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Nancy Dee
Welcome from the 2018 Mile High National
Pastel Exhibition
 is year marks the 14th annual Mile High Exhibition, the premier event of the Pastel Society of Colorado (PSC), presented for the  rst time in the Town of Parker’s impressive Parker Arts, Culture & Events (PACE) Center.  e 80 pieces of pastel artwork represent the  nal selections of this year’s juror, esteemed master pastelist Marla Baggetta, who tackled the daunting challenge of evaluating 381 highly competitive paintings submitted by 128 artists representing 21 states and Quebec, Canada.  ank you, Marla! As viewers can see, the rich and varied collection of landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and still lifes, from abstract to realistic, is ample evidence of the creative, skillful, and inspired talents of the artists Marla chose for the show. Marla’s selection of the 20 award winners, displayed throughout the gallery, provide further recognition of the talented artists.
Our immense gratitude goes to PACE for providing a beautiful venue and accommodating our exhibition, and to the entire PACE sta , especially to Rose Fredrick (PACE curator of exhibits), Denise Zoglmann and Becky Berends, whose assistance in preparation for and conduct of the exhibition was invaluable.
Management of the submission of entries for our juror’s review was professionally handled by the folks at Online Juried Shows (OJS): speci cally the late Paula Ford who was so kind and thorough in her work with us over the last few years, and Heidi Langner and Erich Neubert.  e cutting-edge digital technologies utilized by OJS made the juror’s task much less cumbersome than in the past.
 e wide range of jobs required to plan and organize an exhibit of this nature is re ected in the PSC members who generously volunteered their time and skills to the process: Lydia Potto  & Xenia Sease, Awards Co-Chairs; Nancy Dee, Workshop Chair; Cathy Schlein, Reception Chair; Jeannette Stutzman, Technical and Design Chair; Jeanine Spellman, Marketing Chair; Nancy Welter, PSC Treasurer and Sales Chair; and Xenia Sease, Educational Display.  e following people also provided valuable assistance, guidance and support: Susan Foster, Sandy Marvin, Lisa
Hale, Karen Spotts, Virginia Unseld, Anne Weber, Ross James, Amanda McLeod, Sue McKelvy, Mary Plath-Rice, Linda Harris, Ivadell Marie, Dale Harding,
Beth Schubert, Lise Neer, and the Pastel Society of Colorado’s Board of Directors. We deeply thank all of you for your help and “can-do” spirit in bringing together another exceptional, high quality, national pastel exhibition in our beautiful “Mile High” home of Colorado! Please accept our apologies if we inadvertently failed to acknowledge any other volunteers.
On the back of this catalog we proudly recognize the exhibition’s sponsors for their generous awards and prizes. Please thank them, too, by purchasing materials and services from their websites and in their stores. We also extend our thanks to Marla Baggetta and Bruce Gomez for giving informative pastel demos.  ank you, award donors and sponsors, art lovers, and collectors, for your support of pastel painters!
In the Spirit of Pastel Painting,
Nancy Dee and Xenia Sease, MHNPE Co-Chairs
Xenia Sease

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