Maryland Pastel Society newsletter


Autumn, 2011

Diane Artz Furlong will present a solo show of new pastel work at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA, Oct 18, 2011 - Jan 15, 2012. The show's title is "Landscape Meditations" and is part of the Art in the Halls series at the museum, designed to showcase artists who are residents of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The museum is located on Amherst Street and is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tues. through Sun. A reception will be held at the Museum on Sun., Oct. 23 from 2 - 4 p.m.

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On the Trail at Glen Rosa

This September Bob Borrell took second place in the members’ fall show at the York Art Association for non-professional entry and was also juried into the Shades of Pastel this fall with another landscape, " K " at Bennies Landing.

Two paintings by Lynn Goldstein were selected for the Maryland Pastel Society's national juried competition. "Veiled in Aspiration" and "Reaching-Wistfully"

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were selected by judge Liz Haywood- Sullivan for inclusion in this exhibition. Lynn's work will also be featured in a solo exhibit at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia, in Studio Building 4 during the month of November. Also, Lynn will be traveling to Dinan, France, for a one-month artist residency in November. One artist is chosen for each month of the year for this wonderful opportunity. At the conclusion of her trip, one piece of her work will be selected for the permanent collection in Dinan.

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Montecastello Cypresses

Fleur Grabow spent September doing a residency at the International School of Painting in Montecastello di Vibio in Umbria, Italy. Stunning scenery and wonderful fall colors and light. Also enjoyed amazing Giotto frescos at the Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi. More of her work from Italy can be seen on her website.

Linda Harrison-Parsons will be showing at Artomatic, Church Street, Frederick, MD. The Grand Opening in the old FCPS building will be Oct 1 from 5 p.m. - midnight. The exhibition runs through Nov 6. Days open Wed. - Sun.

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Snowy Owl

Check the Artomatic website for special events, music, and poetry readings, along with visual art on display. Linda's work is located in room 26G on the 1st floor. Linda is also showing at the Art at the Mill Fall Show, sponsored by the Clarke County Historical Association. Artist reception Sun., Oct 9, 2 - 5pm. Located in Berryville, VA. Check the website or call 540-955-2600 for directions and additional information.

Gayle Mangan Kassal is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest member of her family, Skye Lynne Kassal, born September 14 at 7:09 p.m., 8lb, 12oz, and 20 inches. Mother and daughter are doing fine. (Congratulations and best wishes to both from the Maryland Pastel Society!)

Betsy Kellum's painting "Butterfly Necklace" is included in the Connecticut Pastel Society's "Renaissance In Pastel" article in the October American Art Collector issue, with an additional quarter page image of her new piece, "Needs Mending". This piece was accepted into the American Artists Professional League's 83rd Grand National Exhibition, held at the Salmagundi Club, NYC, Nov 1 thru Nov 11. Additionally, Betsy's oil painting, "Northern Neck Marsh", will be in the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s 115th Annual Open Exhibition at the National Arts Club, Gramercy Park, NYC, in October.

Gina Lento is one of the juried artists for Paint Annapolis this year.

Joyce Lister and Betsy Goldsborough will be showing some of their recent paintings in the show, "An Adventure in Color" at the Gallery Unicorn in Towson from Oct 30 through Dec 4. You are invited to the opening reception on Sat., Oct 30 from 1:30 to 3:30pm. Directions: The Gallery is located in the Towson Universal Unitarian Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road, North of 695/Baltimore Beltway (exit #27B North). Continue North on Dulaney Valley a short distance past Seminary Avenue, and watch for entrance to the church on the left.

Joyce Lister had a piece juried into the 2011 Pastel Society of America show in New York, as well as a piece accepted in the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod’s show in South Yarmouth, MA. In addition, she is featured in a book by Ashley Rooney titled "100 Artists of the Mid-Atlantic", published by Schiffer Publishing and now available at Barnes & Noble and

Deborah Maklowski has work in several shows this fall. Three of her colored pencil pieces were juried into a group show featuring work by the members of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America at Glenview Mansion, in Rockville, MD. One of those works took second place. That show runs through November 1. She has nine pieces – a combination of pastels and colored pencil drawings – in a featured show at the Studio 55 Art Gallery on Harford Road in Baltimore that runs through the end of November. She had two pastels juried into the Maryland Pastel Society’s Shades of Pastel show at the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, VA. And in December, she will show several pastels at the Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum in Bethesda in a group show that will also feature MPS member Mary Anne Warner. Deborah will also reprise her one-day “Introduction to Colored Pencil” workshop at the Columbia Art Center in Columbia, MD, on Saturday, November 5.

Maria Marino is participating in the following shows: Audubon Artists’ 69th Annual Juried Exhibition Salmagundi Art Club 47th Fifth Ave, NYC– painting “Syria Shenandoah” juried into show; Pastel Society of America 39th Annual Exhibition for “Pastels Only” Gramercy Park NYC– painting “Serendipity” juried into show. Retained signature membership this year; Connecticut Pastel Society’s National Exhibition “Renaissance in Pastel” –

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Blessing of the Light

painting “Blessing of the Light” juried into show at the Mattatuck Museum, Conn;

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Soliloquy 2-Tiber River

and Maria also participated as a juried artist in the Howard County Center for the Arts’ “Paint It- Ellicott City 2011” plein air event held July 8 - 10, 2011. “Soliloquy 2- Tiber River,” “The Three Sisters,” and “What Lies to the West” all sold during the opening.

JoEllen Murphy won an honorable mention award in the annual landscape show "Scapes" at the Art League of Alexandria in August for her painting "Early Spring." In September, she won second place in the Paint the Town of Kensington, MD, exhibit in the landscape category. She was also juried into the Out and About Norfolk plein air competition for late October. In addition, she will have two paintings in the Shades of Pastel show this fall.

Lisa Sheppard's Oct/Nov instructional offering at the Carroll Arts Council, entitled "Pastel Expression", has filled rapidly (call Arts Council 410-848-7272 to confirm any openings ). The enthusiastic response may be due in part to the Artistic Excellence Award Lisa's painting, "Long Shadows", received at the Arts Council Members’ Show in August.

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Alley Shadows

Additional exciting news is that Carroll Community College in Westminster has asked for a continuation of Lisa's "Pastel Potential" class this coming winter. The 4-session class will meet Sunday afternoons mid-February through mid-March. More information will be posted closer to the time at or by calling the Continuing Ed Department of the college, 410-386-8100. And to brush up on those all important foundation skills, Lisa will also be teaching an evening Basic Drawing class at Carroll Community College beginning January 2012.

Barbara Steinacker and Deborah Maklowskiwill be the featured artists in a two-person show at the Artists’ Gallery, Columbia, in November. Entitled “Earth Water Sky,” the show will include approximately two dozen plein air and studio pastel landscapes.

Joyce Turk will be exhibiting in the Frederick, MD "Artomatic" show Sep 28 –Nov 6. Artomatic is being held in Historic Downtown Frederick at 115 East Church Street. It's a 6-week event designed to showcase local talent and increase awareness and support of the arts. The former FCPS Central Office Building has been transformed into an unjuried venue featuring the creative works of over 300 artists in visual arts, performing arts, theater, music, film, dance, poetry, live model figure drawing workshops, artist markets, lectures and demonstrations. Artomatic is free and open to the public. For more information see: