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.