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.