Saturday, December 6, 2014

Prospectus Available for CPSA's 23 Annual International Exhibition

The Colored Pencil Society of America is happy to announce the prospectus for the 23 Annual International Exhibition and Convention is now available.

This exciting exhibition features original artwork created with 100% colored pencil by artists around the globe. Entry is open equally to CPSA members and non-members. CPSA members who are accepted into the CPSA International Exhibition three times in ten years may earn their signature status.

The prestigious CIPPY Best of Show Award and many other monetary awards are announced at the convention awards banquet. Last year, cash awards totaled nearly $16,000!

Each year this exhibit and convention is held in a different city, this upcoming year being Atlanta, GA. The exhibit will be held at the beautiful Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA). This lovely space is home to an inspiring collection of artwork, and CPSA is happy to share our colored pencil masterpieces with OUMA and Atlanta.

Our honored juror this year is Donna Krueger, owner of the dk Gallery in Marietta, GA. The dk Gallery carries only original artwork and in 2011 and 2013, The Atlantan magazine called it “one of the top 20 Scene Stealers changing the conversation on the Art Scene in Atlanta. We are excited to have Ms. Krueger judge our exhibit.

Now is the time to finish up your entries and submit! The deadline for entries is March 31, 2015. The entry fee for CPSA members is $25, and for non-members $35. Remember, this is for artwork created with 100% colored pencil.

Please visit CPSA and the prospectus for the official rules and all the details regarding the 23rd Annual International Exhibition and Convention in Atlanta, GA.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Deadline For Explore This! 11 is Fast Appraoching

CPSA's 11th Explore This! exhibition deadline is coming up quickly. The final date for submissions is November 15th, so we've got just a couple short weeks left to go.

Explore This! was created to encourage artists to explore the wide range of possibilities with the colored pencil along with other media. The resulting mixed media artworks over the years have been beautiful and inspiring. If your artwork is not pure colored pencil and doesn't fit into the International exhibition, this is the juried show for you!

Our judge for ET!11 is Courtney A. McNeil, a curator of fine arts and exhibitions for Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA. She will be judging the award winners, as well as determining the entries that are to be accepted in the online exhibition.

Speaking of awards, CPSA is now giving a Best of Show and EXPY award of $2000 cash thanks to Prismacolor! We are also happy to award lesser cash and product prizes to the other award winners. In addition to the cash and product awards, all CPSA members accepted into Explore This! 11 will be on their way to earning their CPX signature status! All accepted entries will be featured on the CPSA website as well as in the To The Point Magazine, and the top three winners will be invited to display their artwork at the 23rd Annual International Exhibition and Convention in Atlanta, GA!

For a direct link to the prospectus and full details, please visit us at CPSA.

For more information about the organization, or to become a member, please visit us at

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dear artists,

CPSA is very distraught about the problems you have had with the cartage company handling the artwork for the CPSA International Exhibition this year (2014). It is not uncommon to have one or two works damaged during shipment, but who could anticipate having someone place stickers right on the Plexiglas of each work?

Since most galleries cannot receive and store over 100 pieces of artwork, CPSA locates a cartage company to pack and unpack the artwork shipped to the show. Every year we are in a different city and usually have only one or two companies to choose from. We have to trust that the handlers will act professionally, and we have no way to oversee the process or control how well the company provides that service.

Unfortunately, not all cartage companies understand the proper methods for handling fine art. To help avoid problems of this nature in the future, CPSA is compiling a list of guidelines to give these companies.

We wish to emphasize that Dispatch Depot has cooperated in handling complaints from affected artists. They meant well when they applied the labels to the artwork. We understand the annoyance this has caused, but fortunately, with careful effort, the labels can be removed without damage to the artwork or glazing.

Please understand that while CPSA makes the initial arrangements with a cartage company to handle the artwork, we have no further involvement in shipping matters. It is the responsibility of each artist to deal directly with the cartage or shipping company should damage occur.

