“2021 FOR PASTELS ONLY on Cape Cod”

25th Annual National Juried Exhibit
July 21 thru August 14
Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Yarmouth, Mass.

For 25 years, the “For Pastels Only on Cape Cod” (FPO) exhibit has celebrated the pastel art form, featuring stunning works by contemporary artists from across the country—and indeed the world. This prestigious show will once again be held at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth and is open to the public. All works of art in the show will be available for purchase at the Cultural Center and online.

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is located at 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth MA.

Let’s Celebrate Together!

Awards Presentation and Opening Reception

July 24 at 6 – 8pm
(award presentation at 7pm)
In-person at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Join us as we toast the winners and celebrate the impressive array of pastel works, curated by Juror of Selection, Eileen Casey. Over $6,500 in cash and merchandise will be awarded to the top artists in this year’s show, selected by Juror of Awards, Dawn Emerson. And of course, there will be wine and cheese.

(Don’t worry if you can’t make the live reception. A video of the event will be posted on this page at a later date.)

Join Us for a Painting Demonstration by Two-time Best of Show Winner, Laurinda O’Connor

August 15, 1pm to 3pm
Cultural Center of Cape Cod

A demonstration of pastel painting will conclude the show on Pick Up Day. Instructor Laurinda O’Connor received Best of Show in the 2019 and 2020 “For Pastels Only on Cape Cod” exhibitions. She is nationally recognized as a pastel artist and is a sought-after instructor, so you don’t want to miss this!

This demonstration is free and open to the public.

More About Laurinda O’Connor

Important Dates (updated)

May 16  Entry deadline

May 28  Notification of acceptance

July 16  Shipped artwork due

July 18  Hand delivery of work to Cultural Center of Cape Cod
12 noon–3 pm

July 21  Show opens at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod

July 24  Reception & Awards Presentation
6-8 p.m. at The Cultural Center of Cape Cod
307 Old Main St, South Yarmouth

August 15 Show closes
Demo by Laurinda O’Connor from 1–3 pm

Pick up work 1–3 pm

August 16  Return art shipped


Eileen Casey

Eileen Casey has IAPS Master Circle Status, is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, several other pastel societies, as well as a participating member of many other art groups. She currently teaches adult art classes. For more information, please see:


Dawn Emerson

Dawn Emerson

Dawn is an award winning pastelist, pastel enthusiast, instructor, author of Pastel Innovations,and producer of seven instructional videos. She brings an attitude of playfulness and experimentation to the pastel stage as she merges drawing, painting and printmaking processes to inspire story telling, freedom, and creativity. In her own work she strives for the “Haiku” version of image making– where less is more, and the individual’s marks and empty spaces tell the story. For more information about Dawn, and to see images of her work, please go to her website.

Dawn will be the instructor for our Summer Master Workshop, “Pastel Innovation Workshop”.

The PPSCC is grateful for the support of our sponsors and partners.

Next on the Calendar:

Signature Members Show
September 12 – October 5
Creative Arts Center, Chatham, MA

PPSCC will host a Signature Strokes in Pastel exhibit showcasing the talents of our Signature members this coming fall at the Creative Art Center in Chatham, MA. The show will run September 12 – October 5, with a tentative opening reception on Sunday, September 12th. Each Signature member is invited to submit to this exhibit. More information