Pastel Society of Maine
Pastel Society of Maine

Nature of Pastels

Members Show with Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge June 14 – August 6, 2024 Visitors’ Center Gallery at the Maine Coastal Wildlife Refuge, Rockland, ME
Deadline is May 1st. 6 days left to enter. Members Only.
Art by Carol Abitabilo Ast
Art by Carol Abitabilo Ast
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Deadline for entry: May 1, 2024

Call to artists for the Nature of Pastels, an exhibition of Pastel Society of Maine members, for two months display and sale in the Visitors’ Center Gallery at the Maine Coastal Wildlife Refuge in Rockland, Maine. Friends of the Maine Coastal Islands Wildlife Refuge (FOMCI) will organize and host the exhibition. See below, and mainecoastislands.org for more on the organization.

Open to all current PSME members, this in person show will be juried for theme content (see highlighted section below) and space limitation. Three awards will be judged. Submitting members shall have one submission accepted, provided all regulations are satisfied. Members are encouraged to participate with your best work fitting the theme.

Located in Rockland, Maine, a recognized art center and busy tourist area, particularly during the summer months. This is a great opportunity for visibility while supporting a good cause!

Venue

Visitors’ Center Gallery
at the Maine Coastal Wildlife Refuge
9 Water Street
Rockland, ME 04841

Awards

1st Place: $200
2nd Place: $100
3rd Place: $50

Jurors of Selection

Sherry Dec and Carl Solberg, associates of FOMCI

Judge of Awards

Janalee Welch, artist & teacher, Belfast, ME

Eligible Works

  • Open to all current PSME members
  • Up to 2 Paintings per artist must be 80% pastel.
  • Works must be original, completed within the past three years, composed from artists’ own conception.
  • Width limit of 18” framed. Paintings must be framed to gallery standards, using wire hanger, no sawtooth hangers or plastic frames.

    Note: for best viewing advantage, PSME recommends artists use glare resistant glass such as Tru Vue AR70.
  • All work must be for sale, no NFS or POR allowed.
  • No price change or painting substitution after registration.
  • Members are encouraged to participate with your best work fitting the theme.

Theme

This theme must govern painting content. “Paintings may feature the Maine coast (seascapes or landscapes), the flora and fauna living there, and human interaction with the natural world (e.g. working waterfront).”

Entry Fee

  • PSME Members Only: 2 works: $25
  • PSME Membership must be paid & current for the year 2024.
  • Submitting members shall have one submission accepted, provided all regulations are satisfied.
Entry fees are not refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.

Incomplete entries will be disqualified.

Sales

A 35% commission to the FOMCI will be taken on sales. Sales will be handled through FOMCI. 65% of sale price will be forwarded to artist in the event of sale.
  • All work must be for sale, no NFS or POR allowed.
  • No price change or painting substitution after registration.

Shipping

Accepted work must arrive by Monday, June 10. Please include a return prepaid shipping label. Air Float painting boxes are recommended. Please no loose packing peanuts or shreds.

Send to:
Mary Beth Morrison,
PSME show chair.
21 Blackberry Lane
New Sharon, ME 04955.

Questions

For questions about this Prospectus or PSME please contact:

Kay Etheridge, Exhibition Co-Chair
[email protected]

Mary Beth Morrison, Exhibition Co-Chair
[email protected]

For technical support, please see the Support Section below.

Liability

Pastel Society of Maine, and Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge reserves the right to postpone or cancel the show in event of unforeseen disaster, or to employ an alternate judge’s services if necessary. All work will receive careful handling by competent staff, however neither PSME, FOMCI nor anyone connected with this exhibition will be held responsible for loss or damage of hand delivered or shipped work. Submission of your work for this exhibition, including online entry and application, constitutes your acceptance and agreement to all conditions in this prospectus stated herein. Artists are recommended to carry insurance for their works.

All images of juried entries may be used in promotions of the show, along with credits to the artist and title.

About

The Nature of Pastels will utilize the unique features of pastel painting to explore the natural world. Paintings may feature the Maine coast (seascapes or landscapes), the flora and fauna living there, and human interaction with the natural world (e.g. working waterfront).

Part of the entry fee and proceeds from sales in the exhibition will be used by FOMCI to support the successful seabird restoration project that focuses on six key nesting islands on the Maine Coast. In partnership with other groups, this restoration project has re-established puffin and razorbill nesting colonies and improved the population numbers of terns and other seabirds. Some species (e.g. puffins) were almost eradicated from the Maine coast by 1900. Art sales and other income generated by the exhibition will help support several young biologists who will live for three summer months on the nesting islands. These seabird interns protect the birds from predators, remove invasive species and work with scientists to conduct vital research on seabirds.

For more info about the organization see mainecoastislands.org

Additional Notification Information

Notifications will be emailed by the end of the day on May 15, 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 1, 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.

Support

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.