Maryland Pastel Society newsletter


Critique and Framing Meeting

Critique and Framing Meeting

Peace and tranquility by Linda Light

Saturday, July 25, 12:00-4:00
Glenwood Community Center, Cooksville, MD

We have two treats in store for you in July!  First, we will have a presentation on framing pastels from Julian A. Manelli, the owner of Mat About You Gallery and Custom Framing in Ellicott City, MD., (read more about Mr. Manelli, below).   Secondly, we will have our annual critique session, featuring our member critiquers: Linda Light, Deb Maklowski, Chris Powell and Daniel Wise.

For the critique session, you may bring 3 to 5 paintings for our critiquers to view and comment on.   Here are some comments from them.

Linda Light has been a member since her retirement from teaching art in 2001. She taught elementary and middle school art for 30 years in the Baltimore County School system. Having attended workshops and events with this group of artists in the MPS, and worked as the membership chairperson, she continues to be grateful for the opportunity to improve and learn with the wonderful members of the society.
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Deborah Maklowski recently had the opportunity to observe teacher extraordinaire Maggie Price in action during  a two-day workshop following the IAPS convention, and she hopes to apply the valuable lessons learned as she watched Maggie artfully combine positive feedback with insightful critiques designed to strengthen an artist's observation skills.

Homestead by Deborah Maklowski

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Since recently working on figure drawings, Chris Powell has become intrigued with creating flesh tones that are translucent and bright.  However, during the critique session, she will discuss content, composition, balance, color etc. as relates to an artist's genre and style.

# 543 - Figure", 17" x 21" on Strathmore drawing paper by Chris Powell

[Daniel Wise] believes constructive feedback is important to the art-making process, creativity and development. He often seeks opportunities to participate in critique sessions. He states, "As artists, we are all teachers and students. I'm always learning."

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Azaleas, 9 X 12 by Daniel Wise

Mr. Manelli writes of himself: "Framing as an avocation began in 1972 when my father, the artist Gino Manelli, asked me to design and frame his commissioned works. It then became a major interest in my life—imagining molding designs and exploring concepts of presentation, fitting and mounting techniques—all to better enhance a beautiful piece of art.

I developed and honed my craft even during my career as a federal government administrator.  My education was punctuated with apprenticeships, studies and practical applications with some of the top framers in the country.  I trained in fundamentals under master framer Alice Kriffel of Baltimore, MD.   I studied technique under Brian Wolf, a nationally recognized mat designer, and Vivian Kistler, a framing and mounting expert.  My conservation, restoration and preservation technique foundations came from studying the methods espoused by Hugh Phibbs, conservator at the National Gallery of Art, and from following his guidance and advice on many complex conservation projects.

Framing took center stage as my vocation in 2005 when I founded Mat About You Gallery and Custom Framing.  Today my company and its team of professionals provide a full range of exceptional art services to individuals, public and private galleries and fine art collectors.   Our goal is to provide professional, personable framing and art services, hallmarked by quality, value and timeliness."

We  hope to see many of you at the meeting!