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Fall 2021 Newsletter

Original    MPS Newsletter

 FALL 10/2021
President: Kathleen Risk
Vice President: Need to fill
Treasurer: Helen Wood
Recording Secretary: Lyn Laviana
Corresponding Secretary: Joyce Turk
Membership: Carol Hobday
Signature Membership: Mary Moores / Carol Hobday
Workshops: Susan Van Eseltine
Exhibitions: Need to fill
Shades of Pastel Exhibit: Denise Matuk-Krupa
Facebook: Gayle Kassal
Website: Kathleen Risk
Newsletter: Kim Stone
Advisory: Joyce Lister
Oct 13—15: Workshop with Tara Will / in-person
Oct 16: Fall Members Meeting / Zoom
Nov 20: Deadline for Signature Membership
Dec 18:Board Meeting / Zoom
Apr 27—29, 2022: Workshop with Liz Haywood Sullivan
Nov 3—5, 2022: Workshop with Alain Picard
*We are asking MPS members to do their part by taking a turn as our next Vice President or Chair of Exhibits. With-out these key positions our programing is diminished.
Due to Covid-19's resurgence, the board has decided, based on the wellbeing of our membership, to change the MPS Fall Members' Meeting from in-person to our Zoom venue. We will keep you updated about this meeting's notable event that includes your participation! Mark your calendars for October 16 for the Fall Members' Meeting on Zoom. In the meantime, keep painting. We hope that the meeting inspires Artist members interested in applying for Signature membership to do so by the deadline, November 20.
Tara Will's workshop WILL be held in person at the Columbia Art Center, October 13, 14 and 15. The workshop has been filled and all who signed up are in for a wonderful learning experience.
Looking ahead, Liz Haywood Sullivan will conduct a workshop April 27—29, 2022, and Alain Picardhas arranged to have a workshop November 3—5, 2022, both at the Columbia Art Center. Details are forthcoming but you may want to mark your calendars now.
Plans for our biennial national judged exhibition, "Shades of Pastel,” are underway. Our last SOP was in 2019 but we had to postpone our 2021 show for a year due to Covid. Thanks to our SOP chair, Denise Matuk-Kroupa, the exhibit will again be held at the Strathmore Mansion in Rockville, MD from May 7—July 2, 2022. Denise is seeking volunteers to help in many areas involved with orchestrating this prestigious exhibition, namely, administration, marketing, print materials, intake of works and maybe licking envelopes. I’m not so sure about the envelopes but Denise is great to work with and really needs your help. Please reach out to Denise at to contribute a small portion of your time.
Wishing you well,
Kathleen Risk
"I'll Fly Away" (18 x 18)
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Hope Hanes has lived and worked in western Loudoun County, Virginia as an artist, arts advocate and teacher for over twenty years. She has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and earned her MA in Museum Education from George Washington University. Over the years, she gradually returned to her love of pastels, the medium well-suited to the expression of her artistic vision while being deeply satisfying in its physicality.
Hope is a co-founder and former Artistic Director of Round Hill Arts Center, and was instrumental in establishing the Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour, an annual celebration of Loudoun’s thriving art community. As an Art Educator for Loudoun County Public Schools, she balances her time between work, family life and beekeeping while pursuing continued artistic growth.
Hope’s work has been included in numerous local, regional and national shows, namely the Pastel Society of America, Virginia Beach Art Center, Washington County Museum of Fine Art and Alexandria Art League Gallery (Torpedo Factory). She has been featured in Elan Magazine and was awarded Best Loudoun Artist by the Waterford Fair in 2015.
"After Thanksgiving" (20 x 17)
"Upwelling" (18 x 18)
"Blackberry Blossoms" (26 x 18)
"Delmas Trail Pond" (16 x 12)
"Spring Balance" (18 x 18)
Hope says, "For as long as I can remember, I have studied the scenery and natural beauty around me. Recurring subjects include land forms, shadows and the sky. I find the expanse of the clouds to be humbling and enticing, as it gives me a sense of where we humans fit in the vast history of all things."
"I enjoy the challenge of capturing the fleeting moments of change in the landscape: shadows defining the contours of roads and hills, wild edges of farmland, wind-blown trees and clouds. In recent months, I have challenged myself to work “en plein air” when the opportunity presents. My favorite subjects for these on-site paintings are the local vineyards, farms and parks near my home. Some of the pieces I have created capture scenes that no longer exist; views that have been erased by the development of our rapidly growing county in the exurbs of Washington, DC. For me, these works serve as a kind of elegy for the past as we push on into the future."
Learn more about Hope and view more of her work at
NEXT MEMBERS MEETING - October 16, 2021 on Zoom
Kathleen Risk is getting in touch with the Signature Member Judges to have them
discuss what they are looking for when they judge the signature applications for our Fall Members Meeting, October 16, 2021. The Principles of Design will be discussed. The judges will also critique paintings that people have brought in and provide a demo of how to improve them. Since we subsequently decided to have the meeting via Zoom, members will be asked to participate that way.
