Past Events



Paint - In and Meet and Greet - Indoor Model Session at Andree's Studio

Date: Saturday February 10, 2024
Time: 10 am - 2 pm
Location: Andree Tullier Studio, Edgewater, Maryland
Cost: Free for members
Limit: 10 members

To Register: Email info@mdspp.com and write Paint-In on subject line
Details: Model posing in one pose with a short lunch break (bring your lunch).
You are welcome to bring an artwork to display.

Note: You may pay your 2024 annual dues at the event.




Outdoor Model Session

Date: Sunday, May 21, 2023 (Rain date: Sunday, June 4)
Time: 2-4:30pm
Location: Benfield Gallery, 485 Jumpers Hole Rd, Severna Park, MD 21146
Cost: $5 for members, $15 for non-members

*Note: The Gallery is normally closed on Sundays, but will be open for this event*



We are excited to be sponsoring an in person model session hosted by Benfield Gallery! Our model Sarah will be posing in the side yard of the gallery with gardening tools. The building will be available for use during and after the event, with snacks and water provided. Feel free to hang out and visit after the session!

If you plan to attend, please register before May 15. This will allow us to plan for two models if needed. Walk-ins are still welcome, but no guarantees on having a good view!

To register, send an email to: info.at.mspp@gmail.com, You can send payment via PayPal or credit card using the button on our Join page, orr pay by cash or check at the event.

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Members Meet and Greet PLUS Art Swap/Sale

Date: Sunday, April 23, 2023
Time: 1-4pm
Location: Andree Tullier's studio, 111 Fiddler's Hill Rd, Edgewater, MD

Our society is hosting a casual Meet & Greet. Enjoy light refreshments while we gather and mingle. Bring an artwork to display if you’d like. It’s fun and inspiring to see everyone’s work! The Sale/Swap will take place right after the Meet & Greet. Art materials, still life objects, frames, canvas, stretchers, mediums, paints, pastels and your art can be included.

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Sale/Swap Guides for Members participating:

    - You are responsible for all transactions; you choose whether to accept cash/check/digit
    - Bring a table for items or may sell items out of your car trunk.
    - Stay with your items for the duration of the sale. You are responsible for your possessions.
    - Free/Give-Aways are acceptable!  
    - Art Work is allowed to be for sale/swap.

    IMPORTANT: Members must take away all unsold items or free/give-aways. Nothing can be left behind.

    - Have things marked with price or free ahead of time.  
    - Consider using painter’s tape for pricing.

Registration for Meet & Greet PLUS Art Materials Sale/Swap: Please email info.at.mspp@gmail.com to confirm registration and to receive the address/location.

If weather turns bad that morning, we will still have the Meet and Greet. Sale/swap will be rescheduled.
Annual Dues ($20) can be paid at the Meet & Greet.

Questions? Email info.at.mspp@gmail.com

MSPP Member Meet-up at the National Gallery of Art
Date: Sunday, November 13,2022

Sargent and Spain

For all those who are interested to meet in person to see the exhibit, we will meet at 11 a.m. Lunch afterwards. 


In Memorium: Gerry Valerio
NOVEMBER 15, 1940 – MARCH 12, 2022

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Gerry Valerio was born in Michigan and graduated with a fine arts degree from Cass Tech in Detroit. Valerio served as a book designer for the Naval Institute and in several positions with Johns Hopkins University Press. In 1971, he founded Bookmark Studio until 2001 when he returned to painting full-time. He was an Artist-in-Residence at Maryland Hall in the mid 1980s and also was the Director of Design for National Geographic Magazine. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around Maryland. His many community activities included active membership in the Portrait Society of America and the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters.

Gerry Valerio was honored in 2021 with an Annie Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. Learn more about his contributions to the arts through this video from the ceremony.

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2022 Members show at Quiet Waters Park

Member Meetup
Date: Saturday May 21 2022

Mary Whyte - We the People: Portraits of American Veterans

National Museum of the Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Triangle, VA 22172
The museum is currently open 5 days a week, Wednesday - Sunday, 10AM - 5PM

Area Hotels:
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These are just a few of the available hotels. Many more options available.


