Maryland Pastel Society newsletter


Autumn, 2011

Well, that was about the weirdest summer we’ve had in a while. Hurricanes, tornados, floods, excessive heat, tropical storms…OK, OK, but an earthquake? Really?? And that’s just the weather: if we survived all that, there’s still the economy. Good golly. Ready to move on to fall? Me, too. But I must warn you: this will be a longer-than-usual letter, as I have several important issues to cover, so please bear with me and keep reading.

SHADES OF PASTEL: First, we’re looking forward to our upcoming national juried pastel exhibition, Shades of Pastel, held this year at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. Our distinguished juror, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, has selected a very strong show from the more than 200 paintings entered by pastel artists from all over the U.S. I sincerely hope you’ll be able to support your Maryland Pastel Society by joining us at the opening reception and awards ceremony on Sunday, November 6. Festivities begin with a pastel painting demonstration by Liz Haywood-Sullivan. This is a rare opportunity to watch a master at work, and I urge you not to miss it! The demo starts at 11:00 and ends at 1:00, and tickets are $35 – that money helps us defray the considerable expense of putting on a national show. For information on how to register for the demo, click here. There’ll be a 60-minute break following the demo, and then the reception will start at 2:00, with the awards announced around 3:00. We hope to see everyone there!

BY LAWS CHANGE: Second, the MPS Executive Board will be coming to you again in the near future with a request to approve a proposed change to our by-laws. Currently, our by-laws call for elections of new Board officers in odd-numbered years. However, we’re also now holding our biennial national shows in odd-numbered years, and generally at the same time – in the fall. Over time, we’ve found that trying to do both at once is confusing, at best, and we are proposing a change to the by-laws that will move the elections to even-numbered years. Our plan is to hold Board elections, as usual, at our October 15, 2011, meeting (more on that, below), with the officers elected to serve until October, 2012, at which time we would hold new elections and shift all future elections to even-numbered years. This would be with your approval, of course! We are required to give you 30 days’ notice before we hold a vote on any proposed by-law changes, so we cannot conduct that vote at the October meeting. Instead, we will conduct the vote electronically, via email, 30 days from the publication of this letter -- that is, on or after November 4, 2011. (Members without email will be able to mail their votes in.) I will cover this issue again at the October meeting, if you have any questions, and voting instructions will be sent out to you in plenty of time for you to vote.

OCTOBER MEETING: Third, you really don’t want to miss the October meeting! We’ll kick things off with a short business meeting, followed by:

ELECTIONS: Here’s the slate you will be voting on:

  • For President: Deborah Maklowski (currently serving in this position)
  • For Vice President: Daniel Wise (currently serving in this position)
  • For Treasurer: Mary Anne Warner (currently our Membership Chair)
  • For Recording Secretary: Barbara Steinacker
  • For Corresponding Secretary: JoEllen Murphy (currently serving in this position)

Maria Marino has very graciously volunteered to take over the responsibilities of Membership Chair. Thanks, Maria!!

Any Signature Member is eligible and welcome to run for any of these positions, and there’s still time to declare: the deadline is Saturday, October 8. If you would like to have your name added to the ballot for any one of these positions, please send your artist’s bio/resume and a short statement (half a page or less) describing 1) why you’re interested in and 2) how you’re qualified for the position to:

Deborah Maklowski

8329 Chestnut Farm Lane

Ellicott City, MD 21043

Or by email to

FEATURE PRESENTATION: After a short break, we will welcome Nancy Tankersley, owner of the nationally known South Street Gallery in Easton, MD; driving force behind the prestigious Plein Air Easton competition and the newest event, Plein Air Curacao; and a celebrated artist in her own right. Nancy has very kindly agreed to come give us her insights about the process of seeking and obtaining gallery representation and the things artists need to know when working with a gallery. Following that, we have asked Nancy to select a few of the paintings that you will have brought to the meeting and to offer critiques from her perspective as a working artist and gallerist. Please bring in only one painting! Keep in mind that Nancy will most likely be able to address only a small number of paintings, and we’d like as many artists as possible to have an opportunity to have a painting selected for a critique.

That will be Saturday, October 15, noon to 4pm, at the Glenwood Community Center in western Howard County. And as always, bring something yummy for the food table: we’ll be drawing names for the “food prizes.” See you there!