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