2021 OPAL Member Meeting Schedule

(All member meetings generally are on the first Thursday of month beginning at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

This is an annual calendar --- Please scroll down to see all events within the calendar year!


Sunday, March 7, 2021 - 10:30 am -1:00 pm - Tom Christopher (https://tomchristopherartist.com/)

  • Tom, an Iowa landscape artists, signature member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), will provide our members a virtual demonstration of his texture technique. 
  • He will demonstrate for 90 minutes and take questions during the last 30 minutes. 
  • As we near the meeting Tom will let us know what platform he will be using to show the meeting online (e.g., Zoom, WebEx, etc.)
  • For OPAL Members only.  Registration by February 15th required.


Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Ginny Stocker (http://www.ginnystocker.com/) - 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Online via WebEx

  • OPAL Member, Ginny Stocker will demonstrate "Playing with your Pastels"


Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Nancie King Mertz (https://www.nanciekingmertz.com/)

  • Nancie is an award-winning artist who teaches across the US and internationally.  She has spent her lifetime painting in oil and pastel. She was awarded the Master Circle Medallion by the Int’l Assoc. of Pastel Societies in 2015, their Eminent Pastelist distinction in 2018 and won the IAPS Prix de Pastel Award in 2019. She is also a Master Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Chicago Pastel Painters, as well as a Signature Member of American Women Artists and Degas Pastel Society.  She is known for her lively urban settings that soften the edges of the city.
  • As we near the meeting Nancie will let us know what platform she will be using for the online meeting (e.g., Zoom, WebEx, etc.)
  • For OPAL Members only.  Registration by April 20th required.  Register here


Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Christine Swann (https://swannportraits.com/)

  • "Christine is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and a member of the IAPS Masters’ Circle, a designation she received in only 6 years. Past President of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League and a Past President of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, she is also a long-time member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and Portrait Society of America. She currently teaches the “Power of Pastel” Workshop to groups around the country."
  • As we near the meeting Christine will let us know what platform she will be using for the online meeting
  • For OPAL Members only.  Registration by May 20th required.  Register here.


Thursday, July 8, 2021 -  5:30 - 8:30 pm - Plein Air Painting - Sunbear Studio, Westerville, OH

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Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 6:00 - 8:30 pm - Workshop Information Sharing - Heritage Park, Antrim Shelter -- Westerville, OH


Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 5:00 - 7:00 pm - Happy Hour/View OPAL Exhibition at Sunbear Studio 

  • 5:00 pm Happy Hour - Uptown Deli and Brew, 41 N. State St, Westerville, OH (Just behind Sunbear Studio)
  • 5:45 pm or so head to Sunbear Studio to view the OPAL Exhibition and have artists discuss their paintings.

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm - TBD


Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Meredith Martin (http://www.sunbearstudio.com/meredith.php) - Location TBD

  • OPAL Member, Meredith Martin will demonstrate her loose style of pastel painting


Thursday. December 2, 2021 -- 5:30 - 7:30 pm - Annual Holiday Party - Location: TBD

  • Dinner and painting swap




2021 OPAL Member Exhibition Schedule



Meeting/Event Locations

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OPAL; Ohio Pastel Artists League

2021 OPAL Workshop Schedule