Monday, September 8, 2014

Dear artists,

CPSA is very distraught about the problems you have had with the cartage company handling the artwork for the CPSA International Exhibition this year (2014). It is not uncommon to have one or two works damaged during shipment, but who could anticipate having someone place stickers right on the Plexiglas of each work?

Since most galleries cannot receive and store over 100 pieces of artwork, CPSA locates a cartage company to pack and unpack the artwork shipped to the show. Every year we are in a different city and usually have only one or two companies to choose from. We have to trust that the handlers will act professionally, and we have no way to oversee the process or control how well the company provides that service.

Unfortunately, not all cartage companies understand the proper methods for handling fine art. To help avoid problems of this nature in the future, CPSA is compiling a list of guidelines to give these companies.

We wish to emphasize that Dispatch Depot has cooperated in handling complaints from affected artists. They meant well when they applied the labels to the artwork. We understand the annoyance this has caused, but fortunately, with careful effort, the labels can be removed without damage to the artwork or glazing.

Please understand that while CPSA makes the initial arrangements with a cartage company to handle the artwork, we have no further involvement in shipping matters. It is the responsibility of each artist to deal directly with the cartage or shipping company should damage occur.


Again, we offer our sincerest apologies,

Kay Schmidt, CPSA

Colored Pencil Society of America - Acting President
president@cpsa.org

Saturday, August 2, 2014

22nd International Exhibition Award Winners Announced




















The Colored Pencil Society of America is pleased to announce the winners of the 22nd International Exhibition here in Daytona Beach, FL at the Ormond Memorial Art Museum.
The top awards went to the following artists:


CPSA Best of Show and CIPPY Award ($5000)
Artist Scott Krohn, CPSA (MN)

Scott Krohn, CPSA (MN)
Stone Faced: Self-Portrait
25 x 19 inches


 CPSA District Chapters Award for Exceptional Achievement ($2000)
Artist John Smolko, CPSA,CPX (OH)

John Smolko, CPSA, CPX (OH)
Fran (Artist)
36 x 28 inches

 Dixon Ticonderoga Award for Exceptional Merit ($1000)
Arlene Steinberg, CPSA, CPX (NY)

Arlene Steinberg, CPSA, CPX
Falling Into Place
32 x 21 inches



Prismacolor Award for Exceptional Merit ($1000)
Lori Gardner, CPSA (TX)

Lori Gardner, CPSA
At Face Value
20 x 17 inches


Please visit our official list of all award winners 


This year, CPSA was able to give over $15,000 dollars in cash prizes to our award winners! We would like to thank our CPSA Corporate Members and supporters, and our District Chapters for their generosity. Without them, we would not be able to give awards such as these.
Diamond Donors ~ $5000
Colored Pencil Society of America

Gold Donors ~ $1000
Dixon Ticonderoga / Lyra
Prismacolor

Silver Donors ~ $500
Canson /Royal Talens/Bruynzeel
Creative Art Materials Ltd./Caran d’Ache
Derwent/ColArt Americas
Legion Paper
STAEDTLER - Mars LTD
Metro Washington, D.C.–DC 109
Portland, OR–DC 201

Bronze Donors ~ $300
Blick Art Materials
General Pencil Company
The Artist’s Magazine/North Light Books
Atlanta, GA–DC 107
Chicago, IL–DC 103
Detroit, MI–DC 104
Gainesville, FL–DC  113
Greater Cincinnati, OH–DC 119
Los Angeles, CA–DC  214
Raleigh/Durham, NC–DC  114
St Augustine, FL–DC  117
San Diego, CA–DC  202
Seattle, WA–DC  207

Thanks also to the additional donors known as
Friends of CPSA ~ up to $300

Congratulations once again to all our award winners, and to all who were accepted into this exhibition!












































































































Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Stock Your Studio Raffle is Coming Up!


The STOCK YOUR STUDIO Raffle!

Once again, thanks to the generosity of CPSA’s corporate members and supporters, we have received a wonderful range of products that would be perfect additions in YOUR studio. At least 15 high value product donations will be given away as separate prizes in this year’s convention raffle.

Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor 105 pc wood box pencil set       $308 value

Prismacolor 150 color tin      $256 value

Stabilo CarbOthello wood-boxed 60 color pastel pencil set $228 value

Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils, complete range, 120 colors in five separate sets with accessories     $169 value

Derwent Artist Coloured Pencils, 72 Pencil Set in tin          $156 value

Derwent Watercolour Pencils, 72 PencilSet in tin      $156 value

Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, 48 pencil wood boxed set        $161 value

Derwent Sketching Pencils, 48 pencil wood boxed set         $162 value

Blick Studio Colored Pencils, 72 colors in wood box           $126 value

Chameleon Deluxe Pen set (gift certificate for new product, to be shipped directly to the winner when available in late August)          $99 value

Artograph 9x12 Lightpad       $157 value (if perfect; this is a factory second with a very minor flaw)

Logan 301-1 Compact Classic Mat cutter (gift certificate, to be shipped directly to the winner)           $140 value

$100 gift certificate for Speedball Art Products

Daylight Foldi lamp   $80 value

X-Acto Teacher Pro electric pencil sharpener          $70 value

 

Winning tickets will be drawn at the Art Gala on Thursday of convention week. We’d say you must be present to win, because tickets will only be sold at the convention – but anyone can buy tickets, so long as they have a designated person at the convention to collect the prize for them. And yes, if you buy multiple tickets, you’re eligible to win multiple prizes!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Banquet Reservation Deadline is Fast Approaching!

