About MidAmerica Pastel Society

2013 GRAND PRIZE in the Pastel Journal. ©Elaine Lierly-Jones. Title: Miles to Go. Pastel.

2013 GRAND PRIZE in the Pastel Journal. ©Elaine Lierly-Jones. Title: Miles to Go. Pastel.

 

 

Thanks for visiting The MidAmerica Pastel Society website.  Please look around and get to know the wonderful group of artists and friends known as “MAPS.”

WHEN: 4th Tuesdays of Month (September to June) at 7:00pm

WHERE: Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208

FIRST PLACE. 2012 Heartland National Juried Show. ©Donna Yeager. "Sunbathing".

FIRST PLACE. 2012 Heartland National Juried Show. ©Donna Yeager. “Sunbathing”.

 

 

 

We meet in the lower level, Room 15. Park on the north side of the church. Use the rear entrance, center door with the arched canopy, we’re straight ahead, down the steps.

We encourage participation of artists of all skill levels and the involvement of family members and friends.

 

TOP AWARD. 2012 Symphony in the Flint Hills. ©Chris Willey. "Fall Evening Vista"

TOP AWARD. 2012 Symphony in the Flint Hills. ©Chris Willey. “Fall Evening Vista”

History

The MidAmerica Pastel Society (MAPS) formed July 14th, 1998 when a group of local Kansas City area artists found their favorite medium, pastel, was being overlooked as a serious art form.  Determined to prove t

hat pastel, with its centuries-long history, stability, and rich vibrant beauty , these artists formed a non-profit society to foster their passion for pastel. As a group of artists in a formal society, MAPS has become a force better able to capture the attention of an audience of art patrons, critics and show jurors.

Purpose of MidAmerica Pastel Society

The purpose of MAPS is to bring together practicing pastel artists as a group to network, to educate and promote community interest and support for the medium of pastel in the visual arts, to support these artists in their artistic development, exhibit work as a group and individually; to provide teaching workshops for further development of artists using pastel and to make a contribution to the community through the development of

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HISTORICAL PASTELS: Two Studies of the Head and Shoulders of a Little Girl
c. 1716-17; Red, black and white chalks on buff paper, 18.7 x 24.4 cm; Pierpont Morgan Library, New York

student artists in the pastel medium.

Affiliations

The MidAmerica Pastel Society is affiliated with the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) whose objective is “to celebrate worldwide, the expanding presence of Dry Pastel as a major fine art painting medium,” and to “provide a strong voice for pastel artists and the luminous medium of “Pastel”.” IAPS is a non-profit organization representing pastel societies uniting in a common cause — to demonstrate the validity and quality of pastel fine art around the world.