Again, we offer our sincerest apologies,

Kay Schmidt, CPSA

Colored Pencil Society of America - Acting President

Saturday, August 2, 2014

22nd International Exhibition Award Winners Announced

The Colored Pencil Society of America is pleased to announce the winners of the 22nd International Exhibition here in Daytona Beach, FL at the Ormond Memorial Art Museum.
The top awards went to the following artists:

CPSA Best of Show and CIPPY Award ($5000)
Artist Scott Krohn, CPSA (MN)

Scott Krohn, CPSA (MN)
Stone Faced: Self-Portrait
25 x 19 inches

 CPSA District Chapters Award for Exceptional Achievement ($2000)
Artist John Smolko, CPSA,CPX (OH)

John Smolko, CPSA, CPX (OH)
Fran (Artist)
36 x 28 inches

 Dixon Ticonderoga Award for Exceptional Merit ($1000)
Arlene Steinberg, CPSA, CPX (NY)

Arlene Steinberg, CPSA, CPX
Falling Into Place
32 x 21 inches

Prismacolor Award for Exceptional Merit ($1000)
Lori Gardner, CPSA (TX)

Lori Gardner, CPSA
At Face Value
20 x 17 inches

Please visit our official list of all award winners 

This year, CPSA was able to give over $15,000 dollars in cash prizes to our award winners! We would like to thank our CPSA Corporate Members and supporters, and our District Chapters for their generosity. Without them, we would not be able to give awards such as these.
Diamond Donors ~ $5000
Colored Pencil Society of America

Gold Donors ~ $1000
Dixon Ticonderoga / Lyra

Silver Donors ~ $500
Canson /Royal Talens/Bruynzeel
Creative Art Materials Ltd./Caran d’Ache
Derwent/ColArt Americas
Legion Paper
Metro Washington, D.C.–DC 109
Portland, OR–DC 201

Bronze Donors ~ $300
Blick Art Materials
General Pencil Company
The Artist’s Magazine/North Light Books
Atlanta, GA–DC 107
Chicago, IL–DC 103
Detroit, MI–DC 104
Gainesville, FL–DC  113
Greater Cincinnati, OH–DC 119
Los Angeles, CA–DC  214
Raleigh/Durham, NC–DC  114
St Augustine, FL–DC  117
San Diego, CA–DC  202
Seattle, WA–DC  207

Thanks also to the additional donors known as
Friends of CPSA ~ up to $300

Congratulations once again to all our award winners, and to all who were accepted into this exhibition!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Stock Your Studio Raffle is Coming Up!


Once again, thanks to the generosity of CPSA’s corporate members and supporters, we have received a wonderful range of products that would be perfect additions in YOUR studio. At least 15 high value product donations will be given away as separate prizes in this year’s convention raffle.

Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor 105 pc wood box pencil set       $308 value

Prismacolor 150 color tin      $256 value

Stabilo CarbOthello wood-boxed 60 color pastel pencil set $228 value

Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils, complete range, 120 colors in five separate sets with accessories     $169 value

Derwent Artist Coloured Pencils, 72 Pencil Set in tin          $156 value

Derwent Watercolour Pencils, 72 PencilSet in tin      $156 value

Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, 48 pencil wood boxed set        $161 value

Derwent Sketching Pencils, 48 pencil wood boxed set         $162 value

Blick Studio Colored Pencils, 72 colors in wood box           $126 value

Chameleon Deluxe Pen set (gift certificate for new product, to be shipped directly to the winner when available in late August)          $99 value

Artograph 9x12 Lightpad       $157 value (if perfect; this is a factory second with a very minor flaw)

Logan 301-1 Compact Classic Mat cutter (gift certificate, to be shipped directly to the winner)           $140 value

$100 gift certificate for Speedball Art Products

Daylight Foldi lamp   $80 value

X-Acto Teacher Pro electric pencil sharpener          $70 value


Winning tickets will be drawn at the Art Gala on Thursday of convention week. We’d say you must be present to win, because tickets will only be sold at the convention – but anyone can buy tickets, so long as they have a designated person at the convention to collect the prize for them. And yes, if you buy multiple tickets, you’re eligible to win multiple prizes!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Banquet Reservation Deadline is Fast Approaching!