Virtual Meet and Greet

Date: Thursday, March 10th
Time: 4-5pm
Platform: Zoom

Come mingle online with other members for a casual Meet & Greet!
Email info.at.mspp@gmail.com for the Zoom link


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VIRTUAL Model Session - Zoom

Date: March 2, Wednesday, 2-4pm
Time: 2-4pm
Fee: $5 for Members

Visit our Join Page to pay through PayPal or Credit Card.

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2021 Member Show!
Isolation: Self Prtraits in Quarantine

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OUTDOOR Model Session (In Person!)

Date: Saturday, October 9 (Rain date October 10)
Time: 2-5pm
Location: Sheep Farm nearby Centreville, MD
Fee: $5 for Members, $15 for Non Members

Model Paint Out on a sheep farm in a beautiful, bucolic setting near Centreville, MD. We will actually be in the field with the sheep, but if you are afraid of sheep no worries! There is a fence and you are welcome to be on the other side. 
To pay the model fee go to the 'Join' page. Under 'OUTSIDE IN-PERSON MODEL SESSION - October 9th, 2021,' click  'Buy Now' to pay by PayPal or by credit card. You may also send a check for $5 to Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, 801 Chase Street Box #8, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.
You may pay the 2021 Annual Dues of $10 (half year) on our join page. If you prefer to mail a check, send to Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, 801 Chase Street Box #8, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

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Model Session (In Person!)

Date: Wednesday, August 25
Time: 8:30-12pm
Location: The Lirodendon Mansion
Fee: $5 for members, $15 for non members

Join us for an in person modeling session!
To pay the model fee go to the 'Join' page. Under 'LIVE IN-PERSON MODEL SESSION - August 25th, 2021,' click  'Buy Now' to pay by PayPal or by credit card. You may also send a check for $5 to MSPP c/o Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.
You may pay the 2021 Annual Dues of $20 on our join page. If you prefer to mail a check, send to MSPP c/o Maryland Hall, Box #8, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

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Online Model Session with Avid

Date: Wednesday, June 2
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Platform: Zoom

Join us for an online modeling session with Avid! Clothes/setting TBD.

To register and to obtain the meeting link please email info.at.mspp@gmail.com.
If you need to check on your member status, please email info.at.mspp@gmail.com.
To pay the model fee go to the 'Join' page. Under 'Model Session April 7,' click  'Buy Now' to pay by PayPal or by credit card. You may also send a check for $5 to MSPP c/o Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.
You may pay the 2021 Annual Dues of $20 on our join page. If you prefer to mail a check, send to MSPP c/o Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401


Online Portrait Demonstration with Dawn Whitlaw

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Date: Sunday, April 25
Time: 1-4pm
Members: $10
Non- members: $20

Video recording will be available for attendees to watch again later!
Dawn Whitelaw is currently on the the board of the Portrait Society of  America where she serves as vice-chair. She has also been featured as faculty for Plein Air South and the Plein Air Convention and Expo. In 2016, the American Impressionist Society elected her to Master status.

Find out more about Dawn Whitelaw:

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Annual Meeting and Materials Lecture with David Lawton

Date: Sunday, February 21st
Time: 1-3:30pm
Platform: Zoom

Our 2020 Annual Meeting that usually takes place in November has been rescheduled for February as a virtual event. We will hold elections and also give out door prizes! 

Additionally, David Lawton has offered to extend his knowledge of materials to our members in a lecture, following up on hs informative demo last month.

Materials Lecture!

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Need to make sense of all the various materials offered to artists? Join David Lawton as he discusses when and why you use different ones. Understand once and for all why some colors in your painting look dull and others look shiny. What medium should you use and when? What does fat over lean really mean? This will be an in-depth presentation on all the important aspects need to consider when painting. David will answer any questions that you may have regarding artist materials.

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ad for online model session with Kenyatta. Picture or dark skinned gril with peach head scarf

Thank you David Lawton for a very enjoyable and informative demo!

