California Central Coast Pastel Society (3CPS)


We want to welcome you to our California Central Coast Pastel Society (3CPS) website! Here you will find lots of information about our organization, its members, the latest pastel news and events. We hope you enjoy your visit, and come back often to stay informed. Feel free to contact us about anything related to soft pastel art. More in depth information about all 3CPS activities is available in the current 3CPS Newsletter. The Shows and Events Page contains a list of upcoming shows, events and requirements.  Thanks for visiting!

Happy painting!

Denise Schryver, 3CPS PresidentFrom the President’s Easel…

Happy Almost Spring to All!                                                         

It’s a great time to be a member of 3CPS.  There are workshops and demos, a 2020 Members’ Exhibit, and lots of pastel painting opportunities coming your way.  As your new president, my goal is to continue building our community of artists, to inspire and to help us become the best artists we can be!

I’m looking forward to meeting each of you in 2020.  Your participation and ideas are what makes 3CPS such a vital and growing society of pastelists. Join us for these great events!  And please don’t forget to click the read more link at the bottom of this newsletter to get the full story.  Denise Schryver

General Meetings


 November 7 – General meeting and demonstration – More information to follow.


3 CPS Art Central All Member Shop3CPS Members! All Member Show (June – July 2020)  (Cancelled)

Since this had to be cancelled, we are replacing it with our first ever two month Online Show.  It is going to be fabulous!  See below.


All Member Online Show (June – July 2020)

Calling All 3CPS Members! All Member Online Show (June – July 2020)

On Your (Pastel) Mark… Get Set… Go Paint…First 3CPS Members Only Online Show! This is a 2-month exhibit.  Beginners to Professional Artists! The only entrance requirement is being a current member in good standing of the California Central Coast Pastel Society. Please see the Shows and Events Page for more information. If you haven’t submitted a picture, please do so before the 15th of May.  Email your photo to

Show opens June 1, 2020

Paint Outs

We’ve organized a great series of paint-outs for you.  With these locations, it’s easy to maintain social distancing while still enjoying the camaraderie of other artists.  If you’re new to plein air, this is a good opportunity to give it a try.  You don’t need a fancy  set of equipment to start; chances are you already have enough.  If you have questions about equipment or the painting process, just write back and we’ll have one of our plein air artists call you to help you out!  Contact Jim Tyler to RSVP or for more information: jimtylerfineart@gmail

Wednesday, May 13, 9:00am:  Moretti Canyon Road

This is a beautiful area of oak trees, sycamores, fields, vineyards, and mountain views, all along a small country road with hardly any traffic.  There are several areas to pull off the road, which goes for several miles.  The first mile or two has the best features.  Moretti Canyon Road is located off of Orcutt Road, 3.6 miles south of the intersection of Tank Farm Rd and Orcutt Rd in south eastern SLO.  No facilities.

Friday, May 29, 9:00am:  Spooner’s Cove  

Located inside Montana de Oro, the Spooner’s Cove area offers views in every direction:  cliffs, beaches, ocean, and an historic house amid cypress, complete with rocking chairs on the front porch.  Restrooms on site.  As of this weekend, the cove parking lot was closed for parking, but still open for visitors and painters.  There is a lot of parking right past the cove at the visitor center and trailhead to the bluffs.

Saturday, June 13, 9:00am:   Highway 46 Overlooks

This paint-out offers grand vistas of the coastal mountains and the Morro Bay coastline.  The section of road is between Templeton and Highway 1 north of Harmony.  No facilities.  This scene is at the Mile Marker 7 pullout:

Plein Air Paint Out at Manzanita Manor Organic Walnut Farm (To Be Rescheduled)

This  paint-out will be in Adelaide.  MM Organics ( is a working organic walnut farm.  There are vistas of live oak trees, manzanita, Peachy Canyon winery, wildflowers, and mountains almost all of the way to Morro Bay.  There are restroom facilities on site. It also works out perfectly for a post-painting glass of wine at Daou Winery which is just below the walnut farm.


For more information in these troubles times about all workshops, please contact us at directly or call Denise Schryver at 805.440.4579.

Lorenzo Chavez, 3cps Workshop 2020
Lorenzo Chavez
2 Day Plein Air and 2 day In-Studio workshops. May 20 – 23, 2020 (Cancelled: To be rescheduled in 2021

2-day Plein Air Workshop, May 20-21 ($275 Members; $325 Non-members) Workshop is full.  Contact KC Caldwell for waiting list information. (805) 540-1470.

2-day Studio Workshop, May 22-23 ($300 Members; $350 Non-members)

3CPS is excited to bring Lorenzo Chavez to the Central Coast for two incredible workshops!  Whether you prefer plein air painting or studio painting, you won’t want to miss this event.  His suggestive renderings and fluent technique in both Oil and Pastel have earned him numerous awards and many devoted collectors throughout the United States and he is considered by many to be the west’s premier pastel painter.  He has been the recipient of awards and honors from such notable groups at the Pastel Society of America, California Art Club, American Impressionist Society, numerous pastel societies across the United States, Society de Pastelists France, the C.M. Russell Auction, and Artist of the West Pioneer Museum.

Chavez is an active member of. Northwest Rendezvous of Art, Plein Air Painters of America, California Art Club Signature Member, American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of Spain.  His work is featured in six galleries in the United States and is included in Private, Corporate, University, and Museum collections nationally and internationally.

August 29 – Debbie Wardrope

Demonstration and workshop.  More information to follow.

Teresa Saia 3-day In-Studio workshop. September 10,11, and 12, 2020.

(More information to follow).   

Registration opens Spring, 2020

Stephanie Birdsall

Coming in 2021 – Stephanie Birdsall 

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