Pastel Reflections by Christine Mikesell-Bidwell

Sedona Art Center, 15 Art Barn Road, Sedona, AZ  86336   

Exhibition Dates:       March 28 – April 10, 2018


Registration Entries Open Nov 1, 2017
Entry Deadline .............. Monday, Feb 19, 2018
      Notification Email ..........  Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018
Hand Delivery of Paintings ............... Wednesday, March 28, 2018 10:30-11:30
Shipped Paintings .......... Dates to be given upon notification of acceptance.  
Show Opening & Awards Reception…... Saturday, March 31, 2018    2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Show Closing & Art Work Pick Up......     Tuesday, April 10, 2018          1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

AWARDS:  $1000 for Best of Show.  $500 for Best Figurative.  $5000 Total Cash and Sponsor Awards.


ANNE HEVENER has been a publishing professional for more than 25 years, working as the editor of various titles for artists and other creative enthusiasts. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Pastel Journal (, a position she has held since 2006. She has interviewed and written about many of today’s top pastel artists for its pages.  Anne was a recipient of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Golden Mentor Award in 2007 and currently serves as Secretary for the IAPS Board of Directors. The Pastel Society of America presented her with its Friend of Pastel Award in 2012. In 2016, Anne represented Pastel Journal at the Second Biennial International Pastel Art Exhibition in Suzhou, China. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Tony is an award winning painter, tutor, author and member of the Pastel Society UK.  A Master of the Pastel Artists of New Zealand, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a member of the Master Circle IAPS.  Tony is a regular contributor to the Pastel Journal and The Artist’s Magazine.  His paintings are shown worldwide and are in private and corporate collections including, Cunard Shipping and Castle Cornet Maritime Museum.  His work has been featured in Pure Colour, The Best of Pastel 2 : published by Northern Light, Pastel Artists of the World : published by Practique des Arts, Paris,  The Artists’s Magazine, and more.  Tony a self-taught artist born on Guernsey, Channel Islands, now lives in the UK.  He has exhibited with the Royal Society of Marine Artists, and the Pastel Society in London, The Pastel Society of America in New York and the 2nd Biennial International Pastel Exhibition in China.


In 1995 Schuerr received his fine art degree and returned to the U.S from Scotland where he had attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and had become familiar with plein air painting using pastel.  He married a Montana girl and followed her out West.  For the first year he had no studio, so he was forced to brave the often savage Montana weather in order to paint.  It was the best training an artist can have. 

Aaron now lives in Livingston, Montana with his wife and three sons. Though he has had a studio for many years, he still advocates painting directly from nature.  He has taught workshops across the country and writes regularly for The Pastel Journal. In the past few years he has painted in remote villages in The Atlas Mountains of Morocco, participated in plein air festivals in Ireland, The Grand Canyon, and Grand Teton National Park, and explored his favorite sites in Montana and Yellowstone National Park.  He has four instructional videos with F+W Media. 

LOCATION:  The exhibition will take place at the Sedona Arts Center, located in the heart of the historical business district adjacent to restaurants, gift shops, and other tourist attractions.  The dates of the show will coincide with the Spring Holiday weeks which are teeming with visitors and have traditionally increased the flow of traffic through the Art Center.   Aaron Schuerr will be giving a 3 day workshop during the first few days of the show and pastel demos will be scheduled.  To sign up for the workshop, contact .

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all pastel artists.

ENTRY FEES:  $40 for members, $50 for non-members for up to 3 entries.  All show entries must be made at  On Line Juried Shows.   CLICK HERE TO GO TO Entry Fee is non-refundable. 

ENTRY INFORMATION:     +SIZE LIMITATION:   Paintings with mat and/or frame cannot exceed 672 square inches total.  Measure outside frame edge, length x width.

+ All work must be original pastel painting completed in the last two years and not previously shown in an APAA exhibition or show.

+ Work copied from images, paintings, or photographs, regardless of copyright issues, that have been published or appeared on the internet, dvd, or any publication or that are likely to be published in any format whatsoever shall not be eligible.
It is permissible to gather and use multiple images, paintings, or photographs as resource material to create an original composition.
It is permissible to use photos from an individual that you personally know with their permission providing the individual is the source of the image, and the image is not rendered as an exact copy and meets the criteria stated above.  The artist must provide the original source image or written permission upon request if a question arises about the originality of the work.  Any work that cannot be verified will be removed from the show

+ All artwork must be completed with 85% dry pastel as a final layer, underpainting as part of the process is acceptable, no oil pastels.

+Paintings must be suitably framed with dust cover paper and wired for hanging with D ring hangers.  No sawtooth hangers.  No metal frames.

+ All paintings must be for sale.  APAA to receive a 23% commission.  Any painting withdrawn as an Entry by the artist after the deadline date and time will be subject to a payment to APAA of 20% of the stated sales price. 

+ Work done under supervision, mentorship, or in an instructed class, workshop, online instruction, published step by step instruction, dvd, or any other form of instruction is not eligible.  Any work shown to be part of any instruction as defined above will be removed from the show.  

+ Accepted paintings must be identical to the image submitted for entry.  No substitutions, copies, adjustments, repairs, or any other modification to the painting is allowed after the entry image is submitted. 

DELIVERY OF PAINTINGS         + Transportation of artwork, shipping, and labels for paintings will be issued with notification of acceptance

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:   Artwork will be handled with care, however neither the Arizona Pastel Artists Association as an entity or its members or the Sedona Art Center or their employees or agents will be responsible for any loss or damage to frames or paintings.  Glass is used at the artist's risk and the artist is responsible for replacing broken glass or frames.  By submitting an entry, the artist is agreeing to all conditions stated in the prospectus. APAA suggests that artists carry separate insurance.  Permission to reproduce the artist's work for APAA publicity purposes is deemed given by the artist with the acceptance of their work.

ANY QUESTIONS:  Contact Sharon Frey at      or    call on 520-609-7929

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