Pastel Artists of New Zealand

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1st: "Round the Corner" by Jan Leighton (New Plymouth)

2nd: "lbri, Oman Dec 2017" by Harry Street (Auckland)

Merit: "Saturday on Brunswick Street" by Donna Dold (Auckland)

Merit: "Prague" by Anny de Groot (Nelson)


First:  'A Stella Performance' - Anna Schoolderman, Canterbury

Second:  'Jon's Teapot' - Colleen Henderson, Nelson

Merit: 'Red with a touch of blue' - Anne Bannock, Nelson

Merit: 'Apples instead of Bikkies' - Joan Pullan, Canterbury

Anna Schoolderman pastel
Colleen Henderson pastel


First: Zoe Alford - 'Painting Break'. 

Second: Melanie Eade - 'Butchers Dam'

Merit: Anna Schoolderman - 'Refreshed'

Merit: Joan Pullan - 'Old Glass Bottles'

Painting Break by Zoe Alford
Butchers Dam by Melanie Eade



First: Rebecca Wagstaff (West Otago/Southland) - 'Black Point'

Second: Elizabeth Leatherbarrow (Welington) - 'Afternoon Walk'

Merit: Kym Beaton (Otago) - 'Rubie Reverie'

Merit: Annette Bishop (Waikato) - 'Havelock South'

"Black Point" by Rebecca Wagstaff
"Afternoon Walk" by Elizabeth Leatherbarrow


to all our winners at the recent 'Purely Pastel National Art Awards'

held at the Aigantighe Art Gallery in Timaru.

First placeGavin Chai with 'Zeke'

Highly Commended: Rose Rudd with 'Ngakuta Abstract 2'

Merit Awards:

Michael Freeman with 'She's Mine'

Bill Burke with 'Maria of Eclectic Antiques'

Gavin Chai - 'Zeke'
Rose Rudd - 'Ngakuta Abstract 2'

CONGRATULATIONS to our placegetters below:

First: Annette Bishop (Waikato) - 'Nathan'

Second: Donna Dold (Auckland) - 'The Samoan Ladies'

Merit: Rachel McRobb (Canterbury) - 'Winston Churchill'

Merit: Gavin Chai (Auckland) - 'Self Portrait in Winter'

1st Place
2nd Place

CONGRATULATIONS to Vicki Jackson of Blenheim, who received the 'Best Pastel Award' and 'NBS People Choice Award' for her pastel painting 'Solace' at the recent Impressions National Art Awards in Nelson.

Pictured here:  Glenys Forbes presenting Vicki (right) with 'Best Pastel' Award and her pastel painting 'Solace'.

Vicki Jackson - 'Best Pastel Award' and 'NBS People Choice Award'

PANZ has conferred the award of 'MASTER PASTELIST' (MPANZ) on Julie Freeman. She has made an outstanding contribution to PANZ in its management (including introducing and managing the Facebook page with husband Michael) and in attending and contributing to PANZ conventions, has a strong track record of tutoring and mentoring budding pastel artists, and continues to garner international recognition for her work.
Her outstanding achievements merit the highest level of recognition the organisation can bestow.

CONGRATULATIONS to Tony Allain, Julie Freeman and Michael Freeman for having two each of their pastel works selected in this prestigious juried online exhibition.  Tony came away with a Silver award, Michael a Bronze and Julie an Honourable Mention.  They have also gained points towards Master Circle status.

Pictured here:  Michael and Julie Freeman

Julie Greig's 'In Transition, Lindis Pass, NZ' was selected for the Pastel Society of America’s 45th Annual Exhibition in New York – one of 178 chosen from 1298 entries worldwide.  It was then selected for an exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. The exhibit will open mid December and will run through January 2018.