44th Annual Juried Exhibition and Sale


Exhibition Date: July 29 – August 16, 2019

Location: Mill Gallery at the Guilford Art Center


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS! Click the link below to see if you were accepted into the MAS 44th Annual Juried Show.

Congratulations to all these artists who were granted awards by the juror, Stephanie Birdsall:
Laurel Friedmann, Sunrise on Church Street, Pastel
Eileen Eder, Monoliths, Oil
Diana Roberts Paschall, Marina at Dawn, oil
Raffael DiLauro, Summer Shack, Etching
Mark Hough, Dreams oil
Tony D’Amico, Winter Travels , oil
Mike Eagle, The  Long Boat, Watercolor
Maryanne Rupp, End of Day, Pastel
Sister Joan Bernard, Whisperings, watercolor
Patricia Corbert, Stiletto, oil
Judy Perry, lining Up, Rolling In pastel
Janine Robertson, Sea Grass #1 oil
Rosemary McClain, The Musicians, Terra Cotta

JUROR – Stephanie Birdsall

Stephanie Birdsall, Master Pastelist

Stephanie Birdsall, Master Pastelist


Viewing the World with a Painter’s Eye

“I always paint from life. I believe it to be the ultimate in representational art because it is about real experience and demands the highest level of skill. When you paint from life, the subject, the environment and you interact as one together.”

“I am constantly inspired by the beauty of this world, each moment is precious, infused with feeling and worthy of recording. I paint the moment. The instant a subject captures my attention; it is etched in my mind. Whether I am plein air painting in the Rockies or in my studio, I work to convey the feeling of the moment. My life and soul are dedicated to art and I have been blessed with the freedom to live my life as an artist. There has never been anything else I wanted to be or do.”

Her work has garnered recognition and more than 60 major awards in national and international juried exhibitions. She has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London, England, Bargemon in France and at the National Arts Club in New York. Among the awards she has received are Best in Show at the Bridgeport Museum of Arts and Science, the Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award, the Degas Pastel Society Exceptional Merit Award, the Connecticut Pastel Society Herman Margulies Award and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, John Manship Award. In 2004 her work was selected by the National Academy of the Arts for inclusion in the Arts for the Parks National Exhibition.

Stephanie’s work is among the permanent collections of the Museum of the Everglades, Everglades National Monument; Florida Museum of Art & Culture, The Florida State Art Collection at the Florida State Capital and The Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson Arizona. Stephanie was honored with a successful one-women show at the Florida Museum of Art and Culture in 2006.

Stephanie holds membership in:

The Pastel Society of America where she holds the designation of Master Pastelist, International Association of Pastel Societies where she is a Member of the Master’s Circle, Oil Painter of America, Signature member, Salmagundi Club NYC, Putney Painters, and the The Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.

"Lemons and Leaves", oil on linen by Stephanie Birdsall

Lemons and Leaves, oil on linen, 11 x 14″


OPENING RECEPTION – Sunday, August 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The 44th Annual Art Exhibit and Sale is dedicated to Shirley Davidson and Sally Spiegel

ELIGIBILITY – Open to all Connecticut residents who have graduated from high school or are 18 years or older. Works must be original and not copied from another artist’s paintings, or photography, nor created under tutelage, or in any classroom or workshop or under supervision of an instructor. Works that have been previously exhibited in any MAS shows are not eligible. All work must be for sale and recently created.



• Receiving: Saturday, July 27, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Noon at Mill Gallery, Guilford Art Center.

• Reception: Sunday, August 4, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

• Poetry Night (Guilford Poets Guild )- Wednesday, August 14, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

• Pickup of non-selected works: Tues. – Wed., July 30 – July 31 from  Noon – 4:00 p.m.

• Take down: Saturday August 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.