APAA 2023 National Exhibition

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

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 the Jeannine 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.

The Arizona Pastel Artists Association (APAA) was founded by a group of Arizona artists on May 2, 1994, in Phoenix, Arizona and incorporated in 1997. It operates as a charitable 501C (4) Social Organization. APAA is currently a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). The Arizona Pastel Artists Association endeavors to promote artistic creativity, art appreciation, and to offer instructional aid and outreach to interested artists through meetings, seminars, workshops and art exhibits. APAA exists specifically to promote the medium of pastel through its operations, stewardship and community activity. APAA operates as a non-profit entity. Funding sources include, but are not limited to member dues, show proceeds, workshops and donations. APAA uses these funds to provide Arizona-based show opportunities, workshops and programs. APAA promotes the pastel medium primarily in Arizona, but also as part of the affiliated international pastel community through its association with the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). Membership is open to anyone with an interest in sharing the vision of APAA and its members.

Sharon Frey President

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

On the Cover: Linda Curtis, Afternoon Meditation

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