Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Convention Wrap-up, Part I

Whew! What a week we had at the CPSA 21st Annual International Exhibition and Convention! The national board and district chapter representatives kicked off the week in productive meetings. On Wednesday, the City of Brea Art Gallery opened their doors to the exhibition of over 125 works of art. The exhibition was well attended and as usual,  the recurring question, “This is colored pencil??” brought many a smile to our exhibiting artists. 

Browsing the Silent Auction & Product Donations

Some of the Many Products Donated by Our Generous Sponsors

On Thursday evening, CPSA hosted our members with the gala and silent auction. We were thrilled with an abundant amount of products donated from our wonderful sponsors for the raffle. Many people went home with lots of goodies to experiment with! Members were treated to a slide show of all the artwork that was entered in this year’s exhibition. By evening’s end, the silent auction raised over $5,000 – a record amount in the history of this fund-raiser. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog with details from our silent auction.

Participants at Elliott Everson's Workshop

Our annual awards banquet was held Friday evening at the Embassy Suites, adjacent to the gallery. Seventeen awards were handed out, totaling $15,000 in cash prizes. Holly Siniscal took the top honor, CIPPY award for Starkissed. You can read more about the award winners in the August 3rd blog post.

Visitors Taking in the Beautiful Artwork

To culminate the week, the exhibiting artists were honored with an artists’ reception on Saturday evening at the gallery. The reception was well attended and included a visit from Brea mayor, Ron Garcia, who was happy for Brea to host the CPSA convention. It was the perfect way to relax, enjoy some beautiful works of art, and take pleasure in a wonderful week.

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