Plein Air Paint Your Park Event & Art Sale
May 18, 2016
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant, Colorado
All National Parks turn 100 years old this year and there will be events at all or most of them.
There will be a big event at the Florissant Fossil Beds in August. They are expecting lots of visitors.

Who: The Pikes Peak Plein Air Painters and their invited guests as the featured artists.
What: A plein Air Event, Art Show and Sale, a quick draw demonstrations/quick finish and several lecture presentations.
Where: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant, Colorado.
Painting Dates: August 20-27, 2016. (Monday Saturday)
Show Dates: August 27 28. (Pick up unsold artwork end of day on the 28th)
Sales conducted by the park personal.
60% of sale price goes to artists.

Why: To celebrate the National Park Service's 100th Anniversary, to raise awareness of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, the only national park in this part of Colorado.

Plein Air painting timeframe: All week from Saturday, August 20th through August 27, Saturday morning.
Turn in artwork late Saturday morning, the artwork will be displayed and offered for sale indoors.

The park will provide free passes to all participating artists so that we can visit and scope out the park in advance. We also get free admission during the plein air painting period. Additionally we also get early entry to the park on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning so as to take advantage of the morning light.(Entry on Monday Wednesday at regular times)

So, Put the dates on your schedule.

Costs: $20 participation fee for members, ($30 for non-member guests if we need additional artists)

Register: on the Pikes Peak Plein Air Painters web site
See: Events/Workshops

Register now to reserve your place in the event.
Creating Better Landscape Paintings From Photographs with Kim Casebeer
July 7, 2016 to September 7, 2016
Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup Street, Littleton, Co. 80120
The Mile High International Pastel Exhibition judge, Kim Casebeer, will instruct a 3-day studio pastel workshop.

July 7-9, 9am-4pm each day.

Skill level: Basic drawing and painting knowledge are needed. Otherwise, people of all skill levels are welcomed to work in the pastel medium. The class will enroll between 14 to 20 participants.

During studio time, landscape painters often use photographs referencing a plein air study done while on another location. When using photographs, it's important to remember what the light and color was really like. This workshop will concentrate on how to make good paintings from photographs. We will talk about different types of light and shadow: light, highlight, halftone, shade, cast shadow, and reflected light. Value studies, notans and color studies will be emphasized in order to get the line, shape, and value of the composition correct. Kim will offer demos and lots of individual attention at the easel. It is recommended that you bring your own photos as well as plein air studies to use as references. A list of supplies and equipment will be provided.

Cost: PSC Members $350, Non-Members $385. Contact workshop coordinator, Verena Ferris,( or 303-912-2805 if you have questions.

Refund Policy: Refunds of the registration fee minus a $75 administrative fee will be allowed until June 15, 2016. After that date, refunds will not be given. By registering for this workshop, the participant accepts the intent of the workshop description, and also accepts adjustments to logistics and content due to unforeseen circumstances.
Deadline for signing up is midnight June 26th, 2016
Sponsored by:
12th Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition
July 10, 2016 to September 8, 2016
Vida Ellison Gallery 7th Floor, Denver Central Library
No longer accepting entries for this show

Notifications: E-mailed week of May 9
Deadline for shipped work to arrive at shipping agent: June 22, 2016
Hand Delivery of work: Saturday, June 25, 1:00 to 3:00
Opening Reception: Sunday, July 10, 2:00 to 4:00
Show Closes: Thursday, September 8
Pickup Work: Friday, September 9, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and Sunday, September 11, 1:30 to 3:30

Juror and Awards Judge: Kim Casebeer. The PSC is proud to present the 2016 judge and juror, Kim Casebeer. Kim is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, a Master Signature member of American Women Artists, and a Signature member of the Oil Painters of America. Kim has been in numerous museum exhibits and has won many awards for her paintings, including top awards at the Pastel Society of America National Show, the American Women Artists' National Show, and the Pastel Journal Pastel 100. She has work in many private, corporate, and museum collections throughout the United States.? Kim is represented by American Legacy Gallery in Kansas City, MO; Grapevine Gallery in Oklahoma City, OK; Hueys Fine Art in Santa Fe, NM; Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ and Jackson, WY; Reuben Sanders Gallery in Wichita, KS; and Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, KS.

Kim's work has been featured in magazine articles in American Art Collector (2009 & 2011), Western Art Collector (2010), Southwest Art (2011), Art of the West (2011), Plein Air Magazine (2013), and Fine Art Connoisseur (2014). She is featured in the Grand Teton and Yellowstone section of Art of the National Parks book co-authored by Susan Hallsten McGarry and Jean Stern, and participated in a group show of this work at Wilcox Gallery in 2013.

As part of a fourth generation Kansas farm family, Kim has been connected to the land for a long time. Kim draws her inspiration from the simplicity of the Flint Hills, an area of wide open ranch land.

AWARDS: Extensive cash and merchandise awards will be presented at the opening reception on July 10, 2016. $3500 in cash including $1000 for Best of Show and thousands more in merchandise. All awards are made at the discretion of our judge, Kim Casebeer. All awards will be final with no exchanges or substitutions.

THIS ENTRY FORM IS CONSIDERED A CONTRACT and must be completely and accurately filled out by providing all requested information regarding the paintings and the artist. Only digital entries will be accepted through, a secured website.

NOTIFICATION: For questions, contact the Show Chair, Virginia Unseld, at or 303-582-5724. Please do not contact the Denver Public Library.

