About us

Our Beginnings


    The Pastel Society of the Gold Coast was
founded in 2009 by Pamela Solakian (1958-2010) –
an accomplished artist who studied pastels under Ojai artist Bert Collins. 
It was in Bert's first Saturday pastel class that she and fellow students were inspired to form a pastel society. In fact, many of those students became founding members of PSGC and continue to meet on the First Saturday in Ojai.


    From Pamela's legacy, the inception of a budding
pastel artist group has grown into a pastel society of
fine caliber, with artists from Santa Barbara, Ventura
and Los Angeles Counties.  We continue to foster a supportive and dynamic environment for pastel artists,

and look forward to sharing our art and giving back to

our community.


Our Mission Statement


    The Pastel Society of the Gold Coast is a non-profit organization for the specific purpose to provide public exhibitions for its members, to educate the community through collaboration with environmental and other non-profit organizations; and to promote the arts in general. 


    We are a membership of approximately thirty Southern California artists who utilize the dynamic and diverse application of soft pastels to express the nature and beauty of our Gold Coast region.

What we do


Paint out at Joel McCrea Ranch, Santa Rosa Valley


Exploring in Santa Barbara


Taking a break from painting, Chumash Indian Musuem Grounds in Thousand Oaks


Ojai Art Center

"Passion for Pastels" at the Thousand Oaks Community Art Gallery


Morgan Alexandra Kari shares her painting process.

Past Shows


October: "Artscapes" - Proverbs Coffee House, 




March: Cabrillo Pavilion Art Center, Santa Barbara

July: “Passion for Pastels” Thousand Oaks Community Art Gallery



April:  “Spring Into Pastels” Ojai Art Center

July:  “Passion for Pastels” Thousand Oaks Community Art Gallery



April: UCSB Faculty Club - "Preserving Native California - CCBER

July:  “Passion for Pastels” Thousand Oaks Community Art Gallery

October: “Fall Into Pastels 2012” Ojai Art Center

September: “Step Up for Pastels” Gallery 113 Santa Barbara



May: - Conejo Community Center, Thousand Oaks - Fundraiser for Joel & Frances McCrea Foundation 

July:  “Passion for Pastels”, Thousand Oaks Community Art Gallery

November: Step Up for Pastels 2013, Gallery 113 Santa Barbara



February: "I Love Pastels" Ojai Art Center

July:  “Passion for Pastels” Thousand Oaks Community Art Gallery



Camarillo Hospice

Save Open Spaces

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority

Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration -       CCBER

Ojai Art Center

Joel and Frances McCrea Ranch Foundation


Board Members


President: Thomas Hardcastle

Vice President: Donna Vis

Treasurer: Nelda Gruenthal

Recording Secretary: Judy Forman

Member at Large: Sydney Koepikin







Pastel Society of the Gold Coast

PO Box 3452
Camarillo, CA  93011




    We welcome new members as space allows. Our membership is maintained at a maximum of 30 members.  After yearly dues are collected in January we will know how many openings will be available.


    Please email your name, email and phone number to our :

Membership Committee.

We will get in touch with you around the first of February.



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