8th National Show Catalog

ARIZONA PASTEL ARTISTS ASSOCIATION 8th Annual International Pastel Exhibition & Sale March 10, 2024 - April 23, 2024

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 vibrant, 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

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