Thursday, June 4, 2009

Atlanta Georgia -- Here We Come!

If you haven’t made your reservations for the 17th Annual CPSA Convention, now is a great time to do it. CPSA reserves a block of rooms in order to obtain a special convention rate--$129 + tax. This rate allows up to 4 people in a room--such a deal! Once the block of rooms is gone, the rate goes to the hotel’s regular room rate. By filling the block of rooms we are able to get meeting rooms at a special rate as well. Do a favor for yourself, for CPSA, and for the hotel and make your reservations as soon as possible. Deadline for the convention rate is July 6th. The block of rooms is currently 85% booked. Registration for Convention Events can be done on line at

If you are interested in sharing a room with another convention attendee, please let Cheryl Cox know ( She will put you in touch with others who have contacted her.

Selected artwork must arrive at the Hudgens Center for the Arts between June 17 and June 24, 2009. Shipping instructions are included in this PDF file. ( and select "shipping instructions."

Wednesday Evening, July 29 - Welcome Night in the Hospitality Suite
This is your opportunity to Check-in and pick up your name tag and other materials for the convention. The Board and Chapter Presidents and Representatives will have been in town for a couple of days attending their meetings and will be on hand to greet you and answer questions regarding the week’s events.

Thursday and Friday, July 30 and 31 Workshops (9 am to 4 pm - includes lunch)
During Convention Week attendees have a number of opportunities to learn more about our favorite medium and methods of expanding our art interests and improving our techniques. This year we have workshops taught by two highly qualified and popular artists/instructors--Betsy Holster, CPSA and Pat Averill, CPSA. Betsy will help you expand your options with your artwork–remove your personal limitations; explore new pencils; apply them in new and innovative ways--get excited and see new results. Want to create sparkling water? Pat Averill will show you how to achieve the illusion of pounding surf, waves and foam patterns, wet sand, and, yes, sparkling water. On line registration for convention events.

Saturday Morning, August 1 - (9 am to 1 pm - includes lunch)
On Saturday morning, a highlight will be the Mock Jury with Vera Curnow, CPSA Founder and frequent juror. A similar jury event was held several years ago and the room was filled to overflowing. You actually get to observe and understand how jurors go about selecting artwork for juried shows. The audience will be able to participate in this selection process. A lively morning seminar is promised. On line registration for convention events.

Membership Meeting (Thursday, July 30th evening) is a great time to meet other members and to see artwork. This event is free and no registration is required. During the evening we are treated to a show of all the images submitted to the exhibition. You will be amazed at the quality of images--those selected and those not selected. During breaks in the show, the Silent Auction donations are bid on (you have to be quick to get these!) and you have a chance to win many donated products. Our sponsors and patrons are very generous and nearly everyone goes home with something. This is also the time for our Member-to-Member Fundraiser drawing. The fundraiser is described at the CPSA website
( This year we will have a drawing for two winners. Two of our members have contributed highly prized items. The Icarus Drawing Board donated by Ester Roi has become a very popular item with colored pencil artists. Ester will be demonstrating the board during the convention week--you’re going to want to try it. The Carry-Go-Round pencil holder donated by Cynthia C. Morris is also a coveted item--a very elegant and useful way to store your pencils. Tickets for the fundraiser are available on line at the above-linked page for $1 ea or 6 for $5 and will be available in the Hospitality Room at the hotel during convention week.

Awards Banquet (Friday Evening) and Gallery Reception (Saturday Evening)
Of course, last but not least, are our Awards Banquet and Gallery Reception. The Banquet is our time to recognize the Award Winners and new Signature and Merit Recognition members. We look forward to the smiles of happiness on those who reach this point in their art careers. You will also want to take time to visit the Gallery one more time before heading home. The gallery is a beautiful facility and our colored pencil artwork will put the icing on the cake.

So, you see this is a great week which always goes much too fast. Be sure to get your reservations in soon so you don’t miss any part of it.