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 Café 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

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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.

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