We as a chapter are part of the national group, CPSA, the
Colored Pencil Society of America. It was founded over twenty
years ago and grew into an organization that now has a yearly
International Convention and Exhibition in various cities across
the country. This International Convention brings members
together annually to network with other artists across the country,
attend the membership meeting, attend the Exhibition and
Awards Banquet, and take workshops from notable artists in
this field. Members who cannot attend this convention, are
able to see the judged results of the competition on the CPSA
website and through the CPSA publication.
There are also Chapters in Gainesville and Ft. Lauderdale.
Anyone who is interested is welcomed at our meetings - no
experience necessary! Many people get started in this medium
after going to one meeting or show. They are fascinated with
the vast possibilities of colored pencil. Our Chapter also sponsors
workshops with nationally-known artists to help us learn new
techniques and refine our skills.
The St. Augustine chapter was originally formed by
Hanneke Jevons and Bill Shoemaker and during that first year gained
nine members. Most resided in Palm Coast and Flagler Beach but
membership now has expanded to other areas in Florida and out
of state. We meet in the Palm Coast area, having 3rd Sunday meetings and
sketch sessions. The CPSA DC117 Chapter of St Augustine was
officially recognized and voted in by CPSA at the CPSA International
Convention in 2005 held in Chicago.
We have had many talented artists to learn from: Jeffrey Baisden (twice),
Ann Kulberg, Priscilla Humay, Melissa Miller Nece, Hanneke Jevons, Bill
Shoemaker, Kristy Kutch, Sheila Theodoratus, Gemma Gylling, Debbie Hook
and Denise Howard.
While we are a small group, we wish to share our talents and colored pencil art
information. We welcome all interested artists to attend one of our meetings.
Mary Florence Lee
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