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2023 Small Works Show
Little Gems, Jewelry for your Walls

November 8, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Tony Ortega, Juror and Awards Judge
The Collective – Community Arts Center
201 N Public Rd
Lafayette, CO 80026

Little Gems is an art show of beautifully displayed small pastel paintings that would bring sparkle to any wall. The show was juried and judged by the talented Tony Ortega who introduced himself at the awards ceremony by saying ā€œIā€™m a pastelist.ā€ Each of the artists who entered the show can say the same.

The venue, an established fine art gallery sponsored by Lafayette Colorado, provided a smart, elegant backdrop to the show. The staff, including Madelaine Vargas, shared their knowledge and expertise hanging and advertising our show, as well as providing a bibliography for anyone who wants to know more about pastel painting and art kits for children. 

Our winners had each entered stunning paintings that exemplified the best of our Pastelists. The show is up for two months during that special time of year when we all look forward to sharing both beauty and sparkle. Little Gems are there for everyone.

Best of Show

Mike Ray, House on C Road

House on C Road

First Place

Pam Iannazza, Misty Morning

Misty Morning

Second Place

Gretchen Acharya, Irish Forest

Irish Forest

Third Place

Norbert Nagel, Evening Sunset

Evening Sunset

Honorable Mention

Lydia Pottoff, LaPorte Sunset 

LaPorte Sunset

Honorable Mention

Teri Hoyer, A Purple Kind of Day

It's a Purple Kind of Day

Show Artists’ Note

Pick up work: Monday, January 8th, 2024; Shipped work: January 8-9, 2024
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