Exhibit Opportunity at the American Swedish Institute

The Lake Country Pastel Society has a wonderful opportunity to expand our presence within the Twin City Community in a partnership with the American Swedish Institute (ASI) this holiday season. Kudos to Sher Leksen for following up with their Museum Exhibit Coordinator and reserving an exhibition slot for our organization.

Currently we have a show in place for previous award winners and board members in ASI’s Community Gallery, Lower Level of the ‘Mansion’ portion, that just opened December 19th and runs through January 27th.

All members will have an opportunity to display their work in this historic Museum in a second follow-up exhibit in their Benson Gallery, also located in the Lower Level of the ‘Mansion’. We have received numerous compliments regarding the quality of our work displayed in their Community Gallery Show and have been requested to expand the show for all members starting around January 28, 2018 and continuing through March 4th. This extended show will coincide and overlap with upcoming glass and ceramic exhibits by internationally known Scandinavian Artists. Currently, the ASI website for ‘Exhibits, Now on View’ lists the Lake Country Pastel Show as a one show format running continuously from December 19, 2017 through March 4, 2018.

ASI has graciously agreed to host a public reception in the Museum Wednesday evening, January 31st, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

We are still working out details regarding drop-off & pickup dates, expanded show start date in the Benson Gallery (TBD by ASI), intake procedures and getting a Prospectus written tailored to this show. Based on the current show parameters in the Community Room, no entry fee will be required on our end but ASI will collect a 30% commission on sold artwork, and will handle sales tax, all through the ASI’s Gift Shop.

This is a members only show so now is the time to renew your membership. You can find the information online at lakecoountrypastelsociety.org, and on page 9 of the January 2018 newsletter.

Exciting times for our group!! ..... This is your opportunity to have your work displayed in a landmark museum within our community and region. Many thanks to Sher, Fred and Avis for helping to make this a reality!

We still will be receiving entries for the judged exhibit at Frameworks Gallery in late March (the show opens April 7) so make your plans to submit your best work to these wonderful exhibits!

Lake Country Pastel Society Spring Show
Frameworks in Highland Park St. Paul, MN

April 7 2018 through May 26th,2018

Our next show venue will be at The Frameworks in the Highland Park area of St. Paul (2022A Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN) from April 7, 2018 through May 26th, 2018. This show will be a non-juried show (open invitational for members and new members) for entry but entry submittals will be judged after opening by Doug Dawson who will be giving a pastel workshop for those LCPS members that signed up, in early May. Doug is an internationally known pastelist who has won many awards and Frameworks has also graciously agreed to provide space for Doug to hang some of his pieces during the show when he is in town. Many thanks go out to Frameworks and Manager Mandy Bitzegaio for making this exciting venue possible.

Past Exhibits

Lake Country Pastel Society Fall Show at Grand Hill Gallery
September 21 - October 21

Grand Hill Gallery show

Grand Hill Gallery show

Grand Hill Gallery show

Grand Hill Gallery show

Lake Country Pastel Society Exhibit at Minnetonka Art Center
April 13 - May 11

This wonderful exhibit was juried and judged by Fred Somers. At the opening reception Fred talked about each painting that was awarded. His comments were very positive and encouraging.
Thank you Fred!

Award Winners for the 2017 Minnetonka Art Center Exhibit

Becky Jokela Best of Show for "Old Maple"


Carol Pruchnosfski First Place for "Coffee with the Girls"


Jo Nelson Second Place for "Crossing the Zumbro"


Gary Carabio Third Place for "Nursing Mother"


Eileen France Merit Award for "Hills of Lupine"


Cynthia Kath Merit Award for "Waves of Emotion"


Pat Duncan Honorary Mention for "Spiritual Healing, Comfort and Solace"


Rick Jacobs Honorary Mention for "Native Land"


Michelle Wegler Honorary Mention for "What Does the Future Hold"


Christine Tierney Honorary Mention for "New Year’s Crescent"


Laura Frykman Honorary Mention for "Seeking Its Level"


Lake Country Pastel Society Stillwater Show

A huge thanks to all who participated in our Stillwater Show! We had 22 artists participate and 42 pieces of art in the gallery and we received many positive comments about our show.

Congratulations to Fred Somers, who won the People’s Choice Award, with his pastel “Where You Ought to Be”.

A special thanks to our many volunteers who planned the show, helped at the reception, and worked with hanging and taking down the show. It was great to see such a strong and vibrant collection of pastels at the gallery!

Stillwater gallery show

Stillwater gallery show

Stillwater gallery show

Stillwater gallery show

Stillwater gallery show

Award Winners for the 2016 Hopkins Center Exhibit

Gary Carabio Best of Show for "Draught Horse"


Lisa Stauffer First Place for "A Certain Symmetry"


Jo Nelson Second Place for "Workshop"


Sher Leksen Third Place for "Superior"


Connie Ludwig Merit Award for "A Walk in Bob's Woods"


Karen Berning Honorable Mention Award for "Used Freight"


MaryAnn Cleary Honorable Mention Award for "Spirit of the Rum River"


Pat Duncan People's Choice Award for "Graceful Presence"


Award Winners for the 2015 Red Wing Exhibit

Fred Somers Best of Show for "Radiant Laced Waters"


Lisa Stauffer First Place for "Blue Belle"


Carol Pruchnofski Second Place for "Tranquility"


Cynthia Kath Third Place for "River Valley Evening"


Jo Nelson Merit Award for "The Barnyard"


Mary Ann Cleary Merit Award for "Mystical Forest"


Michelle Wegler Honorable Mention Award for "Summer Skies"


Connie Ludwig Honorable Mention Award for "Warm Kitty Soft Kitty"


Kami Johnson Honorable Mention Award for "Stony Play Station"


Earlier Exhibits