Les Pastellistes

Welcome to the 26th 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 again this year.
The exhibition will be posted on our website on December 15th 2021, 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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Jurors of selections



Trained to be a traditional portraitist at the age of 10 in his native Vietnam, Cuong has always had a passion for drawing human faces. His paintings depend on the dramatic portrayal of light, shadow and environment to create their mood and sense of realism. He believes that a successful painting requires that he establish an emotional connection with his subject, so that the viewer in turn connects at an emotional level with his work.

Cuong has been invited to teach in and outside the country, including Italy, Belgium, France, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, China, Vietnam . Cuong has won many awards for his paintings, including Prix de Pastel at the IAPS’s 2011 Master Circle Exhibition and Grand Prize Award 2010 Pastel Journal Magazine. Cuong earned his PSA Master Pastelist, Master Circle status of IAPS, and Distinguished Pastelist of PSWC .



A predominantly self-taught artist, Pitkin’s award winning work has been featured in The Pastel Journal, Art Renewal Center, Portrait Society of America, Pratique des Arts Magazine, and International Artist Magazine, and is held in collections across the world. He is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and has achieved Master Circle status with the International Association of Pastel Societies. Pitkin teaches frequently in his local art community and regularly travels for workshops. He currently resides in upstate New York with his wife Esther and children Anastasia and Xavier.




A professional artist for 30 years, Karin’s work has been featured in exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. She is an enthusiastic art instructor to many aspiring artists in classes and workshops across Canada and leads groups on painting holidays on land and at sea in Canada, Europe and Africa. She is a sought-after juror, critic and organizer of art events.

An elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor (CSPWC), the Alberta Society of Artists (ASA), the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) and Pastel Artists Canada (PAC) with a Master and Eminent Pastelist designation, Karin has received many awards including the Immigrant of Distinction Award in 2010 for her contributions to the arts community. She is the author of “Make Your Mark in Pastels”, an instructional book. Her work and writing have appeared in several trade publications including the Pastel Journal.


Judge of awards



Cofounder and director of l’Académie des beaux-arts de Québec.

Denis is recognized as an academic grand master within the International Academy of fine art of Quebec. (L’Académie internationale des beaux-arts du Québec)

A master of portraiture, Denis was chosen to paint the official portrait of Mme Louise Harel for the Quebec Parliament national assembly permanent collection. He is also a consultant and lecturer in oil painting techniques and conservation.

Master pastellist with the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada.

Honorary member of the Institute of figurative arts of Quebec.