Friday, December 16, 2011

Get Ready for 2012 -it's almost here!

Get Those Pencils Sharpened and Ready!
The Prospectus for the 20th Annual CPSA Exhibition is now available at the website. It is a downloadable PDF file.  The exhibition for 2012 will be held in Covington, KY at The Carnegie, Visual and Performing Arts Center.  Deadline for entries is March 31, 2012.  The dates for the exhibition are July 13 – August 30, 2012.  You can enter your artwork in the exhibition through the call for website using this link.

Again we are planning a great convention featuring workshops with two outstanding and award-winning artists, Eileen Sorg, CPSA and John Ursillo, CPSA. Download your copy of the prospectus to see the details of the workshops.  We will also be treated to a great Saturday event featuring Jamie Markle, this year’s juror, who will provide valuable information on getting your artwork published.  Registration for the convention will be opened in January at the website.
Membership Deadline

We are fast approaching the December 31 deadline to renew your membership (or to join CPSA) in time to be listed in our 2012 Membership Directory. The new Directory and Fall-Winter 2011 To The Point will be mailed only to members of record as of December 31. Those who renew after that date will need to order their copies from the website at an additional charge to cover individual shipping and handling. So, if you have not yet paid online or sent off your check, now is the time!  Membership
To The Point Magazine/Newsletter

Watch for the Fall/Winter issue to arrive in January. 
Explore This! 8
Will be opening February 1, 2012 on line at
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

NOTE correct date for Explore This! 8 Entry Deadline

Apologies if anyone panicked at my error in the deadline  for ET! 8.  Correct deadline is November 15th as is stated in the prospectus.

CORRECTED DATE! Fall Updates from CPSA

November 15th is fast approaching
November 15th is the deadline for entries for the Explore This! 8 Online Exhibition.  Your innovative and unique entries to this mixed media show are wanted to make this a great show.  This is a great opportunity to share your artwork without having to ship the original.  Entries need to be uploaded to .  The prospectus is available at and at 

CPSA on Facebook.
CPSA now has a unique URL on Facebook to make it easier to visit.  The new URL is  This is a good way to hear about DC events, artists in the news, and product promotions from our Patrons and Sponsors.

Have You Renewed Your CPSA Membership Yet?
Our thanks to those who have, but if you haven’t renewed for 2012 yet, you can:
1) renew online from the CPSA website (,
2) mail a check with the renewal card you received in August, or
3) print the form from the website and mail it in.
Remember, the final deadline for inclusion in the 2012 Directory is December 31. Don’t wait until the last minute! (Note: last chance to avoid loss of acceptances or Signature status for members who did not renew for 2011 from 2010 is October 31! Look for the special 2011 renewal option on the website.)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Explore This! 8 Open for Entries

Explore This! 8 is now open for entries at  You can find the prospectus on our website and at the CaFÉ ( website. The deadline for entries is November 15, 2011, and the show will open February 1, 2012.

This is your opportunity to use other media and techniques not allowed for the CPSA International Exhibition as long as your artwork is predominantly colored pencil. If you are a CPSA member, acceptance will count toward earning our new CPX Signature status established for Explore This! shows.

It’s never too early to start!  Pencils ready?  Start drawing.  We’re waiting to see the entries.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


CPSA’s website ( has been updated and redesigned
Please visit the site and make use of the updated information.  You will find new information about exhibitions, lightfastness and a new Shopping Cart for renewing membership and ordering items offered for sale.  If you have any problem accessing the new page, please try “refreshing” or “reloading” the page in your browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc).  You should have a curly arrow or something similar to this graphic near the web address line.  If you click on it, the current page will display.
Reload symbol
 CPSA is now on Facebook

Find us at   We have a number of online ways to keep up with CPSA events – Facebook, Twitter, Blog, and Website.  The winter issue of our newsletter magazine To The Point will be published at the end  of the year and will include the images of the 19th Annual.  You can also order a copy of the DVD of the show at the website (Shop CPSA link).

New rates for Membership
CPSA has new membership rates starting with the 2012 year.  A U.S. or Canadian membership is now $45 and residents of other countries will pay $65.  Lifetime Memberships are also available. As you know, for this membership fee you receive a member directory, 2 issues of the news magazine, To The Point, reduced fees for convention, exhibitions and workshops – still a good deal!

