PSC Online Calendar of Events
January 1, 2019
We've added a new page with a google calendar of PSC shows and Events! Please visit the page by clicking the link below. Our show chairs and other PSC administrators will be adding important event dates regularly so please visit often!
VISIONS, 2020 Online Show
January 10, 2020 to March 15, 2020
Seeking a balance of color and form, and a unity of ideas.

Casey Klahn is an American artist who shows you new colors. His abstracted style and use of color embrace the expression of his personal ideas. Klahn has said, "I hope for you that my painting feels like nine months of rain, but with hope for tomorrow."

Casey Klahn was born in 1958 in Aberdeen, Washington and raised in Hoquiam, Washington.

Klahn works in pastel, mixed media, charcoal, and graphite. He teaches art workshops internationally and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a member of the Master's Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies.

Showing your work is critical to your life as an artist. Congratulations for submitting your art to be juried; it is a courageous move! I have been rejected or accepted enough times to know the ups and downs; please keep sticking your neck out. It is worth it.

My objectives as a juror are to select works that make the leap from technique to expression. How does this artwork make me feel? Does it send a message without extraneous bits and bravado? Does it have good unity (which is what I just described)? Does everything work (form in the greater sense)?

Lastly, I look at technical merit. I look at abstract quality: what elements are being used and do they fit the artist's intent? I am unconcerned with subjects or styles; realism or abstraction are the same weight for me in choosing. Frankly, in my experiences instructing artists, I am often very pleased by the work of beginners, because you can see the honesty. Here in this exhibition I sincerely hope everyone gets a fair opportunity to exhibit, and am trying my best to see that happen.

Registration Opens: January 10, 2020
Entry Deadline: Midnight, March 15, 2020. The entry fee, the entry form, and digital images of the artwork must be submitted no later than Midnight March 15, 2020. Mark this date on your calendar.
There will be no exceptions to deadlines, specs or rules.

Notifications of accepted paintings will be emailed April 1-4, 2020. Please check your junk/spam folders (especially if you use a gmail address) for the notices.

Show Opening: April 6, 2020 online at
Show Sales Closing Date: June 6, 2020

Show Co-Chairs: Sarah St. George & Jeannette Stutzman


Call for Entry is Listed also at C4E:
See our listing at
PSC 2020 Member Show, Emergence
February 28, 2020
The Pastel Society of Colorado Emergence Member Show
June 11,2020 - July 3, 2020
Tom Lockhart, Awards Judge
Show Location: The Great Frame Up
430 Main Street Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 772-7293

Emergence is all about the transition of artists from novice to expert. This show allows for all artists no matter where they are in their art journey. Beginning artists will have their work hang next to seasoned artists with decades of art experience. Art competitions are a wonderful way to build confidence, get your artwork and name into the art community, and connect with great like-minded people. Contemporary artist Dean Mitchell credits his high school experience in local art competitions for his decision to become an artist.

Show dates: June 12 - July 3, 2020
Deadline for entries: May 16, 2020 (midnight)
Deadline for shipped work: Artwork is to arrive to The Great Frame Up Longmont by June 3.
Hand delivery: June 9, 1 to 4 pm, June 10, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Hanging/Installation: June 10 , 2020, 1pm to 5:00pm
Opening Reception: June 12, 2020, 6:30 to 8:00pm
Show closes July 3, 2020
Pick up Work: July 3 and 6, 10:00am to 4:00pm

The Pastel Society of Colorado is pleased to present our awards judge, Tom Lockhart.

Tom Lockhart is a representational landscape artist who was born and raised in the heart of the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. Lockhart feels that solid drawing, correct values and colors, along with the atmospheric effects of light within the landscape are some of the keys to a visually stimulating and interesting image. Painting from life, en plein air as often as possible, helps to reinforce these visual stimulants when it comes to painting the landscape. Lockhart has been working as a professional artist for over thirty years. Being primarily a self-taught artist, he has learned to seek out information not only from painting from life outdoors, but also studying with top professional working artists. To help to further his knowledge and skill, he feels that nothing takes the place of study, hard work, and painting hundreds of paintings.

Several recent awards include: Top 100 Finalists in National Oil and Acrylic Painters (NOAPS), National Exhibition Showcase 2018, as well as the 2016 Online Exhibition & Merit Award Winner. Oil Painters of America (OPA) Western Regional 2017, as well as Signature membership in NOAPS, OPA, and Colorado WatercolorSociety (CWS). He has gained Third Place in CWS Statewide Exhibition in 2018, and Best of Show in three Plein Air Competitions in Colorado in 2011. Lockhart was awarded Region III Silver Medal in the National Arts for the Parks in 1994 and 2004. He has been featured in Art of the West Magazine, Jul/Aug 2018, May/Jun 1998, Southwest Art Magazine 2006, and American Artists Watercolor Magazines in 2000.

