Saturday, October 23, 2010

October Paint Out Meeting Canceled

Unfortunately the weather really looks bad; it's too cold & too cloudy, possible rain -- so no paint out today!
So sorry!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

SHOW: Wooden Cow Gallery Opening & Awards

Last evening was our Colored Pencil Group Show reception at the Wooden Cow Gallery. If you didn't make it, you can still have a belated peak of some of the festivities here:What a nice turn out! But if you missed last night's exciting festivities, fear not! The show is up for another week, come on by and check it out!

The awards have been posted - Congratulations to:
Barbara Nahler Copper Grid
Winner of the Cow's Choice Award, and a $100 cash prize!

Rex Barron Intel Inside
Award of Excellence

Ann Jeffries Pretty Pink Prickly Pear Pod
Award of Excellence

Benn Nurry Spider Rock
Award of Excellence

And last but not least, all attendees of the reception event were invited to vote for their favorite colored pencil piece hanging in the show and when the votes were tallied there was very nearly a tie! There was a last minute tie break and the award and $100 cash prize went to:

Melinda Beavers AquaLuna

And VERY close runner up Les Lamkin with his portrait of William Cody

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Member News: Santos' New Website

Santos de los Angeles has a new website up - check it out!
Don't forget to bookmark it and visit again often for updates.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

EVENT: Reception at the First Unitarian Art Gallery

Date: Friday June 4, 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Please invite friends, family, neighbors . . .

Please confirm if you can bring:
Punch - water, soft drinks (prefer 'white' - non-staining) - Audrey are you the 'punch person'?
Cookies & or other 'non-messy' nibbles like grapes & crackers
Paper goods (cups, plastic glasses, plates, napkins) Midge please confirm if we/you have plenty of this stuff (I have a stash at home)

I'll be there with a minimum set up by 5:00.

Also, you can have prints, cards or other small stuff to sell at the reception.

Contact me if you have any questions.

See you there.

Monday, May 24, 2010

REMINDER/RECAP: Our Show at First Unitarian Church, May 29th

First: thanks to everyone who contributed art materials for the hospitalized veterans. Good work gang.

Second: here are the drop off and pick up schedule details for the show at the First Unitarian Church. Remember, if you possibly can send them your paperwork before Saturday morning if would relieve some anxiety on their part. I think they're a little nervous that there won't be enough stuff to fill the space.

LOCATION: First Unitarian Church, 3701 Carlisle NE, ABQ (plenty of parking)

May 29: SATURDAY, 8:30 am - until complete

Required: Substantial frames with wire hangers - "ready to hang"
Inventory sheet (2 copies)
Labels - with title, price and your name - download here.

Remember their commission is 30% and they promise to forward your payment no later than two weeks after the end of the exhibition.

RECEPTION: Confirmed date & time, set-up arrangements etc, as soon as I hear (next day or so). Then it's up to us to invite everyone we know to come.

July 10: SATURDAY, 8:30 - 10:00 am

-- Betty

ps - Also take a look at the Art Gallery page on the UUABQ website.

Friday, May 7, 2010

New Mexico Artists Selected for 18h Annual CPSA International Exhibition

If I'm counting right there are five New Mexico artists accepted for the National CPSA Show:

Melinda Beavers, CPSA - Sleepy Bears
Betty Lehnus - New Mexico Sky, November (pictured left)
Nancy Wood Taber, CPSA - Key to Opportunity
Wendell Unzicker - On the Road #2
Adam Welch - Head On

Congrats to all!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

First Unitarian: Group Show Label

Download a Word document by clicking on the image to the left. Fill out one label for each piece you plan to submit (in Word, please no handwritten labels) then print the label and cut it out. Please bring all printed & cut labels to our meeting on May 22nd.

Please note: You still need to fill out and sign the entry agreement handed out at the meeting. That is the official "contract" with the church. If you missed the meeting or did not get one of these forms, more will be available at the May 22nd meeting.

Email me if you have any issues downloading the Word document.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Upcoming Show: First Unitarian Church, May 29th

Our show at the First Unitarian Church is coming up. The show is scheduled to be hung Saturday morning May 29 and come down Saturday morning July 10.

I've talked to a rep of the Arts & Aesthetics Committee and expect to have more details before our April meeting.

Meanwhile, they'd like some idea of how many artists will participate and what the total number of works will be, so if you can send me a note in the next week or so saying you're 'in' and how many works you'll show that would be helpful.


Monday, March 29, 2010

REMINDER & Coupon Link: Colored Pencil Donation

Here's there link to this week's Hobby Lobby 40%off coupon . . .

Remember, the idea is that whoever would like to help collect colored pencils for the art program at the Veteran's Hospital would use the coupon to buy a set of pencils, bring them to our next CPSA meeting, and get reimbursed by the chapter. Mike will see that all the supplies we collect get to the vets in the hospital.


Friday, March 19, 2010


Tomorrow, Saturday March 20th is the postmark deadline for mailing in your miniatures entry form ... which for most of us means put it in the mailbox TODAY, Friday the 19th.

Then when you deliver your pieces next week, they must be in a sturdy openable cardboard box. delivered to the Hispanic Arts Bldg at EXPO NM (State Fairgrounds) between I - 3 pm on SUNDAY, March 28. Guards at the gate will want you to pay for parking. Tell them you're only dropping off pictures. The Hispanic Arts bldg. is to the left on Main Street.

