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Maryland Pastel Society events


All Members Juried Exhibition 2023

“The Language of Pastel”

April 3 – May 12, 2023

April 30, 2023, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville MD 20851 MAP
Glenview Mansion Link

AWARDS CEREMONY (See the Winners)
April 1, 2023, 12-4pm

Presented at the MPS Spring General Meeting
2400 MD 97, Cooksville, MD 21723

Located within the Glenview Mansion, the art gallery boasts four, sun-filled rooms featuring rotating exhibitions. The historic charm creates a unique art experience. Each exhibition is hand-picked and curated to showcase local talent. Admission is free and open to the public.

The judge for selection and awards is Palden Hamilton. Born and raised in Maryland, Palden received his B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. He continued his education at the Art Students League of New York, where he studied under Ron Sherr, Harvey Dinnerstein, and Mary Beth Mckenzie. There he was awarded a Merit Award in Realism and the Phylis T. Mason Grant. Hamilton has done a range of commissioned portrait work since returning to his hometown of Baltimore. He was notably commissioned to paint Maestro Yuri Temirkanov, the musical director of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia. In 2008, 2017, and 2018, he was awarded Certificates of Excellence from the Portrait Society of America. Hamilton has painted landscape extensively on location in his native Maryland, and on travels to his mother's homeland, the Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim. As a landscape artist, he has participated in and received honors from Easton, Wayne, Solomons, and Cape Ann plein air events. Hamilton has been a passionate art instructor for over ten years, teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), the Zoll Studio School of Fine Art, and at the Yellow Barn in Washington D.C.

Important dates:

February 10, 2023 Deadline for entries via
February 27, 2023 Notification to artists
March 27, 2023 Artwork ONLY hand-delivered, 10am-1pm
April 1, 2023 Awards Presentation at the MPS Spring General Meeting
April 3, 2023 Exhibition Opens
April 30, 2023 Meet the Artists, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
May 12, 2023 Exhibit Closes
May 16, 2023 Pick up unsold artwork

Digital submissions via
See the prospectus below for details.