Another Explore This! Show is on the horizon
The Prospectus is at the website as of September 1st.  Entries will be accepted after September 15th with a deadline of November 15th.  The show will be online from February 1, 2011 through January 31, 2012. 

Featured Artist - CIPPY Award Winner
Last, but not least, you have a chance to get to know our CIPPY winner and new Membership Director a bit better.  Please visit the Featured Artist article about CJ Worlein.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Convention Recap - What's Next?

The convention in Dallas/Richardson, Texas has just concluded.  CPSA sends a round of applause and thanks to host District Chapter 215 for their part in making this year’s event such a success.

The Thursday evening membership meeting included the raffle drawing for 8 wonderful Top of the Line products donated by Patrons and Sponsors.  Again there was the excitement of bidding on the Silent Auction artworks donated by CPSA members.  Thank you to all of the donors and winners for supporting this fund-raising event.   

We are also excited to announce that upcoming conventions will be held in the following cities:  Covington KY (Greater Cincinnati area) in 2012 and Brea CA again in 2013.  Plan ahead—we want to have as many of you attend as possible.

The convention closed with the Awards Banquet on Friday and a Reception at the Charles W. Eisemann Center on Saturday.  You can view the list of award winners and images at the CPSA website. Awards Link  This year’s Best of Show and CIPPY winner is CJ Worlein of Oregon with her beautiful and sensitive artwork titled “The Sisters.”

If you are in the Dallas area, the show continues until August 1st. 

Upcoming things to add to your calendar: 
  • Membership for 2012 will open September 1st.
  • Prospectus for Explore This! 8 – due September 1st
  • New look for the CPSA website – on or before September 1st
Like the energizer bunny we keep on moving!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

More good news regarding Sponsors
CPSA  is proud to welcome Strathmore as another new sponsor.
The Strathmore Paper Company has been in business since 1892 in West Springfield, Massachusetts.  It takes its name from the Valley of Strathmore in England and uses the thistle as its trademark.  Many of you are already familiar with this company's high quality art and printing papers. Learn more about the company and its products, read their Artist Newsletter and learn about their Visual Journey workshops. You can use this link to access this information.  The website also links to this information and that of other sponsors and patrons.
Please support all of our Patrons and Sponsors.
Convention Notes
If you are coming to the convention in Dallas, and we hope you are, the airport recommends advance reservations for shuttles to the hotel.  See the prospectus or the latest CPSA newsletter for those numbers. Also, Dallas has two airports so be sure you have your shuttle reserved at the correct airport.  (DAL = Love Field; DFW = Dallas/Fort Worth International).
The 19th Exhibition is only days from being a reality. The show will be opening June 29th at the Charles W. Eisemann Center  in Dallas.  Paintings have been arriving this week.  We are confident it will be a beautiful show.  The last day to register on line for the Convention and its events is July 1st. 
Not to miss…

  • Workshops by Sheila Theodoratos & Bonnie Auten – info and registration at
  • Silent Auction – Preview these original artworks at
  • Raffle Tickets – win 1 of 8 “Top of the Lines” prizes  - tickets and info
  • Trade Show at the hotel on Saturday, July 16 by Asel Art Supply

It’s a great week full of art and friends.  We hope you can be in attendance.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

CPSA gains a new SPONSOR MEMBER - Jerry's Artarama

We are really excited to announce our new relationship with the well-known art materials retailer Jerry’s Artarama. You will soon be hearing about exclusive special offers available to CPSA members when you shop online or in one of their stores. At the same time, they are introducing a new product: Soho Urban Artist Professional Colored Pencils are available in 72 colors and very competitively priced. But of course they also carry all your favorite brands – at, you will find a full range of art supplies, framing, and crafts at discount prices. Get there from a new banner link from the CPSA website on the Patrons and Sponsors page, or call their easy to remember toll free number: 1-800-U-ARTIST. Check out their blog too, at  Jerry's says that since opening their first store in 1968, they have always believed in treating customers like family, and that proud tradition continues today. We’re delighted to have them in the CPSA family too.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Opportunities and Reminders

