FROM THE PRESIDENT'S EASEL
Sunday, April 8, 2012
This is going to be a busy spring for the Maryland Pastel Society. First, we’re all gearing up for our Juried Members Only exhibition coming up in June and July at the Quiet Waters Park Willow Gallery in Annapolis. Our juror, Hiu Lai Chong, has selected 60 of the 111 paintings submitted to be in the show. If you entered, thanks! You should receive the results of the jurying in the mail shortly. Second, Kim Lordier has very kindly agreed to open up her last morning’s demo during her upcoming plein air workshop to our members and their invited guests. That will be Friday, May 11: for complete details, click here. Third, MPS member Nancy Lovallo has let us know that the incomparable Elizabeth Mowry is showing her work at The Artists' Group Gallery in Mt. Jackson, VA, through April 30: for more information, click here. And fourth, don’t forget to check out the “artists’ opportunities” page, to find classes, workshops, painting events and groups, and places to show your own work.
And in the midst of all that, we’re holding our next Members’ meeting on Saturday, April 21, with the goal of helping everyone get ready for a creative spring. For those of you looking to try out or get back into plein air painting, we’ve asked several members to bring their plein air equipment for people to see and check out. We did this once before, about 5 years ago, but there have been so many innovations and improvements in the field that we thought it might be time to do it again. The second part of the meeting will be a swap/sales event. The centerpiece will be pastels and other art materials available for sale from the studio of our late (and still missed) colleague Donni Dingman. Her husband David has very graciously offered to donate to the MPS the money raised through the sale of these materials, to be used for a “Donni Dingman Memorial Award for Excellence” at the Quiet Waters show. It’s a great opportunity to acquire some new pastels and studio gear at low cost and help the MPS at the same time. Click here to see a list and some photos of what will be available. You can also do a little spring cleaning of your own! You’re welcome to bring pastel sets, papers, equipment, tools, videos, books, and other pastel-related studio gear you no longer use or need and find someone who either wants to buy them from you or swap with you for something you need. The only rule: If it doesn’t find a new home during the meeting, you must take it with you when you leave! Don’t leave anything behind -- it just makes extra work for other people.
So that will be Saturday, April 21, noon to 4pm, at the Glenwood Community Center in western Howard County. Bring your stuff to swap or sell, bring cash or your checkbook, and bring a recent painting or one in progress to show us (with 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!