of the Pastel Society of America, his pastel paintings are in over 170 private and corporate collections. Mr McEvoy’s artwork has been exhibited in France, Italy, Taiwan, and throughout the Northeast U.S.

Mally DeSomma is an award-winning artist and signature member of the Connnecticut Pastel Society. Ms. DeSomma has recently won a top award in the “Pastel Society Of America’s” national juried art show and the painting was chosen for an exhibit at the Butler Institute Museum in Ohio that ran from December 2009 through March 2010.

Frank Federico is an internationally known, award-winning artist, master pastellist of the Pastel Society of America, and signature member of the National Watercolor Society and others. Frank has exhibited in France, Portugal, Taiwan, Sweden, and the U.S.

Rita Paradis is an award-winning artist and is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Ms. Paradis has twice won awards of excellence in the Colored Pencil Society’s international exhibitions.