The PSC Signature Member Show ...
The PSC’s Signature Members Pastel Show is open only to artists who have attained Signature or Master Signature status in the PSC. Expectations for the Signature Show are extremely high due to the accomplishments of its contributors, which include award-winning skills, nationally accepted experience, and creative vision. Qualifying artists have been juried into and won awards in a designated number of regional, state, national or international pastel exhibitions. They have also demonstrated leadership in the PSC by serving as a board member or officer, teaching or chairing a workshop, or giving a presentation or demonstration in members meetings or other official gatherings. For this reason, visitors to the Signature Show describe it as provocative, awe-inspiring, and a not-to-be-missed experience for all who appreciate the fine arts.
PSC Signature Member Show
at Bitfactory, Sante Fe Drive, Denver, CO
PSC 2021 Signature Member Show
Current PSC Master & Signature Members Only
Judge of Awards: Lorenzo Chavez
Show Co-Chairs: Karen Spotts & Sandy Marvin
Awards Judge: Lorenzo Chavez
Lorenzo Chavez was born in New Mexico. His inherited connection to the colorful and historic Southwest as well as seeing the Taos Society of Artists works was the catalyst for his art career. He graduated with honors from the Colorado Institute of Art and continued his art education at the newly founded Arts Students League of Denver in 1987. Lorenzo and his wife Dolores currently live in Parker, Colorado.
Chavez participates in several national invitational group exhibitions including the Pastel Society of America at The National Arts Club in New York City, Artists of America Show in Denver, Plein Air Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibitions, Albuquerque Art Museum, Gilcrease Museum, Butler Art Museum, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, The Brinton Museum, The Booth Museum, The Yellowstone Art Museum , Buffalo Bill Art Museum, Cape Cod Art Museum, The Leigh Yawke Museum, Hockaday Art Museum Montana, Yellowstone Art Museum, Colorado History Museum, Artist of the West Pioneer Museum Colorado Springs, A.R.Mitchell Museum, Coors Show in Denver, Trailside Galleries, Legacy Gallery and Settlers West Gallery Invitationals. In addition, he was featured in a successful on-man show at the C.M. Russell Museum. He has participated successfully in several C.M. Russell Art Auctions and Coeur d’Alene Art Auctions. His work is featured in articles in Southwest Art, Artists of the West, Pastel Journal, American Artist and Art-Talk. Books include, Pure Pastel, Pratique de Arts France, Colorado Landscapes.
Chavez was raised in Albuquerque and has an affection for the surrounding vicinity. He has many fond memories of time spent hiking and running in these areas and feels that it was a major influence in his decision to become a landscape painter.
His suggestive renderings and fluent technique in both Oil and Pastel have earned him numerous awards and many devoted collectors throughout the United States and he is considered by many to be the west’s premier pastel painter. He has been the recipient of awards and honors from such notable groups at the Pastel Society of America, California Art Club, American Impressionist Society, Numerous Pastel Societies Across the United States. Society de Pastelists France, the C.M. Russell Auction, and Artist of the West Pioneer Museum.
Chavez is an active member of. Northwest Rendezvous of Art, Plein Air Painters of America, California Art Club Signature Member, American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of Spain.
Chavez’s work is featured in six galleries in the United States and is included in Private, Corporate, University, and Museum collections nationally and internationally.
Awards from the 2020 Signature Members Show at Bitfactory Gallery
AWARDS & Comments by Show Judge, Lorenzo Chavez
BEST OF SHOW
"This group of pastels are extraordinarily strong and cohesive. The very daring and bold designs, the color and remarkably interesting and varied textures made this a joy to study. Each time I looked at this group of work, I saw more pleasant surprises. The presentation is so unique; I have never seen pastels presented this way. Very inspiring group of work, congratulations!"
"This remarkably interesting study of a singular subject and design is captivating. By focusing on color and various textural ideas it gave this series a strong presence. One could really study the many subtle to daring changes of each work and the chances the artist was taking by exploring a subject’s potential. Congratulations!"
"This group of work really allowed my mind to wander the picture plane and to feel myself becoming involved in the story of the subjects and emotions being explored. Great handling of the pastel medium, strong drawing, and color. I could feel the quiet in the moment. Congratulations."
Sarah St George
"This study of water in various forms was highly effective. I found myself getting lost into the characteristics of water in its many changing moods and flow states. I started to feel the sensation of water sounds and the way it would sound in its many forms."
"I loved the cohesive feeling of this group. The captivating green color kept the group together as a whole and allowed me to explore the subtleties of the other colors and value changes of the water. The color temperatures and value shifts are handled masterfully."
"This study of white boats in beautifully colored water, I found quite interesting. It was fascinating to study the variety of color in the reflected lights of the shadows of the white boats. This group of work has a strong sense of presence. I found myself feeling the warmth of the sun on my back as I looked deeply into the painting and all the interesting textures portrayed."
Many fine works stood out as individual visual statements. But as a group,
they were not as powerful for the challenging concept of this exhibition.
I really enjoyed the group of four pastels of moon studies.
The harmony of colors and designs worked well as a whole.
The group of four pastels of colorful and direct mark making really
caught my attention and works well as a group. I loved the idea of the challenge
that the artist gave themselves to be bold and direct in the process of creating.