Friday, December 10, 2010

CPSA End of Year 2010 Update

19th Annual Exhibition

Prospectus available NOW
Submissions accepted starting December 15, 2010
Deadline for entry is March 31, 2011
Convention earlier than usual: July 12 - 16, 2011

The Prospectus has been a few days later than expected in being available, but it is every bit as important and full of information about the exhibition and the convention which will be held this year in Dallas. You can find it now at the website. The link is on the home page, and it is also here. 2011 Prospectus. Be sure to read the Specifications and Requirements carefully. This exhibition requires 100% colored pencil. Last year's awards totaled over $14,000. As in previous years, submissions are accomplished on line through (CaFE).

Featured Artist at the website

Please visit the website-- Harada/Featured Artist-- to get a bit more acquainted with the 2010 winner of the CIPPY Award at the 18th Annual International Exhibition. Shinji Harada, a Signature Member, won this prestigious and valuable award with his "Grapes in a Basket." Shinji resides in Yokohama, Japan and has had artwork accepted in four CPSA International Exhibitions and won awards in three of them. Congratulations, Shinji.

Fall/Winter Issue of To The Point

If you are a CPSA member, The Fall/Winter 2010 issue of To The Point, the CPSA newsletter/magazine, is on its way to your mailbox right now. This issue includes the images from the 18th Annual Exhibition as well as up to date information about CPSA events and member news.

Membership Directory

Cindy Haase, CPSA Membership Director, would like to remind you that to have your name included in the 2011 CPSA Membership Directory, your membership dues need to be paid prior to December 31, 2010. Website Membership Page

Friday, November 5, 2010

Explore This! 7 Entry Deadline November 15th

The entry deadline for the CPSA online exhibition, Explore This! 7, is only a few short days away.  November 15th will be the last day to submit your entry for this exhibition.  Remember that the art for this exhibition does not have to be for sale and does not have to be shipped--two very important considerations. The accepted artwork will be posted at the CPSA website for an entire year--February 1, 2011 to January 31, 2012.  Be sure to enter using the CaFE ( website.  You do not have to be a member of CPSA to enter. Member and nonmember entries are given the same consideration.  If you have more than one entry, be sure to submit them at the same time. The prospectus containing rules and entry information can be found at the website. Select the link in the left column on the home page.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

October Update for CPSA

The Signature Showcase books have been received from the publisher and  Kay Schmidt is now processing the first 250 orders.  For one person to box, tape, label, and deliver the books to the post office is quite a task.  Rest assured, however, if you have already ordered a book (or books), your order is currently being processed.  If you included an email address with your order, you will also be notified when the book is shipped.  For orders placed after October 15th, please allow 2 – 3 weeks for shipping.
If you haven’t already heard about this new book, it is a full color, high quality soft cover book (size 8"h x 10"w) containing artwork by 177 CPSA Signature members. Statements accompany the artwork to give insight into the creative processes used by these artists.

Details and ordering information can be found at, Signature Showcase.  This is a Limited Edition so don't delay ordering!    

If you haven’t submitted your entry yet for the Explore This! 7, don’t panic yet.  The entry deadline is November 15th.  This exhibition is a juried on line exhibition which will appear on the CPSA website for one full year—February 1, 2011 through January 31, 2012.   Awards include a $1500 cash award for Best of Show. This is your chance to show your versatility and sense of adventure by combining colored pencil with other media or using colored pencil on a different surface or several surfaces.  Please review the prospectus (available at to ensure that your artwork meets the specifications. Then submit your entry using the website (CaFE). 
Instructions for entering are included in the prospectus and there is a document to assist with sizing your image properly.  The CaFE site also has instructions to assist you.   If you still have questions regarding preparation of your materials, please contact Paula Parks, Exhibition Director.  Her email address and phone number are included in the prospectus.
Juror for this show is Ken Rollins who has served as Executive Director of four art museums in Florida, all of which were very successful under his leadership and he has served on several advisory boards for art museums.

Watch for the prospectus of the 19th CPSA International – available Nov 30, 2010 on the CPSA website
• Check out the CPSA blurb on page 4 of the Canson online newsletter at

Saturday, August 21, 2010


November 1st marks the beginning of another year in CPSA. 2011 renewal cards for current members are at the printer and will be mailed in the next few weeks. Although your 2010 CPSA membership is current until Oct 31st, we will begin processing renewals on September 1.   Look for your renewal card in the mail.
There are two ways to pay your CPSA Membership Dues, by mail or online at the website,   CPSA's online payment vehicle is Paypal, but you do not need to have a Paypal account to use the online service.  If you pay by mail, please remember to send in your renewal card or a membership application found at our website.
Please note memberships outside the US or Canada will be $55 starting in 2011.
Join us for another great year in CPSA!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Convention is Over but CPSA is Still Busy!

