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ART TALK: "Speaker Update: Exciting Change in Lineup!" - Cathy McIlhenny - Pastel Demonstration

  • September 17, 2023
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Maplewood Estates, Arbor Conference Center, 2nd Floor


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We've have a change in our ART TALK speaker, and we couldn't be more excited. 

Meet Our Featured Speaker: Cathy McIlhenny, Pastel Artist Extraordinaire

  • Join us for an engaging discussion with PVAC member Cathy McIlhenny as she takes us on a captivating journey through her world of pastel art. Cathy will share her artistic evolution, showcasing both finished pieces and one of her current works in progress.
  • Be prepared to dive into the pastel medium with Cathy. She'll not only provide a short live demo but also delve into the tools of her trade, from specialty papers to pastels themselves, and the techniques she employs to craft her exquisite masterpieces.
  • This promises to be an interactive session, with ample time for your questions and a lively discussion about the vibrant and versatile world of pastels. Don't miss this unique opportunity to gain insights from a talented artist and fellow PVAC member!



Catherine McIlhenny lives with her husband in Harleysville Pa.  The fields, walking paths, farms, trees and community provide her with the inspiration her pastel paintings.
Even as a small child, she loved being outdoors climbing trees and wandering through the woods.  

She has always loved to draw.  Her mother said “she was always making something”.
Art has always been an important part of Catherine’s life.  Although while raising her three children, she was not able to draw and paint as often as she would have liked, she continued to go to museums and art shows.  She participated in Art Goes to School, a program that brings art history into the local public schools.  She eventually became a member of the portfolio committee.
Catherine has taken many art classes through the years, but the pastel class taught by Teresa DeSeve at Greater Norristown Art League was the most important of her life as an artist.  Teresa prompted her in class about the importance of an artist finding their direction.  Catherine recognized that her love of nature, gardening and her community would be her artistic calling: sky, clouds, trees, flowers, farms, ponds, and fields would be her subject.  Although she doesn’t paint the figure she has taken figure drawing classes consistently since college graduation. Currently she participates in a figure drawing class at Wayne Art Center.  It provides valuable observation skills.
Her work has been included in many juried exhibits such as Perkiomen Valley Art Center, Greater Norristown Art League, Meadowood, and Pastel Society of Philadelphia where she has won awards at all of them.

Catherine is currently a pastel instructor at Greater Norristown Art League teaching a beginner/intermediate class.  

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Serving Mongtomery, Bucks & Berks Counties, PA

Perkiomen Valley Art Center  (PVAC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1957 to further art appreciation and direct involvement with the arts by providing cultural programs and exhibitions by area artists.

Program presentations and show receptions are free and open to the public.

Meeting Address: Maplewood Estates, Arbor Conference Center, 2nd Floor, 815 Maplewood Dr., Harleysville PA 19438

Mailing Address:
PO Box 474  Schwenksville PA 19473
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