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Maryland Pastel Society newsletter


Spring 2022

MPS NewsletterSPRING 04/2022
We are asking all MPS members to sign up for some task to keep our organization going. If key positions are not filled our organization is in jeopardy. Even a small amount of your time will help. Some positions can be co-chaired. We are the oldest state pastel society in the country and one of the largest!
"Evening Express"
Kim Stone’s 40-year career as a graphic designer and illustrator started out in advertising in Wilmington, DE, and eventually moved to publication with the PA Historical and Museum Commission, as art director of Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine. A graduate of York Academy of Art, now Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Kim also studied under Richard McKinley, Margaret Dyer and Tony Allain.
She fills sketch books with pen and ink drawings as a member of The Harrisburg Sketchers, a group of artists who meet regularly at market houses, coffee shops, and city parks to draw. "Drawing was my first love in graphite and charcoal. When I discovered soft pastels in art school, I fell in love with the ability to draw with them. Later, I learned how to paint with the medium. I'm pleased with the variety of sticks, versatility and pure rich color."
"Puppy Love"
"Defense on the Move"
"I've always been captivated by the play of light on forms and the challenge of capturing a moment in time. But at first, I was perplexed by color—it frustrated me. Over time, I learned the science behind using a color wheel and experimented with many small thumbnails, until my confidence grew. I still usually start out with thumbnail sketches for composition as well as pallette choices. I like to separate my pastels in a group of color ranges before I begin. I often use plein air work as a beginning thought for a larger piece and sometimes reference photos, while trying to keep in mind they are only for reference. Most of the time, I begin with a watercolor underpainting to work out values and establish a few large shapes in the composition."
"Chick's Beach at Sunset"
"Rail Trail"
A once-long-time instructor in portraiture and pastel painting at the Art Association of Harrisburg, PA, Kim is a past president of the Maryland Pastel Society, a member of the Pastel Society of America and the Susquehanna Plein Air Painters. Kim teaches drawing workshops at Carlisle Arts Learning Center, Carlisle, PA. Her work is represented at the Village Artisans gallery in Boiling Springs, PA. See more at
NEXT MEMBERS MEETING - April 30, 2022 11am—3:00 pm
Our FIRST MEETING BACK IN-PERSONsince the pandemic will take place at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 MD-97, Glenwood, MD 21723. on Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
We will have a demo by the famously talented LIz Haywood Sullivan after her three day MPS workshop in Columbia, MD. This demo will also be available on Zoom for those who can't make the meeting in-person. Check your email for the Zoom address and any final details on the meeting/demo closer to the date.
Your latest artwork is welcome. Masking is optional. A snack and water will be provided.
Liz Haywood Sullivan
Spring 2022
Liz Haywood Sullivan April 27, 28 and 29, 2022, 9 am—4 pm
Plein air and Studio Workshop - Columbia Art Center
Explore both studio and plein air pastel painting with instruction by internationally acclaimed artist, instructor, and author Liz Haywood-Sullivan. Day-one starts in the studio where we will begin with her "Good Bones" structural system to painting and discussion of portability with pastels. The next two days we move into the springtime Maryland landscape. Each day will start with a demonstration and plenty of one-on-one instruction at your individual easels. Visit her website at
Fall 2022
Alain Picard Nov 3, 4 and 5, 2022
This workshop will take place at the Columbia Art Center. More details to come.
It's almost here! Plan to attend our biennial MPS National Juried Exhibition, Shades of Pastel 2022 once again held at the beautiful Mansion at Strathmore in Rockville, MD.
May 7–July 2, 2022
Opening reception is Sunday, May 15th. Awards ceremony will take place at 1:30 pm. with a reception at 2:00. Our juror, Nancie King Mertz will give a demo at 11:00 am. Participants must sign up and pay ahead of time. Fee is $30.00.
We will need multiple volunteers to help. Contact Denise Matuk-Krupa to offer your services at
"Gimme Shelter" for Ukraine by Gail Stern
"Mourning Light" by Joan Dreicer was selected by juror Alain Picard for an Honorable Mention in the Emerging Category in Dakota Pastel's 2021 Fourth Quarter Pastel Competition.