This FREE demo offered an inside loook at David's process of working from photos.

David's Materials List:

David Lawton's materials list oil painting start of a young girl with blonde hair by David Lawton


2020 Member Showcase

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Welcome to our first online exhibit!
Exhibition Dates: September 24 – November 30, 2020
Reception and social on October 3, 6-7pm via Zoom meeting.
You don’t need to have a Zoom account to join the meeting, but you’ll be prompted to download and install the application if you don’t have it already.
Contact us at info.at.mspp@gmail.com with any questions.


anne sieling with outdoor painting gear Anne C. Sieling - JANUARY 21, 1937 – MAY 14, 2020
Anne C. Sieling, age 83, passed away at 7:45 on May 14, 2020 at home with her beloved husband Bill Sieling, her brother Frank Cooper and her four beloved cats at her home in Annapolis. Another brother also survives her, John P. Cooper in Hawaii and two daughters, Laurie Pickett of Monkton and Ashley Stees also of Monkton. Anne was born and raised in Baltimore and grew up in Baltimore County and was a graduate of The College of Notre Dame. She had a long career in public relations in many branches of government. In addition she was very active in therapeutic horseback riding as a professional teacher and trainer at the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center, (TRRC), in Howard County until the end of her life.
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Gavin Glakus with model and demo at 2019 mspp annual meeting

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Copyist Lecture at National Gallery March 4th: 
Original Attendees Will Have First Priority

The lecture was originally set for January but was postponed due to the government shutdown. The new date is Monday, March 4th. 

Members who signed up for the original date will have first priority to attend the event. Please email info.at.mspp@gmail if you would like to attend the lecture.

The National Gallery is located between 3rd Street and 9th Street on Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. The event will begin  at 11:30 am with a lunch break in the National Gallery Cafeteria and end at 1:30 pm. Due to limited space in Gallery 51, reservations for this event is limited to 10 persons. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. To reverse your seat, please RSVP with "Copyist Program" in the subject line and use the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters email address, info.at.mspp@gmail.com. Janet Ewing, MSPP Event Chair, will let you know if your reservation has been accepted.

Jim Sayler, National Gallery Copyist and MSPP Accredited Member, will give a demo and informal talk about the National Gallery of Art Copyist Program. The talk and demo will take place in Gallery 51 at the National Gallery, West Building, where Jim is painting a copy of Rembrandt's painting, Gentleman in a Tall Hat. 

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R I C K Y   M U J I C A  - One Day Painting Workshop

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Monday, February 12, 2018
Portrait Painting, 9:30am-3:30pm
Galesville, Maryland
Tuition: $145 (+ model fee TBA)
Register and pay on our Join page.
Space is limited.
Check out Ricky’s website for information about his work:


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Perception: The Artist's View will be on display at the Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, MD 21045, in the main and window galleries.

The show will be up from February 8 to March 4, with a reception on Sunday, February 11 from 2 to 4pm.



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BUS TRIP to NYC - January 20, 2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Language of a Genius—Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer with Author Carmen C. Bambach

Go to our Join Page and Register before January 7, 2018 at 11:00pm when it will be opened to the general public.

The bus will be departing at 7:30am from Annapolis at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, and departing for Annapolis at about 6pm from the MET.


C A L L   F O R   A R T - This Exhibit is now CLOSED.

Perception: The Artist’s View

February 8 – March 4, 2018
The Columbia Art Center
6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, MD 21045

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 18, 2017
DOWNLOAD Prospectus here.

Go to Join page to pay Submission Fee.


A N N U A L   M E E T I N G   &
Demonstration by Ricky Mujica
November 12th, Sunday, 2017

Ricky Mujika portrait

There was a great turnout for our annual meeting featuring a portrait demonstration by Ricky Mujica!

For more information about Ricky Mujica and to see his work visit: rickymujica.com



Sandy Spring Museum exhibit - Face-to-Face the evolving story of Sandy Spring

Face-to-Face: The Evolving Story of Sandy Spring, was on display from October 4-November 18, 2017 at Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, Maryland.