The 2014 CPSA convention is only TWO weeks away! All workshops are full, and attendance is the best in several years.
 
If you are planning to attend and haven't already, please register for a name tag (free of charge) at http://www.cpsa.org/register-2014-convention
 
And if you have not yet made reservations for the awards banquet on Friday, August 1, you should do so right away. We would hate for you to miss out on being there for the festivities. Online registration closes July 21. (Should you miss that deadline, contact Debbie Hook (conventions@cpsa.org) before July 25.)
 
See you soon at the beach!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

22nd International Convention Silent Auction

One of our favorite Convention attractions is the Silent Auction of artworks donated by some of our award winning members. The bidding will take place in our Hospitality Suite starting on Tuesday, July 29th and builds to a crescendo at our membership meeting on Thursday evening. Final bidding takes place during the evening meeting and all bidders must be present, or have a surrogate bidder.

This year we will be able to accept major credit cards which should keep the bidding even more competitive. There are more than 30 great artworks from which to choose. You can see the Slideshow Preview of the Silent Auction. This is your chance to own a small but cherished piece of art created by one of your favorite artists!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

CPSA Spring ArtSpectations Winners Announced

The Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) would like to congratulate the winners of our spring ArtSpectations online exhibition. We have been looking forward to judge Arlene Steinberg, CPSA's decisions, and while each piece submitted was wonderful, only a handful can be winners. 
Arlene has selected The Yellow Room by Jeff George,CPSA as the winner of the Signature Best of Show. To quote Arlene, "This is a wonderful use of perspective and color. We are immediately drawn to the yellow wall through the doorway. What is back there? What stories does this building have to tell us? The only other burst of color is the turquoise that frames the yellow wall, which helps to create depth."
Arlene has selected Who Rescued Whom? by Margaret Hopkins as the winner of the Non-Signature Best of Show. To quote Arlene, "It is clear that the dog is the master of his owner in this wonderful painting. He stares, daring us to come closer. Our eye first settles on the dog and then moves to the elderly man, content to let his dog decide whether to let the viewer closer. Margaret’s use of light, values and edges is perfection in this drawing."
 
Congratulations to our winners! Both pieces are extremely deserving of the awards given. Each Best in Show receives a $250 cash award and will be featured here and on the CPSA website when the exhibition ends.
In addition to the two Best of Show awards, Arlene selected five deserving honorable mentions in each category.
They include the following signature members: 
Tanja Gant
Ranjini Venkatachari
Kate Lagaly
Carol E. Maltby
Sharon Frank Mazgaj
And non-signature members: 
Sherry Smith
Julie Elizabeth Podstolski
Alan Woollett
Merri Hanson
Gina Rugito Anderson
Arlene was kind to share her thoughts of taking on such a difficult task in judging such amazing artwork: "The more I saw the more nervous I became. The artistry, creativity and designs literally floored me. I realized that the job of judging was going to be much more difficult than I first thought." 
We would like to take a moment to thank Arlene in taking the time to critique each submission. It is no easy feat to judge such outstanding artwork, and she did an undeniably incredible job! Thank you, Arlene!
We would also like to thank all who entered this ArtSpectations exhibit and made it such a resounding success. It takes courage to put yourself and your art out there to be critiqued and juried. We greatly look forward to seeing what will be in store for us next time.
Congratulations once again to Jeff George, CPSA and Margaret Hopkins, and to all the honorable mentions!
Stay tuned for more about our winners and our honorable mentions!
To see all entries from ArtSpectations, please visit https://cpsa.fluidreview.com/
If you are interested in becoming a member, or learning more about CPSA, please visit http://cpsa.org/

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

CPSA News Bulletin - Workshops and TTP

TTP is Coming
We have some great news - CPSA members' magazine To The Point has shipped and is on it's way to each of you. It's a great issue, everyone is going to love it. Keep an eye on your mailboxes, the magazine will be in your hands soon!

Workshops Filled
Regarding this year's workshops at the convention, both Gemma Gylling, CPSA and Amy Lindenberger, CPSA, CPX have completely booked workshops for this summer's 22nd Annual Exhibition and Convention in Daytona Beach, Florida.
If you would like to be added onto the waiting list for either of these workshops, please contact Debbie Hook at conventions@cpsa.org.

Details about CPSA's 22nd Annual Exhibition and Convention can be found in this edition of To The Point magazine as well.

Thank you, we look forward to seeing everyone!




For more information or to join the Colored Pencil Society of America, please visit cpsa.org