The Pastel Society of the Southwest was organized in 1979 to further education in, appreciation for, and encouragement of the use of the pastel medium. In the fall, PSSW holds an annual membership exhibition juried by a prominent, national artist. This has become the highlight of the society's year, with 50 or more of the best works chosen to hang from many entries. Since the first exhibition in 1981, membership in the society has been required for entry, although the National Open Show in 1995, was the society's first competition open to all pastelists. An Open Show was also held in 2000 and again in 2007.
There are six meetings per year, usually held on the first Sunday in March, April, May, September, October, and November, with programs to educate and instruct in the use of pastels. Members receive the Pasteller Newsletter at periodic times to inform about upcoming PSSW events and the activities/awards of fellow members.
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