“Spring Breeze” by Gayle Kassal 9 x 12
Gayle Kassal is featured in "Her Ideas, Her Stories, Women Artists" at the Hal Gomer Art Gallery, Chesapeake Arts Center Brooklyn Park, MD March 7—April 28. She has six pastel florals in the show. One of them is shown here.
Gayle is also creating two large murals with local elementary students. One is a 160 sq ft mural with Broadneck Elementary school and the other 20 ft mural with Oak Hill Elementary school, both to be unveiled in late spring.
"Crystalline " by Lynn Goldstein was accepted into the "Art in Bloom" exhibition at Martha Spak Gallery in Washington, DC. There were 413 entries and only 33 pieces selected for the show.
Heather Quay's painting “Hanging On” received a Connecticut Pastel Society Merit Award at their Members Exhibition 2022 show.
"Delaware Afternoon" by Dawn Capron
"A Family Affair"
February 1— April 17, 2022, miXt Food Hall, Brentwood, MD
Viewing hours 9 AM -8 PM, 7 days a week.
"A Family Affair" is an exhibition of intergenerational painters featuring Andrew DoBos, Dawn Capron, and Bethany Harrington. Andrew DoBos (1897-1985) was Dawn Capron’s grandfather, and Dawn is Bethany Harrington’s grandmother. Dawn most takes after her grandfather in style, but all three artists share a love for painting. The exhibition is located in the Corner Space, Loft Gallery, and throughout the food hall.
Andrew DoBos was born in 1897 in Lusina, Poland. He immigrated with his family to America in 1911 and starting as a young teen worked deep in the coal mines of McAlester, Oklahoma. With the help of a scholarship, Andrew was able to attend the Chicago Art Institute. Later in life, he described to his granddaughter Dawn how while working evenings cleaning studios, he would collect larger drips of paint left on the easels or floor by students during the day and transfer them to his palette.
Prior to becoming an artist, Dawn was an educator in the public schools and held a variety of positions including teacher and principal. She lives in Annapolis and Olney, MD, and travels frequently. The quiet marshes of the Chesapeake, rocky shores of New England, and ancient folded mountains of Appalachia provide rich material for her easel.
At this stage, for Bethany, art is play and passion. Her profession is teaching. She earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland and is currently completing her Master's degree in Equity and Administration. Bethany is in her sixth year of teaching, currently fourth grade. Bethany primarily works in oils.
"Pink Skies Ahead" by Helen Wood
Helen Wood had two paintings juried into the "Lost, Found, and Looking Forward Show" hosted by the Rockville Art League in collaboration with the City of Rockville. The theme of the exhibit is the pandemic and the hope for the aftermath. The artwork captures the unique times of March 2020 until now, as we look ahead: what we Lost, what we Found and our hope as we are Looking Forward. The show is both in person and online from March 2—May 8, 2022, at Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD. “Pink Skies Ahead” (8 x 6) and “Endurance” (16 x 12).
"Green Light" by Heather Quay, (8 x 8)
"Young Dancers" by Joyce Lister, (12 x 9)
New Mother/Daughter pastel exhibit
Joyce Lister and her daughter, Heather Quay, have launched a brand new exhibit of their pastel paintings. It’s now available for viewing, exclusively, on Joyce's website: They hope you will enjoy it.
"Coastal Sunset" by Donna Finley
In the recent "Light and Dark Exhibition" at the Chestertown River Arts Gallery, two of Donna Finley's paintings " Rustic Country Cottage" and “Bridal Veil Falls” won Awards of Excellence, Honorable Mentions.
Donna has been accepted as one of 35 artists into the 38th Annual Oxford Fine Arts Fair to take place in person at the Oxford Community Center, Oxford MD from May 20th through May 22nd. Shown here is an image of one of her paintings, “Coastal Sunset”, that will be on display during the show.
Laurie Basham is featured in the Gallerium online exhibit, "Feminia 2022" with her painting "Jenna in Red Brocade."
Laurie has artwork in several shows in the Winston-Salem, High Point, Greensboro, NC area. She was selected to represent pastels in the Spring Show at Davidson-Davie Community College entitled "Looking Forward." She also had a piece selected for the Left Coast Pastel Painters Society's show "Pastels in Paradise" and was juried as a Signature Member of the Degas Pastel Society.
