November 6-10, 2017 Mon - Fri

Nancie King Mertz

November 2017

Von Liebig Art Center, Naples Florida

An award-winning artist, Nancie has spent her lifetime painting in oil & pastel.  Education: Univ of IL--BFA in Painting, where she was a James Scholar; Eastern IL Univ--MA in Painting, served as Instructor of Art 3 years; named 2009 Distinguished Alum of the Graduate School and 2016 Distinguished Alum of the University.  She was awarded the Master Circle Medallion by the Int’l Assoc. of Pastel Societies in 2015 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.

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".  Nancie produces well over 100 paintings each year, most on-site. Her work was featured on the cover of Pastel Journal in Feb. 2015, along with a 7 page article on her work.  She was the 2011 Artist-In-Residence for the IN Dunes Nat’l Park.  See her work on many of the Chicago-themed TV shows. Her husband, Ron, publishes her sold originals in Giclée prints & cards and they own ArtDeTriumph & Artful Framer Studios at 2938 N Clark in Chicago.  Visit for hundreds of paintings of Chicago & the World.

Must be Southwest Florida Pastel Society Member before Oct. 31, 2017 to attend.

Note: Demo $10 for all SWFPS members.

Nancy King Mertz

Jan 2018

Debora Stewart

I am a Signature Member and a Master Pastellist of the Pastel Society of America and a member of the Master's Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies. I am also the author of a Northlight book titled Abstract Art Painting: Expressions in Mixed Media and a series of videos on abstract painting from Northlight TV. I teach workshops for artists in abstraction throughout the U.S.  My pastels and paintings are available through galleries in Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois.