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 President

From the President’s easel……Summer 2021

Thank you for being a part of 3CPS! Our 2020 Members’ Exhibit online and it is impressive!

See where we’ve been painting plein air and where the next paintouts will be. They are all in open nature, so plenty of space to feel comfortable together but alone.

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!



California Central Coast Pastel Society Presents

2021 All Member Summer Show

“Silver Linings”


May1- August 31st

Beginners to Professional Artists!

“Winter’s Delight”

Mark Mertens, online show summer 2021

Breaking Surf by Mark Mertens, 8×12, $250

Upcoming Online and Outside Workshops

For more information in these troubled times about workshops, please contact Denise Schryver at

Lyn Asselta Online Demo

Thursday, June 24, 10am to 12pm.  Cost $40

Above photos by Lyn Asselta.  Visit her website for more information.

Click Here to Register

LYN ASSELTA, ecps online demo
LYN ASSELTA 3cps online demo
LYN ASSELTA 3cps online demo
LYN ASSELTA 3cps online demo


Lyn Asselta has considered the landscape her muse since she was a child.  Growing up on the coast of Maine, where weather often changed by the minute, the effects of atmosphere on land and water were an everyday, mesmerizing occurrence. Her memories are rich in details of the natural world and she draws from her love of nature when creating her paintings.  Her chosen medium of pastel allows her to extend her tactile sense of communicating with the world into the painting process at her easel. 

Asselta’s paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States and have been included in invitational exhibitions in France and China.  As a workshop instructor, she has taught in Canada, Curacao and across the USA. She is an IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) Eminent Pastelist, a Pastel Society of America Master Pastelist, a member of the Salmagundi Club, a member of several pastel societies, and is the founder and past president of the First Coast Pastel Society in northeast Florida. In 2009, Lyn was selected as an Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park in Maine.  Her work has been featured in art publications including Pastel Journal, Plein Air Magazine, and Pratique des Arts.

Lorenzo Chavez Four Day Plein Air Workshop in the beautiful

Central Coast of California and the Surrounding Areas


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Lorenzo Chavez

“Pacific Impressions” by Lorenzo Chavez

Lorenzo Chavez

October 27,28,29 & 30, 2021

What:  Plein Air Workshop with Lorenzo Chavez

Cost:  $625 members/$650 non-members

Where:  Four days of painting under the tutelage of renowned artist, Lorenzo Chavez. Two days painting on a private organic farm in the beautiful Adelaide area near Paso Robles, CA followed by two days painting on the stunning coast in Montana de Oro state park, Los Osos, CA.

Hosted by California Central Coast Pastel Society- 3CPS.  For more information contact Denise Schryver-805.440.4579,  or visit our Shows and Events page.

 Visit Lorenzo’s website to view more information about his workshops.  Lorenzo Chavez Workshops

General Meetings


Due to Covid 19 no meetings are scheduled at this time.

Paint Outs

Morro Bay Paint Out

3cps July 2021 paint out in Morro Bay,

 What:  3CPS July Paint Out

Where:  At the south end of the Bayside Cafe Parking Lot in Morro Bay

Date:  July 22nd

Time:  9am to noon

From here you can see Hollister Peak and many of the features of Morro Bay State Park, including the lagoon and natural bay habitat, many moored boats in the marina and a boardwalk around the site. The July 2

Please let Tom know if you plan to attend (

3cps July 2021 Paint Out. Tom Frey photographer
3cps July 2021 paint out.  Tome Frey Photographer

Be a part of the growing California Central Coast Pastel Society. Click here to join!


California Central Coast Pastel Society (3CPS)  ♦  P.O. Box 13933, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406  ♦

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