Every year, PSWC holds the Members Only Online Show (MOOS). The accepted paintings are divided into two categories – general members and signature/distinguished pastelists/pastel laureate members. We are thrilled that this year, 193 artists submitted almost 600 painting for consideration. Our esteemed judge, Gwenneth Barth-White had the difficult, but enjoyable task of narrowing these entries to the 129 you see here. Special Thanks to our MOOS Chairman Dug Waggoner for the outstanding job he has done coordinating all the details that are required to put together this show. He even designed our show logo of Bessie the Bovine!
About Gwenneth Barth-White
American-born Swiss international artist Gwenneth Barth-White is a Maître Pastelliste and Vice-President of the 150-year-old Société des Pastellistes de France; she’s a Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the IAPS Master Circle, and has been a juror for all of these societies. Her work has been exhibited in Geneva, Gstaad, New York, Toronto, Paris, and in many French and American venues. Gwenneth has lived and worked most of her life in Geneva, Switzerland, having moved there when she was a child. After advanced music studies, she attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts and graduated from the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs. Currently the artist lives in South-West Florida.
With easy access to Europe’s museums, Gwenneth’s early fascination for painting led her to study the ancient techniques and methods of the old masters in depth, and with the encouragement of the American master, Joseph Bowler, she became well known as a portraitist. The beauty and intimacy of the human figure has been the main focus of her work for many years, with still-lifes and landscapes an extra joy. Gwenneth’s work is in collections world-wide, from the U.S.A. and Scandinavia, to the Middle East, Europe and Southeast Asia. Her client list includes leaders of industry, government and diplomacy. Among her more well-known clients are the Sultan of Brunei and his Queen, the entire family of former Saudi Oil Minister Sheik Yamani, and the founders of one of America’s most beautiful museums of contemporary art, the Crosby Kempers. Her work is in Geneva’s Patek Philippe Museum, and has been shown seasonally at the Butler Institute of American Art. Gwenneth’s awards include the International Association of Pastel Society’s top ‘Prix de Pastel’, and first place for portrait and figure in the Pastel Journal’s best 100 paintings competition. The artist’s work has been featured in several international magazines and publications, most recently in the ‘Artists Magazine’ and the French ‘Pratique des Arts’.
A passionate teacher, Gwenneth conducts specialized workshops from France to North America. Her step-by-step portrait-in-pastel DVD is marketed world-wide.
And now the Show!
Signature, Distinguished Pastelist, and Pastels Laureate Awards