Austin Pastel Society Member Exhibit Awards Honorable Mention to Valerie Walden of Austin Art Space

Austin, TX, June 26, 2009 --( Valerie Walden is among the members featured in the Austin Pastel Society's Miniature Show, June 21-July 19 at the historic Scarbrough building in downtown Austin. The size of artwork on display is limited -- nothing larger than 8 inches by 10 inches unframed.

Two pastels from Ms. Walden's All Natural Series are included: 'Searching' and 'This Bird Is A Finch' Both feature native birds and measure the maximum 8 x 10 inches. 'Searching' was selected for Honorable Mention designation by juror Susan Kemner Reed. Ms. Walden commented, "The Austin Pastel Society is a strong organization and the Scarbrough building is a lovely setting. I know it will be an interesting exhibition. Of corse, I'm delighted my painting has been honored."

The Scarbrough building is located at the corner of 6th and Congress. The lobby at 101 W. 6th houses the exhibit. Visitors are welcome during regular business hours and by appointment.

About Valerie WaldenValerie
Walden developed her talent with inspiration and guidance from artists and instructors at the Austin Museum of Art, University of Texas, Leslie DeMille of the Scottsdale Artists’ School, and renowned plein air artists Scott Christensen of Idaho and Bob Rohm of Texas . She works primarily in pastels and oils. Her work draws heavily upon her interpretations and impressions of nature. She is a member of the Austin Visual Arts Association,  Austin Pastel Society, Southwest Pastel Society and Plein Air Austin.

About the Austin Pastel Society
The Austin Pastel Society is a Non-Profit Organization founded in 1998 by a group of Austin artists who were active in the soft pastel medium. APS’s mission is to provide members with opportunities to exhibit their work at locations throughout the area and to educate the public, gallery owners and collectors about the merits and care of pastel paintings. The Austin Pastel Society is a member of IAPS, the International Association of Pastel Societies. More information is available at

About Austin Art Space Gallery & Studios
Austin Art Space opened in November 2008 as a cooperative space for established and emerging artists to create, collaborate and present their work. There are nine artists-in-residence at the studios. The gallery presents the work of these artists and hosts juried shows, as well as solo and group exhibitions by other artists. The gallery is available for rental for public and private exhibits and receptions. Austin Art Space is located in a free-standing shopping center behind Northcross Mall. The public gallery is open Friday and Saturday 11am – 6pm, or by appointment. Operating as a collective, the working studios are open Monday through Thursday whenever artists are on the premises. More information at,, or 512.771.2868.

Austin Art Space
Kirk Walden