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Saturday, May 7, 2022


Through July 2

Shades of Pastel National Juried Exhibition

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. Directions

The Gallery is free and open to the public during Gallery Hours.



May 7, Saturday

Exhibition opens

May 15, Sunday CHANGE IN TIME

Demonstration by Nancie King Mertz, 10:30 am (Paid Event - Tickets must be prepaid. Details.

Award of Prizes, 1:00 pm

Reception 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

July 2, Saturday

Exhibition closes


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.


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Also May 7

DEADLINE - Application to Signature Membership by Jury

Maryland Pastel Society members may submit work to be juried for Signature membership.

If you are not already a member, you may join as an Artist member and submit your application for Signature membership online at the same time.

More about the different types of membership and Applying for Signature membership to our jury (members and non-members).

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