Tuesday, August 11, 2009

More Convention Notes

Silent Auction Results
In addition to the beautiful 17th Exhibition at the Hudgens Center, those attending the Convention were treated to the thrill of participating in the Silent Auction. The Silent Auction is comprised of artwork which is donated by invitation from Signature Members and award winners. Between Tuesday morning and Thursday evening at the Membership Meeting when the auction bids were collected, there was always activity around the tables and the last few minutes were quite exciting. The artworks receiving the top five bids are shown in the photo. Our thanks to the donors and particularly to the top five: Elizabeth Patterson, CPSA, Linda Lucas Hardy, CPSA, Melissa Miller Nece, CPSA, Ester Roi, and Pat Averill, CPSA. The auction not only provides an opportunity to purchase original colored pencil works at a reasonable price, but also provides operating funds for CPSA.

Member-to-Member Raffle

The Membership Meeting was also the scene of the drawing of the raffle tickets. This year the raffle featured two items donated by CPSA Members. The Icarus Drawing Board from Ester Roi was won by Elizabeth Little of Florida and the Carry-Go-Round pencil holder from Cynthia C. Morris was won by Nancy Guerine of Georgia.

District Chapter News

We are pleased to announce that we have a new District Chapter in Huntsville, Alabama. The president of this new chapter, Susan Terry, attended the convention and is looking forward to adding new members to their group. If you live anywhere near Huntsville, be sure to contact her. Our other chapters are always happy to acquire new members, so if you are interested in meeting other colored pencil artists, check our District Chapter page at the CPSA website to find a chapter close to you. Questions regarding District Chapters can be directed to our newly elected DC Development Director, Jeffrey Baisden, at chapters@cpsa.org.

Saturday, August 1, 2009


The Annual CPSA Convention in Duluth, GA (near Atlanta) has been a great success. The exhibition continues through August 29th so if you happen to be in the area, be sure to stop by. As usual our corporate members as well as other manufacturers and retail outlets have been very generous in providing product for our convention attendees. Thursday night at our Membership Meeting, attendees were showered with door prizes of both new and familiar products.

The workshops were well attended and some were even filled several weeks before the convention. The Mock Jury, led by Founder Vera Curnow, played to a full room and was a real eye opener to many who had not been exposed to the process of jurying artwork for an exhibition.

The Awards Banquet on Friday evening kept everyone in suspense to learn the best of show winner -- Jeff George, CPSA. If that name is familiar, it’s because he is a consistent award winner and was the top Award Winner of the 16th International last year. Congratulations, Jeff!

You can see all award winners on the CPSA website at: link The entire show will be available on a DVD along with the images from Explore This! 5. Please order (DVD link) as soon as possible so that we will know how many DVDs to have made. The images will also appear in To The Point which will be available in January 2010.