Mary Ann Pals is a pastel and charcoal artist living near the southern tip of Lake Michigan in Chesterton, IN (USA). She has enjoyed doing artwork all her life. In college, she received her degree in Humanities with an emphasis in the Visual Arts. Pals regularly exhibits her work in area, national, and international shows and art fairs. She is a member of three nationally recognized pastel societies: Great Lakes Pastel Society, MidAmerica Pastel Society, and Chicago Pastel Painters. She has received Master Circle status from the International Association of Pastel Societies. In 2008, she was honored to have her pastel painting of a Lake Michigan sunset chosen by Indiana's Lieutenant Governor to hang in the Indiana Statehouse for one year. In 2013, she had a drawing published in the highly acclaimed art series, Strokes of Genius 5, and in 2018 she received Fourth Place in the Animal /Wildlife category of Pastel Journal magazine's Pastel 100 competition.

Mary Ann's artwork is her passion. She enjoys creating lifelike scenes that depict the natural beauty she sees around her. She has traveled extensively with her family across the US, hiking, bird watching, and taking lots of reference photos. Her frequent travels provide her with a rich library of visual images and memories. Back in her studio she uses her photos and memories as a springboard to convey those special moments and her mood on paper. Pals claims, “Nature says it best. I just embellish the tale.‘‘


October 2021 - Category: Animal - Challenge: In the garden and down on the ground

In this challenge we want to see the small inhabitants of your garden; snails, small lizards, spiders, bugs, caterpillars etc; all those creepy-crawlies we tend to overlook. No birds and no big mammals, please! The only exceptions are mice and moles! 

The deadline is October 25,  2021, every member may upload two entries. Happy painting!



Bruce A. Gomez was born in Denver, Colorado in 1957 and was educated at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado at Denver, where he received a degree in Political Science as well as a degree in Romance Languages. The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art has represented Bruce since 1985.

Bruce A. Gomez,  our judge for the September 2021 Get Dusty Competition has made his decision:

The winner is Roger Holmes, PGE with "First snow above Postbridge on Dartmoor". Congratulations! Roger receives a gift voucher from our sponsor,

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In second place is Adian Butler with "November Rain, Thurles"in third place is Anne-Laure Glaude with "Mer agitée temps sombre".

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Adrian Frankel Giuliani, PSA, APS, PSNJ-DP, PRPSNV, IAPS-MC our judge for the July/August 2021 Get Dusty Competition has made her decision:

The winner is Jeremy Lee Mun Loong with "Bright Spot". Congratulations! Jeremy receives a gift voucher.

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In second place is Silja Salmistu with "Midsummer Bouquet"in third place is Terrilynn Dubreuil with "Marsh Wires".

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