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MICHELE ASHBY BA(Hons) PSA-MP IAPS-MC ASGFA ASWA IEA

Having graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design Michele forged a successful career running her own business in the same subject for many years. She made the leap to follow her dream of becoming a full time artist 6 years ago and hasn’t looked back. Michele is a Master Pastellist and Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, is a Master Circle Member of IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies), an Associate Member of the Society of Women Artists, an Associate Member of the Society of Graphic Fine Artists, a Member of the Institute of East Anglian Artists and a Unison Colour Pastels Associate Artist.

Her work has earned many awards, and has been exhibited at such venues as The National Arts Club, New York, The Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio, The Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, Illinois as well as with several Art Societies at The Mall Galleries, London.

G R O U P   E X H I B I T I O N S

2022 IAPS (International Association of Pastel Artists) 8th Master Circle Division Juried Exhibition 

2022 Humans - Strength and Frailty, The Yare Gallery, Norfolk

2022 Institute of East Anglian Artists Hidden Gems, The Hostry, Norwich, Norfolk

2021 IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) 39th juried Exhibition Webshow

2021 The Degas Pastel Society 22nd Membership Exhibition 

2021 The Artists Collection TALP Winners Exhibition, Northampton

2021 49th Annual, Enduring Brilliance, Pastel Society of America, NYC 

2021 Richeson75 Figure/Portrait Competition and Exhibition

2021 The Richeson75 International Landscape, Seascape & Architecture Competition

2021 49th Annual, Enduring Brilliance, Pastel Society of America, NYC 

2021 TALP Open Exhibition, Northampton

2021 IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) 38th juried Exhibition, Chicago

2021 Institute of East Anglian Artists Open Exhibition, Norfolk

2021 National Association Women Artists Exhibition Special Women/HERstory 

2020 Pastel Guild of Europe Get Dusty Open Competition

2020 Pastel Society of Eastern Canada Exhibition 

2020 Pastel Society of South East Texas Art of the Pastel Exhibition 

2020 Pastel Artists of Oregon Spirit of Pastels International Open Exhibition

2020 IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) 37th juried Exhibition Webshow

2020 South West Florida Pastel Society Valued Strokes Exhibition

2020 The Richeson75 International Landscape, Seascape & Architecture Exhibition

2020 Pastel Society of Maine’s 20th International Exhibition

2020 Pastel Society of the West Coast Exhibition

2020 Central Mass Pastel Society Marks of Distinction Exhibition 

2020 Pastel Painters of Cape Cod National exhibition

2020 6th Annual Adirondack National Pastel Exhibition

2020 The Artist and Leisure Painter Open Competition Exhibition

2020 Pastel Painters of Cape Cod National Exhibition 

2020 48th Annual, Enduring Brilliance, Pastel Society of America, NYC 

2020 Drawing from the Heart Exhibition, Norfolk

2020 Central Massachusetts Pastel Society Marks of Distinction Exhibition

2020 NHS Healthcare Heroes Exhibition 

2019 Pastel Society of North Carolina Pure Colour Exhibition

2019 Holly Bush Emerging Women Painter Prize Exhibition, London

2019 47th Annual, Enduring Brilliance, Pastel Society of America, NYC

2019 Butler Museum of American Art, Ohio

2019 Institute of East Anglian Artists Open Exhibition, Norfolk

2018 IAPS (International Association of Pastel Artists) 33rd Juried Exhibition 

2018 Pastel Society of North Carolina Pure Colour 

2018 Institute of East Anglian Artists Open Exhibition, Norfolk

2018 Russell Gallery Winter Exhibition, London

2018 46th Annual Enduring Brilliance Pastel Society of America Exhibition, NYC

2018 Butler Museum of American Art, Ohio

2018 Espacio Gallery HUMAN Exhibition, London

2018 Holly Bush Emerging Women Painter Prize Exhibition, London

2018 Wells Maltings Trust Connections Exhibition, Norfolk

2018 TALP Open Competition Exhibition, Northampton

2018 Russell Gallery Summer Exhibition, London

2017 Institute of East Anglian Artists Open Exhibition, Norfolk

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M A L L   G A L L E R I E S,   L O N D O N

