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



Upcoming Event:
Gallery Talk by Jim Saylor
11:30 - 1:30, March 4

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Copyist Lecture at National Gallery March 4th: 
Original Attendees Will Have First Priority

The lecture was originally set for January but was postponed due to the government shutdown. The new date is Monday, March 4th. 

Members who signed up for the original date will have first priority to attend the event. Please email if you would like to attend the lecture.

If there is enough interest we will schedule an additional lecture later on in March.


Jim Sayler, National Gallery Copyist and MSPP Accredited Member, will give a demo and informal talk about the National Gallery of Art Copyist Program. The talk and demo will take place in Gallery 51 at the National Gallery, West Building, where Jim is painting a copy of Rembrandt's painting, Gentleman in a Tall Hat. 

The National Gallery is located between 3rd Street and 9th Street on Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. The event will begin  at 11:30 am with a lunch break in the National Gallery Cafeteria and end at 1:30 pm. Due to limited space in Gallery 51, reservations for this event is limited to 10 persons. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. To reverse your seat, please RSVP with "Copyist Program" in the subject line and use the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters email address, Janet Ewing, MSPP Event Chair, will let you know if your reservation has been accepted.




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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Laura Era


Dorothy Newland

March 25, 1921 ~ October 12, 2018 (age 97)

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Founding MSPP member Dorothy F. Newland passed away peacefully on Oct 12th, 2018 at the age of 97. Dorothy owned and ran The Troika Gallery along with her daughter Laura Era and Jennifer Heyd Wharton.

She loved people and she loved painting them well into her advanced years, being very proud of painting three retired Admiral's portraits. Two of them hang at the Naval Academy.