Sunday, May 24, 2015

2015 NC Statewide Pastel Exhibition

Proud to report that not only did I get into the 2015 Annual NC Juried Statewide Pastel Competition with "Gypsy", but received a Jack Richeson Gift Certificate for $125!  Was delighted they selected this unusual portrait over my more conventional entries.

"Gypsy", pastel, 6x20" ©KimWerfel

To view the 2015 NC Statewide Pastel Competition now at "The Art Shop" gallery in Greensboro, NC through June 16th, click on their website here and see the 100 entries online (selected from 250) The Art Shop.

It was a beautiful reception, complete with ordeurves (I made 5 dozen Caprese skewers with mozzarella cheese, grape tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinaigrette for the cause).  

There was beautiful music by a wonderful harpist and over 200 people at the biggest pastel event in North Carolina this year!

If you're nearby and get a chance, don't miss out on this beautiful exhibition!

Thanks for reading!


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Solo Art Exhibit and New Advanced Pastel Class

Carol Woods in Chapel Hill is hosting my upcoming solo exhibit of 25 artworks in building 5.
Show runs from April 24th - May 29th, with the reception and artist's talk Friday April 24th from 4:30-5:30pm.

For a preview of the Exhibit check the U-Tube link here:

Would love to meet you there!


"Creekwood Path", pastel, 12x9"©KimWerfel

For those that already know the basics of pastel my "Continuing Pastel Painting Studio Class #2037" begins at the ArtsCenter of Carrboro Thursdays April 30th and runs til May 28th from 10am-12:30 in my regular classroom behind the stage (I hope)

This course is for the intermediate to advanced pastel student who wants critiques as they work on their own subject matter. Elements and principles of design are kept in mind as the students learn to apply compositional rules to their work for maximum results.
Classes start with group critiques and discussions with the rest of the class time working with individual help through class.

Time working outside class speeds results.
Basic understanding of pastels or Intro to Pastel Painting is required. Not for beginners.
Bring your pastels and photos you're working with to class and we'll brainstorm a composition together to create your vision.

Email me at with any questions. I'll be taking a teaching break over the Summer, and look forward to seeing you.

best regards,

Kim Werfel

Friday, March 6, 2015

Celebrate Spring with a Pastel Class!

The second set of classes this year at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill starts this Monday, March 9th from 1-3pm. Sign up today, or Monday morning before class.

You may work on your own projects, or I'll have something new for you to get you in the mood for warmer weather!

Connect with your tribe of other pastel artists & work on your own artwork with guidance
or follow me with a new project. Sanded paper will be can buy a pre-made foam core board with a Sanded Surface from me for $3 or bring your own sanded paper.

Join us starting this Monday March 9th at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill, 2551 Homestead Rd, NC 27516

Call them for registration info at 919 542-6495. $75 - 5 wks.

Questions? e-mail me at

See you Monday!


Saturday, February 14, 2015


While visiting my frame shop on Halloween, I snapped a photo of one of the costumed employees and finally got around to painting her pastel portrait. I decided to use my new favorite surface, suede mat board, but this one was a dark gray...much harder (I found out) to make light creamy skin tones on! 

"Gypsy", 15" x 20", pastel ©Kim Werfel

This surface is not forgiving and I doubt if I will ever do another portrait on the dark color. 
A learning experience, but fun.  It works really well depicting animal's fur.  

She told me she was a pirate, but I prefer to call this "Gypsy".

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Sunday, February 8, 2015


Meet "Ramsay", a beautiful dog with soulful eyes who lives in my town here in Pittsboro.  Ramsay's "Mom" had me paint him from one of his "Dad's" photos....Dad is studying photography and provided me with an wonderful shot here that helped me capture his spirit so well.

"Ramsay", 11"x14", pastel ©Kim Werfel

This artwork is painted on archival suede matboard, a newer pastel substrate for me that works wonderfully to capture the softness of fur while still maintaining vibrant color.  

A variety of pastels are used here...mostly Terry Ludwigs, but also some Rebrandts and  New Pastels.  A joy to paint!

A happy client that said I exceeded her expectations is my best reward.  I love painting pets for loving owners!  

Contact me to have your furry companion painted today.


Friday, December 5, 2014

People's Choice Award!

Whoo - Hoo! 

"Swans" won an honorable mention
at tonight's Central Carolina Community College 22nd Annual 
Chatham Artist Guild's Exhibition!

People's Choice Award! 

Thank you to all who turned out an voted for me!
 Feelin' the love!

Come visit me on the Chatham Artist's Guild Tour 

Tomorrow and Sunday only

Dec. 6 &7 from 10 am - 5 pm

Visit their site for a map at 

See you at my studio!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Chatham Artist's Studio Tour Dec 6 & 7 2014

We'll it's finally here!  The 22nd Chatham Artist's Studio Tour!

Getting ready for this weekend's Art Studio Tour....Christmas tree and lights, check, Hot spiced apple cider, pumpkin bread and brownies, check, new artwork back from the framer, check, house cleaned, check, music, check, and significant price reductions on selected artwork, cards and prints....check!  and too many other small details to mention.........!

Come check it all out this weekend Sat & Sun Dec 6 & 7th from 10 am - 5 pm, 1st weekend only!  Hope to see you all there! 

(pictured - "Rooster & his Chicks", original pastel, 2" wood frame and AR Glass.)

For more info on the tour, and a printable map see the link here:

Summer even got her haircut for the occasion :)

See you soon!