2021 161st Society of Women Artists

2022 Society of Graphic Fine Arts

2022 The Pastel Society

2021 160th Society of Women Artists

2021 The Pastel Society

2021 Society of Graphic Fine Arts

2021 Royal Society of Portrait Painters (Preselected) 

2021 The Pastel Society (SOLD) 

2020 159th Society of Women Artists

2020 The Society of Graphic Fine Arts

2019 The Pastel Society

2019 158th Society of Women Artists

2018 157th Society of Women Artists

2018 Royal Society of Marine Artists (SOLD)

2018 The Pastel Society (Preseleced)

2017 The Pastel Society

2017 156th Society of Women Artists

2017 Royal Society of Marine Artists (SOLD)

2017 Royal Society of British Artists (Preselected) 

 

A W A R D S

2022 Mar FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2021 Dec FASO Boldbrush - Outstanding Pastel

2021 Dec FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2021 Associate Member Society of Graphic Fine Arts

2021 IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) Master Circle

2021 Winner of The People's Choice Award TALP Open Exhibition, Northampton

2021 The Degas Pastel Society 22nd Membership Exhibition Honourable mention

2021 PAO Award Pastel Artists of Oregon MOX Exhibition 

2021 Master Pastellist The Pastel Society of America

2021 Aug FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2021 The Pastel Societies of The South East Award 48th Annual, Enduring Brilliance, PSA

2021 The Richeson75 International Landscape, Seascape & Architecture Competition,
         Honourable 
Mention

2021 Caran D'Ache Award TALP Open Competition

2021 Associate Member Society of Women Artists

2021 Full Member Institute of East Anglian Artists

2021 2nd Prize IAPS (International Association of Pastel Artists) 38th juried Exhibition Chicago

2020 2nd Prize Pastel Society of South East Texas Art of the Pastel Exhibition

2020 Lila Gold Memorial Award 48th Annual, Enduring Brilliance, Pastel Society of America, NYC

2020 Award of Merit Pastel Society of Maine’s 20th International Exhibition 

2020 Aug FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2020 Plein Air Magazine Award Pastel Society of the West Coast Exhibition

2020 Honourable mention, Central Mass Pastel Society Marks of Distinction Exhibition

2020 3rd prize Pastel Painters of Cape Cod National Exhibition

2020 Daler Rowney Award TALP Open Competition

2020 Highly Commended TALP Open Competition

2020 Feb FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2019 Nov FASO Boldbrush - Outstanding Pastel

2019 Nov FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2019 May FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2019 Associate Member of the Institute of East Anglia Artists

2019 Feb FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 Dec FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 Signature Member The Pastel Society of America

2018 Provisional Member Institute of East Anglia Artists

2018 Oct FASO Boldbrush Fav 15%

2018 Sept FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 Chartpak Inc. Mussini Award Enduring Brilliance PSA, NYC

2018 Aug FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 July FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 June FASO Boldbrush - Outstanding Pastel

2018 June FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 May FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 Apr FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 Unison Colour Associate Artist

2018 Pastel Guild of Europe Get Dusty winner - February

2018 Pastel Guild of Europe Get Dusty winner - March

2018 Pastel Guild of Europe Get Dusty winner - April

2017 Institute of East Anglia Artists (Best in Show)

P U B L I C A T I O N S

2022 Guest blogger for Unison Colour Pastels

2022 Pastel Journal

2021 Dec The Artist Magazine

2021 The Richeson75 International Figure/Portrait 

2021 The Richeson75 International Landscape, Seascape & Architecture 

2021 Sept Living in Suffolk

2021 Artists & Illustrators Magazine Editor's Pick

2021 How to Pastel with Gail Sibley group blog

2020 The Richeson75 International Figure/Portrait 

2020 The Richeson75 International Landscape, Seascape & Architecture 

2020 Oct Pastel Journal

2020 Artist_can

2020 Portraits for NHS Heroes

2019 Guest blogger for How to Pastel with Gail Sibley

2019 Pratique des Arts

2018 Guest blogger Unison Colour Pastels

2018 Artists & Illustrators Magazine Summer Edition

2018 Pastel Guild of Europe Scribbler

2018 Essex Life May Edition

2018 Pastel Artists of New Zealand International Artist