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March Member Meeting

How to critique with purpose Virginia Unseld

How To Critique With Purpose

Join us Tuesday, March 9th at 6 pm for our Member Meeting. Virginia Unseld holds Bachelor’s and Master’s  Degrees in Art Education. She taught art in public schools and college level for about 30 years. She taught teenagers how to critique work . . . and survived. Please join her for a zoom critique of work by Boulder Art Association members on March 9 from 6-8pm.

Artist’s Biography

Virginia has been painting the western landscape for over 40 years in oils, pastels, watercolors, and acrylics. Virginia is primarily a plein air painter but often uses plein air paintings as studies for larger studio pieces. Dramatic light and shadow are usually present in her paintings. Her work is about the act of joyous mark- making as much as about the subject she is painting. Her studio and home are at 9,200 feet in the Colorado Rockies.

Unseld holds a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design and a B.S. in Art Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She taught art in public schools, including how to critique work, to teenagers for almost 30 years . . .and survived.

Unseld is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of Colorado and the Colorado Watercolor Society and a member of the Plein Air Painters of Colorado and American Women Artists. She has exhibited extensively and won many awards for her work in numerous regional and national shows. 

You can see and read more about her work at

How to Participate in the Critique:

You must register in before the meeting so you will receive the link to attend the ZOOM call.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Mar 9, 2021 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


To participate in the Boulder County Arts Association zoom critique, please provide one image of a painting that is 75-80% completed (and not yet framed—so you will benefit from having the option to work on the piece after the critique) 

To be considered for the critique, your submissions must be received by midnight, Saturday March 6th!

Please size your photo submission as:

Landscape orientation: no more than 1280 wide ⇄

Portrait orientation: no more than 1280 tall ⇅

72 ppi (pixels per inch)

Submit your photo along with your answers to these questions to:

1. Title (optional):



In 1 or 2 sentences

2. What inspired this piece or what is your intention?

3. What specific area are you struggling with or do you have a question about?

The first 20 images submitted by BAA Members will be used for the online critique.

If you’d like to see more of Virginia’s art, please visit her upcoming show:

Gilpin County Arts Association  presents navigations: a year of  quARanTine,

Paintings by Virginia Unseld done between February 2020 and February 2021. These 50 paintings are from 3 series.  Unseld began leasing a room at Washington Hall Gallery in November to enable her to create larger paintings on canvas.  This seemed like the logical place to exhibit that work which is based on travels to Croatia, Alaska, New Mexico and beyond. The Winter Woods  series is done with oil and cold wax.  Unseld refers to them as visual haiku. The Fireflies series incorporates hearing aid batteries.

Washington Hall Gallery is located at 117 Eureka Street in Central City opposite the Opera House. Winter hours are Thursdays through Sundays 11 to 4. The exhibit runs from Feb 20 to March 27.