Limited Edition Book Coming in September -- Signature Showcase

If you loved the "Best of Colored Pencil" books, you will want this new volume of 100% colored pencil paintings.

Orders are now being accepted for this full color, high quality soft cover book (size 8"h x 10"w) which contains artwork by 177 CPSA Signature Members. Statements accompany the artwork to give insight into the creative processes used by these artists.

Details and ordering information can be found at the website,, Signature Showcase.  This is a Limited Edition so don't delay ordering!  

DVD of the Exhibitions of 2010 (18th Annual and Explore This! 6)

A DVD of the artwork included in these two exhibitions and the award winners from each is in production currently and will also be shipped in September. You can order your copy or copies at the website.  More details and order information at this link.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Explore This! 7 Online Exhibition – Feb. 1, 2011 to Jan. 31, 2012

  • Entries will be accepted starting Sep. 15, 2010
  • Deadline for entries: Nov. 15, 2010
  • Prospectus available at after September 1st.

19th CPSA Annual International Exhibition
Please note that the Convention for 2011 is earlier than usual: July 12-16, 2011.

  • Charles W. Eisemann Center Gallery in Dallas, TX.
  • Entries will be accepted starting Dec. 15, 2010
  • Deadline for Entries: Mar. 31, 2011
  • Prospectus available at after November 30th

Being at the convention is definitely a plus.  Seeing the artwork "in person" is such a treat and getting together with other cp artists is inspiring and informative.  If you start planning and saving now, you can be there! 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Convention Recap - Top Award to Shinji Harada of Japan

TOP WINNER of 18th Annual is CPSA Signature Member Shinji Harada of Japan, who was unable to accept his award in person.  This was Shinji’s fourth time and third award in our International Exhibition. Shinji also has the honor of being our first international top award winner. The title of his winning artwork is "Grapes in a Basket".  More about this artist coming soon.

There are 19 other award winners.  The artists' names, titles of the artwork and images can be found at Winners 2010.

The convention was held at the Santa Clara Biltmore Hotel with events happening every day.  Following two days of meetings by the Board and the District Chapter delegates, there were two days of workshops by CPSA members, Ester Roi and Allan Servoss.  As usual, the popular Membership Meeting on Thursday evening wowed the audience by showing all entries to this year's show and giving out a multitude of door prizes.  In fact, all members who put a ticket in at the meeting received a door prize!    The most exciting part of the Membership Meeting evening is learning who has the winning bids for the Silent Auction pieces.  This year after a feverish final round of bidding, the top bid was for the work by Elizabeth Patterson, CPSA (CA).  You can see the entire group of donations at 2010 Silent Auction.

The 20th Anniversary fundraising raffle for which we sold tickets brought in just under $2000.  We are very grateful to those of you who bought tickets and the multiple winners this year are very pleased as well.

It was a great time to be together.  If you haven't attended a convention, please try to fit it into your plans for next year.  More information on that event coming soon.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

2010 Silent Auction

2010 Silent Auction – Preview now online at  

This fun-filled event gives convention attendees an opportunity to purchase original colored pencil artwork and at the same time raises money for CPSA. Some of our best artists have generously donated 36 beautiful works, so take a look and decide which ones you might want to purchase for your collection.

Monday, May 31, 2010

18th Annual CPSA Convention/Exhibition fast approaching

If you haven't already made reservations at the Santa Clara Biltmore, now is the time to act. CPSA reserves a block of rooms in order to obtain a special rate (Garden Rooms $99.00 + Tax for up to 4 people; Tower Suites $109.00 + Tax for up to 4 people; Japanese/American breakfast buffet included). These affordable rates apply until July 16, 2010 or until the CPSA block is full. We are currently at 80% capacity, so do yourself a favor and book your room soon.

If you are interested in sharing a room with another convention attendee, please let Gemma Gylling know ( She will put you in touch with others who are looking for a roommate.

Convention events are also filling up. You can register online at until July 17.

We hope to see many of there at the convention, it should be lots of fun. It is, after all, the 20th anniversary of CPSA!

