2023 7th Annual National Exhibition

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

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