CO-SHOW CHAIR CONTACT: (goes to Nancy and Pat)
Nancy Welter, Co-Chair, 720-480-5903
Pat Sebern, Co-Chair, 214-763-1874

One or two (2) pastel paintings may be submitted at a fee of $35.00. The entry fee is non-refundable and paid at the time of entry.
Entry deadline: May 16, 2020
Enter online on the PSC site:

$750+ in cash awards. All awards are made at the discretion of our judge. All awards will be final.

Download and print the show prospectus from our Resources page of this website or click here to download
March 4, 2020
PSC is delighted to announce that the Judge of Awards and workshop instructor for the 16th Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition is Kim Lordier.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Kim is a graduate of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her award-winning landscapes have been exhibited in the Coors Western Art Show, the National Arts Club in New York and numerous other shows and museums. 

Her work has been showcased on the covers of Southwest Art, Pastel Journal, Plein Air Magazine and Art of the West. She is a Signature Member of the California Art Club and the Pastel Society of America. She will be instructing at the Plein Air Convention in Denver this year. To learn more about her and see her stunning work, go to her website at

2020 Call for Entries
PSC is proud to announce that the 16th Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition is now open for entries.

The exhibition is open to members and non-members worldwide and the deadline for submissions is July 3, 2020 at midnight.

Mary Williams Fine Arts will host the show from October 1-31 in Boulder, Colorado.

Our jurors are Tony Allain, Marla Baggetta and Liz Haywood-Sullivan. Judge of Awards and workshop instructor is Kim Lordier.

Please go to for prospectus and to enter. Prospectus is also available at

Important dates:
Entry deadline: Friday, July 3rd, midnight
Notifications: week of July 31-August 7
Shipped work to arrive at Mary Williams Fine Arts: September 14-18
Hand delivery of artwork at Mary Williams Fine Arts: September 8-11
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 1, 5-8pm
Kim Lordier Pastel Workshop: Monday, September 28-Wednesday, September 30 (watch the shows/events page for registration when available)
Show closes: Saturday, Oct 31
Pick up work:  November 2-4

Mile High Show Co-chairs:
Norbert Nagel

Sandy Marvin
March 21, 2020
1st Presbyterian Church of Littleton, 1609 W Littleton Blvd, Littleton, CO
Full Day Class for Beginners

The Pastel Society of Colorado Education Committee will present a free full day class (nominal fee of $10 for supplies) with a lead instructor, Ivadell Marie, PLUS 8 additional instructors who will provide personal attention (1 instructor per 5 students). Those instructors are currently: Jane Christie, Diane Fechenbach, Dale Harding, Sandy Marvin, Norbert Nagel, Karen Spotts, Xenia Sease, Sarah St. George and Jeannette Stutzman.

We have heard from quite a few beginners that either they don't know where or how to start, or they are just plain stuck. This fun, casual environment with such a diverse group of experienced, talented instructors is just what you've been looking for!


WHERE:  1st Presbyterian Church of Littleton, 1609 W Littleton Blvd, Littleton, CO

WHO: Beginning Pastel Artists (doesn't matter how many years you might have been involved in the medium; if you still consider yourself a beginner, you are welcome)

COST: $10 materials fee (pastels, paper and handouts) plus processing fees (.28)

**Spring camp is now FULL. Please email to be added to a wait list in case there are cancellations. We will not be refunding the nominal materials fees for cancellations.

We will likely hold another event later in the year also so please go to the E-News tab of this website and enroll in our newsletters to get monthly news and updates on all of our events and shows.**


COVID 19: If you are sick, we ask that you please stay home and get well. This is out of consideration for your fellow artists and their wellbeing. If you will not be attending, please email and cancel your spot so we can offer it to someone else.

If you have any questions, please contact Ivadell Marie at with the subject line "SPRING CAMP"
Workshop: Simplifying For Strength with Kim Lordier
September 28, 2020 to September 30, 2020
Evergreen Fire & Rescue Admin Building, 1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen, CO 80439
Date: September 28, 2020-September 30, 2020
Hours: 9am - 4pm
Evergreen Fire Station: 1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen, CO 80439

Simplifying For Strength with Kim Lordier

Are you interested in finding a way to not be constrained by your photo reference or the scene before you? Do you want to grab the viewer's attention from across the room with your painting?

Join Kim in this three day workshop where we will explore simplifying design and values to strengthen the impact of your paintings. Day one there will be a power point presentation and exercises to solidify a better understanding of value, design, color and edges. Day two and three will be demonstration and lots of time at the easel. We will work hard and have fun!

Members $475 + processing fees
Non-members $535 + processing fees

Cancellation Policy consists of an emailed or written cancel notification, then a refund of the registration fee, less a $75 administrative fee will be allowed until August 27, 2020. After that date refunds will not be given. Email Lisa Hale at if you need to cancel.

Maximum 16 students
**As of 9:39 on March 12th, there are 3 spots left for registration**

Once the workshop is filled you may request to be added to our waitlist by emailing Lisa Hale at with the subject line Kim Lordier Workshop Wait List.
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