Maryland Pastel Society events


2021 MPS Juried Members-only Exhibit

Award Winners

Symphony in Pastel
Until March 28, 2021

40 South Carroll Street, Frederick, MD 21701. Location & Hours

These are the paintings selected for awards from our 2012 "Members Only" juried exhibition, on view through March 28 at Delaplaine Arts Center. Ten award winners were selected by our accomplished juror, Maria Marino. Her comments are posted with the images below. Go to the online show presented by the Delaplaine Arts Center to see the show in high resolution. The Link is below.

Congratulations to these award winners and to all the participating artists!

1ST Place: Mary Anne Warner, Morning Commute, pastel, 20 x 26"

Beautiful painting that captures the relationship between land, water and sky! It undoubtedly has the distinguishing mark of excellence: design, composition and beautiful interpretation of brilliant light. A spectacular landscape.

2ND Place: Kim Stone, Heritage Rail Trail, pastel, 12 x 16"

This gem of a painting drew me in. I became more inquisitive with the beautiful balance of shapes that supports the drama in the distance. Outstanding draftsmanship and the scale of the painting kept me looking for more. Such a peaceful piece that centers upon the dialogue between the bike rider and the landscape.

3RD Place: Susan Pearcy, Yellow Plums on French Tablecloth, pastel, 9 x 12"

The artist properly used a modern compositional format coupled with a brilliant late Impressionist palette. The plums are sculptural and define all modern forms of space, light and shadow. Appealing rhythm coupled with textural quality. Highly ornate, a joy to lose yourself in.

PSA Award: Greg Johannesen, Late Afternoon Ellicott City, pastel, 12 x 12"

Unique properties of marked contrast of brilliant light on a lovely clear day are what makes this painting such a joy to lose yourself in! Your eye focuses on the excellent shapes that instantly fill the work, created with color and line. Excellent use of lost and found edges which truly make this painting extraordinary!

Connecticut Pastel Society Award: Ann Singer, Long Walk Home, pastel, 25 x 19"

Nice large shapes and a bold viewpoint are what naturally makes this painting so successful! Harmonious color passages employed in the grassy hill so understated to positively reinforce your movement through this landscape. This artist has cleverly placed the prominent figure below the horizon line that captivates the viewer of the unexpected views he will soon discover.

Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod Award: Laurie Basham, Strawberry Shortcake, pastel, 25 x 19"

Painted with great emotion. This painting draws one in by its vantage point and gives an emotional response. Nicely handled lost and found edges. Not overworked.

Merit #1: Joyce Lister, Wonder & Joy, pastel, 18 x 12"

This painting is all about love, warmth and the connection between generation to generation. The artist skillful use of scale achieves a balance of the subjective and the objective. Lovely use of overlapping color and the painting expresses a dynamic personal style.

Merit #2: Gayle Kassal, Autumn Delight, pastel, 24 x 18"

Excellent arrangement of the key elements in this work of art. It seamlessly combines styles from several modern art movements to create drama and genuine emotion. The artist has established a compelling focal point that instantly communicates the intent. One can naturally feel the gentle breeze and sense the light that envelopes the painting.

Merit #3: Susan Gleason, Face Forward, pastel, 20 x 24"

Dramatic placement of key figure! A spirited painting in which one can immerse themselves in the intricacies of the completed work. Beautifully chromatic, the mark-making is fluid and undoubtedly adds a genuine warmth to the subject matter. Bold and impressive painting!

Merit #4: Thomas Mammen, Second Street Lewes, pastel, 12 x 18"

This painting is reminiscent of rich, expressive colors found in medieval textiles. The image is created with a force and freedom that depicts multiple viewpoints. The detail in the painting has achieved a beautiful interpretation of light and harmonious color.

Merit #5: Susan Klinger, Rush Hour Radiance, pastel, 24 x 18"

A marvelous economy of mark-making and the dazzling evening light undoubtedly has a wonderful luminous quality. The artist carefully handled all the diagonal lines beautifully instantly creating a dramatic spatial effect. Lost and found edges are remarkably handled.

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All paintings in this exhibit will be available to view and purchase online through the virtual gallery provided by The Delaplaine Art Center.

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 The Delaplaine Art Center.

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