Must-See Pastel Shows

There’s a flurry of exhibitions currently (or soon to be) open, so we thought we’d share what’s on our art show radar.

Seattle, Washington
The Women Painters of Washington present “Painting Out Loud” (through Oct. 31), featuring the work of 20 artists. The Women Painters of Washington Gallery is on the third floor of the Columbia Center, 701 Fifth Ave. www.womenpainters.com; 206/624-0543.

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Pastel Artists Canada’s 17th annual juried exhibition, “Purely Pastel” runs through Sept. 13. Jean & Ross Fisher Gallery, 123 King St. W. www.pastelartists.com; 519/924-2202.

Sacramento, California
The Helen Jones Gallery is celebrating two decades in the business with the “20th Anniversary Art Show,” featuring 29 artists, including some familiar names such as Urania Christy-Tarbet and Reif Erickson. Through Aug. 31 at 2615 El Paseo Lane. www.helenjonesgallery.com; 916/481-1118.

Pueblo, Colorado
The Pastel Society of Colorado, together with the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, presents the “2008 Mile High National Juried Exhibition,” featuring pastel paintings by 55 regional and national artists. The opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Sept. 18, and the show runs through Oct. 24 at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave. www.pastelsocietyofcolorado.org.

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