2023 IAPS Spring Juried Exhibition (2 shows)
December 6, 2022
Please ensure you are entering the correct show!

Entries will be accepted from December 1 - February 15, 2023.

For information about the show and to download both prospectus, click HERE

To enter the show click HERE
PSC 2023 Online Show, EXPRESSIONS
February 1, 2023 to April 1, 2023
No longer accepting entries for this show


Lyn Asselta readily admits that she has considered the landscape her muse since she was a child. Growing up on the rocky coast of Maine, where the weather changed sometimes by the minute, the effects of atmosphere on land and water were an everyday, mesmerizing occurrence. Her memories are rich in details of the places she has experienced throughout her life and she has a deep reverence for places that exude a sense of strength and quiet. Those qualities continue to appear time and time again in her paintings. Her chosen medium of pastel allows her to extend her tactile sense of communicating with the natural world into the painting process at her easel.

Asselta's award winning landscape paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States and have been included in invitational exhibitions in France and China. Lyn is an IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) Eminent Pastelist, a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Salmagundi Club, a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society, and is the founder and past president of the First Coast Pastel Society based in northeast Florida. A sought-after workshop instructor, she has taught workshops in Canada, Curaçao, and across the USA. In 2009, Lyn was selected as an Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park in Maine. Her work has been featured in several books and magazines including Michael Chesley-Johnson's plein air book, "Beautiful Landscape Painting Outdoors", the Pastel Society of America's publication, "Pastelagram", Pastel Journal Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, and the French publication, Pratique des Arts. She is a Unison Colour Associate artist and has contributed articles to their blog. Her weekly Saturday newsletter, Saturdays at the Cove, has a worldwide following.


Notifications of accepted paintings will be emailed January 23, 2023.

Show Opening: February 1, 2023 online at

Show Closing Date: April 1, 2023

Show Co-Chairs: Sarah St. George & Jeannette Stutzman
February 18, 2023
Zoom, 9am - 12pm MST
Instructor: Dawn Buckingham

Water, Water, Everywhere, Let's Paint it!

Water makes up almost three quarters of the Earth's surface and is a common element in many of our landscape paintings. Water may seem like a simple element, but it can be a challenge to paint. Lakes, rivers, ponds, puddles, and creeks all have their own personalities. This session will focus on inland water; rivers, ponds and lakes. You will have an opportunity to paint several small paintings of a variety of types of water, as we explore everything from composition and design, to tips to keep your water from looking "snake like" or appearing to flow uphill.

You will learn about the color of water and how observations from life can tell us a different story than our photo references. Other topics will include still water vs. flowing water, shadows and reflections, banks and edges, as well as surface highlights. This will be a fun and interactive session with some discussion and a short demonstration followed by time to try the techniques in your studio as you paint a small study. Dawn will provide a photo reference for each type of water discussed or you may use your own photos.

All you need is your computer and Zoom, pastel surface, pastels in a range of values from light to dark, a Gray Scale and Value Finder and your sketch book. Dawn Buckingham follows the tradition of American Impressionism by immersing herself in the natural landscape, as a plein air artist, in order to capture the light, color and mood of the area. The need to work quickly in the changing light is reflected in the energy of her mark marking and subtle layers of pigment.

The landscape is usually the focus of her work but the inclusion of structures, vehicles, and figures provide the context how we live and impact the environment. Plein air paintings inform her studio practice in both oil and soft pastel.

As a passionate plein air artist, she participates nationally in plein air events. Her work has been recognized with awards in both local and juried national shows, plein air competitions and Quick Draw events. Her students and collectors include both US and International patrons.

Cost is only $20 per person!
Open to members and non-members!

Sign up through link below using EITHER a Credit Card or PayPal account.

Minimum 20 people

Questions: Contact Christina Oddo,
PSC Pastel Camp
March 18, 2023
Wheatridge Center for Music and Arts 7530 W 38th Ave Wheatridge, CO 80033
Calling All Beginning and Emerging Pastel Painters! Do you, a friend, or a family member want a fun and encouraging introduction to pastel painting? If so, the PSC Pastel Camp is designed just for you! Register now and join us on Saturday, March 18th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm to learn basic methods of pastel painting, composition, and color theory with Master Signature PSC artist, Jeannette Stutzman as your teacher. We will be meeting at:

Wheatridge Center for Music and Arts
7530 W 38th Ave
Wheatridge, CO 80033

Participants will work at tables of four, each with an assistant instructor available to help you to translate Jeanette's lessons into your own hands-on experiments, sketches, and paintings. Assistant instructors enlisted to work with you so far include PSC pastel artists Jane Christie, Ivadell Marie, Christina Oddo, Linda Rieger, Sandy Marvin, and Susan Foster.

For more information, please contact

Registration: Only $20.55 per person, includes your materials!

Maximum attendees, 35 (7 tables of 5 students each with an instructor helper at each table)

*We added a few more spots! As of 7pm 1.28.23 there are now 5 spots available
LIVE Silent Auction of Members Donated Paintings
April 29, 2023 to April 29, 2023
At the Wheat Ridge Center for Music & Arts 7530 W. 38th Av, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
We expect to have at least 150 beautiful original paintings that our members are donating for sale! Sizes will range from approximately 5x7" to 12x18" and will be priced between $100-$600, each with a minimum bid amount based on a percentage of the retail value.

Please mark the date on your calendar and plan to attend to enjoy the community, purchase a new painting to take home and to support the Pastel Society of Colorado!! Doors will be open at 10am but the paintings will be auctioned off between 1-4pm.

If you'd like more information or to donate painting(s), 
please email Jeannette Stutzman or call at 720-320-3929 (cell) or email Ivadell Marie or call at 303-748-0141 (cell).

