Maryland Pastel Society newsletter


What's New This Fall, 2009

Bonnie Ferguson Butler had two pastel paintings accepted by jury into the Springfield Art Guild's Annual Exhibit at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA. "Skyline Stands" received an honorable mention. The show runs through October 26, 2009. Bonnie also participated in Paint Herndon, a Paint Out sponsored by ArtSpace, and received an honorable mention for her piece, "Across the Way" on September 5, 2009.

Eileen France has a painting entitled "Almost Spring" that will be included in the upcoming IAPS show on the web.

Linda Harrison-Parsons will be showing at 12 West Main Gallery, 12 W. Main St., New Market, MD. Opening reception, Alaska: Into the Wild, Oct. 4th from 2:00 - 5:00. Closing reception November 1st from 2:00 - 5:00. Gallery open on weekends, call for weekday hours: 301-865-1212. Linda will exhibit in a two day special event, In Honor of Trees, at Blossom and Basket Boutique, 3 N. Main St., Mt. Airy, MD. Reception: October 23rd from 5:00 - 8:00 PM, Demonstration of soft pastels on paper, Saturday, October 24th, noon- 4:00. For additional information check the web site at

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Eagle by Linda Harrison Parsons

John Held  has a selection of pastels and oils on display at Kathleen Sibelius's office (a member of Obama's cabinet, his Secretary of HHS). He will also have his art at the Fells Point Fun Fest the first weekend in October.

Jean Hirons' painting "Autumn Glory" was selected for the 14th IAPS Web Show and will be posted on the IAPS web site in early October.

Joan Howe has a solo show at Woods Memorial Church on Cypress Creek Rd. in Severna Park, MD., which will run until the 29th of September. She will also be exhibiting in an outdoor art show at Heritage Harbour in Annapolis on October 3rd.  There will be about 15 or more participants. Then on Oct. 4th, she will have another solo show at Paul's Cafe on West Street in Annapolis, and the work will remain there until the first of next year.

Betsy Kellum, PSA, PSWC-DP has been accepted in the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 113th Annual Open Exhibition at the National Arts Club, Gramercy Park, NY in October. She will also have a solo show at the Wide River Gallery in Colonial Beach, Virginia from October 9th thru November 6th.  A spring workshop is being planned at the same location. Betsy will be judging the Richmond Metropolitan Artists members show in October, and will be traveling to New Jersey Halloween weekend to jury and judge the Pastel Society of New Jersey 4th Annual Show. She also had a  painting accepted into the American Artist's Professional League's 81st Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York, November.  

Deborah Maklowski's work has been selected for inclusion in four juried shows coming up this fall and winter. In addition to having a piece included in the MPS' Shades of Pastel, her pastel "Meadow Matriarch" will be in the American Women Artists' upcoming national exhibition at the South Street Gallery in Easton, MD (Oct-Nov); "Tree-O" (also a pastel) will be included in the Jack Richeson Landscape, Seascape, and Architectural Exhibition in Kimberley, WI, (Oct 09 – Jan 10; her two other submissions will be included in the exhibition book); and her colored pencil piece "Patterns on Patterns" was selected for inclusion in the Arts HoCo 2009 show at the Howard County Center for the Arts (Oct-Dec).

Maria Marino's painting "Ala Maison" was juried into the 37th Annual PSA show. The judges awarded it  the Southeastern Pastel Society award.

JoEllen Murphy's figure painting "At Ease" was selected for the 14th IAPS Web Show and is on the site now.

Marylouise Roach won the third prize in the Multi Media 25th Anniversary Members Strathmore Hall Competition in Bethesda Md. this past spring. Marylouise's painting was of a beautiful cupcake that the juror stated "was chosen for it's feeling of soul". Her painting was the only pastel chosen! She also has paintings in the juried show of the Howard County Art League Artists Gallery and the Germantown Art League currently showing at the Water's House in Germantown.  Her two paintings there depict the Montgomery County Historic Theme.  She is also having a show titled "Landscapes and Whimsies"  along with her friend Tricia Tice at the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda, Md.  The reception is Sunday Sept. 20 from 3-5pm.  Stop by if you can.  She is also the Founder of the Montgomery  County Plein Air Artists, a group that has grown to 127 members! Contact her if you are interested in joining,

Bob Russin's painting "Self at Sixty" was accepted into the 37th Annual Pastel Society of America National Exhibition at the National Arts Club, NYC. "Forsythia Paint"  was accepted into the 2009 IAPS 14th Juried Exhibition annual Web Show.  "Patchwork" was selected as part of the FAV15% (jury's favorite 15% of the entries) in the August 2009 FineArtViews Painting competition.    

Emerald Mist by Bob Russin


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On the local scene for Carroll County member Lisa Sheppard, the pastel painting "Late Summer Pasture" graces the glossy cover of Frederick Magazine's September issue as a result of winning a cover artwork contest. And at the Carroll County Arts Council Members' Show, Lisa earned an "Artist Excellence Award" for the 3rd consecutive year.

Barbara Steinacker's plein air piece, "Stream-Lined" was selected for an Honorable Mention at The Art League's September juried show (Torpedo Factory Art Center).  Barbara will be having a show at The Artists' Gallery in Columbia, MD, November 2-27, 2009, with potter, Winnie Coggins entitled  "Pastels and Pottery."  All are invited to the reception Friday, November 6, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. See the website for directions:

Streamlined by Barbara Steinacher
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Kim Stone has a solo exhibit at the corporate headquarters of Highmark Blue Shield, Camp Hill, PA from Sept. 1-Oct. 31. She won 4th prize for a pastel accepted into the Keystone International 2009 Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper Sept. 26- Nov. 6 at The Art Center School and Galleries, Mechanicsburg, PA. She continues to teach a portraiture class at the Harrisburg Art Association, Harrisburg, PA.