11th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air Juror Demonstration


Friday, June 18, 2021 • 2:00PM-4:00PM • Free, but registration is required.

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce another great event in conjunction with the 11th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competition & Exhibition, to take place Friday, June 18, 2021, from 2:00PM-4:00PM.

The event will be a juror demonstration with our 2021 juror, Chicago-based artist, Nancie King Mertz!

About the Event

While it may seem easy, painting in a condensed timeframe is a challenge - particularly in the outdoors when lighting and conditions can change quickly. This  2-hour event will showcase the work of master pastelist, Nancie King Mertz, who will also serve as juror of the 11th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competition. She will demonstrate a start-to-finish painting and will answer your questions in this interactive and relaxing afternoon.

About the Juror

An award-winning artist, Nancie has spent her lifetime painting in oil & pastel. She was awarded the Master Circle Medallion by the IAPS in 2015, their Eminent Pastelist distinction in 2018, and is also a Master Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Chicago Pastel Painters. She teaches across the US and internationally and is on the faculty for the Plein Air Convention and the IAPS Convention. She has been named the 2020 Guest of Honor by the French Pastel Society, where a show of her work will be featured in Giverny, France. Note: Due to COVID-19, Mertz' appearance as Guest of Honor has been moved to Spring 2021.

Mertz has traveled to nearly 20 countries and around the US for inspiration, however, Chicago remains her favorite city to explore and paint, where she was twice named “Artist of the Year”.

Collectors marvel at the beauty she finds in the urban setting and have said she “softens the edges of the city”. See her work on many of the Chicago-themed TV shows such as the Good Wife and Chicago Fire.


The event is free to attend, but registration is required. A final painting location will be selected on Thursday, June 17, 2021, and communicated to all registered attendees. To register, please contact us at art@alleganyarts.org or at 301.777.2787.

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