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    Maureen Spinale

    maureen spinale - Biography

    Maureen was born in Portsmouth, VA but has lived most of her life in the Boston area. Her love of drawing and painting began early in childhood. Her father was the creative soul in the family, and she believes that the artist in him was passed on to her. She spent a lot of time in the south, when she was a child, playing in Alabama's woods and creeks. There began her love affair with trees and the woodlands. Growing up was hard in those days, and with the loss of her father, she found refuge in those woods. Today she is a painter of trees.

    On with life, raising two boys and a career in social work meant art, was a distant passion. She had always wanted to be an artist, and following an early retirement, she began studying at North River Arts Society and South Shore Art Center where she fell in love with the pastel medium under the instruction of Donna Rossetti Bailey and Liz Haywood Sullivan. There began the journey…

    Maureen continues to further her studies, considering herself a lifelong student, by taking workshops given by internationally recognized pastel artists. Ken Elliot, Tom Christopher, Casey Klahn, Ed Chesnovich, Tony Alain, and Kim Lordier to name a few.  These masters have influenced her style which has evolved from a realistic approach to a more contemporary perspective, flecked with bold colors, strong lines and light .

    Today, Maureen is an award-winning artist who exhibits throughout New England, New York and New Mexico.  In 2010 she was elected signature membership in the Pastel Society of America, NY, and signature membership in the Pastel Society of Cape Cod in 2013. Maureen was also honored with the Master Circle Award from the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2015 and in 2016 became a South Shore Art Center Gallery Artist.

    Juried International, National & Regional Exhibitions & Awards:

    2020

    • International Association of Pastel Societies, 37th Juried Exhibition, Web Show,
    • Pastel Society of America 48th Juried International Exhibit "Enduring Brilliance",  National Arts Club, New York
    • South Shore Art Center's Annual Festival of the Arts, 1st place in Pastel, Cohasset, MA
    • First Regional Pastel Exhibition, Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA., Honorable Mention
    • For Pastels Only, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Juried International Exhibit, Cape Cod

    2019

    • International Association Of Pastel Societies Juried Web Show
    • Pastel Society of America 47th Juried Exhibition "Enduring Brilliance" , National Arts Club, New York
    • For Pastels Only, Juried International Show, Cape Cod
    • North River Arts Festival, Juried Exhibition, Marion Atkinson Memorial Award
    • Duxbury Art Association, Juried Winter Show, 1st Place Pastel/Drawing, Duxbury, MA

    2018

    • Pastel Society of New Hampshire "It's Pastel!" 10th Annual National Juried Exhibition Great American Artworks Award
    • North River Arts Society, Members Show, Best of Show Marshfield MA
    • For Pastels Only, Juried international Show, CT Pastel Society Award Cape Cod
    • Duxbury Art Association, Annual Winter Show, 1st Place Pastel
    • North River Arts Festival, Juried Exhibition, Donna Greene Award for Expression of Magical Light

    2017

    • Pastel Society of America 45th Annual Juried Exhibition "Enduring Brilliance", New York, NY
    • PPSCC, National Juried Exhibition "For Pastels Only" Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Award of Excellence
    • North River Arts Festival Juried Exhibition, 1st Place Pastel
    • PPSCC, Juried Signature Member Exhibition , "For the Love of Color", Cape Cod Museum of Art Honorable Mention
    • Signature Exhibition, Cape Cod Museum of Art , Honorable Mention, Dennis, MA

    2016

    • 27th Annual HPAA Mayors Scolley Square Exhibition, Best In Show Boston, MA
    • Hudson Valley Art Assoc. 83rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
    • "For Pastels Only" International Juried Show, Cape Cod, MA
    • South Shore Art Center Festival, Juried Exhibition
    • Festival of the Arts , Juried Exhibition, North River Arts Society

    2015

    • IAPS, 11th Biennial Convention, Master Circle Award, Alberquerque, NM
    • IAPS, 3rd Master Circle, Juried Master Exhibition, Alberquerque, NM
    • "For Pastels Only", International Juried Show, Cape Cod, MA Pastel Society of North Carolina Award
    • North River Arts Festival Juried Exhibition, Marshfield, MA Dee Dee Pierce Memorial Award for Landscape Painting
    • 15th Annual Frances N. Roddy Open Competition, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA

