33rd Purely Pastel Exhibition

May 30 to June 17,  2023

Location: All Galleries

Presented by: Pastel Artists.CA

Artist Talk: Wednesday, May 31 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm by Karin Richter

Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony: Thursday, June 1, 2023, 6 pm to 8 pm

Join us in celebrating the wonderful medium of pastels. 

Pastel Artists.CA presents works from artists across Canada, and internationally, working in pastels. Pastels are the world’s oldest medium, dating back to the caves in Lascaux. Modern advancements in the manufacture of pastels, along with museum-quality paper supports, mean those pastel paintings created by today’s artists will last for centuries to come. And yes, they are paintings!

This exhibition is exclusive to works created in pastel. From landscapes to still life, portraits to abstract, our members create beautiful work in different styles. From bold strokes to the faintest whisper of pastel, artists can express themselves in any manner that soothes their souls and communicates their vision. There are no limits to pastels.

View the works in this exhibition and you can confirm that for yourself.


Artist Talk – On Wednesday, May 31st from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, join us for a free public lecture with respected artist Karin Richter about her Antarctic Adventures. Light refreshments will be served

Reception – On Thursday, June 1 from 6 pm to 8 pm is the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony.

ICAN 2023 Conference – On Wednesday, May 31 to Sunday, June 4, the Pastel Artists.CA biannual conference. Featuring Canada’s top pastel artists and providing an opportunity to learn, grow, and make connections with other pastel artists from across Canada and beyond. 

Joyce Benson, Breezing Through


Roberta Combs, Overboard


Nga Reinio, Light of Hope


Karin Richter, Blue Pottery


Elena Selitsky, Hoping For A New Life


Kira Sokolovskaia, Winter Light


Susan Typert, Vancouver Bound