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David Lawton received the Annie Award November 2019



Diane Hall Award of Excellence at Benfield Gallery



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MSPP Artists Participate in Annapolis Symphony Acedemy Fundraiser

Ten local professional artists, many of them MSPP members, painted striking designs on violins donated by the Anne Arundel County Public Schools, in order to support the Annapolis Symphony’s new Academy, an immersive program for local youths who have a love of music and a desire to learn how to play classical instruments. 

The Painted Violins were displayed in local art galleries, restaurants, educational and cultural venues in and around Anne Arundel County, September through December, and the final raffle drawing was on January 27th.

MSPP members who participated (click here to read more about the project and the artists):

Sandra Cohen
Melissa Gryder
Abigail McBride
Nancy McCarra
Phyllis Saroff
Andree Tullier
Sarah Wardell


Cedric egeli honored at annual meeting


painting by Kai Lun Qu  

Kai Lun Qu

The Accreditation Committee recently accredited MSPP member Kai Lun Qu. Kai is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Arts. Kai has studied with Vincent Desiderio and Steven Assael at the New York Academy of Arts. He also studied with Daniel Keys and Timothy Rees at the Scottsdale Artist School as well as traveling to the Village Arts of Putney's Studio Barn, home to Richard Schmid's renown Putney Painters to study with Michelle Dunaway.





Rick Casali a Finalist in the 2018 Portrait Society of America International Competition

We are happy to announce that MSPP member Rick Casali was a finalist in the Portrait Society of America's (PSOA) International Competition. This year they received 2,733 entries from all over the world, and 24 finalists were selected. Rick attended the PSOA conference in DC this April, where he participated in the Face Off and then gave a talk called "Timeless Geometry: Planes of the Head Explained in Clay."

Congratulations, Rick, on your achievement!



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Honoring Dorothy Newland

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

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.



Portraits from Havre De Grace
has officially begun. I had three painting sessions with three amazing people. Not only did I make a painting but I now have a special bond with my new friends. 
The technique that I am using to paint these portraits is called Alla Prima, which is by far the most challenging way to paint in my opinion. It is a live one-session painting of about three hours where capturing a likeness along with the energy is my objective.
Portraits from Havre De Grace has been created by me but I was inspired by artists Rose Franzen’s, Portrait of Maquoketa project 2005-06. Over the course of one year Rose painted 180 people from her community. Rose’s efforts captured not only the likeness of her models but also a bit of their humanity. Together the 180 paintings serve as a powerful reminder of how much we can enrich each other’s lives and how important a strong community is. 

In this spirit I am inviting my community to come take part in Portraits from Havre De Grace. Over the next twelve months I intend to paint anyone willing to meet with me at my studio in Havre De Grace along with a small registration fee. 

In return for your time and registration fee of fifty dollars you will receive a free print of your portrait at the opening exhibition, scheduled for spring of 2019 at Arts Emporium in Havre De Grace, Maryland. If you desire to purchase the original painting the registration fee will be credited against the purchase price. Please know there is no obligation to purchase the original painting. 
Hope you will come help me make something beautiful in 2018 and add your face to the space.




Member Discount: Members receive a 10% Discount on all Blue Ridge Oil Colors courtesy of Eric Silver; Enter MDSPP11 coupon code when placing your order; www.blueridgeoilpaint.com

HOST A Paint Out! If you are interested in hosting a paint out with models indoors or out, contact info.at.mspp@gmail.com. Put Host a Paint Out in subject line.

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