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



Outdoor Model Session

Date: Sunday, May 21, 2023 (Rain date: Sunday, June 4)
Time: 2-4:30pm
Location: Benfield Gallery, 485 Jumpers Hole Rd, Severna Park, MD 21146
Cost: $5 for members, $15 for non-members

*Note: The Gallery is normally closed on Sundays, but will be open for this event*

We are excited to be sponsoring an in person model session hosted by Benfield Gallery! Our model Sarah will be posing in the side yard of the gallery with gardening tools. The building will be available for use during and after the event, with snacks and water provided. Feel free to hang out and visit after the session!

If you plan to attend, please register before May 15. This will allow us to plan for two models if needed. Walk-ins are still welcome, but no guarantees on having a good view!

To register, send an email to:, You can send payment via PayPal or credit card using the button on our Join page, orr pay by cash or check at the event.

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Member Spotlight: Laura Era

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Laura Era is an award-winning, professional portrait and landscape artist and teacher but, like many MSSP members, her passion is portraiture. Basically self-taught, she considers herself an artist since the cradle! At a young age she was encouraged by her mother, portrait artist, Dorothy F. Newland.

Since turning professional in 1988 she has painted multitudes of portraits on commission, both formal and informal, in oil and pastel. Her works hang in collections throughout the US and Europe. Painting trips have taken her across the US as well as to England, France, Portugal, Germany and many times to Italy.

Laura and her husband, Richard, built their home and her large studio on the Little Choptank River near Cambridge, Maryland, where she teaches regularly since 1990.

She owns the prestigious Troika Gallery in Easton, MD.

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MG. Linda Singh, oil

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Ida Jane Baker, oil

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Commissioned, pastel



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: Michele del Pilar

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June 12, 1969 – November 15, 2022

We regretfully announce that MSPP member Michele del Pilar has passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Michele was a longtime member of The Society, and served on the board as Exhibition Chair for a number of years. She graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia in 1991. After beginning her art career in the print and design field, she began to study painting.

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Michele spent many years studying with Cedric and Joanette Egeli at their studio in Edgewater, MD, and with other Maryland artists. She was juried into numerous exhibitions across the country, receiving honors and awards for her paintings, including an award from the Portrait Society of America's 2015 Member Competition.

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