With the exhibition opening less than a week before the convention starts, the award judging will take place later than usual. Notification of award winners will occur as soon after the judging as possible. If you wish to receive your award in person, it would be wise to make reservations in advance.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Spring Update for CPSA

18th International Exhibition
The artwork for the 18th exhibition has been chosen by our juror Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. You can view the list of selected artists on the website.   Congratulations to each of those included in the show.   Final jurying for Awards will be July 22nd after the artwork arrives at the exhibition location.

Order Your DVD of the 2010 Exhibitions
CPSA offers a DVD of the two exhibitions held this year—Explore This! 6, our online exhibition, and the 18th International Exhibition.  This is a great way to have a record of the exhibition and a way to view the artwork if you are unable to attend the convention or visit the gallery.  The DVD will play on computers with DVD software and on your TV monitor if you have DVD capabilities on it.  It comes with an optional music background.  All entries are identified with the artist’s name and the title of the artwork.  You can learn more about the DVD and purchase your copy at the website.
Support CPSA and give yourself an opportunity to win some wonderful prizes including boxed pencil sets and an Icarus Drawing Board. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  You need not be present to win – but it’s exciting to be there for the drawing!  You can download a sheet of tickets at the website (PDF).
The time for booking your convention events is narrowing.  Two workshops and the Plein Air outing are almost full. So hurry! Get your reservations in ASAP.  Convention Registration

Be sure to get the latest information regarding colored pencil lightfastness.  New products have been tested and are included in this version.  You must be a CPSA member to order the Workbook.  Link To join CPSA  •  More info about Lightfastness.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

CPSA – New Things Happening

 If it’s been a while since you visited our website at, you will be surprised and impressed by what’s happening this year.

To The Point
The Spring issue of the CPSA magazine is currently in the works and will go to press soon. This issue celebrates the 20th Anniversary of CPSA. It all began twenty years ago when Vera Curnow wrote a letter to The Artist’s Magazine and, with the help of other colored pencil enthusiasts, got the organization off to a running start that has continued to grow.
Convention News
With the convention rapidly approaching, we are very busy behind the scenes getting everything ready. Be sure to sign up for the events at the CPSA website. Convention Registration. Both Ester Roi and Allan Servoss are popular instructors, so don’t delay, as the workshops are filling quickly. Also, remember that the deadline for the lower CPSA rate at the hotel is BEFORE the notification of award winners.
20th Anniversary Raffle
This fun raffle takes place at the Membership Meeting on Thursday evening during the convention. There are 7 prizes, and 7 winning tickets will be drawn – one for each item. Prizes include an Icarus Drawing Board donated by Ester Roi (who is presenting a workshop at the convention this year) and six sets of pencils valued from $181 to $400! From Prismacolor, we have two wood box sets of 96 Prismacolor colored pencils; from Caran d'Ache, we have a Luminance 6901 76-color tin, a Pablo 120-color tin, a Supracolor watersoluble 120-color tin, and a Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastel 84-color tin. Could the prizes get any better!? You can purchase tickets for $1 each or 6 for $5. A ticket sheet is downloadable from the CPSA website. You need not be present to win.

CPSA Artists Store
To help celebrate this auspicious anniversary, a CPSA Artists Store has been set up at CafĂ© Press. You can now buy golf shirts, artist’s aprons, and tote bags with the CPSA logo imprinted on them and help make money for CPSA at the same time. To learn more about the products and to purchase them, either go to the CPSA website or directly to the CPSA Store at

Do you purchase items from Amazon?
As an Amazon Associate, CPSA earns a few pennies on each purchase that you make when you use the link on our home page or our publications page to go to This works not only on art purchases, but on anything you buy. Please use our handy link on the home page of

Lightfastness Workbook Vol 6
Version 6 of our Lightfastness Workbook will be available for purchase as of May 1st.  This book is available only to CPSA Members.  You may order on line at the website or mail your name and complete address with a check payable to CPSA to our Product Research Director, Sarah Becktel.  Contact information and a form are available at this link.

Signature Showcase Book
A new book of colored pencil art has been our dream for quite some time and will finally become a reality. All current Signature members of CPSA were invited to contribute to this beautiful book. Vera Curnow is editing the submissions and Rick Boggan, our former Corporate Image Director, is designing the layout. We hope to have it ready before the convention and will be taking orders soon.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Is Your Artwork Ready? March 31st Deadline is Just Around the Corner!