The 2014 CPSA convention is only TWO weeks away! All workshops are full, and attendance is the best in several years.
If you are planning to attend and haven't already, please register for a name tag (free of charge) at
And if you have not yet made reservations for the awards banquet on Friday, August 1, you should do so right away. We would hate for you to miss out on being there for the festivities. Online registration closes July 21. (Should you miss that deadline, contact Debbie Hook ( before July 25.)
See you soon at the beach!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

22nd International Convention Silent Auction

One of our favorite Convention attractions is the Silent Auction of artworks donated by some of our award winning members. The bidding will take place in our Hospitality Suite starting on Tuesday, July 29th and builds to a crescendo at our membership meeting on Thursday evening. Final bidding takes place during the evening meeting and all bidders must be present, or have a surrogate bidder.

This year we will be able to accept major credit cards which should keep the bidding even more competitive. There are more than 30 great artworks from which to choose. You can see the Slideshow Preview of the Silent Auction. This is your chance to own a small but cherished piece of art created by one of your favorite artists!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

CPSA Spring ArtSpectations Winners Announced

The Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) would like to congratulate the winners of our spring ArtSpectations online exhibition. We have been looking forward to judge Arlene Steinberg, CPSA's decisions, and while each piece submitted was wonderful, only a handful can be winners. 
Arlene has selected The Yellow Room by Jeff George,CPSA as the winner of the Signature Best of Show. To quote Arlene, "This is a wonderful use of perspective and color. We are immediately drawn to the yellow wall through the doorway. What is back there? What stories does this building have to tell us? The only other burst of color is the turquoise that frames the yellow wall, which helps to create depth."
Arlene has selected Who Rescued Whom? by Margaret Hopkins as the winner of the Non-Signature Best of Show. To quote Arlene, "It is clear that the dog is the master of his owner in this wonderful painting. He stares, daring us to come closer. Our eye first settles on the dog and then moves to the elderly man, content to let his dog decide whether to let the viewer closer. Margaret’s use of light, values and edges is perfection in this drawing."
Congratulations to our winners! Both pieces are extremely deserving of the awards given. Each Best in Show receives a $250 cash award and will be featured here and on the CPSA website when the exhibition ends.
In addition to the two Best of Show awards, Arlene selected five deserving honorable mentions in each category.
They include the following signature members: 
Tanja Gant
Ranjini Venkatachari
Kate Lagaly
Carol E. Maltby
Sharon Frank Mazgaj
And non-signature members: 
Sherry Smith
Julie Elizabeth Podstolski
Alan Woollett
Merri Hanson
Gina Rugito Anderson
Arlene was kind to share her thoughts of taking on such a difficult task in judging such amazing artwork: "The more I saw the more nervous I became. The artistry, creativity and designs literally floored me. I realized that the job of judging was going to be much more difficult than I first thought." 
We would like to take a moment to thank Arlene in taking the time to critique each submission. It is no easy feat to judge such outstanding artwork, and she did an undeniably incredible job! Thank you, Arlene!
We would also like to thank all who entered this ArtSpectations exhibit and made it such a resounding success. It takes courage to put yourself and your art out there to be critiqued and juried. We greatly look forward to seeing what will be in store for us next time.
Congratulations once again to Jeff George, CPSA and Margaret Hopkins, and to all the honorable mentions!
Stay tuned for more about our winners and our honorable mentions!
To see all entries from ArtSpectations, please visit
If you are interested in becoming a member, or learning more about CPSA, please visit

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

CPSA News Bulletin - Workshops and TTP

TTP is Coming
We have some great news - CPSA members' magazine To The Point has shipped and is on it's way to each of you. It's a great issue, everyone is going to love it. Keep an eye on your mailboxes, the magazine will be in your hands soon!