PSC Aaron Schuerr 3-Day Workshop
May 10, 2023 to May 12, 2023
Location: Curtis Center for the Arts: 2349 E Orchard Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80121
May 10, 11 & 12, 2023, 9 am - 4 pm

"Direct, Simple, Fresh and Honest"
From sketch to finished pastel, you'll learn to paint it in a way that is direct, simple, fresh, and honest. You'll engage in fun exercises designed to focus on value, color, and shape. From that foundation, you'll explore edges, atmospheric perspective, color relationships, composition, and mood. We'll talk about ways to get the most out of your colors through varied pressure, layering color, and broken color. Most importantly you'll learn to paint with greater intention. Through demonstrations, group discussions, painting exercises, and plenty of individual instruction, you will learn to approach the landscape in enthusiasm and confidence.
We will split our time between plein air and studio painting.

Current Members: $385 (includes processing fees)
Non-Members: $437 (includes processing fees)
Maximum: 15 students
Attendees will be sent additional information.

Cancellations: If you need to cancel before April 10, 2023, you will get a full refund minus $75 for processing. IF you need to cancel after April 10, you will only be able to get a refund (minus $75) if we have others on a waiting list that can take your spot. IF we have to cancel the workshop, you will receive a refund for the total amount paid.

Any questions please feel free to contact our workshop coordinator, Jane Christie 720-480-3683

*As of 11:03pm on 1-25-23 there are 3 spots available
PSC 19th Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition
May 12, 2023 to July 1, 2023
Curtis Center for the Arts: 2349 E Orchard Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80121
Show Dates
May 12-July 1, 2023

JUROR AND JUDGE: Aaron Schuerr

Aaron Schuerr explains that "The heart of my work is in the outdoors, absorbing the pattern of light on the landscape. Actors speak of ‘being in the moment' immersing themselves so totally in story that everything else falls away. The open air is my stage, and in the best moments, I am lost in it. I have no desire to impress you with these paintings. Rather, I strive to share my experience with honesty and without fear." In order to satisfy his artist wanderlust he has traveled from remote villages in Morocco into the deep wildernesses of his home state of Montana. He has done solo painting treks across the Grand Canyon. In 2020 he was a guest on Kelly Clarkson Show discussing his plein air paintings. His work has been featured in several publications such as The Daily Telegraph, The Times of London, Southwest Art, Bored Panda, My Modern Met and Plein Air Magazine. Schuerr is a frequent contributing artist writer to The Pastel Journal and The Artist Magazine. He is represented by Illume Gallery, Montana, Trails Gallery and Huse/Skelly Fine Art Gallery. He lives in Livingston, Montana with his wife and three sons.

Registration Opens: November 22, 2022-March 15, 2023

Entry Deadline: 11:59pm PST, March 15, 2023
Mark this date on your calendar. Notifications of accepted paintings will be emailed on or before April 3, 2023

Show Opening: May 12, 2023

Show Closing Date: July 1, 2023

ENTRY FEE: For PSC members up to 3 paintings may be submitted at a fee of $45 plus an additional 3 paintings for $10 each. For non-members up to 3 paintings may be submitted for fee of $60 plus an additional 3 paintings for $15 each. The entry fee is non-refundable and must be paid at time of entry. Entry deadline is at 11:59pm PST March 15, 2023. All entries must be made through

Aaron Schuerr Workshop: Direct, Simple, Fresh & Honest
We have invited him to present a 3-day Studio & Plein Air Workshop as part of this 2023 Mile High International Exhibition from Wed, May-10-Fri, May 12, 2023. More information will be posted on our website under Shows/Events on

Show Co-Chairs: Rita Bhasin, Anne Cooper Salazar
Contact: Rita Bhasin, 303-667-5092 and Anne Cooper Salazar 303-905-5741

Download and read the prospectus from our Resources page.
Crested Butte Plein Air Invitational 2023
August 12, 2023 to August 27, 2023
Crested Butte, CO
Crested Butte is a special place, being among the most beautiful mountain painting locations in the United States. Crested Butte has reasonable roads extending into a wide variety of pristine backcountry areas. The Elk Mountain Range, one of the most significant and high ridges in the 48 states, passes within ten miles of Crested Butte. Numerous other lesser ridges surround Crested Butte, providing an endless array of top shelf painting options. Also Crested Butte has the most picturesque downtown in Colorado, full of brightly colored original mining architecture.

In addition, Crested Butte has an excellent ski area, which over time has collected many second homeowners and Crested Butte lovers who are also highly qualified art patrons. I have had a gallery in Crested Butte since 2007, and have sold thousands of paintings by myself and by other painters into this market.

We have some of the most accomplished landscape painters in the country leading the event as Invited artists. These include Bill Anton, Jay Moore, Josh Elliott, Ray Roberts, Carolyn Lord, Katie Odom, and Dave Santillanes, just to name a handful. The event also has an Open Artist category in which any painter can participate by submitting paintings through a free jury process. The only parameter is that the paintings need to be new and plausibly of the Crested Butte area.

The event is happening at the new and spectacular Crested Butte Center for the Arts, in the main gallery and in a large tent gallery in a rear courtyard. We will have the space to hang at least 300 paintings and will have a patron group to match.

The Invitational is a way for your painters to interact with me and my gallery, which could potentially lead to representation here and in Telluride, where I will be opening a second gallery. Crested Butte and Telluride are the two most beautiful mountain towns in Colorado with significant art markets. I need plein air painters to launch and sustain the Telluride gallery and to grow the Crested Butte gallery.

Take a look at the gallery and Invitational websites for more information.
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