Pastel Artists of Hawaii (PAH) is an educational, public and member supported, non-profit 501(c)3 organization, established in 2001 to primarily promote awareness of soft pastel as a serious art medium, and secondarily, to develop and maintain a national society standing. To reach these goals, we sponsor an annual open-juried exhibition each year, in which an invited, experienced artist juries, presents awards and teaches an educational workshop. PAH is also a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).


Helen C. Iaea

Helen C. Iaea

The history of PAH began when a well-known local pastel/watercolor artist, Helen C. Iaea longed for a society that was dedicated to promoting pastels as a serious art medium in Hawaii. Encouraged and supported by many of her students, especially Fong Ling and Anna Noriak, she completed the difficult work of organizing the society in 2001, and thus became it’s first president. Currently, Helen is again president of PAH.

PAH periodically sponsors seminars and local workshops, such as those given by Pastel Society of America members Maggie PriceRichard McKinleyDesmond O’Hagan, Jason Chang, Colette Odya Smith, Sally StrandTerry Ludwig and Mark Norseth, a Hawaii resident. All this requires funding and in this regard, we encourage membership and accept donations.

PAH’s annual juried exhibition is open to all, members and non-members alike, with only a small fee-based difference. Awards are given for the best works not only to reward, but also to encourage artists to do their best.


Become a member of PAH! As a member, you will receive information on current PAH events and member activities via email, access to past  “Pastel Paper” newsletters, a listing in and access to the PAH directory of members, and an opportunity to interact with other artists. You will be able to take PAH workshops and enter PAH shows at the reduced member price. Membership also includes access to PAH’s online Members Only  Section, links to pastel shows, workshops, demos, classes, other pastel organization Web sites, and a member gallery page for your own paintings.

As a member, you will be encouraged to participate by volunteering to enter and help in any of PAH’s events and/or positions. Your active participation should help in furthering your career in the arts.

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