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CMPS National Juried Show

Coming this November!  Details to be posted soon.

CMPS Membership Perks!

5% OFF - If you need high quality prints of your artwork, or quality images of your artwork captured check out Jetart Company! .  Using state of the art equipment, they've been capturing and reproducing fine art, lithographs, photographs and other 2 dimensional documents for private individuals, organizations, artists, galleries and museums for the past 13 years.  Just let them know you are a CMPS Member.

10% OFF - Post Road Art Center in Marlborough, MA has graciously extended a 10% discount to CMPS Members. This is applicable to art supplies only but they carry a good assortment of supplies including UART paper and the full line of Richeson Hand Rolled Soft pastels. Just tell them that you are a CMPS Member at the register. They also hold monthly shows that are great to participate in, or just view. You can get further details .


Fellow Pastel Enthusiasts!

CMPS Social Media

You can find CMPS information on our website and on our FaceBook page . The CMPS website is a work in progress. Please bear with us while we put the finishing touches on it. Also, if you have web building skills and would like to help please contact Lisa at . The Facebook page will be a great place to post your artwork (finished or WIP - especially useful if looking for feedback), rallying the troops for impromptu plein-air outings, making new friends and staying in touch. We do have an Instagram account more to follow there at a later date.

When we aren't showcasing a current CMPS show we feature 2 CMPS members here on the home page.  Meet our featured artists;

CMPS Arists of the Month

Betsy Payne Cook, PPSCC

From: Mashpee, MA


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About Betsy:

Lifelong love of art and got around to prioritizing my art-self four years ago.

How long have you been using pastels? nearly 20 years

What do you love about pastels? I love holding the pastel sticks, feeling their strength and softness, listening to the sounds as it glides over the surface and seeing the layers harmonize

What subject matter do you paint? Landscapes: I work on 3 different series- Nocturnes -Dusk & Night, The View Below- conceptual seascapes, Plein air -my pastels travel with me near & far!

What style do you paint in? NA

Do you teach any classes or workshops? I organize local and destination plein air workshops & classes. I am currently taking enrollment for a plein air retreat in Italy for spring 2020. I teach pastel painting at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Falmouth Art Center and Sandwich Art Alliance

Are you featured in any galleries? True Grit Gallery in Middleboro. Guest artist for select exhibits at Woodruff's Art Center, Mashpee. Guest artist in a 6 month group exhibit at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, ends labor Day 2019

Any major awards in pastels?

Best of Show at the For Pastels Only on Cape Cod 2013" PPSCC's National Juried Exhibit

Fun Facts? I lived in a small village outside of Cardiff, Wales, Great Britain for nine years. In 2017 I took a small group of artists on a painting workshop to Wales.

Keith Demanche

From: Gonic, NH


About Keith: Musician for 30 years, painter for about 10 years.

How long have you been using pastels? I've been using pastels for about 7 years, but exclusively for about 5 years.

What do you love about pastels? I love the physical contact with the medium, I love being able to "paint" with my hands.

What subject matter do you paint? I really enjoy nocturnes. Dusk and evening light is my favorite and I always look for some interaction of man and environment, especially nature retaking what man has made.

What style do you paint in? I am a realist.

Do you teach any classes or workshops? I am not currently teaching, but had a residency in Manchester for year that was great fun.

Are you featured in any galleries? I am not in any galleries at the moment.

Any major awards in pastels? I was recently accepted as a Newburyport Art Association Master Artist. My work was accepted into the IAPS show in ABQ for the second time, which is always a honor. I was accepted into the Guild of Boston Artists Regional show last year, won 4th place in Maine Pastel Only show recently and will be part of a 4 person show at Wild Salamander in Hollis with Lisa Regopoulos, Joelle Feldman and Jeff Ventola in October. I was also lucky enough to spend the month of June painting out west, from New mexico desert to Rocky Mountain peaks.

Fun facts? I have owned my own marketing/design company with my wife for 15 years. I helped start Hippo Press in Manchester and used to run The Wire weekly paper in Portsmouth, NH, which made me into an Adobe Creative Suite Jedi Master. I am a published author (short fiction) and have recorded 5 albums with various bands.

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