Les Pastellistes

Welcome to the 25th edition of our international juried exhibition entitled “Les Pastellistes”. This exhibition features pastel artists from around the world, and is regarded as the most prestigious annual art exhibition in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Les Pastellistes usually takes place in a distinguished art gallery downtown in the heart of Montreal, and receives over 2000 visitors during the event. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the exhibition will be held online.
The exhibition will be posted on our website on December 15th 2020, and will showcase all accepted artwork, prize winners and more!

We are very excited about presenting our vibrant and colourful world of pastel paintings online this year, and we wish the very best of luck to all participating pastel artists.

We hope you enjoy the show, and in the meantime, we wish good health to everyone, stay safe, and stay creative.

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Judges of awards

Anna Wainright



Anna is a National and International award-winning gallery represented artist. Driven to paint images that evoke a sense of weather and emotion as well as place, she is known for her atmospheric paintings. She has Master designation in the Pastel Society of America and International Association of Pastel Societies and is a member of the Salmagundi Club, NY, Signature member of the American Tonalist Society, and a member of Oil Painters of America. Recently featured in the April 2019 Pastel Journal for her Second Place awarded painting in the annual Pastel 100. She is also recently included in the art book, Pure Pastel: Contemporary Works by Today’s Top Artists. Her works have shown in museum exhibitions including the Butler Institute of American Art, OH, Slater Museum, Norwich, CT, and Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA. She is represented by The Artful Deposit in Bordentown, NJ, Beacon Fine Arts, in Red Bank, NJ and Camilla Richman Fine Arts in Osterville, MA.


Kathy Hildebrandt



Kathy is an international award winning artist and instructor specializing in contemporary realism. Kathy’s work has received numerous regional, national and international awards including those received in the Pastel Society of America and IAPS exhibitions as well as in the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 competition.

Kathy’s work has also been published in several editions of AcrylicWorks as well as Strokes of Genius. She has been featured in the Pastel Journal on a couple of occasions as well as the French art magazine, Pratique des Arts.

Her work has been included in several prestigious galleries including: the Vose Gallery (Boston), Salmagundi Club (NY), National Arts Club (NY), Marshall Gallery (Scottsdale), Butler Institute of American Art (OH) and the Principle Gallery (VA). She was among a select group of pastellists invited to participate in the 2nd Biennial Internation Pastel Exhibition in Suzhou, China where her work was acquired for the permanent collection of the Pastel Museum of Art in Suzhou.

Kathy is a signature member of the Alberta Society of Artists, Society of Canadian Artists, Federation of Canadian Artists, International Society of Acrylic Painters, International Guild of Realism and the Pastel Society of America. She is a Master Circle member of IAPS and an Eminent Pastelist of Pastel Artists.CA She is the President of both Pastel Artists.CA and the Society of Canadian Artists.

Charles Peer

Siloam Springs, Arkansas, USA


Charles Peer has the Master Circle designation from the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America.

Peer has been featured in the Pastel Journal Magazine, the Artists Network digital publication and Pratique des Arts and included in numerous juried exhibitions by the Pastel Society of America, the IAPS, the Richeson 75 exhibits, the Arkansas Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of the Southwest and the Pastel Society of the Northwest. In 2010 he was also selected as the Artists-in-Residence for the Buffalo National River.

“Most of the locations I paint are local and I continue to find inspiration in the beauty close to home. I think of my recent exploration of featuring the often overlooked views of our area as finding the “extraordinary in the ordinary”.



Jurors of selections

Sally Strand



A native of Colorado, Sally Strand maintains a studio and resides in Capistrano Beach, California. She has exhibited as a professional artist for decades. In 2007 the Pastel Society of America, NY, inducted her into the Hall of Fame, the highest commendation of that organization. She is the recipient of numerous top awards, including the PSA Master Pastelist distinction and the IAPS Master Circle Medal. Her solo exhibitions in galleries and museums include a one-person retrospective of pastel and oil paintings at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in California, among others. Widely published in books and magazines internationally, her work is also represented in many private, corporate, and permanent museum collections including the Butler Institute of American Art. Strand studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, the Art Students League, and National Academy of Design in New York. She earned a BFA degree from the University of Denver and an MFA from Laguna College of Art and Design. Strand teaches workshops and master classes internationally.

Lana Ballot



Lana Ballot is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a member of the IAPS Master Circle. Confident and expressive use of color and painterly mark making are characteristic of Lana’s work.

Lana Ballot is a professional artist and pastel painting instructor, living on Long Island, NY. Lana shares her passion for pastel medium and coastal subjects with students through online classes and workshops.

Lana has been exhibiting and won awards in National and International Juried competitions, including the Pastel Society of America’s annual show Enduring Brilliance and the prestigious Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 competition. In 2017 and 2019, French magazine Pratique des Arts featured Lana’s coastal work in its Pastel issues. In 2019, Lana was one of the artists invited to exhibit work during the Artlife International Contemporary Art Festival in Moscow.
In 2021, Lana will be part of the group of American Women Artists working in pastels, invited to exhibit in the international show Pastels of the World in Bourbonnais, Montluçon, France.

Brian Bailey



Brian E. Bailey was born in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Formerly a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York, he now paints and teaches at his atelier in New Jersey.
He has won numerous awards for his work in pastel and has been featured in select exhibitions both nationally and abroad. Most recently his work “Contemplation” was exhibited at the MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain as an award winner in the Arc Salon, the work traveled back to New York and was exhibited by Sotheby’s.

He was recipient of the Prix de Pastel (Grand Prize) at the most recent International Association of Pastel Societies Thirteenth Biennial in 2019.

In March 2020 he was the honoree at the 4th Biennale Internationale Pastel D’ Opale in France where a large body of his pastel work was exhibited.

“Contemplation” was exhibited at the International Pastel Biennial in Suzhou, China in 2018 , again winning the grand prize.

His work has garnered every major award from the Pastel Society of America and the International Association of Pastel Societies where he has attained Master Pastelist and Master Circle status respectively. His work has been part of several selected artist exhibitions at the Butler Museum of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, as well as exhibitions at the Salmagundi Club and the National Arts Club in NYC. His work is in several public and private collections including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C, where he has two portraits in the permanent collection.

His work and methods have been featured in various publications such as Pure Color 2, Pastel Journal, Pratique Des Arts, Pastelagram as well as various exhibition catalogues.

He is currently exhibiting eight figurative pastel works at Artlife Fest 2020 in Moscow, Russia. He was to be an invited guest lecturer and instructor. He was also asked to exhibit and instruct at the recent 100 year celebration of Pastel in China at their biennial. He has given workshops and lectures in various cities all over the United States, as well as China.

“ In my painting there is nothing I take away, nor give artifice to enhance the quiet permanence of a subject’s beauty.”