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


March 28 – General meeting and Pop-up Event.  POSTPONED.

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

Paint Outs


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


3cps paintout Manzanita Manor Walnut FarmWhen: Wednesday, March 4, 2020.  Cancelled.  

Time: 2:00 – 5:00

Where: MM Organics in Adalaide.  Contach for directions

This March 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.  Rain cancels.  Contact Jim Tyler to RSVP or for carpool coordination: jimtylerfineart@gmail


3 CPS Art Central All Member ShopCalling All 3CPS Members! All Member Show (June – August 2020)

On Your (Pastel) Mark… Get Set… Go Paint… 

for the second Bi-Annual 3CPS Members Only Show!

This is a 2-month exhibit at Art Central Gallery. 
Beginners to Professional Artists! The only requirement is that you be a current member in good standing of the California Central Coast Pastel Society.  Details to follow, so stay tuned and start painting your best work!


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)

Registration is Open


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 

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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