UKCPS CALL TO ARTISTS  - Deadline June 11, 2011
Our friends in the UK are having their Tenth Annual Open International Exhibition.  Both pure coloured pencil and mixed media are welcome for this event.  The exhibit will be at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, London.  Details can be found at or contact
CPSA Top of the Lines Fundraiser Raffle – Buy your tickets now!
Again this year, CPSA is offering great prizes.  You have a chance to win 1 of 8 great prizes.  Our CPSA member companies have provided their Top of the Line products.  This includes a Caran d’Ache Luminance lightfast pencils, Chartpak/Koh-i-Noor Polycolor Art Set,, Coloursoft Pencils, Faber-Castell, Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils, Dixon Ticonderoga/Lyra Set of pencils, Prismacolor New Premier Soft Core Pencils and, from Ester Roi, an Icarus Drawing Board.   The drawing will be held at the Membership Meeting on July 14, 2011.  You do not need to be present to win.
DVD of CPSA Exhibitions of 2011
Again we will be producing a DVD of the two shows sponsored by CPSA this year—Explore This! 7 Online Exhibition and the CPSA19th Annual International Exhibition. The DVD can be ordered on line or by check at the website.

It’s time to make sure that you have your hotel and workshop reservations in place.  The deadline for the CPSA Special Hotel rate is Monday, June 20th, and the number of rooms at that price is limited.  The hotel is the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel and you can make reservations at 972-367-2000.   Mention CPSA when you make the reservation so that you will receive the special rate.
Workshops are filling as well so be sure you are able to get the date and workshop that you wish.  One day Workshops are offered July 14th and 15th with Sheila Theodoratos, CPSA and Bonnie Auten, CPSA.  More information about the workshops is in the Show Prospectus. .
You can register for the Convention activities on line through this link at the CPSA website:

Monday, May 2, 2011

List of Accepted Artists Posted to CPSA Website

The List of Accepted Artists for the 19th International Exhibition is now available.  It took extra time this year--unfortunate but unavoidable by CPSA.  However, we appreciate the kind and understanding emails that we received.  Sometimes life just makes its own plans and we are required to adapt to those plans.

Please accept our congratulations to those whose artwork was chosen for the exhibition.  We are looking forward to viewing a great exhibition at the Charles W. Eisemann Center in Dallas, TX.  

For those artists selected, please find links to the Shipping Instructions and Hold Harmless Agreement at the bottom of the List of Accepted Artists page.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Update - Regrettable Further Delay

We regret the delay in the publication of the Accepteds List, but we are at the mercy of the juror providing his final decision. The list will be posted as soon as we have it in our hands.  Paula Parks, Exhibition Director, has been in touch with the juror several times today and, while the list was promised before the end of the day, it has still not been delivered.  We are doing the best we can to have the list available at the earliest possible time.

We will keep you informed; hopefully it will not be necessary to report further delays.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Posting of the List of Accepted Artists

An unexpected delay in jurying for the 19th International has occurred.  The list of accepted artists will be  posted by April 30th.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Correction to Reception Date in Prospectus

No matter how many times documents are proofread, errors sometimes slip by.  We want to call to your attention that the Artists' Reception for the CPSA 19th Convention is on Saturday, July 16, 2011.

Entries are in and the jurying will be coming up soon. It will be exciting to see the accepted entries when they are announced.  Start planning to attend the convention.  There will be exciting and informative workshops, a Saturday Trade Show, Members Meeting, Reception,  Banquet and seeing and meeting old and new friends. 

Stay Tuned!  Link to the Full Prospectus

Monday, January 31, 2011

Explore This! 7 Now On Line at the CPSA Website

Please enjoy a visit to the Explore This! 7 Online Exhibition at  CPSA is proud to present 53 original mixed media artworks with colored pencil as the primary medium. These artworks and twelve award winners were selected by our Juror, Ken Rollins.  We also congratulate the five CPSA members who are the first to earn CPX Signature status this year!

We are certain that you will enjoy viewing the works and learning of the award winners.  The enlarged images list the media used by each artist and include prices if you should wish to purchase a painting.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Explore This 7 Artwork Selected

Juror Ken Rollins has selected the artworks that will be included in the CPSA Explore This! 7 Online Exhibition. A wide variety of styles and an interesting and innovative collection of media are included in this mixed media show. You can see the list of artists and the artwork titles at

The exhibition will begin on February 1, 2011 at the website and continue through January 31, 2012. At that time, awards will be announced as well as the first group of CPSA members to earn the new CPX Signature status--we count a total of 5!

Our thanks to each of you who entered the exhibition and to those who were selected for inclusion.