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Maryland Pastel Society
Compelling Color

“Compelling Color”

Members’ Only JURIED EXHIBITION 2018

at A.M. Gravely Gallery, 408 S. Talbot Street

Saint Michaels, Maryland 21663

Calendar of Events

March 24, 2018 Deadline for entries via

April 2, 2018 Notification to artists

May 1, 2018  Artwork hand-delivered to A.M. Gravely Gallery

May 4, 2018  Exhibition Opens

May 12, 2018  Reception and Award of Prizes, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

May 28, 2018  Exhibit Closes

May 29, 2018  Pick up unsold artwork at A.M. Gravely Gallery



Original artwork only. Open only to Maryland Pastel Society members in good standing (2018 membership is up-to-date).  All paintings must be the artist’s own original work and at least 80% soft pastels (no oil pastels).  All accepted work must have been completed within the last two years and may not have been shown in previous Maryland Pastel Society exhibitions.  Work is ineligible if it was:  1) produced whole or in part in an instructor-led class or workshop; or 2) copied substantially from the work of other artists, from published materials, or from photo reference material belonging to others. Framed size of artwork should not exceed 36" in width or height. All manner of subject and style are eligible.  Paintings delivered to the exhibit must be identical to the accepted digital image.


Procedure for Entry

You can enter your images online at`.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:

For best results, make sure your image is 1920 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side.  

Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space. If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please contact or call 949-287-8645.

Entry and Gallery Fees

•    US $20 for 1 image, $25 for two images, $30 for three images.

Entry fees are nonrefundable and must be in US dollars.

An additional $10 gallery fee, payable to A.M. Gravely Gallery at time of delivery, will be required from each artist accepted into this exhibition.


Judge of Selections and Awards

John Morrell has painted and taught in the Washington, D.C. area for over 30 years.  He received a B.S. degree from Georgetown

University and a M.F.A. from George Washington University, and subsequently taught in the Art Departments at both universities. From 1984 to 2002 he was the Gallery Director and Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. He is now Associate Professor of Painting and was Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Georgetown University from 2009 to 2015. Since his first solo exhibition of landscapes in 1979, in the Brittany region of France, there have been twenty-two other solo exhibitions, including those at Galerie Lee in Paris, Sherry French Gallery in New York, Addison-Ripley Fine Arts in Washington, D.C., and New York’s Atlantic Gallery. His work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum. John’s recent work focuses on wash landscape drawings heightened in white, and on paintings depicting nature within the modern urban environment. Visit his website at:



More than $1200 in cash and merchandise awards.


Framing and Presentation

All works must be appropriately framed under glass or Plexiglas and ready to hang. For larger pieces, please consider using Plexiglas to minimize weight. Matting (neutral) and frames should be simple. Framing must be to gallery quality standards, i.e., frames must be suitable to the work, undamaged, reinforced, and wired to hang (no saw tooth hangers). Paintings delivered damaged, with dirty matting, with broken/inadequate hanging wire or hardware, or an unprofessional presentation will not be hung and will be returned at the artist’s expense.



Delivery of Accepted Work

Accepted artwork must be hand-delivered to A.M. Gravely Gallery on May 1.  Additional details will be provided upon notification of acceptance. A $10 gallery fee, payable to A.M. Gravely Gallery, will be required from each accepted artist at time of delivery.



Exhibition Details

The exhibition will be at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, 408 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, Maryland 21663 from May 4-28. The A.M. Gravely Gallery is located in a restored Victorian home built in 1860 and on the Maryland Historic Register. Saint Michaels retains the look and feel of a 19th century seaport and is frequently referred to as "The Heart & Soul of the Chesapeake Bay.  The reception and awards ceremony will be Saturday, May 12 from 5 to 7pm as part of Second Saturday Art Walk in Saint Michaels. Second Saturday is a lively time to visit the town of Saint Michaels, because all the art galleries stay open later and will offer refreshments and various demonstrations from 5 to 7 pm.



The A.M. Gravely Gallery retains 40% commission on sales of artwork. Work may be listed as NFS but no “price on request.”  All work displayed must remain for the duration of the exhibition. No work will be released before the close of the exhibition.



The utmost care will be taken in the handling of digital images and paintings. Insurance for all artwork, in situ and in transit, is the responsibility of the participating artist. Neither the A.M. Gravely Gallery nor the Maryland Pastel Society may be held liable for loss or damage of artwork. Maryland Pastel Society and A.M. Gravely Gallery reserve the right to reproduce accepted entries for publicity. Copyright will be attributed to the artist. Submission of entry via and corresponding fee shall constitute agreement with ALL conditions set forth in this prospectus.


More Information

For additional information about Maryland Pastel Society, visit our web page at Questions about this exhibition may be directed to Maryland Pastel Society at


MPS Officers and Board Members

Mary Boeh, President

Kim Stone, Vice President

Mary Anne Warner, Treasurer

Lyn Laviana, Recording Secretary

Joyce Turk, Corresponding Secretary

Kathleen Risk, Membership Chair

Joyce Lister, Workshop Coordinator

Dawn Capron, Advisor


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