     2014

    • International Association of Pastel Societies 24th Juried Exhibition, Vose Gallery, Boston, MA
    • South Shore Arts Festival, Cohasset, MA Award of Excellence
    • Arts Affair, Marina Bay, Quincy, MA 1st place
    • 14th Annual Frances N. Roddy Open Competition, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
    • South Shore Arts Festival Members Show, Cohasset, MA Ross Farbush Award for Color
    • "For Pastels Only" International Juried Show, Cape Cod, MA

    2013

    • International Association of Pastel Societies 22nd Juried Exhibition, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • International Association of Pastel Societies Juried Web Show

    2012

    • International Juried Exhibition, “For Pastels Only”, Cape Cod, MA
    • South Shore Art Center, Juried Exhibition, Cohasset, MA 3rd Place, Painting
    • 23 Annual Scollay Square Mayors Exhibit, Boston, MA 3rd place, Painting

    2011

    • Pastel Painters of Maine, 12th International Juried Exhibition for “Pastels Only”
    • 22nd Annual Scollay Square Mayors Exhibit, Boston, MA 1st place, Pastel

    2010

    • Pastel Society of New Hampshire, National Juried Show, “Its Pastel”, Pastel Painters of Maine Award
    • “For Pastels Only" International Juried Show, Cape Cod, MA
    • 21st Annual Juried Scollay Square Mayors Exhibit, Boston, MA Best in Show
    • Sixth Annual Juried Northeast National Pastel Exhibition, Old Forge, NY
    • Duxbury Art Complex Museum, Annual Winter Juried Show, Duxbury Art Association, Duxbury, MA
    • North River Arts Society Members Show, Marshfield, MA Award of Excellence
    • South Shore Art Center,Members Show,Cohasset,MA Award of Excellence

    2009

    • 14th International Association of Pastel Societies Juried Web Show”
    • South Shore Art Center, Juried Exhibition, Our Towns: Scene & Unseen, Cohasset, MA Honorable Mention
    • Duxbury Midsummer Show, Duxbury, MA 1st place - pastel
    • Connecticut Pastel Society, 16th Annual Juried Exhibition, Renaissance in Pastel
    • Pembroke 42 Annual Arts Festival, Pembroke, MA 1st place-drawing-mixed media
    • Festival on the Common, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA Award of Excellence
    • Duxbury Art Museum, Annual Winter Juried Show, Duxbury, MA
    • Festival of the Arts, North River Juried Show, Marshfield, MA 2006-2008

    2008

    • Festival of the Arts, North River Arts Society, Marshfield, MA 1st place - pastel
    • Boston City Hall Exhibit, Juried Show, Boston, MA Best in Show

     

    Solo and Group Shows

    2019

    • Mass General Hospital Cancer Center, Illuminations Program
    • Solo Show, Hope Hospice and Palliative Care Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island
    • Group Show Circle Furniture, Pembroke, MA
    • Solo Show, Helen Bumpus Gallery, Duxbury, MA
    • Two Person Show, "A Sense of Place" Flora T. Little Gallery, Bridgewater, MA

    2018 - Solo Show, Focus Real Estate, First Thursday

    2017 - Two Person Show. "Pure Pigment", James Library Center for the Arts, Norwell, MA

    2016 - Two Person Show "Dancing with Pastels" South Shore Science Center, Norwell, MA

    2015 - Solo Show, "The Wonder of it All", Dolphin Gallery, Hingham, MA

    2007, 2009, 2010 - Solo Show, Cobwebs, Jamaica Plain, MA

    2009 - The James Library Center for the Arts, “Scenes of the North River”, Norwell, MA

    2008 - Sotheby’s “Emerging Pastel Artists” Show, Cohasset, MA

     

    Education

    South Shore Art Center, Pastel Painting, 2006-2014

    North River Arts Society-Painting the Landscape in Pastel, 2007 Ongoing education participating in workshops

     

    Professional Affiliations/Memberships

    Signature Member of Pastel Society of America

    Master Circle Member of the International Association of Pastel Societies

    Signature Member of Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod

    South Shore Art Center Gallery Artist

    North River Arts Society