Maryland Pastel Society
Maryland Pastel Society

Symphony of Colors

All Members Juried Exhibition July 19 – October 6, 2024 Kentlands Mansion Gallery, Gaithersburg, MD
Deadline is May 31st. 1 week left to enter. Members Only.
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Deadline for entry: May 31, 2024


Kentlands Mansion Gallery
320 Kent Square Road
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878


  • Open only to Maryland Pastel Society members in good standing (2024 membership is up-to-date).
  • All paintings must be the artist’s own original work and at least 80% soft pastels (no oil pastels).
  • All accepted work must have been completed within the last two years and may not have been shown in previous Maryland Pastel Society exhibitions.
  • Framed size of artwork should not exceed 36" in width or height.
  • All manner of subject and style are eligible.
  • Paintings delivered to the exhibit must be identical to the accepted digital image.
Work is ineligible if it was:
  1. produced whole or in part in an instructor-led class or workshop; or
  2. copied substantially from the work of other artists, from published materials, or from photo reference material belonging to others.

Entry Fees

$35 for up to three images.

Entry fees are nonrefundable and must be in US dollars.

Judge of Selections and Awards

Maria Marino is an internationally-acclaimed, award-winning fine artist. Maria graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), cum laude with a BFA in Interior Architecture. A hallmark of her work is letting the painting process have the chance to guide itself, using the sculptural quality of pigment to capture the beauty of the living world.

Awarded Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America, she is also a member of the National Arts Club, the Allied Artists of America, the California Arts Club, the Oil Painters of America, and the Artists Fellowship, Inc., and she is a Certified Interior Designer.

Maria’s paintings have been seen in exhibitions not only across America, but also in Europe and Asia. She has been featured in many fine arts publications worldwide.

To learn more about Maria, please visit her web site


Over $1200 in cash and merchandise prizes will be awarded.

Framing and Presentation

All works must be appropriately framed under glass or Plexiglas and ready to hang. For larger pieces, please consider using Plexiglas to minimize weight. Matting (neutral) and frames should be simple. Framing must be to gallery quality standards, i.e., frames must be suitable to the work, undamaged, reinforced, and wired to hang (no saw tooth hangers). Paintings delivered damaged, with dirty matting, with broken/inadequate hanging wire or hardware, or an unprofessional presentation will not be hung and will be returned at the artist’s expense.

MPS retains the right to determine suitability of work for entry in this show.


The Kentlands Mansion Gallery receives 30% commission on the sales of artwork. Work may be listed as NFS. Price on Request (POR) is not allowed. All work displayed must remain for the duration of the exhibition. No work will be released before the close of the exhibition.


The utmost care will be taken in the handling of digital images and paintings. Insurance for all artwork, in situ and in transit, is the responsibility of the participating artist. Neither the Kentlands Mansion Gallery nor the Maryland Pastel Society may be held liable for loss or damage of artwork. Maryland Pastel Society and Kentlands Mansion Gallery reserve the right to reproduce accepted entries for publicity. Copyright will be attributed to the artist. Submission of entry via and corresponding fee shall constitute agreement with ALL conditions set forth in this prospectus.

More Information

For additional information about Maryland Pastel Society, visit our webpage at Questions about this exhibition may be directed to Maryland Pastel Society at [email protected]

Additional Notification Information

Notifications will be emailed by the end of the day on June 14, 2024. We cannot respond to inquiries regarding the status of notifications before that time.

Please add [email protected] to your email safe senders list.

After notifications are sent, you may view the status of your entry in your ShowSubmit artist account’s Entry History. Accepted works will be notated by a green check.

If you do not receive your email, you may also view your notification letter using the View Notification link in your Entry History.

Note: Entries made prior to 2023 may not display the View Notification link.

Image and Filename Specifications

  • Submit your original JPEG image files.
  • Crop out all parts of the photo that are not the actual work; do not show mat, frame, etc, only the work itself.
  • Image must be displayed right side up.
  • You do not need to resize your image files.
  • You do not need to rename your image files.

Additional Entry Information

  • You will pay for your entry by credit or debit card using our secure checkout system.
  • After your entry is submitted and paid for, you may log back in to review your entry, edit artist and image information, and add or substitute images up until the entry deadline (May 31, 2024.)
  • Entry fees are not refundable and must be submitted and paid by the entry deadline.
  • Entries cannot be accepted or changed after the deadline. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.


For questions about the entry process or this website please contact ShowSubmit Support at [email protected]. We will get back to you between 9am and 6pm Eastern Time, Monday to Friday. You can also view the Support Center, Entry Guide, or our FAQ.