Kathleen will be sending members a call for art to view and review. You may remain anonymous, tell us about your paintings, ask questions or guidance, or receive feedback. The Principles of Design will be made available to refer to while discussing our paintings. Look for the email with instructions for sending your digital images and one-on-one support on how to do it. We will not only talk about Principles of Design, but define and demonstrate techniques for you to see how to attain those ideas.
3-Day Plein Air/Studio Workshop with Tara Will
October 13, 14 and 15, 2021
This will be our first in-person workshop to be held at the Columbia Art Center; however much of the workshop will be outdoors painting plein air. This workshop is full. Please check out Tara's amazing point of view at
Spring 2022
Liz Haywood Sullivan April 27, 28 and 29, 2022
This workshop will take place at the Columbia Art Center. More details to come.
Fall 2022
Alain Picard Nov 3, 4 and 5, 2022
This workshop will take place at the Columbia Art Center. More details to come.
Karen Margulis, shown here at her easel, presented a YouTube demonstration for our Summer Members' Meeting on July 10, 2021 on Zoom. She says, “Make a Plan but plan to let go!” By not copying her reference while covering the basics, Karen, demonstrates how having a good start leads to a more successful painting. Planning is her first step.
Pointing out that judging is subjective, Karen feels that if you paint from your heart and successfully utilize the basic concepts of what makes a good painting, you are more likely to have one. Karen’s equation for a good plan is Design + Value + Color, in that order, = 100 Percent good painting.
A quick value thumbnail helps you design your composition, decide what story you want to tell and simplify. Use three to four values to block in your painting. Choose a simple color palette with harmony and relationships ahead of time to avoid using too many colors. Karen likes to use photos that are not-perfect, but if there are more than three changes, she will use another photo.
She makes "stepping stones" and "breadcrumbs" for the viewer, creating areas of contrast with "whispers and shouts" and gradually "turns on the lights." Using only her thumbnail, Karen attempts to stay away from getting too detailed. She demonstrated with Terry Ludwig’s “Floral Landscape” set of pastels (shown).
"Late Afternoon Calm," Karen Margolis' finished painting
If you missed this one, you can watch the demo and see the story of reflection and light in Karen's own words, at
PASTEL SOCIETY OF AMERICA'S 2021 "Enduring Brilliance"
Maryland Pastel Society was well represented in this year's 49th Annual "Enduring Brilliance" Exhibition, hosted by the Pastel Society of America. We had eight members juried into the show with one award bestowed to Dawn Capron. Congratulations to all!
Dawn Capron’s painting, “Happy Day” won the Pastel Society of America Award in Memory of Flora B. Giffuni
"Circular Logic" by Jeri Greenberg
“Morning Mist” by Joyce Lister
"Southbound at Sunset" by Hope Hanes
"The Gorge" by Lorianne Signori
“Island Joy” by Mary Rinderle Smith
"Heritage Rail Trail" by Kim Stone
"Eventide" by Eve Miller
Start preparing your entries for the upcoming biennial MPS National Juried Exhibition, Shades of Pastel (SOP) 2022.
May 7–July 2, 2022
It will be juried by Nancie King Mertz and the venue will again be the beautiful Mansion at Strathmore in Rockville, MD.
Other dates of note so far:
May 1—Drop off
May 15—Reception, Nancy King-Mertz demo, 11:00 a.m., Awards, 1:30 p.m.
We will need multiple volunteers to help with advertising and raising sponsors. Contact us to volunteer at
Michael McGurk's painting "Alley behind St. Michael's" (12 x 16) is one of nine paintings featured in an article about Michael and his work in the Fall 2021 issue of Pastel Journal, pp 32—39.
Denise Matuk-Kroupa"s painting "Tidewater Docks"
Denise Matuk-Kroupa's painting "Tidewater Docks" received Best of Show, called Spirit of Maryland in the Harford Plein Air competition. It ran from July—Sept this year. It's sponsored by the Maryland Center for the Arts. The location was in Havre deGrace, MD, painted on site in two hours.
Cindy Berceli's painting "Auspicious Ostrich" was accepted into the Pastel Society of North Carolina's Pure Color 5th Annual online International Juried Exhibition of Pastel Paintings 2021, viewed Sep 1—30
Lynn Goldstein’s painting "Fleeting Memory" (12 x 12) was accepted into the International Art2Life Juried Exhibition. Fifty paintings from a pool of 4,500 pieces were selected.
Mary Moores' portrait of Kim Bracey
Mary Moores' portrait of Kim Bracey, the first female mayor of York city, was included in a group project called "The Glass Ceiling" curated by Ophelia Chambliss from York College, PA. Twelve female artists were invited to paint 12 portraits of local inspirational women. The show is now open and will hang until May 2022 in the York College Center for Community Engagement.
