Friday, October 28, 2016

Congratulations Brenda Hash!

Congratulations are in order for another one of Texas members! Way to go, Brenda Hash!

"Thoughts of Elberta", Pastel, 24x36"

In 2014 - 2015 this piece won a Certificate of Excellence in the PSoA International Portrait Competition, a top award from the Pastel Society of America which was on view at the National Arts Club in New York, it was included in an invitational pastel exhibit which was on view at the Butler Institute of American Art and showed in the Women Painting Women - Texas Exhibition. It continues to win this year, as follows:
  • Juried into the 28th International Association of Pastel Societies Exhibition held at the Salmagundi Club in New York
  • Received an Honorable Mention in The Richeson75 International Portrait/Figure on view October 21  -December 3 at the Richeson School of Art and Gallery in Kimberly, WI.
  • It is a Finalist in the 12th International ARC Salon organized by the Art Renewal Center (

"Liz", pastel, 16x25"

  • Received an Honorable Mention in the Pastel Journal's 18th Annual Pastel 100 Competition in the Portrait and Figure Category. Winners will be featured in the April 2017 issue of Pastel Journal.
  • Received the Allied Artists of America Award at the 44th Annual Exhibition – Enduring Brilliance! organized by the Pastel Society of America and held at the National Arts Club in New York
  • Has been selected to participate in the Enduring Brilliance Traveling Show which is curated by The Butler Institute of American Art from the Pastel Society of America's Exhibition. Only twenty pieces were selected and will be on view at The Butler Institute December 2016 - February 2017 in Youngstown, Ohio.

  • "J Is For...", pastel, 18x24"

    At the end of last year, this piece won Honorable Mention in the PSoA Members Only Competition (Still Life) and recently won;
    • Best of Show at the Marilyn Dickey Open 2nd Annual Juried Competition held at the Sugar Land Art Center and Gallery in Sugar Land, TX.

    Brenda Hash, PSA -Fine Art & Portraiture

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    Monday, October 24, 2016

    Congratulations Ismail Mahmood!

    "Meditated Reader"
    by Artist Ismail Mahmood

    Ismail Mahmood won First Place in Oils/Acrylics "Meditated Reader"  at the 2016 Membership Show of RCAS Richardson Civic Art Society.   Congratulations Ismail!!!

    Ismail Mahmood and his award winning painting, "Meditated Reader".

    Sunday, October 23, 2016

    Congratulations Jesse Lane!

    Colored Pencil by Artist Jesse Lane

    Jesse Lane's colored-pencil drawing, “Manifest,”  won the Grand Prize in the International Artist Magazine “Favorite Subjects” challenge.  There will be a four-page article on his artwork in the December Issue of American Art Collector Magazine. “Manifest” also won Best of Show in the Salmagundi Club’s non-member competition this year. Congratulations, Jesse!!!

    Jesse Lane and his award winning drawing, "Manifest".

    Friday, October 21, 2016

    Texas Top Ten Competition, 2017

    In the next couple of weeks  you will be receiving  an email announcing our second annual Texas Top Ten Competition. This  is an opportunity to promote your art, as well as being a wonderful outreach for the Portrait Society of America.  Please help spread the word that this competition is open to ALL Texas Portrait Artists, regardless of whether or not they are a member of the Portrait Society of America.

    Gaye Sekula, Texas Ambassador