Members, you still have a week to enter a painting into out May 'Get Dusty' and have a chance to win a beautiful set of Unison pastels. The category is 'Still life', the challenge is 'Still life with porcelain'. You may include others objects, but the emphasis should be on the porcelain, so not just a vase with flowers, please!

Sarah Blumenschein is a pastel artist living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Although she earned a degree in Industrial Engineering in college, creating art has always been a passion.  Upon retiring from industry, she initially thought she wanted to paint landscapes, but eventually found herself more interested and excited about painting still lifes due to the variety of colors, shapes, textures, and reflective surfaces possible.  

Sarah entered her first Art Exhibition in 2003 and was honored to be awarded 2nd place.  Since that time she has won many local, national, and international art competitions, including first place in the Still Life category of The Artist Magazine 2009 Annual Art competition, The Grand Prize in the Pastel Journal’s 2010 Pastel 100 annual competition, “Best of Show” in the 2014 New Mexico Masterworks competition and “Best of Show” in the 2015 Pastel Society of New Mexico National exhibition.  She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a Distinguished Pastellist of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Pastel Society of the West Coast.


The winner of our April competition is our new member Claudia Chimenti with 'Harley'. Congratulations! Claudia wins a set of Unison pastels.

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In second place is Dolores Saul with 'Explorer'. In third place is Elisabeth Blass with 'Triplet'.

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Our honourable mentions go to Eva Schläfli with 'Guarded childhood', Karin Kießling with 'Ducklings' and Ute Farr with 'Puppies'.

April 2017

Congratulations to you all!

Our guest judge Rita Kirkman said:'(Although) there were only 16 was quite as difficult to decide on the placements as it would have been with 10 times the entries, mainly because almost all of the works were of equal quality.'

See all 16 entries of the competition in the Competition Gallery.

You can read the judge's comments in the next Scribbler.

Visit our winner Claudia Chimenti on her FB page