Tucson Pastel Society
April 2018

            Landscapes, flora and fauna of Sonoran desert are celebrated with an exhibit of new works by Tucson Pastel Society members in our visitor center gallery during April, 2018. The juried exhibition spotlights studio paintings and also pieces completed 'en plein air,' a French term meaning they were painted outdoors. Boyce Thomson is a favorite en plein air destination for Tucson Pastel Society painters. Visitors can expect to see familiar garden scenes in this special April exhibit that were painted on location or inspired by vistas and gardens here at the Arboretum.

            Tucson Pastel Societyis new to the Arizona Art World; until just six years ago, having a group in Southern Arizona dedicated to pastel art was just a wishful idea proposed by a few committed pastel painters. Now they are a non-profit organization of over 100 artistically active individuals who are regularly recognized for their work in juried and non-juried shows around Arizona and nationally. Year-round residents and snowbirds alike, focus on landscapes, sky-islands, flora, fauna and structures of the Southwest deserts in a variety of styles ranging from representational to abstract. Artistic growth and camaraderie are TPS watchwords. Some members are full-time professional artists others are skilled amateurs or beginners. One important characteristic of TPS is its welcome and support of those who are unfamiliar with pastel or novice artists who dream of expressing themselves with a visual medium.

            All paintings in the exhibit were selected by a well-known artist and juror, Maurice Sevigny, former Professor and Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Arizona. The paintings are originals and may be viewed in the Arboretum gallery from 8:00 AM to 5:00 during the Arboretum’s daily business hours. Paintings are available for purchase during the April exhibit.

             Boyce Thompson Arboretum is at highway 60 milepost #223 near the historic copper mining town of Superior, a drive of about 45 minutes due East of Mesa. During April visitors are admitted from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily, and the Arboretum closes at 5:00 p.m. Summer Hours of 6am-3pm resume May-through-September. New exhibits begin each month and may be seen daily during business hours; the Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where our gallery is found. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit.

Review exhibits 2015 through 2017

Lisa Langell March 2018

Tony DeNunzio February 2018


Kimberly Harris January 201


Bud Heiss December 2017


Darrell Sheppard October 2017


Jill Cockrum September 2017


Roger Degler July - August 2017


Sarah Slocum And Bill Brooks - June 2017

Paul Gill - May 2017

Mary Isham - April 2017

Preston Cox - March 2017

The Ateliers Group

Burdell Moody

Sue Cullumber

Miriam Mladinov

Anthem Camera Club

Nancy Romanovsky

Julie Stubbs

John Aho

Heather Coen

Rimgaudas Vidziunas

Michael Madsen & Heidi Golden Hearts-Rock Photos

Elaine Dube

Becky Joy

Christine Debrosky

Then And Now BTA Photography

Paul Landau

Preston Cox & Tammy Knight

Legumes of Arizona

Paul Kinslow
Rick Cameron



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