Juried into the Pastel Society of America

Juried into the Pastel Society of America
Juried into the Pastel Society of America

Confidence (pastel) by Polly Castor

This is rather surprising, big news for me!

I was recently juried into the Pastel Society of America, which is the most prestigious pastel group in the world.

My mother would have been gobsmacked. I know several pillars in the pastel community that applied twenty years in a row before being allowed into membership, and I was accepted on my first try! Also, I had a purely abstract application, and am one of the first very few taken on that basis. Most of the abstract artists in the Pastel Society of America got in on representational work.

This is bucket list stuff for me, and I’m thrilled. I “get inducted” in the fall, and hope to be in future shows in New York City at the National Arts League.

The application was based on five paintings, and you can see the ones I submitted in this post. You’ll recognize them probably from this blog.

So grateful!

Layers of Memory (pastel) by Polly Castor


Dark Matter (pastel) by Polly Castor


Windblown (pastel) by Polly Castor


Insinuations (pastel) by Polly Castor

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. John gregory 3 years ago

    Congratulations on good works recognized ❤️

  2. Libby 3 years ago

    Great news. Congratulations!

    Just received my two writing journals with that beautiful spring photo you took of tulips. Love them.

    • Author
      Polly Castor 3 years ago

      So glad!

  3. Ann Rudegeair 3 years ago

    OH WOW!!! That is an amazing achievement! CONGRATS!!! I was in a Halla Shafey class with you a couple of months ago. Have been loving your blog. Thanks for sharing your journey 😁

    • Author
      Polly Castor 3 years ago

      So very glad to have you along!!

  4. Elizabeth A Shattuck 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Good news indeed! 💃🏻

  5. Jeriann 3 years ago

    I’m SO happy for you, Polly! This is awesome news! And so deserved. Such beautiful pieces.

  6. Meg Hanson 3 years ago


  7. Terri 3 years ago

    What an honor, Polly! And well deserved!

  8. Anne 3 years ago

    Wonderful news! You are inspirational as always. Love all these paintings!

  9. Dilys 3 years ago

    Well done Polly! Glad you have the recognition you deserve! X x x

  10. LOREE A. OGAN 3 years ago

    I hope you can have friends attend the induction!

    • Kristie 3 years ago

      So happy for you Polly. Congratulations 💜❤️💛

  11. Connie Adams 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Connie Adams

  12. Joyce LeBlanc 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Well deserved!

  13. Gillian 3 years ago

    Belated CONGRATS Polly – delighted for you …. am still loving Insinuations….. my favourite!

    • Author
      Polly Castor 3 years ago

      It just got in a show!


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