Saturday, January 31, 2015

Explore This! 11 Unveiled - Best of Show Goes to.....

CPSA's annual online Explore This! 11 is live at our main website as of February 1, 2015 and will be available for viewing until January 31, 2016.

Explore This! is designed to showcase predominantly colored pencil art executed with at least one other medium. (Ink, pastel, oil, watercolor, gold leaf, markers are but a few of the additions.) This is in contrast to CPSA's annual international competition which only allows 100% colored pencil. The ET! is a signature exhibition and artists can earn their CPX signature status with three acceptances in ten years.

Of the seventy acceptances into the exhibition this year, fourteen awards were chosen by the juror, Courtney McNeil, Curator of Fine Arts and Exhibitions, Telfair Museums. Courtney had this to say about the entries. "In a medium as exacting as colored pencil, the fundamental skills of draughtsmanship and composition have an opportunity to truly shine through. Many of the accepted works excelled in these areas, demonstrating a mastery of light and shadow, perspective, landscape, or the human form. The exhibition is also populated by works possessing effective use of composition, whether harmonious and fluid, dynamic and powerful, or tightly-controlled." Her full statement is available at our main website.

The $2,000 EXPY and CPSA Great Explorations Best of Show Award goes to Julie Podstolski (Australia) for her entry "Step by Step" in colored pencil with Neocolor II (artists' crayons.) Julie's description of her winning piece - "two women with umbrellas approach one another in Miyagawa-cho, Kyoto.  Is this a metaphor for life?" 

"Step by Step"
approx 18 x 13"
Colored pencil and artists crayons
Julie Podstolski (Australia)

The $1,000 CPSA District Chapters Award for Exceptional Merit goes to Amy Turner, CPSA (IL) for her piece "All in a Day's Work" using colored pencil, paint and ink pens. Amy describes her entry as "A view from the passenger seat of a docked truck, looking at the recesses of the loading dock.  An homage to all those who brave the work-a-day traffic and are still able to see the abstract beauty in the mundane industrial environs around them."

"All in a Day's Work"
10 x 8"
Colored pencil, paint and ink pens
Amy Turner, CPSA (IL)

Michael Felber (WA) is the recipient of the $900 CPSA District Chapters Award for Outstanding Achievement. His piece "Grandfather" is rendered in colored pencil and watercolor. When notified of his award Michael had this to say about his love of bears "I've taken seven trips to Katmai Natl. Park, Alaska to view the coastal grizzly bears. While always cautious, we can view the bears in a stress free situation by using body language to understand and communicate with them."

12 x 11"
Colored pencil and watercolor
Michael Felber (WA)

While this is an online exhibition, the top three award winners will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the CPSA 23rd Annual International in Atlanta this summer. 

We congratulate all of the award winners and the artists whose work was accepted into the ET!11. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Enter CPSA ArtSpectations by January 31

We’re hoping you’ve read about the Spring 2015 ArtSpectations competition in the new January issue of To The Point and are getting your submissions ready. The last day for entering is January 31, 2015.

Here are some highlights of the competition:
  • Open to members and non-members
  • Signature and non-signature categories
  • $250 Best of Show and five honorable mentions in each category
  • Each entry is $10 (up to 5 entries)
  • Entered artwork is eligible for ET! and International competitions
  • Entries previously appearing in our ET! or International exhibits are NOT eligible
  • Works completed within the last 5 years are eligible
  • Winners are posted on CPSA’s main website
  • Entries are available for viewing and commenting until June 1, 2015
  • To submit, go to

Sharon Frank Mazgaj, CPSA
"Glass Bowl and Pears"

Why would you want to enter?
  • A great way to get your “feet wet” in a competition
  • No shipping costs!
  • You are being judged with your peers
  • Website addresses can be posted with your entry so more exposure for you
  • Works can be for sale, already sold, or NFS (CPSA is not involved in any sales)
  • Work is viewable online as soon as you hit “Submit”
  • You can share your entry with family and friends and they can comment via a Facebook link
  • It’s just plain fun!
For years our CPSA members have asked for more opportunities to share their art. This competition was established for just that reason. We must support it if this opportunity is to continue.

Any questions? Please contact our exhibitions director, Ranjini Venkatachari.

Margaret Hopkins
"Who Rescued Whom?"

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Board Change in the New Year

In the January issue of To The Point news magazine for CPSA members we announced that public relations director, Betsy Jones (CA), had stepped down from her board position due to career advancement opportunities. We wish Betsy well in her new ventures.

We are now pleased to announce, effective immediately, Cindy Haase, CPSA (CO) will be returning to the CPSA board after a personal leave of absence. She will be taking on the public relations, social media and advertising responsibilities in a renamed and refocused position of marketing director. 

Cindy has served on the board since 2006 as membership director and most recently as president before she took leave. She is thrilled to be returning and we are excited to use her experience to spread the word about CPSA, our artists and their art.

Cindy Haase, CPSA (CO)
Marketing Director, CPSA

She can be reached at, and will be the administrator of our social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and blog

CPSA is looking forward to a fantastic 2015, our 25th anniversary. May your year be full of creativity and success in all your endeavors.

Melissa Miller Nece, CPSA, CPX (FL)
President, CPSA