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  • Sat, July 01, 2023 8:27 PM | Jane Robbins (Administrator)

    Our national show, Marks of Distinction, will again be held at Fivesparks in Harvard, MA, August 29-September 30. This year's Jurors of Selection are Loriann Signori and Javad Soleimanpour, and our Judge of Awards is Mim Brooks Fawcett, Curator and Director of Attleboro Arts Museum.  

    We look forward to another successful show this year and everyone is invited to our awards reception on Sunday, September 10, 2-4 pm for food and drink, music, and celebration of the pastel medium.

  • Sun, January 08, 2023 8:50 AM | Jane Robbins (Administrator)

    Our 1st International Online Pastels Plus Exhibition is open for submissions on Show Submit, and we couldn't be more pleased to offer artists this opportunity to push the boundaries of the pastel medium. 

    This show allows you to combine pastel with up to 50% other mediums and materials on any surface. With nice prizes and Master Pastelist Pirkko Makela-Haapalinna as juror of selection and awards, this show is not to be missed! 

  • Wed, November 16, 2022 5:49 PM | Jane Robbins (Administrator)

    CMPS is offering an artist talk with Marks of Distinction Selection Juror Natasha Isenhour as our last, pre-holiday event of the year. Grab a glass of wine and join us Tue, December 13 at 6 pm to hear about Natasha's residency and work at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.

    We appreciate your registering on our Events page.

    Natasha Isenhour, Light and Lines, 12x16

  • Sat, October 22, 2022 8:19 AM | Jane Robbins (Administrator)

    Please join us at our Annual Meeting on Monday, November 14 at 10 a.m., where we will introduce board members for 2023 and say farewell to those stepping down; review our activities and accomplishments for 2022; and give a preview of what's to come.  This is also an opportunity for the general membership to come together and for you to raise any questions or suggestions to the Board.

    Following this very brief meeting, we will also have an artist talk from one of our MOD Selection jurors, Liz Balkwill.

    We hope to see you! A Zoom link will be sent out to all members a few days ahead of the meeting.

  • Sun, September 18, 2022 8:42 AM | Jane Robbins (Administrator)

    The 2022 Marks of Distinction National Exhibition drew a large and enthusiastic crowd to the reception that quite simply marveled at the quality and diversity of the work, and really had their eyes opened about pastel. This is one of our goals--to increase awareness of and appreciation for our beautiful medium.  Many members of the public asked if we would be back next year.

    Our Judge of Awards, Katie Hanson of MFA/Boston, and the award-winning artists, got to meet each other, and of course, all artists attending were able to enjoy a too-occasional in-person visit and conversation, or to meet someone they had only known online. 

    The food and wine, organized by member Maria Monaco, the music, played by pianist Heather Reichgott, and the warm atmosphere of Five Sparks all contributed to a memorable event.

    Check our social media, both FB and Instagram, for photos of awardees who could attend in person with their paintings; all awardees are listed on this website, where the entire show has been posted by Web Manager Alexia Rosoff. 

    Here are a few other photos from the evening. You can still see this impressive show in person at Fivesparks, Harvard, MA until September 28; vote for your favorite for the People's Choice Award, and bid on donated paintings from Anne Vosikas and Keith Demanche in our silent auction. 

  • Fri, August 05, 2022 4:20 PM | Jane Robbins (Administrator)

    We are busy with preparations to open our 4th Annual, but first in-person, national Marks of Distinction juries show.

    The show runs September 1-28 at Fivesparks, 7 Fairbank St., Harvard, MA, with special hours: Tue-Thu, N-6; Fri N-3; and Sat-Sun N-4. Be sure to see this wonderful exhibit; you can make a day of it as Harvard is in a beautiful, historic area west of Boston with much to see and do, and easily reachable from major roads.

    Our reception is Saturday, Sep 10, 4-6 pm. There will be food, wine, live music, silent bidding on two donated paintings, and People's Choice voting for your personal favorite. Awards will be presented by Katie Hanson of MFA/Boston. 

  • Tue, June 21, 2022 9:39 AM | Jane Robbins (Administrator)

    We know! So many shows overlapping, IAPS, life in general!

    We've extended the deadline on Show Submit to July 4, with notification by July 16. We hope it frees up some work and some time for you!

    We know! So many shows overlapping, IAPS, life in general!

    We've extended the deadline on Show Submit to July 4, with notification by July 16. We hope it frees up some work and some time for you!

  • Sun, June 12, 2022 3:31 AM | Jane Robbins (Administrator)

    The deadline to submit to our National Show is June 20 at 11:59 pm. Don't miss the chance to show your work in a lovely venue and to be judged for $6500 in awards by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston curator Katie Hanson.  

    We have wonderful awards, a very nice reception planned for September 10, 4-6 pm, and the gallery will be staffed for sales every day.  If you have any questions about the prospectus or shipping, contact me at

    Click here to enter and Good Luck!  


  • Mon, May 09, 2022 9:00 AM | Jane Robbins (Administrator)

    Our incredible Members Show of 96 paintings is now available as a slide show for viewing on YouTube. The full gallery is also available as separate images on our Exhibition page, along with the award winners and the comments from awards judge Michele Poirier Mozzone. Like something that's for sale? Let us know and we'll help you acquire it.

    Congratulations again to all who entered to represent the diversity and talent of CMPS membership. Enjoy the show!

  • Sat, April 30, 2022 10:00 AM | Jane Robbins (Administrator)

    Our first in-person national show opens for submissions on Show Submit on May 1. The prospectus is currently available on both Show Submit and here on our website.

    We are excited to have UK artist Liz Balkwill and New Mexico artist Natasha Isenhour as our Selection Jurors. And this is a great opportunity to get your work in front of a museum curator: our Judge of Awards is Katie Hanson, an expert in pastel and impressionism, of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Katie will be judging awards in person--yay!--and also be at our reception to present the awards.

    Our venue, Fivesparks, is located in the affluent and historic MetroWest area of Boston, and makes a wonderful day trip for artists and collectors alike. Mark your calendar for the reception on Saturday, September 10, 4-6 pm. 

    And best of luck in submitting your beautiful work!

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