Maryland Pastel Society events

MPS Exhibitions

Update: Members' Only Juried Exhibition 2018

“Compelling Color”

May 4-28, 2018
at A.M. Gravely Gallery, 408 S. Talbot Street
Saint Michaels, Maryland 21663

The “Compelling Color” exhibition dates are May 4 through May 28, at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, 408 S. Talbot Street, Saint Michaels, Maryland 21663.

The reception and awards ceremony will be Saturday, May 12th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and will be the highlight of Saint Michaels Mother’s Day Weekend as it coincides with Second Saturday Art Night Out, an occasion that is expected to bring lots of visitors to the streets of Saint Michaels. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. The Gallery is a lovely venue and is located in a restored Victorian home built in 1860 and on the Maryland Historic Register.

To help promote our exhibition, we welcome artists to volunteer to do pastel demonstrations on the porch of the gallery during gallery hours throughout the “Compelling Color” exhibition. If you are interested in doing this, please contact Susan Gleason or Mary Boeh.

Drop-off of artwork is Tuesday, May 1st, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Unsold artwork is to be picked up on Tuesday, May 29th, between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. For drop-off and pick-up, you may park behind the gallery. For the reception, please use public parking lots or appropriate street parking. Please label the back of each accepted painting with your name, artwork title, and price using the template provided in your acceptance letter available to you via your account.

Judge of Selections and Awards

John Morrell has painted and taught in the Washington, D.C. area for over 30 years. He received a B.S. degree from Georgetown University and a M.F.A. from George Washington University, and subsequently taught in the Art Departments at both universities. From 1984 to 2002 he was the Gallery Director and Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. He is now Associate Professor of Painting and was Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Georgetown University from 2009 to 2015. Since his first solo exhibition of landscapes in 1979, in the Brittany region of France, there have been twenty-two other solo exhibitions, including those at Galerie Lee in Paris, Sherry French Gallery in New York, Addison-Ripley Fine Arts in Washington, D.C., and New York’s Atlantic Gallery. His work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum. John’s recent work focuses on wash landscape drawings heightened in white, and on paintings depicting nature within the modern urban environment. Visit his website at:

Important Dates
May 1, 2018 - Artwork hand-delivered to A.M. Gravely Gallery, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
May 4, 2018 - Exhibition Opens
May 12, 2018 - Reception and Award of Prizes, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
May 28, 2018 - Exhibition Closes
May 29, 2018 - Pick up unsold artwork at A.M. Gravely Gallery, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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