Founded on the leading edge of a resurgence of interest in the soft pastel medium, the Southwest Florida Pastel Society was established in January 2003. Pastels are best known for their superior quality of color and light achieved through the use of pure pigment with reflective qualities not found in other mediums. This, coupled with their permanence, make pastels a very good investment, insuring beauty and quality for years, if not generations to come.

An organization representing more than 95 active pastel artists of all skill levels, SWFPS has expanded to include national as well as southwest Florida residents.

The Society’s goals are to foster professionalism by providing support to pastel artists of all skill levels, offer educational programs for young people and adults and focus on the renaissance of the pastel medium.

To support these goals, SWFPS provides its’ members with monthly meetings including educational programs, critiques, plein air outings, exhibition opportunities, a library of instructional DVDs, and our newsletter “Value Strokes”. After school programs are supervised by our membership are community outreach events, as well as scholarship awards to art school attendees.

Southwest Florida Pastel Society takes pride in the fact that our membership includes Signature and Associate Members of the Pastel Society of America. We are a member organization of the International Association of Pastel Societies, the United Arts Council, and the Arts Council of Southwest Florida.

The Southwest Florida Pastel Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a Board of Directors. In addition to the Board, the SWFPS maintains a number of committees who support the various functions of the society. Members are encouraged to participate in one or more of these committees: fundraising, scholarship, hospitality, “Wild About Pastels”, book discussion, video library, historian, merchandise.

The SWFPS holds monthly meetings (October through May) beginning at 10:00 am where they conduct the business of the society and present a program of interest to pastel artists. Meetings rotate between various cities in Southwest Florida. In addition, fundraisers and special workshops are conducted for our members.

Community Outreach/Support

  • Scholarship: Sam Platt Scholarship
  • Dedicated to our first president, the scholarship is awarded annually to high school seniors interested in a fine arts education. Application form 


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