Thursday, January 8, 2009

Happy New Year from CPSA

Even though there has not been a blog entry for a month, the CPSA Board has been busy – planning the 17th Annual in Atlanta, processing Memberships, processing entries for the Explore This! 5, and a variety of other things. With this blog entry, we’d like to call your attention to several items.

Members’ Weblist has been updated – see what your fellow members are creating. We now have over 300 member websites on the list which is updated quarterly. If you are a member and want to add your name, a link is available on the opening page of the website (

To The Point Newsletter/Magazine – issue is in the mail to CPSA members. It is beautiful and showcases the artwork from the 16th Annual Exhibition that was held in Seattle this past summer. Also please read the articles about shipping artwork, websites, blogs and finding subjects for your artwork. If you are not a member and your curiosity is getting the best of you, please think about joining the CPSA. You can join through our website or request a brochure at the following address:

17th Annual Exhibition – Atlanta, GA - July 9 – August 29, 2009
Exhibition: July 9 – August 29, 2009
Convention: July 27 – August 1, 2009
Entry Deadline: March 31, 2009. Prospectus available at link below.

  • Workshops “Stuck in a Rut? Expand Your Options” with Elizabeth Holster, CPSA, and “Unleash the Magic of Water (using Crayon, Wax & Colored Pencil” with Pat Averill, CPSA.
  • The online payment pages are now in operation at the website. To get your name in early for the Awards Banquet and Workshops, go to

Explore This!
5 Begins – January 31, 2009
Watch for the list of artists and works selected for this online exhibition on January 14, 2009 at the CPSA website ( The artwork will go on display on January 31st for a full year. Award winners will be announced when the show opens.

Our Ways and Means Director, Melissa Miller Nece, has again broken the record for ET award donations – over $6700 in cash and product prizes will be awarded to the lucky winners. Thanks to all the District Chapters and corporate members who were most generous in these difficult financial times.

Welcome to a New Organization – Japan now has a Japan Colored Pencil Society thanks to Takako Ikuta, who is also a CPSA member. Please take time to visit the website: Takako says that it was the first Best of Colored Pencil Book which inspired her use of colored pencils. We are very excited that she is about to spread the excitement about colored pencil as a fine art medium to our friends in Japan.

And, as always, our greetings to all of our friends in the UKCPS. A world full of colored pencil artists is a good thing!

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