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2020 Spring Open Critique

CMPS will be hosting its 1st Members Open Critique session on Saturday, March 21, at the Post Road Art Center, from 9:30-12:30. This is only open to current CMPS members. If you've been to an open critique before you already know how beneficial these can be. If not, you will be amazed at how much you can get out of a session. Participants discuss the merits and/or challenges of a variety of paintings, representative of different styles and genres, using different techniques and materials. Sometimes you're learning how the artist accomplished something amazing and other times you're helping them work through a challenge. It really is a great time of reflection, learning and collaboration. There is no charge to attend but participation will be limited to 12 members. Each participate should bring 1-3 paintings. Max time for each participant's review will be 15 mins. If you'd like to register for the 3/21 Critique, send an email with CMPS Critique in the subject line to

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 Artists of the Month

Name:  Susan Shuk Lee

Town: Newton, MA


How Long have you been an artist?  I have had a passion for pencil drawing since childhood, but mostly for Japanese animation.

How long have you been using pastels? In 2008 I discovered the beauty of pastel. After just one afternoon of trying pastel while visiting a friend, I fell in love with it, and pastel has become my exclusive medium ever since.

What do you love about pastels?  Pastel is a very forgiving and versatile medium. I like the immediacy of it, as I like to get things done quickly. In fact, I took a personality test to decide which medium to pursue , and pastel suits me best :).

What subject matter do you paint?  My most recent subject matter is urban scene and figures. I do also portraits and landscapes.

What style do you paint in?  My style is a blend of impressionistic and representational art.

Do you teach any classes or workshops? No I don't teach.

Are you featured in any galleries, or shows currently?  Yes, I recently become an elected Artist Member at Salmagundi Club at NYC. One of my cityscape is juried into the upcoming Salmagundi Spring Auction member exhibition. Also, an interior urban painting of mine won Honoroble Mention in the PSWC member online show that will be on view in March.

Any major awards in pastels? My cityscape piece won the Creativity Prize at the PSEC's "Les Pastellistes" international juried show in Montreal. I also won a number of prizes in national juried shows last year.

Fun Facts?  I love dancing, especially Latin dancing and Argentine tango. I am also a foodie and love cooking international cuisine. Once I had a solo show at the Boston Tango Society to showcase a series of my international dancing theme pastel paintings, while playing different kinds of music and offering international refreshment to go with the art show. Surely there was dancing involved.

Name: Maryann Mullett, PSA-MP, IAPS-MC

Town: Fitzwilliam, NH

Website: or

How Long have you been an artist? All of my life...

How long have you been using pastels? 13 years

What do you love about pastels? The immediacy of the medium and it's luscious pigment. I can work on a painting for 5 minutes or 5 hours and don't have to worry about set up or drying time.

What subject matter do you paint? Still life, floral and nature, wildlife and animals. I choose to paint close-up views of my subjects to study shapes and values and how they relate to one another to create a strong composition.

What style do you paint in? Realism and Abstract Realism

Do you teach any classes or workshops? Yes. May - August I will be teaching on TUESDAYS 1-4 at the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH and from 5:30-8:30 at Maryann Mullett Studio, 375 Union Street, Peterborough, NH. Both Tuesday classes will be by the month and will feature a different subject/topic. I will be teaching a 1-day still life workshop hosted by the Pastel Society of NH on November 14th from 9:30-4:00 at Grace Episcopal Church, 106 Lowell Street, Manchester, NH.

Are you featured in any galleries, or shows currently? My paintings can be viewed at my studio located at 375 Union Street, Peterborough, NH. My painting, "Froggie Yoga" is at the 36th IAPS Exhibition in Dunedin, FL. The exhibit runs April 6 - May 10.

Any major awards in pastels? Yes. My awards have earned me signature membership to the pastel societies of Central Mass, New Hampshire and Maine as well as Master Pastellist to the Pastel Society of America and Master Circle designation to IAPS.

Fun Facts?  I created Harvest Thyme Herbs 28 years ago. We manufacture herb dips and seasoning mixes, teas, catnip comforters, gourmet catnip. All of the recipes are my own which is a bit humorous for those that know me and my current dislike for cooking! But really...the mixes are quick, easy and delish.

Strolling After the Rain

by Susan Shuk Lee

16" x 12"


CMPS 2020 dues were due by January 31, 2020 but there's still time! 
 Updates to the roster & email list won't be made until 3/7/2020

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by Maryann Mullett

14.5" x 11" (framed 23.5" x 19.5")


We are excited to announce our 2nd annual juried exhibit!

PLEASE NOTE – Due to the corona virus the CMPS Marks of Distinction 2020 show will now be held and displayed online only.

Best in Show = $1000, 2nd = $700, 3rd = $500

CMPS anticipates over $4000 in cash & merchandise awards.

Selection Jurors: Lyn Asselta, IAPS-EP, PSA & Michael Freeman, IAPS-MC, PSA

Awards Judge: Robert Carsten, IAPS-MA, PSA-M, CPS

click here for more info