Pastel Reflections by Christine Mikesell-Bidwell


The AOM/AOY Option is open to all members when they attend the monthly meetings unless otherwise specified. This option is intended to encourage members to show their new work with member peers, and provides a means to display the work in a "show ready" format. No prior jurying is required, and voting will be done by attending members.

1.     Duration of each cycle will be September meeting through April meeting. May meeting will be reserved for Artist of the Year.

a.     Artist of the Month

 i.     Members are invited to take in framed ready to exhibit pastel pieces to each meeting September through April to compete for the “Artist of the Month.”

 ii.     Members may submit only one painting each month.

 iii.     Paintings submitted must be new work (i.e., created within a calendar year of the submission, and not previously submitted to AOM review). 

 iv.     Paintings that received awards in APAA juried shows are not eligible to be presented for Artist of the Month.

 v.     Members may vote their choices for best painting during the meeting and prior to the vote count.

vi.     A single AOM award will be made during the meetings in September, October, November, January, February, March and April to the painting receiving the most votes at that meeting.

vii.     Members who have won a first place may not compete in competitions for the remaining meeting year, except in the Artist of the Year competition.

b.     Artist of the Year

 i.     All first place AOM winners from September through April may take their pieces to the May meeting.  Members vote for “Artist of the Year” from among the monthly first place Winners at the May meeting.

c.     Awards for AOM and AOY will be determined by the Board, and may change periodically based on available funds or sponsor donations.

 i.     AOM is currently $25 and AOY is $100 provided by either APAA check or sponsor gift certificate.


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