Arizona Pastel Artists Association Exhibit & Sale

February 19 through April 23, 2023


Art Demonstration and Awards Ceremony

 March 4th from 10 AM to 2 PM

The Arizona Pastel Artists Association (APAA) is excited to bring its International Exhibition and Sale to the Phippen Art Museum in Prescott from February 19 to April 23, 2023. Pastel works, which are prized for the brilliant color of the medium, will be on display and for sale at this open and juried show. Art collectors and enthusiasts will find something special amidst a selection of figurative, landscape, still life and abstract works.

The history of pastels dates to the15th century, with Leonardo da Vinci being attributed to their first use. During the 19th century, pastels were often used in the figurative works of Renoir and Cassatt and in the abstract-surrealist works of Miro and Klee. Degas’ ballerinas represent some of the most widely recognized pastels. Today’s pastel artists explore the versatility of these luscious, pure pigments using a wide variety of styles and artistic expressions.

This not to be missed show and sale will run from February 19 to April 23, 2023.  A grand opening reception will be held on March 4th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  The reception includes a pastel demonstration and awards ceremony, which are open to the public and free of charge.

APAA welcomes New Mexico artist, Natasha Isenhour, as the show judge. Isenhour is an internationally recognized American realist painter.  She is hosting a three-hour class/workshop on March 3rd, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Pre-registration is required.

The Arizona Pastel Artists Association seeks to inspire and promote its members through demonstrations, workshops, informal competitions, juried shows, as well as public exhibitions. It hosted its first open show seven years ago and quickly grew to include works from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia.  Founded in 1994, today it boasts a membership of over 250 artists worldwide. For more information please visit: