Maryland Pastel Society newsletter


Winter, 2012

Welcome to 2012, everyone, and I hope it will be a happy and prosperous year for all of you! Unless, of course, the world ends on December 12. OK, so…happy and prosperous through, at least, December 11th. After that, I guess all bets are off!

Pending the apocalypse, then, we’re moving on and starting the new year with an action-packed meeting on January 21st– you definitely won’t want to miss it. For starters, MPS Signature Member Stan Sperlak has kindly agreed to come down from New Jersey and give us a painting demonstration. Stan is also a Signature member of, among other groups, the Pastel Society of America and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters’ Association, and his critically acclaimed paintings of the tidal shores and marshes of southern New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland are included in collections nationwide, including the permanent collection of the Noyes Museum in Oceanside, NJ.

We’ll also be voting on the proposed by-laws change that was announced at the October 2011 meeting and in the last newsletter. To refresh your memory, our by-laws currently call for elections of new Executive 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. That means that the five officers elected at our October 15, 2011 meeting would serve until October, 2012, at which time we would hold new elections and thereafter shift all future elections to even-numbered years.

The by-laws change vote will take place as part of our usual business meeting. Following the vote, we will hold a drawing for a gift certificate provided to the Maryland Pastel Society at the 2011 IAPS convention by Edgmon Art, makers of pastel boxes, easels, and other goods. The gift certificate, which is good through June 1, 2012, entitles the bearer to $25 off purchases of over $250 or $50 off purchases of over $500. So if you’re in the market this year for a new easel or pastel box, check out Edgmon Art, make a list, and put your name in the hat!

That will be Saturday, January 21, noon to 4pm, at the Glenwood Community Center in western Howard County. Bring a recent painting or one in progress to show us, and be sure to bring a card or label for it so we know it’s yours! And as always, bring something yummy for the food table: we’ll be drawing names for the “food prizes.” See you there!