Pastel Society Alaska
Pastel Society Alaska

Through A Child’s Eyes

Online Pastel Art Show June 17 – August 17, 2024 | Online
Deadline is June 3rd. 6 weeks left to enter. Open to Members and Non-Members.
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Deadline for entry: June 3, 2024
Through A Child’s Eyes — Delve into the world of innocence, wonder, and imagination as you interpret this theme through your artistic vision. In a world often clouded by the complexities of adulthood, we want to rediscover the simplicity and pure perspective that children possess. How do they perceive the world around them? What wonders do they see in the ordinary? But our youth can also be a challenging time. As a young person ages, what future do they see for themselves? What are their fears, hopes and dreams?

Pastel Society Alaska’s mission each year is to make the world a better place using our artistic skills. This year our focus is My House, an organization in Wasilla, Alaska that works to prevent homelessness in teens, and Kids Kupboard, working to stop hunger among youth in the Southcentral area of Alaska. Our work on behalf of these two organizations prompted the theme of Through A Child’s Eyes, and can inform your creative inspiration as well.


PSAK members
$40 for 1-3 paintings; $10/painting after that up to 6 maximum.

$48 for 1-3 paintings; $12/painting after that up to 6 maximum.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

We encourage you to join us! Membership is $30/year and gets your regular show discounts starting now and future shows, free Zoom demonstrations from pastel instructors worldwide, comradery with a great group of artists (either in-person or via penpals), monthly Zoom meetings, paint meet-ups for those near Anchorage, Alaska, frequent Alaska-based workshops with instructors, and more! You can join as a member here.


  • This online Exhibition is open to artists anywhere in the world.
  • All entries must be entered through the web portal. You do not have to resize your image; takes care of that for you.
  • This competition is for pastel paintings. 80% of the exposed surface must be dry pastel. No oil pastels or mixed media.
  • There is no artwork size limitation.
  • Original artwork only, no copies from other artist’s work or published work. If the outcome of the piece has been significantly and unduly influenced by another artist’s work, the juror may consider the piece to be ineligible.
  • Artwork created on top of a photo is not eligible. Altered photos with pastels added are not eligible.
  • If a photo reference is used, the photo is preferred to be the artist’s own. If the image is by another photographer, attribution must be noted (reference photo by: xxx), and written permission sent if the juror or judge requests it.
  • All subjects and styles, except nudes, are eligible. PSAK reserves the right to refuse any entry for any objectionable depictions or for not following these rules.
  • Works that have been exhibited in any previous PSAK shows but did not win awards are eligible for entry.
  • Work may be for sale or may be listed as NFS.
  • PSAK reserves the right to refuse any painting that does not meet these standards.


  • Best of Show — $400
  • First Place — $300
  • Second Place — $200
  • Third Place — $100


No commission will be expected, but if your work sells during the show, a 10% donation to PSAK will be greatly appreciated. PSAK’s mission is to better the world with our art, and the donation will be used towards the charity we are focused on for the year. If there is interest in purchasing an artwork, PSAK will put the buyer in direct contact with the artist. The artist and buyer will then work out the details of the purchase and delivery.

Juror of Selection

Gina Murrow, the 27-Minute Artist, will be the juror. ( Gina has taught art workshops for the last 10 years, most often in pastels. She’s the founder and inventor of Paint A Scarf, a popular silk scarf painting tourist destination in the Anchorage, Alaska area. When the Pandemic stopped people from gathering, Gina pivoted her art teaching to encompass all mediums. She started @27MinuteArtist in January of 2024, opening a YouTube channel with art instruction online in a variety of mediums and subjects. Pastel paintings are her first love.

Judge of Awards

Barbara Jaenicke is the award’s judge. Barbara’s early career was spent in advertising as an art director, and in 2002, she was able to turn her focus to a fine art career, pursuing it full steam ahead. Working in oil and pastel, Barbara strives to capture light-filled landscapes in a painterly, impressionist style. She holds signature memberships in Oil Painters of America (OPA) and American Impressionist Society (AIS), and has earned the distinctions of Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and Eminent Pastelist in the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).

Her award highlights include Top 25 Finalist in the annual Plein Air Salon 2023, 2nd Place overall in the 2022 Pastel Journal's Pastel 100 Competition, and many more (See She has been featured in numerous art publications including Pastel Journal, Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Artists Magazine, and Southwest Art, and has served as a contributing writer for some of these publications.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Barbara also lived in Atlanta, Georgia for many years until she yearned for snow and mountains for her landscape subject matter, which prompted her family’s move to Bend, Oregon in 2015.


For questions about this Prospectus or Pastel Society of Alaska, please contact [email protected].

Additional Notification Information

Notifications will be emailed by the end of the day on June 17, 2024. We cannot respond to inquiries regarding the status of notifications before that time.

Please add [email protected] to your email safe senders list.

After notifications are sent, you may view the status of your entry in your ShowSubmit artist account’s Entry History. Accepted works will be notated by a green check.

If you do not receive your email, you may also view your notification letter using the View Notification link in your Entry History.

Note: Entries made prior to 2023 may not display the View Notification link.

Image and Filename Specifications

  • Submit your original JPEG image files.
  • Crop out all parts of the photo that are not the actual work; do not show mat, frame, etc, only the work itself.
  • Image must be displayed right side up.
  • You do not need to resize your image files.
  • You do not need to rename your image files.

Additional Entry Information

  • You will pay for your entry by credit or debit card using our secure checkout system.
  • After your entry is submitted and paid for, you may log back in to review your entry, edit artist and image information, and add or substitute images up until the entry deadline (June 3, 2024.)
  • Entry fees are not refundable and must be submitted and paid by the entry deadline.
  • Entries cannot be accepted or changed after the deadline. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.


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