The entry deadline for the 18th Annual CPSA Exhibition is March 31 at 11:59pm Mountain Time.  Don’t miss the opportunity to have your work considered for this show at The Art Museum of Los Gatos, California, July 22 - August 20, 2010.

We invite everyone to join us in celebrating our 20th anniversary at the 2010 convention in Santa Clara, California, July 28-31. The scheduled events include:

·         Workshops by Ester Roi (showing how to use her Icarus Drawing Board) and Allan Servoss, CPSA (exploring new ways to choose subject matter and interpret ideas creatively)
Register for Convention events
·         Membership Meeting featuring all images submitted for the show, a Silent Auction of original cp art, and numerous door prizes.
·         A Saturday excursion with Melissa Miller Nece, CPSA to “Go Plein Air with Colored Pencils” at Mission Santa Clara
·         Awards Banquet honoring award winners and members who have achieved Signature status
·         A reception at the gallery and dessert buffet later at the hotel

Events are filling quickly, so submit your show entry soon at CaFE ( and make plans to attend the convention. You can find details about the events in the prospectus at < PROSPECTUS and register at,
It’s always great being with other artists who share your love for colored pencil as an art medium. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Explore This! 6 - Recognizing the Awards Donors

CPSA thanks all of our Award Donors for Explore This! 6

CPSA is very grateful to the corporations and District Chapters who donated to the awards for ET 6. Thanks to their generosity, we were able to award prizes for this show worth a total of $8435 – $1715 more than in 2009.


Platinum Donors $2000

Sanford Prismacolor (Patron) – Best of Show and EXPY award, for the second year -

Gold Donors - $1000 (and up) Awards for Exceptional Merit

CPSA – $1500
CPSA District Chapters – $1225 from the following chapters:
DC 103 Chicago, IL; DC 104 Detroit, MI; DC 107 Atlanta, GA; DC 109 Metro Washington DC; DC 113 Gainesville, FL; DC 115 Wilkes Barre, PA; DC 119 Greater Cincinnati, OH; DC 201 Portland, OR; DC 202 San Diego, CA; DC 210 San Francisco, CA; DC 214 Los Angeles, CA

Family and Friends of Sharon Tietjen (with the efforts of District Chapter 207 Seattle) – $1000

Bronze Donors - $300 (and up) Award for Excellence

Derwent Fine Art Pencils
(Patron) – $350


Silver Donors - $500 or more – Awa
rds for Outstanding Recognition

Felissimo – $660 value, Subscription for a set of 500 colored pencils. All subscribers receive 25 colors a month for 20 months, including such colors as Pumpkin Pudding, Drizzly Afternoon, Lakeside Lodge, Chicanery, Arsenio, Frog Pond, Red Bonnet and Toybox. See them all and order at

Legion Paper (Patron) – $500 value, Stonehenge paper in winner’s choice of color,

Bronze Donors
all $300 value Awards for Excellence

Canson Inc. (Patron) – Winner’s choice of fine papers from Canson and Arches,

Chartpak, Inc. (Patron) – Pencils, pastels, watercolors and brushes by Koh-i-noor, Schminke and Grumbacher,

Staedtler, Inc. (Patron) – Assortment of Staedtler pencils, pens and drawing accessories,

Jack Richeson & Co – 72 piece Richeson Handmade Pastels set in a wood box and assortment of Unison Pastel surface,

Sunday, January 31, 2010

DRUM ROLL PLEASE! The Explore This! 6 Exhibition is now on line.

Explore This! 6
Juror’s Statement
Award Winners & Donors

The exhibition includes 55 artworks chosen by juror Barbara Grazul Hubbard to be included in this special exhibition of innovative and creative ways to use colored pencil in conjunction with other media. To quote Ms. Hubbard, “This was a very challenging and difficult decision. The works were fabulous! I was intrigued by the use of new media together with colored pencil...”

There are 11 donated awards and those companies and district chapters who were so generous receive our grateful thanks. You can view the award winners and learn a little more about the winning artists by selecting the “Meet the Artist” link on the Award Winners page.

The Exhibition will be on line for a full year (February 1, 2010 to January 31, 2011). Come back whenever you wish to be inspired. If you wish to purchase a painting, please contact Paula Parks, Exhibition Director.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Selected Artists Announced for Explore This! 6

Barbara Grazul Hubbard, juror, has selected 55 artists for the 2010 Online Explore This! 6 Exhibition. The list is now available at the CPSA website. Congratulations to each of you.

The online exhibition will be posted February 1, 2010 and at that time the award winners will also be announced.