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National Juried Exhibition Now Until July 2, 2022

Shades of Pastel is Maryland Pastel Society's national juried exhibition featuring some of the finest pastel artists in the nation! We are proud to announce that this year's exhibition returns to the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland. Our judge, juror and nationally acclaimed artist, Nancie King Mertz, demonstrated her pastel painting at the Mansion before announcing the awards.

Award Winners' page in progress...

The Gallery is free and open to the public during Gallery Hours and Directions.
Exhibition closes July 2, Saturday


Nancy King Mertz, PSA-MP, CPP-MP, IAPS-MC&EP

An award-winning artist, Nancie has spent her lifetime painting in oil & pastel. Education: Univ of IL--BFA in Painting, where she was a James Scholar; Eastern IL Univ--MA in Painting. She is a Master Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Chicago Pastel Painters. She teaches across the US and internationally and is on the faculty for the Plein Air Convention, Plein Air Live and the IAPS Convention.

She has been named the 2022 Guest of Honor by the French Pastel Society, where a show of her work will be featured in Giverny, France. Mertz has traveled to nearly 20 countries and around the US for inspiration, however, Chicago remains her favorite city to explore and paint, where she was twice named “Artist of the Year”. Collectors marvel at the beauty she finds in the urban setting and have said she "softens the edges of the city".

Visit for hundreds of paintings of Chicago & the World.