Workshops, Classes & Events


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Upcoming workshops are highlighted in GOLD. Studio days are PINK. Shows, exhibitions, and other events are highlighted in GREEN.



Mary Pettis

Mary welcomes students of all levels to attend her workshops, unless an advanced skill level is specified. Read Mary's letter to workshop students on this page.


A Letter to Workshop Students:

Mastering the technical side of painting is a lifetime process, so be gentle and patient with yourself and love the journey. Cherish the present moment, and try not to compare yourself with other artists.

The technical tools we explore in depth are Line, Shape, Value, Color, Edges and Texture. I believe that my role as a teacher is to help train you to analyze your impression in light of the abstract qualities of each of these tools. As you advance in your knowledge of the tools, focus shifts to fuller expression of your content, concept, or idea. To truly capture the quality of a place or a subject, you must have a feeling about it beyond its physical appearance. If you feel nothing about your subject, so will your viewer.

Great paintings begin as subjects viewed with sensitivity, insight and empathy. Your art should arise from that which fascinates and stirs you. In my workshops, it is my hope that you will experience the joy of not only creating, but also the joy of successfully conveying your message through this elegant language of paint!


This Month's Workshops & Events

Mon - May 01
  ASMA 17th National Exhibition - Quinlan Visual Arts Center

The American Society of Marine Artists 17th National Exhibition: Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainsville, GA from April 13, 2017 – June 3, 2017.

Mon - May 01
  Il Chiostro's "The HeART of Italy" - Exhibition

"The HeART of Italy" exhibition

May 2, 2017 - May 14, 2017

Gallery of the Italian-American Museum
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013 USA


Sat - May 06
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  Il Chiostro's "The HeART of Italy" - Artist Reception

"The HeART of Italy" exhibition, Artist Reception

Gallery of the Italian-American Museum
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013 USA

Fri - May 12
  ARC Salon Exhibition

This exhibit will consist of approximately 70 - 100 selected works from the 12th International ARC Salon Competition.

Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

May 12, 2017 - June 1, 2017

Fri - May 12 -- Sun - May 14
  Artistic Anatomy of Trees, Water, Rocks and Sky

Taylors Falls, MN

Fri - May 19 -- Sun - May 21
  Art-A-Whirl 2017