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Great Lakes Pastel Society
2018 National Exhibit

2018 National Exhibit
May 18 – July 7, 2018

Holland Area Arts Council
150 E. 8th St.
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616-396-3278
Hours: M - Th: 10-8, F: 10-5, Sat: 10-3 (ET),

Schedule of Events:
•    Entry deadline: Mar. 4, 2018 at
•    Notifications emailed by late March/early April
•    Accepted shipped work to arrive by May 3
•    Accepted hand delivery: Apr 28 – May 3 during normal business hours
•    Awards Reception: Fri, May 25, 6 - 8:00 pm (ET)
•    Pick up of accepted work:  July 10 - 14 during normal business hours

Juror: Nancie King Mertz,
Nancie King Mertz, has spent her lifetime painting in oil & pastel.  She was awarded the Master Circle by IAPS and is a Master Signature member of Pastel Society of America & Chicago Pastel Painters. She teaches across the US and internationally and is on the faculty for the Plein Air Convention and the IAPS Convention, where she was awarded the 2017 Silver Medal in the 4th Biennial Masters’ Exhibition.  Her pastels have been included in exhibits in the Butler Museum and are currently traveling through China as part of ten representatives of the PSA Masters.

Mertz has traveled to nearly 20 countries and around the US for inspiration.  However, Chicago remains her favorite city to explore and paint, where she was twice named “Artist of the Year”.  See her work on many Chicago-themed TV shows and ads such as The Good Wife, The Good Fight, Chicago Fire and Chicago Justice.

Nancie produces approximately 150 paintings each year, predominately plein air (on-site). Her work was featured on the cover of Pastel Journal in Feb. 2015, along with a 7 page article, and she was a featured artist in Plein Air magazine.  She has won numerous painting awards, teaches and juries around the globe, has an Urban Set and Atmospheric Landscape Set of pastels and products in her name on Amazon, and will be in video production soon for instructional pastel videos.

Her husband, Ron, publishes her sold originals in giclée prints & cards, and together they own ArtDeTriumph & Artful Framer Studios at 2938 N Clark in Chicago, where she has won numerous business and community awards, as well as university distinction.

Eligibility: Open to any pastel artist 18 years and older. Work done under supervision in a class or workshop is NOT ELIGIBLE.  Painting must be at least 80% soft or oil pastels.  Painting must be identical to the accepted image.  No copies from other artists or pre-published material.  Artwork restrictions: no larger than 5 ft. wide and 10 ft. high including frame.  Work must have been completed in the last two years and not have been shown in any previous GLPS exhibit. Nude artwork will be accepted, but the GLPS and the Holland Area Arts Council reserve the right to exclude any artwork deemed offensive or against US laws.

Entry fee:  Up to 5 image entries per artist.  Entry fee for 1st image is $35 for GLPS members, $45 non-members.  For images 2-5, $5 each (members and non-members).  Entry fee is nonrefundable and must be paid at time of entry online. GLPS 2018 member dues must be paid BY Jan. 31 to get entry discount.  No exceptions.

Digital Image Format All entries must be digital and submitted online to Digital images should be in JPG (jpg) format with a resolution of 72 dpi. Image size must be smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side.  JPG must show precise image of the artwork only (no mat, frame, or easel).  THE FILE NAME DOES NOT MATTER.  All uploaded file names will be changed to numbers for jurying anyway.

Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:

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Online Entry
:  When entering online with for the first time, follow the instructions for opening an account, and create a password.  Record your password because you will reuse it for ALL future entries with Online Juried Shows, no matter what art society is sponsoring a show.  Then scroll down to find the Great Lakes Pastel Society 2018 National Exhibit, and follow the directions for entry.  When filling out your artwork information for this show, please be sure all information is correct – spelling, title, pricing of artwork.  All information is input by the artist and is used AS IS by GLPS for reference, printed material, and online postings.  No changes can be made after the entry deadline, Mar. 4.  At the end of your entry process, payment can be made using PayPal or a valid credit card.  All entries must be paid for by the entry deadline or your entry process is not complete.

Framing & Presentation:  Accepted works must be delivered framed and ready to hang.  Frames must use wire for hanging.

Sales & Exhibit Rules:  All work MUST BE for sale at a 40% commission. No work will be released before the close of the exhibit.

NEW RULE:  If an accepted artist breaks the exhibit rules stated in this prospectus in any way, they will be banned from participating in future GLPS exhibits for 5 years.  This includes non-delivery of accepted artwork and picking up artwork before the final exhibit date.

Delivery & Pickup of Shipped Work:  If accepted, shipped work MUST INCLUDE a prepaid return shipping label.  Hand delivery and pickup dates/times are noted above.  If someone other than the artist is picking up artwork, permission must be given to other party IN WRITING.  The HAAC has limited storage space for shipping materials and prefers that members look into carpooling their hand delivered artwork.

•    If two works are shipped together they must be individually boxed inside the main container.
•    Shipping boxes and all interior boxes must be labeled with artist’s name.
•    For work hand delivered, ALL bubble wrap, plastic bags, etc. must leave with the artist.  

Liability:  The utmost care will be taken in the handling of paintings.  However, neither the Great Lakes Pastel Society nor the Holland Area Arts Council will be responsible for loss or damage to any paintings submitted for the exhibition.

Questions?  Email Mary Ann Pals at  If you have not paid your 2018 GLPS member dues, please contact our membership chair, Linda Preece:  YOU MUST PAY YOUR DUES BY JAN. 31 AND RECEIVE PAYMENT CONFIRMATION BEFORE ENTERING THIS SHOW AS A MEMBER.
Non-members are welcome to enter any time before the deadline of Mar. 4.

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3.      Click the show name and you will see your first image.  The jury results will be under the thumbnail view.

4.      As you will see, it will say either "This Image has been Accepted or Declined in to the show."  Under that sentence, you can click "Read Acceptance (or Declined) Letter."  The letter will then be displayed below.

5.      If you submitted more than one piece in the show, go to the next entered piece in the show by clicking the page number, displayed below the thumbnail image.

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