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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!

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

CMPS Artists of the Month

Name:   Lisa Nugent, aka Lisa K. Thorne

Town:  Leominster, MA


How long have you been an artist?  Tricky to answer but I'll try. Starting from the age of 4 I loved to draw animals but by 12 had stopped. Fast forward to mid-thirties, at the encouragement of a friend (thanks Julie Irvine!) I did a half dozen paintings in acrylic and watercolor and then foolishly let life get in the way and stopped (again). Then 3 years ago, as I was headed towards 50 I realized I was missing the boat with what I'm passionate about and senselessly squandering a skill, so jumped in and have been going strong since.

How long have you been using pastels?  For 3 years

What do you love about pastels?  I've always loved the richness and depth that can be achieved with pastels. I also love that you can push them in any direction. There's no other medium that has the flexibility to appear like other mediums like pastels - they offer such an incredible array of diversity! And I also totally enjoy that they offer immediate gratification.

What subject matter do you paint?  Wildlife, Pet and People Portraits

What style do you paint in?  Realism

Do you teach any classes or workshops?  No but if I ever move to a place that has studio space I'll look forward to it.

Are you featured in any galleries, or shows currently?  Not at present.

Any major awards in pastels?  2018 3rd place Animal Art Exhibit at Post Road Art Center, 2019 LAA Founders Awards Recipient and Popular Choice Award,  2019 PSNH Popular Choice, 1st Place in the CMPS 2019 Members show, 2020 Reciprocal Award PSME, 2020 1st Place CMPS Pop-up show. 

Fun Facts?  I was instrumental in getting the United Kennel Club of America (UKC) to accept multi-colored poodles in the conformation ring and wrote the color standards that they adopted and use to this day. I also co-found the Central Mass Voodoo Softball organization. Lastly, I love all animals but have a fear of spiders and scorpions.

Follow Me Into the Sea; Wonders There Await Thee

by Lisa Nugent 

17" x 22.5"


CMPS Members Giveaways are back!

1st drawing to be held January 15th

Prize: Set of Giraults (25 Count, winners choice)

and a pack of 8x10 Lux Archival *

*Only members whose 2021 dues are current will be entered in the drawing.  Dues can be paid here

1/4 AT 4PM Kick off 2021 with a Art Resolution Members Zoom Social!

 Vocalizing goals helps to turn them into reality.  Those that would like to will be able to state their art related goals for 2021.  If that's not your thing, feel free to pop in and just socialize with your fellow artists and toast the new year!

All 2020 CMPS Members will receive a zoom invite on 1/1/2021.

All Dressed Up, Nowhere to Go

by Valerie Albert Weingard

18" x 24"

NFS - Private Collection

Name:  Valerie Albert Weingard

Town:  Rehoboth, MA


How Long have you been an artist?  My parents tell me that I’ve been obsessed with drawing since the age of three, and if I wasn’t supplied with enough paper, I would draw directly onto the walls. I pursued this passion, and received a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Philadelphia College of Art (now part of University of the Arts) in 1983. Over the years, I’ve done freelance work in illustration and product design, as well as making commissioned art, and painting for myself whenever I could.

How long have you been using pastels?  I started out as an oil painter, then switched to watercolor when I was doing design work full time. I took a pastel class with Michele Poirier Mozzone, at the Providence Art Club about 5 years ago, saw how beautiful and expressive pastels can be, and fell in love.

What do you love about pastels?  I love to both draw and to paint, and I feel I can do both at once when I work in pastel. I love how quickly I can get my impressions down, as well as the vibrancy and purity of the color.

What subject matter do you paint?  I paint mostly portraits and figurative subject matter. I find that in pigments of pastels can give skin a lovely glow.

What style do you paint in?  Contemporary Realism

Do you teach any classes or workshops?  I co-taught my first pastel painting class along with Susan Aitcheson (another CMPS member) at Providence Art Club this past Fall. We will teach there again in the Spring. The classes are usually open to members only, but if the class does not fill, they will occasionally open up to nonmembers.

Are you featured in any galleries, or shows currently? I will be have some work in the Faculty/Student Show at Providence Art Club.

Any major awards in pastels?  I won the third place prize in the CMPS Members’ Show in 2020, and won best in show at the Members' Show at Providence Art Club in 2019.

Fun Facts?  I worked steadily as a freelance toy designer for almost 20 years. I worked on such toys as Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Pony, Dora the Explorer, and Barney. These days I’m happily painting full time.