was founded in 1986 by a group of Pastel enthusiasts – Margaret Lourey, (the founder and first President), Ming Mackay (the first Patron), Arno Roger-Genersh and Janet Hayes, and was officially formed at the first Annual General Meeting on 6th November 1986. Their aims were to educate the public about Pastel and its use as a fine art medium and to promote the exchange of information and ideas concerning Pastel among interested artists.

Ming Mackay - The Black Shawl

The Society still upholds the aims of its founders, and has become a very active Society, holding regular meetings, demonstrations, weekend workshops tutored by artists of note, paint-outs and other lively activities for its ever increasing membership. Members are kept up to date regarding these events, as well as being informed about issues in the wider art world, through a bi-monthly newsletter and our monthly meetings. The Society is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).

Monthly meetings are held at Monash Hall, Mt Waverley Community Centre, 47 Miller Crescent, Mt Waverley VIC
on the first Monday of each month from February to December (except November, due to Melbourne Cup public holiday). During Covid-19 restrictions, we are holding our meetings and demonstrations online via Zoom. We also have a monthly online competition for members - the MEA Awards, and are delighted to be able to hold our 34th Annual Exhibition both at the Australian Guild of Realist Artists in Camberwell, and as well, online via Gallery247.

Guests and new members are always welcome. Our Society is run for our members and by our members.

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