Pastel paintings - “New Mexico Badlands” by Juanita Nelson
“New Mexico Badlands” by Juanita Nelson

The Pastel Society of Colorado’s (PSC) 18th Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition opens April 9th and will be on display through May 21, 2022 at the historic Washington Hall Gallery in Central City, CO.

The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 9 and is open and free to the public. Exhibition judge and juror Christine Debrosky will share comments on the show and present the extensive cash and merchandise awards. The exhibit can also be viewed during regular hours at Washington Hall Gallery and all paintings are available for purchase.

This is the premier exhibition held by PSC annually and showcases 95 pastel paintings in a variety of genres – landscape, portrait and still life – rendered in realistic to abstract forms by some of the finest pastel artists today.

Pastel paintings of ballerinas
“Toe Shoes” by Mitch Castor

Debrosky selected the paintings for this year’s show from nearly 300 works submitted. “We are thrilled that Christine agreed to jury this year’s show,” said PSC president, Ivadell Marie. “Her impressionistic paintings have not only gained recognition throughout the U.S., they have also garnered artistic awards internationally.”

PSC will host pastel painting demonstrations in the Washington Hall Gallery on select weekends during the show. For a schedule of artists, dates and times see

“We encourage the community to enjoy viewing these paintings in person or online, and to learn more about the enduring pastel medium first championed by such popular painters as Degas, Renoir and Cassatt,” added Jeannette Stutzman, co-chair of the show.

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