FRAMING & PRESENTATION: All works must be delivered framed, glazed, and ready to hang according to gallery quality standards, i.e. frames must be suitable for the work and undamaged, with D-ring hangers and wire installed on the frame. No sawtooth hangers. Paintings can be with or without mats. Neutral-hued mats are recommended. Artwork can be floated on black or white mats. Liners or fillets should be inch and may be colored. Artwork not meeting the above criteria will be returned at the artist's expense and will not be hung in the show.

SIZE AND REQUIREMENTS: Artwork submitted cannot be smaller than 8 inches or larger than 40 inches in any dimension (not including mat and frames). Accepted paintings must be identical to the entry. No substitutions or copies are allowed. All work displayed must remain for the duration of the exhibition.

SALES: All work submitted must be for sale. There will be a 35% commission and sales tax will be added to sales. PSC will handle all sales. No work will be released before the close of the exhibit. Artists will be paid for sales within 30 days of the end of show. Commissions from sales completed after the show that were initiated during the exhibit are expected to be paid by the artist to the Pastel Society of Colorado.

LIABILITY: Utmost care will be taken in the handling of entries and paintings. However, neither the Pastel Society of Colorado nor the Denver Central Library or their agents will be responsible for loss or damage to any entries or paintings in transit when submitted for this exhibition. Shipping insurance is the responsibility of the submitting artist. Artwork will be insured while displayed at the Denver Public Library.

DELIVERY OF ACCEPTED WORK: Shipping and Delivery instructions for hand delivery of accepted paintings will be included in a notification email. Shipped work must arrive between June 16 and June 22 including all paperwork requested and with a pre-paid return shipping label included. For shipped work, expect a handling fee of about $50 paid to the shipping agent (to be arranged) for unpacking and delivering to the Denver Central Library and retrieving, repacking, returning unsold work. Shipping charges are separate. Please pack work carefully and insure it adequately. Artists will be contacted if work arrives damaged so arrangements can be made to reframe as needed.
Sponsored by:
Farm to Fiddle Fine Arts Show
August 5, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Hotchkiss, Colorado

In conjunction with the Farm to Fiddle Festival in Hotchkiss, Colorado on August 12-13, the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition is orchestrating a Fine Arts Show with cash prizes that will run from August 5-26 at the Creamery Arts Center. All media will be accepted in three categories, Professional, Advanced and Amateur.
Artists from around the state and the region are invited to participate. NFVCC members will receive $5 off their registration fee, and artists can join the Coalition on the website at registration.

Judges Kathy Steckel, Mary Hockenbery and Karen Good, one from each town in the Creative District, will award cash prizes for first place in each category, and for overall Best in Show. Mary Hockenbery is a photographer and multi-media artist who owns the Church of Art in Hotchkiss. Kathy Steckel is a painter and glass artist with KDahl Glass Studio in Crawford. Karen Good is a ceramicist and arts educator from Elsewhere Studios in Paonia.

Registration deadline for the show is July 22, and work must be delivered on July 29. The show opens Friday, August 5, from 5-8 pm, and People's Choice votes will be accepted starting that night through close of business Thursday, August 11. Awards will be presented at a reception on Friday, August 12, from 6-8 pm, during the Farm to Fiddle Festival in downtown Hotchkiss.

The Creamery will be open from 10-6 Monday through Saturday. For more details see the show prospectus here,, call Rita at 970.921.6689, or email your query to with the subject line "F2F Art Show."
Pikes Peak Pastel Society 2nd Annual Statewide Exhibition
September 2, 2016 to October 26, 2016
Library 21c, Colorado Springs, CO
Deadline for Registration:
Open and close dates for submission of entries to May 23 July 20, 2016

We are pleased to invite all artists who reside in Colorado, and create original fine art in soft (dry) pastel, to submit their artwork to our juried "Pikes Peak Pastel Society 2nd Annual Statewide Exhibition", to be held in September and October in Colorado Springs. We are excited to have as our venue, the beautiful and spacious Library 21c, located at 1175 Chapel Hills Dr., on the northwest corner of Chapel Hills Dr. and Jamboree Dr.

We are fortunate to have award-winning artist Ken Elliott as our juror. Ken attended the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts Masters classes with Wolf Kahn. He concentrates currently on oils & pastels, also producing etchings and collages. Ken's career in the arts has spanned over 40 years as an art dealer and artist. He has published articles in Southwest Art, American Art Collector, US Art, Pastel Journal, Artweek, InformArt, and Colorado Expression. He has published books, including: The Artful Home and Fine Art of Wall Design. His gallery representation can be found in Houston, Oakland, San Antonio, Fort Collins, Scarsdale, Taos, and Getty Images. Website:

Awards: $1,200 in cash, including $500 for Best of Show.

How to Enter: Please go to The prospectus and information for entering your images are available on the website. A maximum of 4 pastel paintings may be entered. For further information, please see exhibit information at

Please plan to attend the Ken Elliott 2-Day Pastel Workshop September 23 & 24, 2016 at Library 21c in Colorado Springs. Sponsored by the Pikes Peak Pastel Society. More information will be coming soon to the PPPS website:
Sponsored by:
Joanne Burney "Trees"
September 17, 2016
Painting Trees with Joanne Burney
Registration: $90 (plus $2 to cover Paypal fees)
Sponsored by:
Pastel Society of New Mexico National Show
October 29, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Hispanic Arts Center of EXPO, New Mexico
Entries due between June 1 and August 15, 2016 at 11pm.
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