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Friday, May 7, 2021

“Shades of Pastel” Exhibition Opens

National Juried Exhibit, Bethesda, Maryland


The Maryland Pastel Society Presents their

National Juried Exhibition

Shades of Pastel 2022

MAY 7 – JULY 2

Returning to

The Mansion at Strathmore

10701 Rockville Pike

North Bethesda, Maryland


March 12, Saturday

Deadline to Apply via

April 4, Monday

Notification to artists

May 1, Sunday

Hand-delivered artwork to The Mansion at Strathmore

May 2, Monday

Shipped artwork received

May 7, Saturday

Exhibit opens

May 15, Sunday

Demonstration by Nancie King Mertz, 11:00 am

Award of Prizes, 1:30 pm

Reception 2:00 pm - 4 pm

July 2, Saturday

Exhibition closes

Pick-up unsold, hand-delivered artwork at The Mansion at Strathmore

Unsold artwork shipped back to artists


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.


More than $6,500 in cash and merchandise awards including

Best-in-Show $1,500 cash award.


  1. Original artwork only. Open to artists 18 or older residing in the United States and Canada.
  2. All paintings must be the artist’s own original work and at least 80% soft pastels (no oil pastels).
  3. All accepted work must have been completed within the last two years and may not have been shown in a previous Shades of Pastelexhibition.
  4. Maximum size of accepted work is no more than 36” on the longest dimension, including frame. All manner of subject and style are eligible.

Paintings delivered to the exhibit must be identical to the accepted digital image.

Work is ineligible if it was:

  1. Produced whole or in part in an instructor-led class or workshop.
  2. Copied substantially from the work of other artists, from published materials, or from photo reference material belonging to others.

Procedure for Entry

Digital entries ONLY via Submissions. Please follow image specifications provided by

Entry Fee

Maryland Pastel Society Members

• US $30 for 1 image, an additional $5 per image, up to 3 images total

Non-Maryland Pastel Society Members

US $40 for 1 image, an additional $5 per image, up to 3 images total.

Entry fees are nonrefundable and must be in US dollars. Entry deadline is at midnight on the date listed above. All entries must be made through


The utmost care will be taken in the handling of digital images and paintings. Insurance for all artwork, in situ and in transit, is the responsibility of the participating artist. Neither the Strathmore Mansion nor the Maryland Pastel Society may be held liable for loss or damage of artwork. Maryland Pastel Society and the Strathmore Mansion reserve the right to reproduce accepted entries in the catalog and for publicity. Copyright will be attributed to the artist. Submission of entry via and corresponding fee shall constitute agreement with ALL conditions set forth in this prospectus. Permission to reproduce artist’s work for publicity purposes is assumed with acceptance.

Delivery and Shipping of Accepted Work

Detailed delivery and shipping instructions will accompany the notification letter of accepted works.

Framing and Presentation

All works must be appropriately framed under glass or Plexiglas and ready to hang. For larger pieces, please consider using Plexiglas to minimize weight. Matting (neutral) and frames should be simple. Framing must be to gallery quality standards; detailed specifications about hanging hardware will accompany the notification letter of accepted works.

Paintings delivered damaged, with dirty matting, with broken/inadequate hanging wire or hardware, or an unprofessional presentation will not be hung and will be returned at the artist’s expense.


The Strathmore Mansion Art Galleries retains 30% commission on sales of artwork. Work may be listed as NFS but no “price on request.” All work displayed must remain for the duration of the exhibition. No work will be released before the close of the exhibition.

More Information

Please contact Denise Matuk-Kroupa "Shades of Pastel" 2022 Chair, at

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