Pastel Reflections by Christine Mikesell-Bidwell

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

Exhibition Dates:       April 9th – April 23rd, 2019

Registration Entries Open Dec 1, 2018
Entry Deadline .............. Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019
      Notification Email ..........  Saturday, March 2, 2019
Hand Delivery of Paintings ............... Tuesday, April 9, 2019 10:30-11:30
Shipped Paintings .......... Dates to be given upon notification of acceptance.  
Show Opening & Awards Reception…... Saturday, April 13, 2019    2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Show Closing & Art Work Pick Up......     Tuesday, April 23, 2019     1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

AWARDS:  $1000 for Best of Show.  Additional Prizes of Cash and Merchandise.

JUROR:  Jacob Aguiar 

Jacob Aguiar is a nationally recognized pastel artist living with his wife and dog in Scarborough, Maine, where he paints the nearby marshes and rocky coast.  Jacob views painting as a way to offer respite, both for him and the viewers of his paintings.  He has won several international awards including the Award of Excellence (2nd place overall) in the 2018 Pastel 100, 3rd place overall in the 2017 Annual Plein Air Salon, and 1st place in the 2017 UART Pastel Paper Online Exhibition, and has been featured in a number of publications, including Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector, and the Pastel Journal.  He currently splits his time as an integrative naturopathic physician and professional artist.  A traveler at heart, he enjoys visiting new areas and teaching workshops throughout the country and internationally.  You can find more of his work by searching for him on Facebook, Instagram, at or by visiting one of his galleries.  

     JUROR:  Richard McKinley, PSA-MP&HFH, PSWC-PL

Richard McKinley has devoted over 45 years to dividing his time between painting en plein air, reinterpreting those paintings back in the studio, writing about art matters, and instructing painting workshops. Several national galleries represent his work and he is in the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art Museum. Richard holds artist membership at the Salmagundi Club in NYC and has participated in their American Masters Exhibition.  He is a Pastel Society of America Master Pastelist and Hall of Fame inductee, a Pastel Society of the West Coast Pastel Laureate and Distinguished Pastelist, an International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle designate and current president, and honorary member of Degas Pastel Society. He has been featured in numerous national / international art publications and is a frequent contributing editor to Pastel Journal Magazine. He is the author of “Pastel Pointers, Top Secrets for Beautiful Pastel Paintings” and “The Landscape Paintings of Richard McKinley in oil and Pastel”.


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.

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.   TONY ALLAIN 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.


1.  ENTRY FEES:  $40 for members, $50 for non-members for up to 3 entries.   Registration and payment must be made online at  CLICK ON EVENTS:SHOWS   Paypal or Credit Card.   Entry Fee is non-refundable. 

2.  IMAGES TO BE SENT TO as a jpeg with titles, sizes, and prices in the email as well as your cell phone number.   Prepare your jpeg images for submission by cropping them so that no frames , mats, or whitespace are included.  Resize them to 72 dpi and 900 pixels on the longest side.  You can register and pay early.... sending the images at a later date, no later than 5pm on Tuesday, Feb.19th.  Please title each jpeg with your last name and a portion of the paintings title.

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 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         + Information about 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.

This show will also be shown on line at

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

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