Maryland Pastel Society events


“Symphony in Pastel”, a Juried MPS Members-only Exhibit

"Symphony in Pastel”
Juried MPS Members-Only Show
February 6th, 2021 to March 28
Delaplaine Arts Center
40 South Carroll Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Our juror and judge of awards will be highly acclaimed artist Maria Marino. All cash awards.
This exhibit will display 40 selected works. The Delaplaine Art Center has been open to the public since August with normal business hours. Due to COVID restrictions, currently, there will be no reception scheduled for this exhibit. In addition, all paintings in this exhibit will be available to view and purchase online in the virtual gallery provided by SHOWSUBMITSM.

Calendar of Events

12/1/20Deadline for entry
12/15/20Notification emails sent to artists
2/4/21Delivery of accepted work to the Delaplaine Art Center. All work MUST be hand-delivered between 10 am -12 pm
2/6/21Exhibition opens
2/12/21Award announcements via ZOOM , 6 pm
3/28/21Show closes

Pick up of unsold work between 10 am - 12 pm

Juror & Judge of Awards

Maria earned her Master Pastelist (PSA-MP) status with Pastel Society of America (PSA) and has achieved Master Circle Status from the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), cum laude with a BFA in Interior Architecture. Maria currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Pastel Society of America and is an Elected Member of Allied Artists of America. Her pastels have garnered many awards. You can read more about Maria Marino and see her work on her website.


ALL cash awards and ribbons of merit will be presented via Zoom on February 12, 6 pm.


Open to all Maryland Pastel Society members in good standing (i.e., dues paid for 2020). All paintings must be the artist’s own original work, at least 80% soft pastels, and completed within the last two years. Work is ineligible if it was: 1) produced in an instructor-led class or workshop; 2) produced before 2018; or 3) copied substantially from the work of other artists or from published materials. Paintings delivered to the exhibit must be identical to the accepted digital image.

Entry fee

Maryland Pastel Society members may submit up to 3 images for an entry fee of $15 for 1 image, $20 for 2 images and $25 for 3 images. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Procedures for entry

Log on to Show Submit is a web-based entry system for online submission of artwork to juried exhibitions. Click on Maryland Pastel Society Members Only Juried Show link on the right side of the page. This will open the Prospectus and allow you to submit your entries. If you do not have an account with Show Submit, you will need to set one up first in order to submit images. This will allow you to be notified by email with the juror’s selections.

Delivery and Pickup of Accepted Work

Delivery of artwork is scheduled for February 4, between 10 am and 12 pm. Pick up of artwork is scheduled on March 29, between 10 am and 12 pm. No paintings may be shipped. All work accepted for exhibition in this show must remain on display at the venue for the duration of the show. If you are unable to drop off or pick up your artwork from Delaplaine Art Center on the scheduled day, it is your responsibility to find someone to assist you. You may contact Susan Gleason ( to obtain a list of participating artists.

Framing & Presentation

All works must be delivered framed, under glass or plexiglass and ready to hang. Presentation should be professional looking, suitable to the artwork, undamaged, reinforced, and with all wires and hardware securely attached. All mats and frames must be clean. The Maryland Pastel Society reserves the right to remove from the exhibition any paintings delivered with saw tooth hangers; metal clip frames; broken, missing, or unsafe hanging wire, as well as any cracked, damaged, or dirty glazing, matting, or framing.

Delaplaine Art Center & Sales

The Delaplaine Art Center is housed in the 100-year-old Mountain City Mill on the banks of Carroll Creek in historic downtown Frederick. The Delaplaine is open daily and offers classes, workshops, exhibitions, and a gift center. The Delaplaine retains 30% commission on any artwork sold during the exhibit.

More information

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Susan Gleason, Exhibition Chair, by email at