Mile High National Pastel Exhibition


The PSC sponsors its highly competitive Mile High National Pastel Exhibition at a venue in the Denver Metropolitan region every summer. Over 100 exceptional pastel paintings are selected by a nationally-recognized juror and judge from at least 300 highly competitive entries. The resulting show is an opportunity for artists to win up to $4000 in awards, art connoisseurs to expand their collections, and the public to enjoy the shimmering colors of pastels throughout the shows 4 – 8 week duration. The breadth of subjects, styles, and skills found only in pastel paintings at their best are captured in the show's beautiful catalogue. As with all artwork sold through PSC shows, the commission collected by the organization is used to fund cash awards for artists in future exhibitions.

14th Annual PSC 2018 Mile High National Pastel Exhibition

Pastel Society of Colorado

Show Co-Chairs: Nancy Dee & Xenia Sease


Location: PACE (Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center)

20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, CO 80138


Exhibition Dates 7.12.18 to 8. 27.18


Awards Judge: Marla Baggetta, Juror and Judge


The PSC is proud to announce that the judge and juror is Marla Baggetta. A prolific painter and teacher, Marla's artwork and workshops are nationally sought after. Her work has been represented throughout the country for over 30 years. Contributing to many art publications such as Pastel Journal, she is a signature PSA member and an IAPS Master Circle Recipient. Marla graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She worked as a commercial illustrator for 25 years. After moving to Oregon in 1993, she was inspired by the beauty of the Willamette Valley and began painting landscapes that blend realism and abstraction that convey a sense of calm and balance. Among her numerous awards and honors are Arts for the Parks Annual Juried Exhibition. She has been featured in the Pastel Journal and is included in Pure Color: The Best of Pastel and Sketchbook Confidential II. She is the author of Step by Step Pastel by Walter Foster Publishing. Her paintings can be found in numerous public and private collections throughout the country.


While she makes her home in Portland, Oregon, Baggetta travels extensively throughout the United States painting, teaching workshops and jurying shows. Marla is a sought after workshop instructor, adept at helping students develop an individual painting style. Baggetta's approach to painting reflects both the formal art education she received at Art Center College of Design and the years of experience that can only be gained from behind the easel.

Click this link to download a pdf file of the 2018 PSC Mile High National Pastel Exhibition Catalog

Images from the 2018 Mile High Exhibition at  Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center

2018 Mile High National Pastel Exhibition Awards

Best of Show: $1200 & Southwest Art & Cheap Joe’s Award of Excellence & Misc.

“Desert Palms” by Susan Mayfield


1st Place: $800 & Fine Art Connoisseur & Colorado Fine Art Reproduction Award of Excellence & Misc.

“Misty Morning Light” by Xenia Sease


2nd Place: $600 & UART Award of Excellence & Misc.

“All in a Row” by Christine Ivers


Plein Air Magazine Award of Excellence

“Retired” by Dale Harding


Elizabeth Mowry Poetic Landscape Award

“The Golden Hour” by Alejandra Gos


Royal Talens Award of Excellence

“Local Economy” by Sherry Sherman


Schmincke Award of Excellence

“Marg’s Cottage” by Christina Davis


Great American Artworks Holy Cow Award

“Rocky #3” by Z L Feng

Terry Ludwig Pastels Award of Excellence

“That Look of Love” by Carole Buschmann


Schissler Academy Award of Excellence

“Pepper” by Sheila Kinsman


Pikes Peak Pastel Society Award of Excellence

“Cherry on Top” by Leslie Trujillo-Batts


Honorable Mention

“Canyon Fenceline” by Bethany Fields


Honorable Mention:

“Softly Raining” by Katherine Irish


Honorable Mention

“Fall Glow” by Norbert Nagel


Honorable Mention

“Peaking Through” by Diane Edwards


Honorable Mention

“Pekoe” by Bonnie Anthony


Award of Merit

“Saranac Locks” by Marla Sullivan

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