Workshops Filled
Regarding this year's workshops at the convention, both Gemma Gylling, CPSA and Amy Lindenberger, CPSA, CPX have completely booked workshops for this summer's 22nd Annual Exhibition and Convention in Daytona Beach, Florida.
If you would like to be added onto the waiting list for either of these workshops, please contact Debbie Hook at

Details about CPSA's 22nd Annual Exhibition and Convention can be found in this edition of To The Point magazine as well.

Thank you, we look forward to seeing everyone!

For more information or to join the Colored Pencil Society of America, please visit

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Artists Juried Into the 22nd Annual CPSA International Exhibition Posted

The list of artists juried into the 22nd Annual CPSA International Exhibition has been posted.
Congratulations to the selected artists!
Shipping instructions will be available at the CPSA website by May 15, 2014.
Please visit CPSA to see the entire list of accepted artists and entries.
To learn more about the Colored Pencil Society of America, or to become a member, please visit us at CPSA.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Call to Artists - ArtSpectations Starts May 1st!

The spring ArtSpectations exhibition opens May 1st!
The Colored Pencil Society of America is excited to announce its second installment of ArtSpectations! This online exhibition is a great opportunity to gain more exposure and feedback, while being able to enjoy amazing artwork from colored pencil artists around the world.
The submission period for this next ArtSpectations runs from May 1st until May 31st. The exhibition itself remains visible online through July 15th. Our judge, Arlene Steinberg, CPSA, CPX, will give top honors to the best of show pieces in two categories: signature (CPSA and/or CPX) and non-signature, as well as five additional honorable mentions in each of the categories.  There is a $250 award for each of the best of show artists! The selected winners will be posted June 13th on the CPSA website and blog.
The fee for each entry is $10 for CPSA members and $15 for non-members. Submitting your artwork is easy, just visit our ArtSpectations page. You can even sign in using Facebook and “share” your favorite submissions with your friends! Viewers can leave feedback on the entries after the judging period is over.
We are looking forward to seeing what everyone has been working on!
To read the rules and enter the show, head over to ArtSpectations.
To learn more about CPSA or to become a member, please visit us at CPSA.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

CPSA Has A New Corporate Patron!

CPSA is pleased to announce our new corporate patron, Crafter's Companion!

Crafter's Companion is an art materials distributor, providing everything from drawing supplies to crafting supplies and everything in between. They have websites based here in the United States as well as the UK, making it easy for so many to access their much-needed art supplies.

Speaking of education, instruction is obviously important to this company.  They have CD/DVDs for sale online, and the Crafter's Companion Blog is a goldmine of inspiration, ideas, and tutorials. From card making to decorative box construction, you will find enough projects to last a lifetime.

Crafter’s Companion’s main reason for joining is to promote a new line of colored pencils, Spectrum Noir. These wax based pencils come in 120 colors, but they are uniquely packaged in 5 separate tins of 24 colors. There is no duplication of color in the five ranges, which are Primaries (a balanced mixing range), Essentials (secondaries and variations), Marine (mostly blues and browns), Florals (reds, yellows and purples) and Nature (landscape greens and browns). Look for these pencils and a range of accessories to reach your favorite stores very soon!

As our newest patron, Crafter's Companion will donate awards for CPSA shows and products for door prizes at our annual convention. We very much appreciate their patronage.

These folks have a wonderful organization and a creative atmosphere.  Let’s all welcome them to our colored pencil family!

Crafter's Companion

Friday, March 28, 2014

Last Call For Entries - CPSA 22nd International Exhibition

It's that time again! It comes and goes so quickly!

It's the last call for entries for the Colored Pencil Society of America's 22nd International Exhibition. Submissions are due at 11:59 (Mtn Time) on March 31, 2014. The entry fee is $35, with a discounted fee for CPSA members.

We are excited to announce the new top prize amount of $5000 for Best of Show and CIPPY Award!

