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Friday, April 26, 2013

Preview of the accepted pieces

In my previous post I announced that J.Y. Chang, Gemma Gylling and myself (Denise Howard) have pieces accepted into the 2013 CPSA International Exhibition.  Now I can give you a tantalizing preview of them!
Lost in Time by J.Y. Chang

Animal Totem: Cougar and the Cloud Spirits by Gemma Gylling

Tree of Character by Denise Howard
Start planning a road trip to attend the convention and see the show--it will be well worth your time, in inspiration alone.  You might even win a fabulous prize in the raffle at the members meeting!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Colored pencil classes and 2013 International Exhibiton acceptances

DC210 chapter member Maryann Kot is teaching colored pencil classes in Livermore! See the contact information in the image below to get more info or sign up.....

Member Gemma Gylling is teaching a two-day workshop in Copperopolis, CA June 29-30.  See her website for more details.  She is running all over the US this year so catch her in California while you can!

On another note, the acceptance list for this year's CPSA International Exhibition was announced today and we are proud to have three members listed on it!

    J.Y. Chang: Lost in Time
    Gemma Gylling, CPSA: Animal Totem: Cougar and the Cloud Spirits
    Denise Howard: Tree of Character

This marks the third acceptance for both Jackie and Denise, which means they have now earned "signature status" and can append "CPSA" after their names on anything art-related.  And it marks the sixth acceptance for Gemma.   Congratulations to all!  Here is the link to the complete acceptance list.

The exhibition will be at the City of Brea (California) Art Gallery, July 31st thru September 13, 2013. So if you're in the L.A./San Diego area, mark your calendar! It will blow you away.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

What's shakin' for 2013?

Spring has arrived!  I can't seem to stop myself from taking photos of the hundreds of poppies in our front yard garden, ostensibly as reference photos for future drawings. Smart phones have made it so easy to snap photos on the spur of the moment, and the photo quality is quite decent for reference purposes.

It's been quite awhile since my last posting on our chapter blog, simply because I've taken to keeping in touch with our members via direct email.  But it occurred to me today that these posts provide some color (no pun intended) for outreach to folks who find our website and wonder what we're about beyond the formal structure of the website.  So I'll try to get back into the swing of it.

So, what's shakin' for 2013?  We have our next meeting all lined up!

Saturday, June 8, 2013
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Accent Arts (classroom upstairs)
392 S. California Ave.
Palo Alto, CA
(650) 424-1044

See the calendar page on our chapter website for the details.  I'm excited to have Christopher Swetlin present his unusual techniques, which he humorously refers to as "wrecking expensive paper", to produce his luminous and painterly work.  As I write this, his beautiful "39th and Hacienda III" is on display in the Pacific Art League's "Breath of Spring" juried show, through the end of April.  And Accent Arts owner Gil McMillon will give us an update on new materials for colored pencil.  

This year's national CPSA convention will be in Brea, California.  That's a few hundred miles south of here, but at least it's on this coast.  See the national website for details and how to register.  I'm planning to drive down.  I'll be going early to participate in a forum for all the chapter presidents, but I encourage folks to get a carpool together and make a road trip--it's totally worth going to meet some of your favorite famous cp artists, see the jaw-dropping International Exhibition first-hand, and perhaps win one of the fabulous raffle prizes.  At last year's convention, in Covington, KY, there were groups who drove all the way from Florida and Texas!

Our chapter show is starting to take shape, too!

Explorations in Colored Pencil 2013
September 6 - October 6
Coaastal Arts League Gallery
Half Moon Bay, CA
Important dates:
    Entry deadline: Wednesday, August 28
    Dropoff date for hand-delivery to gallery: Monday, September 2
    Show: Friday, September 6 - Sunday, October 6
    Opening reception and awards ceremony: Friday, September 6 6:00-8:00 PM
    Pickup date from gallery: Monday, October 7

Our awards juror will be Ellen Joseph, owner of the Ellen Joseph Gallery and Studio in downtown Half Moon Bay and a member of the Coastal Arts League.  Keep checking back on our website for the prospectus and entry form.  It will be open to anyone over 18 who works with colored pencil, and they need not be a CPSA member.  Jurying will be only for awards, not for entry. 

I'm excited to have our show at the CAL gallery, because it's a beautiful space in downtown Half Moon Bay, a high-traffic, touristy area.  I recently participated in their annual members show and my "California Poppy #3" sold to someone from Oregon.

So to bring this post full circle, that's why I need to take all these poppy photos--now that my latest poppy drawing sold, I need to draw another one for our chapter show.  Fire up your pencils and get ready to show Half Moon Bay what we do!