2023 7th Annual National Exhibition

Arizona Pastel Artists Association 7th ANNUAL NATIONAL EXHIBITION & SALE February 19 -- April 23, 2023 Awards Reception March 4, 2023, 10 - 2

Linda Curtis, Afternoon Meditation


4701 Hwy 89N, Prescott, AZ 86301

ARIZONA PASTEL ARTISTS ASSOCIATION 7th Annual International Pastel Exhibition & Sale February 18, 2023 through April 23, 2023

The Arizona Pastel Artists Association (APAA) is excited to bring its International Exhibition and Sale to the Phippen Art Museum. The history of pastels dates to the 15th century, with Leonardo da Vinci being attributed to their first use. During the 19th century, pastels were often used in the figurative works of Renoir and Cassatt and in the abstract-surrealist works of Miro and Klee. Degas’ ballerinas represent some of the most widely recognized pastels. Today’s pastel artists explore the versatility of these luscious, pure pigments using a wide variety of styles and artistic expressions. Pastel paintings are prized for the brilliant color of the medium. The Arizona Pastel Artists Association seeks to inspire and promote its members through demonstrations, workshops, informal competitions, juried shows, as well as public exhibitions. It hosted its first open show seven years ago and quickly grew to include works from the United States, Canada,Europe, Australia and Asia. Founded in 1994, the Arizona Pastel Artists Association today boasts a membership of over 150 artists worldwide. It promotes the pastel medium primarily in Arizona, but also as a part of the international pastel community through its worldwide members and association with the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).

Membership in APAA is open to anyone. For more information visit: apaa.wildapricot.org

To order a print catalog ($21.95) please follow this link to Blurb. Each catalog sale will benefit Arizona Pastel Artists Association.


On the Cover: Linda Curtis, Afternoon Meditation

ARIZONA PASTEL ARTISTS ASSOCIATION 8th Annual International Pastel Exhibition & Sale February 18, 2023 through April 23, 2023

Natasha Isenhour, Judge of Awards American Realist Natasha Isenhour conveys her emotional response to landscape, architec ture, and still-life both in oil and pastel. From a distance a first impression is the realistic feeling of the work, but a closer look reveals a contemporary edge where her mark-making controls the impressions of mass and delicacy. Isenhour served as faculty for the 2022 Plein Air Convention and Expo. In 2023 she will participate in her third year at the Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational in California where she was honored with People’s Choice. Isenhour teaches regularly at the historic Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico and spends one month a year on the ranch in residency. In 2019, Isenhour was awarded Best Pastel in Plein Air Salon, won Best in Show at the Central City Plein Air Festival and earned the Holbein Award in the Pastel Society of Southern California’s Make Your Mark International Online Exhibition. In October 2021, Isenhour was featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine as one of their Five to Watch, and in 2020 she was featured in a six-page spread in the July/August Art of the West Magazine, Emotionally Engaged. An article co-featuring Isenhour, “Why Pastel is Perfect for Plein Air” in September’s Plein Air Magazine was also published in 2020.

Message from the Show Chair and President of the Arizona Pastel Artists Association, Nori Thorne and Sharon Frey

We welcome you to the 7th National Exhibition and Sale--whether you are visiting the show in person at the prestigous Phippen Museum of Western Art in historic Prescott, Arizona or online. We are thrilled to have been invited back to the Phippen to showcase the remarkable versatility and beauty of pastel from 80 talented pastelists. Phippen Museum of Western Art is named after George Phippen, who was co-founder and first president of the Cowboy Artists of America and is located in the charming and historic town of Prescott. The Phippen Museum’s Permanent Collection holds close to 800 incredible pieces of museum-quality, fine art. Some of their permanent exhibits include two studio replicas, a Western heritage gallery, history of the cowgirl, and an Arizona rancher and cowboy hall of fame. Arizona Pastel Artists Association is one of the top pastel organizations in the country thanks to its talented members and dedicated volunteers. We believe our show is a feast for the eyes, brought to life with the efforts of individual artists and volunteers. Our hardworking “boots on the ground” team worked many long hours to make our National Exhibition a success. We would like to give a special thanks to Jeannette Holverson, Neal McEwan and the amazing staff and volunteers at the Phippen who did all the heavy lifting. We would like to thank our jurors of images, Colette Odya Smith and Andrew McDermott for their time and professionalism in jurying 80 exceptional artworks into the show. A special thank you goes to Natasha Isenhour, our juror of awards and workshop provider. She had the daunting task of selecting outstanding pastel works for award recognition. Finally, we would like to thank all of our sponsors who supported our national show through a combination of merchandise and cash. All of our members are sponsors since entry fees and membership fees contribute to our ability to provide a substantial awards package. We congratulate all of the pastel artists in the show and thank all artists who submitted entries.

To purchase a painting, please contact the Phippen Museum of Art at 928-778-1385.