"I portrayed her commitment to. . . community by placing an outline of a York city map behind her shoulder and placing her with two girls working beside her in the sunflower field. Kim was proudest of her opportunities to invest in youth. I placed the figures in an endless field of flowers to illustrate the potential each example of breaking the glass ceiling has to inspire the next generation of women."
Helen Wood’s paintings “Rocks of Ages” (shown) and “River Clouds” were juried into the annual “Art at the Mill” show in Millwood, Virginia. It runs Oct 2 through Oct 17, 2021.
Helen Wood's painting “Under African Sky” received Honorable Mention (Landscape) at the Montgomery Art Association "Paint the Town" Labor Day Show 2021.
Mary Rinderle Smith's painting "End of Summer" was selected for the IAPS 2021 Juried Gallery Exhibition at the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago, which ran Jun 17—Jul 19, 2021. It was also juried into the 7th Adirondack National Pastel Exhibition hosted by the Adirondack Pastel Society.
Barbara Berry's pastel "Kelly dreaming" was juried into the Pastel Society of North Carolina's Pure Color 5th Annual online International Juried Exhibition of Pastel Paintings 2021.
Teresa Lazo's plein air painting “Through the Trees” (8 x 9) on Sienna Pastelmat, from a painting trip to Cowan’s Gap State Park, PA
Joanne Lamm's painting “River of Gold” (20 x 24) garnered honors in three juried shows: Rehoboth Art League: Faucett-Oakie Award, Emerging Delaware artist; Women’s Club of Chevy Chase: First Place, Pastel; and Rockville Art League, Honorable Mention, Landscape.
Patrick Clagett's painting “Rounding the Bend" is currently in MD Fed Art show at Circle Gallery In Annapolis, MD.
Patrick Clagett's painting “Lake Michigan”
was included in a recent show at Oliver Art Center, Frankfort, MI.
Donna Mitchell's painting "Old West, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA" is included in her exhibit "Carlisle: A Sense of Place," a two year project featuring 20 paintings of familiar places which chronical pleasures of living in her community. Opening: Oct 29, 5:30—7 pm., Carlisle Arts Learning Center, 38 W. Pomfret Street, Carlisle, PA, Upper Gallery. Show runs through Nov 27.
Donna Mitchell's painting "Front Porch" is featured in an exhibit "Presenting Pastels: an Exhibit by Donna Mitchell and Her Students," Opening: Nov 5, 5:30—7 pm., Art Center School and Galleries, 18 Artcraft Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA. Show runs through Nov 27.
Gayle Mangan Kassal’s 8’ pastel painting “River Dance,” on display at the BWI airport was just announced to become part of their permanent collection. Originally, it was a 6 month display on rotation with other collections for 3 years.
Sandy Askey-Adams' painting "Winter Travel" won a 2nd place award in the Philadelphia Pastel Society Art exhibition. She was also featured artist for the Brandywine Festival of the Arts.
Patricia Brodowski
Steven Burke
Jennifer Hopkins
Ellen Singer
Currently, Maryland Pastel Society has 187 members, which breaks down to 95 Signature Members and 92 Artist Members.
Betsy Kellum is teaching ongoing weekly classes in Richmond VA. Painters can work in pastel and/or oil. If any MPS members live in the Richmond area, please contact her if you are interested. Reach Betsy at
Lynn Goldstein has created an online, on demand class entitled, “Build Color Confidence-Using Only Six Pastels.” This class will help any pastel artist who wants to explore color in a new way and develop more confidence in their color use. The class includes ten lessons that may be completed at your own pace. Also, Lynn is hosting weekly critique/mentoring sessions online for a select number of students. To find out more about the online class or live critique/mentoring, check out Lynn’s website:
Barbara Berry teaches pastel painting at the Art Center at Ambler and The Wayne Art Center, both west of Philadelphia PA.
Join the Maryland Pastel Society Facebook Group!
This is a user friendly, members only page where we can post artwork, art news, and hopefully encourage and celebrate our fellow pastelists. We may even have live events in the future if we get enough participation. (This is not connected with our Business Facebook Page) We are looking into some fun activities and contests on this page to connect and engage with each other. Check out our monthly themed raffles.
Please go to or search Maryland Pastel Society Facebook Group.
Maryland Pastel Society continues to thank our Patrons and sponsors.Where would we be without their generous support? We encourage you to patronize their businesses to thank them for supporting MPS and pastels as a medium.
Artists & Framers Inc.
Columbia, Maryland
Great American Artworks
Jack Richeson & Co.
Airfloat Systems, LLC
Artist & Craftsman Supply
Connecticut Pastel Society
Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod
Guerrilla Painter
Pochade Boxes & Plein Air Supplies
Holbein Artist Materials
Pastel Society of America
Terry Ludwig Pastels
UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper
Strathmore Artist Papers
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