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Blog Category: Awards

Silent Auction and Awards Banquet

The Colored Pencil Society Silent Auction is a very popular convention event. This year it began on Wednesday, July 28,  in the hospitality suite and ended on Thursday evening during the membership meeting. The piece that I donated, True Colors, came in as the third contender for the highest bids in the auction. Elizabeth Patterson and Cecile Baird took first and second place respectively.

The awards banquet was particularly meaningful since the Colored Pencil Society was celebrating its Twenty Year Anniversary. Vera Curnow, CPSA founder, gave a memorable talk and introduced a slide show of the history of the Colored Pencil Society. Kay Schmidt, CPSA president, and Paula Parks, CPSA exhibition director, presided over the awards ceremony. My artwork "The Lightness of Being" received one of the top awards, the $1,000 Sanford Prismacolor Award for Exceptional Merit. Best of Show went to "Grapes in a Basket" by Shinji Harada.

Signature status is given to active members who have been accepted into the International show 3 times within 10 years. This was my third time in four years and therefore I gladly received my signature which entitles me to use the initials "CPSA" after my name.

Following is my last set of pictures from the CPSA convention in Santa Clara.

 

CPSA Convention a Smashing Success

The 2010 CPSA Convention was an unforgettable experience. Here are the highlights:

  • My workshop "Wax and Heat, A Match Made in Heaven" went very well
  • The 67 workshop attendees were an incredible group - attentive, responsive, enthusiastic, and now my friends
  • All the Icarus Drawing Boards sold out and more
  • The exhibition at The Art Museum of Los Gatos was outstanding
  • The CPSA sponsors and corporate members were incredibly generous with all of us - nobody went home empty handed
  • The Award Banquet was truly memorable especially for the slide show that chronicled the twenty year history of the Colored Pencil Society
  • I received my Signature pin - yay!
  • My artwork "The Lightness of Being" was honored with the Sanford Prismacolor Award for Exceptional Merit
  • Last but certainly not least was the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones

I have so many great pictures and memories to share but I'm staring at a mountain of boxes blocking the light of my studio window. They are waiting for me to unpack them; all my art supplies and tools have to go back into their proper place as soon as possible or I will not get any sleep tonight. I'll post again soon.

July 29, 2010 - Ester's Workshop at the CPSA Convention

 

Another Blue Ribbon for “Above and Below”

"Above and Below" took another First Place at the 2010 Pencil Painting Exhibition presented by the Los Angeles District Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America. The Cypress Community Gallery, located at 5700 Orange Avenue in Cypress, is hosting the show until April 16 (Mon-Fri, 9-5). I was told the as soon as the judge, Michael Daniel, entered the gallery, he immediately asked to be reassured that my artwork was indeed made with colored pencil.

Below are the pictures of my winning artwork and of the award recipients. From left: Ester Roi (1st Place), Barbara Roger (Honorable Mention), Ruth Anisman (2nd Place) and Ruth Arthur (3rd Place). Other Honorable Mentions were awarded to: Jeff George and Margaret Lindsey. Congratulations to all!

Award RecipientsAbove and Below

 

 

Best of Show!

Flying High From Happiness

My artwork "Above and Below" (colored pencil and oil pastel on the Icarus Drawing Board) has been awarded the Expy Best of Show and Prismacolor Award in "Explore This! 6", the Colored Pencil Society of America's online exhibition. The juror, Dr. Barbara Grazul Hubbard, has selected the work of 55 artists for this annual prestigious exhibition which will run until January 31, 2011.

Edit (2/4/10): Katherine Tyrrell  wrote a post about "Explore This! 6" on her blog Making a Mark. You can read her wonderful comments on my artwork by clicking here.