Nori Thorne, Show Chair Sharon Frey, President

Red Rocks Plein Air Festival, Moab Utah

Dodie Ballantine The Innocents 16 x 20, $1300

Joanne Agostinelli Rolling Thunder 13 x 13, $975

Janis Barrett Teamwork 16 x 20, $1200

Ree Altavilla Hidden Gems in the Abyss 11 x 14, $350



Barbara Benstein Morning Sunshine 14 x 11, $800

Carol Lei Bendell Westward Skyview 12 x 16, $1950

Gary Binder The Test of Time 11 x 14, $400

Lin Boucher Social Distance 16 x 20, $1500



Christine Mikesell Bidwell Sacred Stream 16 x 20, $2700

Laura Black Colorado Trail 16 x 12, $585

Sandra Burke Farmal 26 x 20, $800

Debborah Charboneau Shadows on the Path 20 x 24, $900



Carol DeGregory Squirrel in the Snow 8 x 10, $270

Linda Curtis Afternoon Meditation 11 x 14, $680

Pamela DeLay Late Afternoon, Northern California 11 x 14, $925

Christine Debrosky Just a Big Ol’ Mesquite 20 x 24, $2450



Kristine Domier Good Guy in a Black Hat 11 x 14, $650

Kathe Drake Kinder Chaos 25 x 20, $1800

Dorothy Dooley Blue Magic 12 x 18, $975



Patricia Duncan Sacred Grounds 11 x 14, $750

Diane Fechenbach Bear Lake Blues 28 x 15, $1200

Elena Eros Le Pointe 24 x 24, $2500



Sharon Frey Eureka Wetlands 12 x 16, $500

Beth Franco Heading in a New Direction 12 x 16, $1600

Allan Frey Portrait of the Artist with Coffee Cup 16 x 12, $350

Ted Fuka March Melt 12 x 16, $1100



John Heckman Julian 9 x 12, $400

Anne Gee Sunflowers 9.5 x 7.5, $490

Tatsiana Harbacheuskaya Blue Kettle 12 x 16, $950

Jean Hildebrant Searching for the Stray 18 x 16, $1750



Kelly Hine Carpinteria Marsh at Sunset 12 x 16, $1200

Kathy Howard Morning Reflections 12 x 16, $2395

Katherine Irish Soul’s Reverberation 24 x 18, $1800



Janet Johnson My Little Tin Burro 20 x 12, $625

Dasha Jamison Red Hour 21 x 21, $1400

Annie Jones Grain Elevator Road 12 x 16, $525

Becky Johnson New Mexico Evening 5.25 x 8.75, $800



Liz Kenyon Embers 11 x 9, $700

Jim Kallenbach Observer 22 x 22, $4500

Cosette Kosiba Dissolving Into Light 12 x 12, $325

Kenneth Keith Lake Taneycomo 12 x 16, $950



Paula Kuehl Daisy Field 29 x 14, $300

Kathleen Lawrence-Davis From Over the Hill 10 x 8, $625

Terri Lewis Midnight Traveler 14 x 18, $600

Leila Langston Nostalgia in Pink 12 x 9, $320



Nancy King Mertz Strut 13 x 17, $1500

Jody Martin Promise of Spring 20 x 25, $1250

Reneé Marz Mullis Summer’s Whites 18 x 24, $925

Clark Mitchell New Snow on San Jacinto 27 x 19, $3900



Gina Murrow Rejoice in Trouble 5 x 7, $140

Fran Odum-Craig Back in the Saddle Again 6.5 x 8, $400

Juanita Nelson Just Hanging 12 x 16, $900

Shannon O’Dunn Devil’s Thumb Afternoon 12 x 9, $650



Peggy Orbon Storm Clouds 16 x 20, $950

Carolyn Parker Pathway to the Sun 12 x 9, $700

Rich Orbon Winter Sunset 11 x 14, $450

Rachel Pearson Still Life With Onions 8 x 10, $300



Peggy Davidson Post Sea Cliffs 12 x 18, $1750

Judy Pechur Lake McDonald 9 x 12, $275

B.F. Reed Sphere With Black Vase 16 x 20, $1200

Sergei Pietila Visiting Laurence 27 x 28, $2000



Melody Sears Sunlight and Showers 9 x 12, $400

Jane Robbins The Approach 12 x 16, $850

Nancy Smyth Noble 16 x 20, $1500

William Schneider Rhapsody in Blue 20 x 16, $3250



Ginny Stocker Curtain Call 11 x 14, $1350

Joel Sobelson Western Skies 15 x 20, $1500

Audre Tagtmeyer On the Vine 9 x 12, $350

Judy Stanger Lake Placid High Peaks 24.25 x 28.25 x 14, $575



Lorraine Trenholm Delayed Flights 10 x 16, $700

Nori Thorne Rider on the Storm 16 x 20 $1,000

Burneta Venosdel Sunday Spa Day 11 x 14, $925

Jude Tolar Iris in Abstraction 12 x 9, $600



Sarah Watts Reverie 21 x 22, $7000

Carol Strock Wasson Light From Above 16 x 12, $900

Judy Wegenast Besties 14 x 18, $575

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Jeanne Wellins Trail Ride 30 x 14 $1500

Steven G. Yancy The White Vase 18 x 22, $500

Suzette Young Holey Sycamore 11.5 x 15.5, $450

Sharon Will Florida Nocturne 16 x 12, $1250



Member Sponsors Sharon and Allan Frey

Diana Burns Lin Boucher Christine Debrosky Beth Franco Patti Hagan Annie Jones Rita Romero Audre Tagtmeyer Nori Thorne Steve Yancy Anonymous Donors

Dasha Jamison, President, Red Rock Pastel Society

Lin Boucher, “Social Distance”


Arizona Pastel Artists Association 7th ANNUAL NATIONAL EXHIBITION & SALE February 19 -- April 23, 2023

4701 Hwy 89N, Prescott, AZ 86301 http://phippenartmuseum.org/

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