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NOW VIEWABLE: 2020 Member Showcase

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Welcome to our first online exhibit!
Exhibition Dates: September 24 – November 30, 2020
Reception and social on October 3, 6-7pm via Zoom meeting.
You don’t need to have a Zoom account to join the meeting, but you’ll be prompted to download and install the application if you don’t have it already.
Contact us at info.at.mspp@gmail.com with any questions.


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Sandy Cohen

As a child, Sandy showed artistic aptitude, but she didn't go to art school, and didn't focus on art until late in life. She enjoyed her family and a varied legal career, and projects such as farming blueberries, teaching law, leading a civic organization, and running a federal shoreline project at a dynamic site on the Chesapeake Bay. Eventually, after retiring as an Asst. Attorney General of Maryland and teaching at University of Maryland law school, one Thanksgiving with her irresistible grandchildren, Sandy wondered if she might capture them in portraits.  So she began, cold, to paint portraits.

Sandy had learned to handle oil paints in her teens in the home studio of a family friend.  Half a century later, as she began to paint, she limbered up in figure and portrait studio co-ops at Maryland Hall, which she would later manage, as she still does.  A friend mentioned to her the master artist, Rob Liberace.  Sandy liked what she saw and heard about this generous teacher, and enrolled in a workshop with him at the Art League in Virginia.  When Rob Liberace stopped at her easel for the first time, Sandy asked a question, explaining that she had not been painting much for decades.  Momentarily silent, Rob pointed at her work on the easel and said:  "You can't not paint!"  Thus encouraged, she has continued.

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spacepastel portrait of old woman and child
spaceKiss, 8x10, oil
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Early on, Sandy's work was routinely selected into juried regional and national exhibits, she was chosen as an artist in residence at Maryland Hall, and won numerous awards, including being honored by the prestigious Portrait Society of America.  She has exhibited at BWI International airport thru the Maryland Arts Council, in an extensive exhibit of drawings in Cambridge, and frequently in exhibits at the Maryland Federation of Art and Michael Busch Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.  She has shown with MSPP at venues including Quiet Waters Park and Annapolis City Hall.  Sandy was selected as one of ten artists to participate in the painted violins project to benefit the Annapolis Symphony Academy.  She has had solo shows in the Martino Gallery at Maryland Hall, and at the Maryland Federation of Art, where portraits by Sandy were individually selected by three independent judges as their sole choice for award from among all works of art exhibited during the MFA's 50th anniversary year.

 

 

 
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Sunshine, 11 x 14, oil

 

Elder, 12 x 16, oil

 

Gazelle,  12 x 16, charcoal/pastel

 

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Young Man, 11 x 14, oil

 

Mijnheer Tomas, 16 x 20, oil

 

Sunny Boy, 11 x 14, oil

 

Omar, 14 x 18, oil

             

 


 

Welcome

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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Anne C. Sieling
JANUARY 21, 1937 – MAY 14, 2020
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Anne C. Sieling, age 83, passed away at 7:45 on May 14, 2020 at home with her beloved husband Bill Sieling, her brother Frank Cooper and her four beloved cats at her home in Annapolis. Another brother also survives her, John P. Cooper in Hawaii and two daughters, Laurie Pickett of Monkton and Ashley Stees also of Monkton. Anne was born and raised in Baltimore and grew up in Baltimore County and was a graduate of The College of Notre Dame. She had a long career in public relations in many branches of government. In addition she was very active in therapeutic horseback riding as a professional teacher and trainer at the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center, (TRRC), in Howard County until the end of her life.