Need help entering?
Simply go to and register with their site.  It is free and only takes a moment.  From your profile there, you can upload your images into your own portfolio.  Then, do a call for entry search on "colored pencil" and the CPSA 22nd International Exhibition will appear.  Click on the link to apply to the call for entry and follow the directions from there.
If you have already registered with the CaFE site, all you need to do is log in and find the CPSA exhibition.

Please visit the 22nd International Exhibition Prospectus for more information.

If you haven't finished your submission, now is the time! We've got just three days left!

Good luck to all our entrants!

For more information, or to become a member, please visit

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Interview With Susie Garrett, Explore This! 10 Best of Show Award Winner

We had the opportunity to speak with Susie Garrett, CPSA's Explore This! 10 Prismacolor Best of Show and EXPY award winner. Here we can learn more about the artist and her work.

Susie Garrett - Prismacolor Best of Show and EXPY award winner
Flight Patterns, 28 x 28 x 1 inches
colored pencil, rusted metal, screws on bristol vellum

Flight Patterns is a remarkable mixed media piece - please tell us about your motivation and inspiration for it.

Inspiration for my work comes from my environment, everyday scenes with the focus being on architectural imagery, early morning or late in the day. My studio is in a building that was once a shoe factory. Rusted machinery, chipped paint, old wood floors and sunrise views are a few encounters that inspired Flight Patterns. Once the piece was finished, many of the shapes I had subconsciously created reminded me of birds, hence the name.

Susie Garrett
Stairs Diptych, colored pencil on bristol paper

 Our winning image has some very industrial overtones and materials used.    What prompted the use of rusted metals and hardware - could you please share a bit about your working process for combining colored pencil with these materials?

I also do works in 3-D, so combining wood, metals, hardware, and found objects into constructed pieces has become second nature to me. The colors found in rust match my color palate of choice, warm colors. These metals and colored pencils share some of the same qualities; their texture, actual and simulated; the variety and subtle changes of color which create rich surfaces. After compositional sketches, Flight Patterns began with a graphite line drawing on bristol vellum 400 lb. paper. I have a general picture in my mind of how the metals and colored pencil will be combined, but only after completing much of the drawing in colored pencil does this merger occur. Once I began combining the two materials, each completed step tells me what to do next. The bristol paper is adhered to 3/4" plywood, providing a firm base for which to nail and screw the items to the piece.

Susie Garrett
Lady Gravell's Party Hat, colored pencil on paper and mixed media

When did you discover your love of colored pencils, and are they your preferred medium to work with?
I have been using graphite and colored pencil for over 30 years. I enjoy the precision the medium affords me. Even though colored pencil is a time consuming medium to work in, I find it relaxing and it is my medium of choice.

Susie Garrett
The Exchange, colored pencil on paper and mixed media

Many artists have a message for the word, a deeper meaning they wish to express - what is your message to us all?

Recycling, reusing, and taking care of the environment are issues important to me. I would be pleased if my work, through use of material and presentation, inspired the viewer to feel the same. 

Susie Garrett
Parking Garage, colored pencil on paper

What is next for you in the art world - any future exhibits, projects or plans you would like to share with us?

Even though I have been working as an artist for over 30 years, I am somewhat new to this. I don't have, but need, gallery representation in an area that will support my work. Any takers? I want to complete a body of work in the same vein as Flight Patterns that would be my response to an industrial area, either vacated like Detroit or something still in operation. Acquiring funding and permission are the challenges. Until then I will continue working on similar pieces, using my environment as inspiration, and creating a series to be exhibited locally in 2015.

Susie Garrett - the Artist

Where can we find more of your artwork?
Susie Garrett Studio 126
Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment
Huntsville, AL

On the Lowe Mill website, I am located under medium which is drawing or mixed media.
Emails are welcome with questions regarding my work.

CPSA would like to congratulate Susie once again on being awarded the Prismacolor Best of Show and EXPY awards for the Explore This! 10 Exhibition.

To learn more about the Colored Pencil Society of America, or to become a member, please visit