"Jenna in Red Brocade" by Laurie Basham
"Girl in Red Tutu" by Patrick Clagett was juried into the upcoming "Art on Paper" show at the MD Federation of Art in Annapolis. His paintings "Daisy" and "Dream Girl" were juried into the March Alexandria Art League show and the Alexandria Art League show respectively.
“Spring in a Jar” (25 x 19) by Kathryn Reis was juried into Left Coast Pastel Painters Society's exhibit, "Pastels in Paradise."
Lucy Gadsby shared, "Here is one of my latest pastel paintings, . . . a fawn in my garden was a big surprise one morning after coming home from vacationing last May! A doe had left her little one unsupervised while taking a nap in my backyard. I wrote a poem about it and can send it if there is interest in reading it.
"Entrance of Light, Psalm 119" by Denise Matuk-Kroupa has been juried into the upcoming Laurel Arts Guild competition. The exhibition takes place at Montpelier Arts Center April 2—May 2, 2022. She also has 3 pastel paintings in the Harford Artist Gallery, "Awakenings" through May 1st.
"Captivating Portraits"
Instructor: Diane Rappisi
Monday - Friday, June 20—24, 2022
9:30 am—3:30 pm Fee $450
Location: Diane Rappisi Fine Art Studio, Chestertown, MD
Capture an accurate likeness by observing and recording how light plays over the human features. Working from the live model allows us to focus on an individual’s unique expression of forms and structures. The workshop begins with short exercises and culminates in a long pose full color portrait. Daily demos and lectures. Participants may work in oil or pastel. All levels are welcome.
For more information or to register, please contact Diane at 609-206-1907.
Lynn Goldstein will be starting her popular Zoom online critique group on Tuesday, April 5 from 10—11:30 am. The sessions will run for 4 consecutive weeks and only 5 artists are accepted. Visit: for more information. The next session will start on Tuesday, August 9.
Additionally, Lynn Goldstein will be teaching a workshop in beautiful Cascais, Portugal (20 miles from Lisbon) from September 24—October 1, 2022. We will be staying right on the ocean. Imagine walking out of the hotel, and having the opportunity to paint the water right there! We will also not be far from the world famous castles in Sintra. Pastel, acrylic, and water-misable oil artists are all welcome. For more information about this workshop, visit:
Joyce Lister is continuing to teach a pastel class via Zoom and It has been going well. Everyone enjoys the weekly homework challenges. At present, the class is full.
Debbie Cole started a Meetup Group for artists called: "Landscape Painting" welcome to all MPS members. We have been meeting in Howard County, but will meet elsewhere if someone else is willing to be the organizer for those events. Open to artists and wanna-be-artists. It has been fun to meet new people and have company while painting outside. Visit
Join the Maryland Pastel Society Facebook Group!
This is a user friendly, members only page where we can post artwork, art news, and celebrate our fellow pastelists. This is not connected with our Business Facebook Page. Please go to or search Maryland Pastel Society Facebook Group.
The Group is holding Monthly Fun Art Raffles all year. All who enter by posting a painting with “monthly raffle entry” in the post will be entered in a chance to win a $25 gift e-card from one of our sponsors! Each member is allowed 3 entries per month. Please have a title and raffle entry written in the post.
December's theme was “Still Life," January was "Winter Scenes,” February was “Portraits” and March was “Green.” April will be "Spring Flowers."
Here are the last few month winners:
December's winner - "Kiwis and Grapes" by Joyce Lister
January's winner - "Quiet Morning" by Michael Gaudreau
February's winner - "Wally" by Joanne Weller
It is with sadness we mourn the loss of one of our members, Ruth Daley who passed away on March 8, 2022 with her husband, Ed, sister and daughter-in-law by her side. Her artistic career began in Texas many years ago after her children had grown. When she came back to Maryland she continued to study and perfect her skills, especially using soft pastels. More recently she studied with one of our veteran members, Barbara Kirchner at the Bykota Senior Center and privately. She entered and received many blue ribbons at the Maryland State Fair. More recently she worked privately in Denise Matuk-Kroupa's studio. She was a gentle soul who pursued her passion for pastel, and will be tenderly missed.
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
“Creativity takes courage.”—Henri Matisse