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         "... through the eyes the heart is seen in the face ..."
-- Michelangelo Buoanarroti, 1533



Online Studio Tours!

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022
Time: 5-6pm
Platform: Zoom

Let's see what our members are up to! If you would like to show some of your work or give a short tour of your studio via Zoom, sign up! Register by emailing

Please type Studio Tour in the subject line. The time allotted will hopefully accommodate 10-12 members. We will plan a second one, if there is interest.

Impressionist painting my Max Liebermann of an artist studio


Member Spotlight: Rebecca Wallace Pugh

Annapolis artist, Rebecca Wallace Pugh, holds an art degree from Centre College of Kentucky. For many years her work was on the commercial side of art—employed by sign and advertising companies and interior design firms. Rebecca began plein air painting in watercolor while living in Hawaii. 

She continued the transition to fine artist with studies in drawing, painting and portraiture—from John Ebersberger, Cedric Egeli, Robert Liberace, Rick Casali and Abigail McBride.

She has exhibited in juried shows in Hawaii and the Mid-Atlantic states. Rebecca's paintings hang at the United States Naval Academy, Maryland government offices and businesses, various public buildings in Kentucky as well as private collections throughout the United States.


Oil painting of
Along the Sherwood Shore, oil

Oil painting ofCaptain Owen Thorpe, oil

Watercolor painting of white brick villa with round tower
Labro, Italy

Drawing of head and shoulders of man wearing a suit and tie
Working Man, charcoal



The Maryland Society of Portrait Painters is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the development of portraiture. Membership is open to individuals and organizations interested in the art of portraiture or active in creating portraits in painting, drawing and sculpture.

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In Memorium: Gerry Valerio

Headshot photo of an older man with gray hair and a trimmed white beard

NOVEMBER 15, 1940 – MARCH 12, 2022

Gerry Valerio was born in Michigan and graduated with a fine arts degree from Cass Tech in Detroit. Valerio served as a book designer for the Naval Institute and in several positions with Johns Hopkins University Press. In 1971, he founded Bookmark Studio until 2001 when he returned to painting full-time. He was an Artist-in-Residence at Maryland Hall in the mid 1980s and also was the Director of Design for National Geographic Magazine. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around Maryland. His many community activities included active membership in the Portrait Society of America and the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters.

Gerry Valerio was honored in 2021 with an Annie Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. Learn more about his contributions to the arts through this video from the ceremony.

Drawing of the head of a woman