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Donna Chambers

Donna Chambers

Pastels present a full spectrum of hues, lights and darks as well as the ability to utilize a variety of textures and strokes with which to create interesting paintings.  I have used these techniques to create paintings of such diverse subjects as landscapes, animals, birds and portraits.  My pastels have been in juried shows in Indiana, Michigan and Texas. I am a current member of the Pastel Society of the Southwest.  I enjoy creating and teaching art because art enriches our lives as it provides an outlet for our creativity.  I am a psychologist and hypnotherapist and often utilized “art therapy” with patients as a tool to diagnosis and treat symptoms.  


Since the spring of 2018, I have been the director of the Art Gallery at Filtered, a café in McKinney, Texas where I recruit new artists, screen prospective art works and do daily maintenance of the gallery logistics and data.


Art Shows and Public Viewing in Texas

2015: The McKinney Art Studiodisplayed several of my paintings in the fall of 2015. 

2015:  Filteredcoffee café in McKinney, displayed my pastels in their gallery.  I have had a rotating display of my paintings since the Spring 2016.  I began doing demos of     

          pastel painting weekly at Filtered in 2016. 

2016:McKinney Art Club Annual Showawarded, Clouds in a Pastel Sky, pastel painting, a blue ribbon for the “Best Use of a Medium”.  

2016: November-December: five pastel paintings were shown in the Pastel Society of the Southwest member show in Grapevine, Texas.

2017: January: the Wylie ArtGallery,Wylie, Texas accepted nine pastels, on a variety of subjects.  I have been a member of Wylie Art Gallery since 2017.

2017: March-April; The Wylie Art Gallery.    I taught pastel techniques in a class for teens and adults in the gallery. 

2017: March, Frisco Texas Art in the Atrium, 51stannual regional juried art exhibit: 6 months juried show accepted Texas Springtime.

2017: October, Frisco, Texas Art in the Atrium: 6-month juried show accepted Vibrant Sunset.

2017:  April: Richardson Civic Art Society, Richardson, Texas juried in Texas Springfor their 2017 show.

Oct. 2017: Frisco Texas, “Art in the Atrium”:juried in Wandering Creek for their 6-month show.

Nov. 2017: 4 pastel paintings were on display at the Pastel Society of the Southwestmember show, Grapevine, Tx.

2018 Dec. thru Feb. 2018: Keller Public Arts,City of Keller, Texas. PSSW membership’s show to showcase other medium (oil, watercolor, acrylic, multi-medium and pastel). Six paintings were hung, three pastels, three acrylic and pastel paintings. 

Art in the Atrium,Frisco, Texas accepted Field of Beauty, for their fall show, October 2018 through March 2019, (4th acceptance).

2019:ArtReach Gallery: Pastel Society of the Southwest juriedshow 1/2019.


Demonstrations: I have conducted pastel demos at Filteredin McKinney, (weekly, spring and summer in 2016 and spring, summer and fall 2017, and all of 2018) and for The Pastel Society of the Southwestat the Martin Housein McKinney in August 2017.  


Art Education:

My art education includes classes at Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, Cal.  The Box Factory(St. Joseph, Mi.), Buchanan Art Center(Buchanan, Michigan), Studio Arts, and the South Bend Museum of Art. (South Bend, Ind.).   In Texas, I attended PSSW membership demos from internationally known pastel artists as well as local Texas artists. Demos from McKinney Art Club and the Richardson Art Association.



I have participated in workshops with internationally known pastelists and oil painters: 

Richard McDaniel,Allan Flattman, andAlain Picard.

Workshop:Harry Ahn, an inter-nationally known and honored artist in oils. 

Student of Harry Ahn for 2 years.


Professional Art Associations and Shows:                                          

Associations:  I am a past member of The Northern Indiana Pastel Society, The Northern Indiana Artist Association, The Buchanan Art Center, and a longtime member of the Berrien Artist Guild. I had a working studio at the Box Factory for the Arts, in St. Joseph, Michigan for two years from September 2013.  I taught small group and individuals pastel painting techniques.  

Juried Shows:My pastels have been displayed at the following Indiana and Southwestern Michigan galleries:

In Indiana:The South Bend Civic Theatre, Studio Arts, The New Galleries, The Bag Factoryin Goshen, Indiana (Sycamore Arts). 

The Fort Wayne Museum of Modern Art, Ft. Wayne, Indiana 2014displayed Irish Country, a pastel, from Northern Indiana Artist Associationmembership. 

In Michigan:The Box Factory for the Arts: Berrien Artist Guildjuried shows have accepted my pastels for the Michiana Annual Art Competition (MAAC)several years.   

My one-woman show, Pastels: Color and Light,was held at The Buchanan Art Center,in July 2009. Buchanan, Michigan. 

Box Factory for The ArtsArtist of the Monthand selected pastel paintings were on display in 2013.                                                                                                  



Donna Chambers

Donna Chambers

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