Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Featured Colored Pencil Artists

If you subscribe to the International Artist magazine, you have already celebrated the colored pencil pieces that have won top prizes in the recent Challenge No. 47 Still Life and Florals. Second prize was awarded to Kristen Doty of Washington State for her striking "Quill and Soul." Third prize was awarded to Naomi Aho of Maine, entitled "Sanctuary VII" and Cecile Baird, CPSA, Ohio is a Finalist with her "Orange Delight." Another Finalist is Susan Tait Porcaro of Connecticut with "Fragrant Promises." Congratulations to each of you and we are proud to claim each of these artists as members of CPSA.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Update on Orphan Works Act

Forwarded from Illustrators Partnership

SEPT 27 Yesterday, in a cynical move, the sponsors of the Senate Orphan Works Act passed their controversial bill by a controversial practice known as hotlining.

With lawmakers scrambling to raise 700 billion dollars to bail out businesses that are "too big to fail," the Senate passed a bill that would force small copyright holders to subsidize big internet interests such as Google, which has already said it plans to use millions of the images this bill will orphan.

With the meltdown on Wall Street, this is no time for Congress to concentrate our nation's copyright wealth in the hands of a few privately owned corporate databases. The contents of these databases would be more valuable than secure banking information. Yet this bill would compel creators to risk their own intellectual property to supply content to these corporate business models. That means it would be our assets at risk in the event of their failure or mismanagement.

As David Rhodes, President of the School of Visual Arts has said, the Orphan Works bill would socialize the expense of copyright protection while privatizing the profit of creative endeavors. Copyright owners neither want nor need this legislation. It will do great harm to small businesses. We already have a banking crisis. Congress should not lay the groundwork for a copyright crisis.

--Brad Holland and Cynthia Turner, for the Illustrators' Partnership

NOW FOR PLAN B

We MUST try to stop the House Judiciary Committee from folding their bill (HR5889) and adopting the Senate version.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Are You Aware of the Orphan Works Act? Be Informed!

Forwarded from the Illustrators’ Partnership of America:

Orphan Works: Responses to the House Judiciary Committee

If you've written Congress about the Orphan Works bill, you may have received a reply based on talking points supplied by the House Judiciary Committee. Recently, a Congressman asked us to respond to them in detail. On September 1, we did. We've posted our replies on our blog: ipaorphanworks.blogspot.com

The Committee's statements are taken verbatim from their talking points. Our responses have been filed with the Small Business Administration for distribution to members of Congress. Artists are free to use any of our responses in their own letters to lawmakers.

Some excerpts:

• [T]his bill re-defines an "orphaned work" as any work by any author that any potential user ever finds hard to find. Sooner or later, that could be every work by every author. This bill will define millions of works as orphans on the premise that some may be.
• Why must an owner be "easily found" by parties other than those the owner chooses to do business with? Is there a national emergency in visual images that requires legislation to regulate this sector of the free market?
• There's no need for government intervention here. We're professionals. We're alive, working and managing our copyrights. We can be found. Our clients find us all the time. But that doesn't mean that anyone, anywhere can find us. And frankly, why should it? Basing a law on this questionable premise is not solving an orphaned work problem. It's legalizing the taking of private property.
• The argument that artists can always resolve orphan works disputes in court is a measure of the bill's most serious defect:  Any law that drives business decisions into the courts is bad for business and bad for the courts.
• We believe our work benefits the public by being published through the channels where we wish to publish it. The current copyright law works by giving us the incentive to keep doing this. 
• Authors' rights are exclusive. Public interest cannot compel creators to publish their work. So by what right of eminent domain can government give members of the public the right to publish their work for them?

    - Brad Holland, for the Illustrators' Partnership

For ongoing developments, go to the Illustrators' Partnership Orphan Works blog: ipaorphanworks.blogspot.com

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Invitation for Explore This! 5 now available



Submit Entries - Sept 16 thru Nov 15, 2008
Entries accepted through callforentry.org

Beginning in 2009, the CPSA Explore This! exhibition will be a juried online show. This change is being made with the hope of allowing artists to display their work to a broader audience. We want to increase participation by encouraging the exploration of new materials and by appealing to artists who are not primarily colored pencil artists.

Instead of every other year, Explore This! will be held annually and acceptance into three shows within a 10 year period will earn a new signature designation, called CPX, for the artist. The winners of the top three awards will be invited to send their pieces for display in the CPSA International Exhibition that year. In addition, a full-color issue of To The Point will showcase the accepted entries.




The show specifications are also slightly different than before. Although 100% colored pencil works will still be allowed, there must be some element of the work which breaks the rules of the CPSA International Exhibition. You can do that in a number of ways, such as applying gesso or otherwise preparing the surface, cutting or tearing the paper (collage), going three-dimensional, or just by using one or more other art media (paint, ink, pastels).

So go wild and let your creative juices flow!! A sample of a creative entry for Explore This! 4 is shown above--colored pencil on a gourd!

Prospectus available at www.cpsa.org

Monday, September 1, 2008

Membership Renewal for 2009

If you are a member of CPSA you probably know that our membership year is from Nov 1 to Oct 31 of each year. We do, however, start "opening the doors" on Sept 1.

So if you are a renewing member or you have been considering joining CPSA this is the ideal time to send in your renewal or new application. You will be a member in good standing until October 31, 2009.

Please visit our website, www.cpsa.org, for a .pdf of our Membership Application. It can be used for new members or renewals or you can use our Pay on Line option. Links for both of these options are on the Membership Page

But just in case you might forget to renew, we will be mailing a Membership Renewal Card out in the next few weeks.

We have also changed one of our guidelines this year, you must renew by Dec 31 to be included in the next issue of our Membership Directory in the spring (2009/2010).