The Appalachian Pastel Society invites artists to submit work for their 2012 National Juried Exhibition to be held October 18 – December 14, 2012 at The Asheville School in Asheville, North Carolina. More than $3,000 in cash prizes and art supply gift certificates will be awarded, including a $1,000 Best in Show Cash Award.

Juror for the 2012 APS National Exhibition is Richard McKinley, PSA, PSWC-DP, NPS.

Richard McKinley has been a professional working artist for 38 years and has over 35 years of teaching experience, including several DVDs on pastel painting. A book that compiles years of his published Pastel-Pointers columns and blogs for the Pastel Journal Magazine titled “Pastel Pointers, Top Secrets for Beautiful Pastel Paintings”, was released in November 2010. For more information, visit Richard’s website at http://www.mckinleystudio.com

Paintings submitted must be 80% soft pastel (not oil pastel).  Submission is made via digital images in JPEG format on a CD.  Artists may submit up to three images.  Entry is $25 for APS members, $35 for non members.

Deadline for receiving entries is August 1, 2012.

Visit the APS website to download the prospectus at http://www.appalachianpastelsociety.org/national-exhibitions  or send a SASE to Carol Branton Morrow, 108 Flame Azalea Drive, Swannanoa, NC 28778, phone 828.686.7549.

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