Laurel Art Guild conducts educational and outreach programs at our regular meetings and at other venues.

Upcoming Programs:

On September 12, 2022, from 7- 9pm, David Lawton, will conduct a critique of
members’ artwork. Each member in good standing is invited to bring no more than 2
pieces of art for David’s comments and suggestions for improvement. We hope to be
meeting in person, back at the Montpelier Art Center, but watch your email for possible
last minute updates.

Mr Lawton has been painting for over thirty years. At the age of sixteen he was invited
to a summer workshops in Scotland to study with George Devlin, a well-known Scottish
artist. Since then David has studied with several of today’s most renowned artists and
at the Art Students League in New York City.  Believing that continuous study is
essential to perfecting technique, David still attends workshops with outstanding artists
such as Albert Handell, a master pastelist, who has had significant influence on David’s
David currently focuses on oils and soft pastels particularly enjoying the immediate
gratification of pastels and the richness that can be achieved with oils.  David believes
that portraits, still life, and plein air painting each offer a unique challenge which
enhances his growth as an artist.
 His work has been featured in several magazines such as the American Artist, The
Pastel Journal and The Artist Magazine.  He is currently president of the Maryland
Society of Portrait Painters and past president of the Maryland Pastel Society. He is a
member of several organizations such as the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association
and The Pastel Society of America.  He continues to exhibit his work in national
competitions where he has received numerous awards.
            David currently teaches both privately and for Anne Arundel Community
College.  His work is represented by the McBride Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland.