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 New Year 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 Schriever

General Meetings


Ginny Burdick,3CPS Speaker

Much fun and learning was had at this last General Meeting.  Ginny did a great job!  Please join us at the next General Meeting,  More info to come. 




Guest Demo Artist: Ginny Burdick!

Ginny lives and works in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Mountains in Corsegold, California. She is known for her strong use of color and imagery in pastel, oils, and watercolor.

She has received awards from the Yosemite Western Artists the Alliance of California Artists, Best of Show ACA 2009, the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), the Pastel Society of the West Coast (PSWC) signature member, California Art Club, Yosemite Renaissance, the Montana Watercolor Society. She was also a finalist in the American Artist Magazine 2013 art contest, and was a participant in the Sierra Foothill Conservancy Plein Air Event.

In December of 2012 Ginny opened a fine art gallery in Fresno, The Sense of Place, where she represents artists from throughout Central California. She teaches both pastel and watercolor workshops and classes.  To learn more about Ginny and see her work, please visit her website at

Join is for a very special morning with Ginny Burdick!  As always, this event is free and open to the public so bring a friend and learn together.


Paint Outs

Plein Air Paint Out at Stenner Creek Road Train Trestle


Stenner Creek Paint Out, 3cpsWHEN:  Sunday, February 2nd

TIME:  9am to noon

WHERE:  Stenner Creek Railroad Trestle

What could possibly be a better way of celebrating Ground Hogs Day than painting outside with your friends?!  Our next 3CPS paint-out is on Sunday, February 2nd from 9am – noon at one of the lesser known areas of Cal Poly.  The Stenner Creek Road railroad trestle area has views of ponds, docks, vineyards, Bishop Peak, avocado groves, cattle, barns, creeks, the Cal Poly Logging Unit, and, of course, a train trestle.   Stenner Creek Road is located ¾ of a mile north of the Highland Drive entrance to Cal Poly on Highway 1.  Proceed ¾ of a mile down Stenner Creek, which is paved.  Right before the trestle the road will turn to dirt; at that point, turn left and park along the paved side road.   There are no parking fees.  Rain cancels.  Please email Jim at  to RSVP, for additional directions, nearby painting spots, and questions.

Plein Air Paint Out – Mount Hollister (Cancelled due to rain. To be rescheduled)


Mt. Hollister 3cps paintoutWHEN: Saturday, December 7th, 2019
TIME:  1:00 – 4:00 pm
WHERE:  Rock Harbor Church, 1475 Quintana Road in Morro Bay, along Highway 1.

This paint-out features lovely views of Mount Hollister.  We’ll meet in the afternoon, not the morning, so that we can get late afternoon color on the mountain.  Contact Jim Tyler for more information or to RSVP (805-748-2220,


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!


Alain Picard Workshops, March 4 – 7, 2020 

Alain Picard will be teaching two in-studio landscape workshops and one plein air workshop for 3CPS in March, 2020.
March 4: Just added. One day in-studio workshop. (Same as two day in-studio workshop).  Members $120, Non-members $155.
March 5-6: Two day studio workshop. Members $225, non-members $260. View Flyer
March 7: One day plein air workshop.  Members $120, Non-members $155. View Flyer
The workshops run from 9:30am to 4:30pm each day.  Suitable for all levels.
(Note: 2 day studio workshop and plein air workshops are full. Please call (805) 540-1470 regarding space.
Registration is open for the one day in-studio workshop.

Lorenzo Chavez, 3cps Workshop 2020Lorenzo Chavez 2 Day Plein Air and 2 day In-Studio workshops. May 20 – 23, 2020


2-day Plein Air Workshop, May 20-21 ($275 Members; $325 Non-members)

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.

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!

For more information about the activities on this page visit the Shows and Events page.


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

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