All miniature artists will receive a phone call to notify them of the acceptance or non-acceptance of their works by April 6.


Saturday, March 6, 2010

New Sidebar: Upcoming Shows

Look to the left at our sidebar menu and you'll notice a new section. This will be updated on upcoming show dates, entry deadlines, etc. If you're ever in doubt check here for the latest info! Also, if you see something is missing let us know.

CPSA 219 Blog Manager

Meeting Photo Recap: Miniature Presentation by Kim Bell (02/27/10 )

REMINDER: PAPERWORK for MASTERWORKS MINIATURES (entry form only) is due on March 20th via snail mail.
Deliver your artwork and check to EXPO NM on Sunday, March 28th at 1 pm

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Of Note: Hobby Lobby Special

Hobby Lobby has all their artists pencils, including Prismacolor at 30% off this week -- until Sat., Feb 20th.


*click image to link to online flyer

Monday, February 15, 2010

Upcoming Meeting: February 27th

Our next CPSA 219 meeting is February 27 (two weeks from this coming Saturday). 12:00-3:00 at the Bear Canyon Senior Center.

The program will concentrate on miniatures for the upcoming MasterWorks show. Remember, the postmark deadline for your entry form & fees is March 20. If you don't have a prospectus please call Ben at (505) 291-5871 and he'll mail you one asap. Or you can download the prospectus here (print pages 1,6-8). Last year was a real colored pencil disappointment. So this year we really want to get back to 20+ accepted pieces.

Please bring ALL your new and old minis to the February meeting. Thanks to Ben, we'll have the expert advice of Kim Bell, an award-winning miniaturist and former MasterWorks judge -- so this is your chance to get your questions answered and hear some on-target feedback about your pieces before you enter the show. For example, I'll be bringing a couple new 3"x5" landscapes -- the look is kind of 'soft focus' amd I want to know if that's likely to mean the jury will put them in the 'out' pile.

If you haven't started your minis yet -- now's the time. One good thing about minis is that you can fill the paper a lot quicker than when you're working big. ; )

Betty Lehnus
President, CPSA Ch. 219

Monday, February 8, 2010

Social Designer: More about the 500 pencils & another reference

The current issue of Drawing Magazine, Winter 2010 (out now) has a profile of Holly Bedrosian titled, "A Colored Pencil Artist Emerges" .... I think this is the only publication that regularly features our medium.

Did a little pooking around and found that the 500 Pencils offer also supports UNESCO -- see "Overview" on this page.


Monday, January 25, 2010

Member News: 2010 Explore This!

Chapter 219 member, Rex Barron, has done it again, His piece titled Train Dream has been accepted into the 6th CPSA Explore This! Show - Congratulations, Rex!

*click on the image to the left to visit the Explore This! website and review the full list of accepted artists.

Member Suggestion: More to Review

From our president, Betty Lehnus:
Gallery | Icarus Drawing Board
I think the drawing called " 'Popping Art" in the gallery section of this site was in the video from CPSA National we saw at Saturday's meeting -- interesting to see that although it's colored pencil the technique is aided by the warm drawing board . . . another answer to the eternal "how did they do that" question.

*click on the image to visit the artist's website.

Survey Says!

The results are in; we had 18 member survey responses, not too far from 50% of all members:
• A big majority of responders (12) say they have been members for more than 3 years. When asked what they like best about their membership, 12 say “chance to exhibit,” and the rest say “networking with other artists” (8) and “programs” (7).
• Responders are almost equally divided between thinking we have the right number of shows (10) and we have too few shows (9).
• 10 responders say they like gallery shows best and 7 say they prefer shows in public spaces.
• 6 like shows with prizes, 5 like shows without prizes.
Here are the results of the questions about programs:
Best-liked programs: Hands-on vs. presentations w/no ‘doing
• 11 responses for “both”
• 7 for hands-on, and
• 2 for presentations w/no ‘doing
Would like more programs about . . .
• 9 responses for art basics – composition perspective, color etc.
• 8 for “both”
• 6 for programs focused on colored pencil techniques
Interested in . . . programs in descending order of interest with number of responses:
• Burnishing & solvents (15)
• Trying out various papers & other surfaces (14)
• “Slide show” from CPSA national exhibits (13)
• Experimenting with Lines, dry washes, scribbles (12)
• Using digital files to send artwork (12)
• Copyright issues (12)
• “Draw-out”away from Bear-Canyon (10)
• “Draw-in” at Bear Canyon (9)
• Round-robin critique (9)
• Artist’s website info (7)
• Framing (6)
• Artist’s trading cards (3)
• Special request: Ann Jefferies “Faces”

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Of Note: Website deal

Hi all - I just cam across this posting on Twitter. I haven't read all the details, but it looks interesting. 500pencils from Social Designer.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Member Question: Archival Matting/Framing

This question comes from member and President, Betty Lehnus: I have a neighbor who needs to re-mat but not re-frame a watercolor that's a family heirloom; she's asked me where to go and I generally do my own mat cutting & framing so I have no recommendations. Do any of our members have a suggestion?

CHALLENGE: I've noticed that we rarely get comments here on our blog, which is set up to be an ideal forum for discussion - why is that people? I hereby challenge you to post a comment to this question - even if it's to say you have no idea.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Online Article: Fantastic Pencil Sculptures Of Jennifer Maestre

I'm sure many of you have seen forwarded email images of these wonderful pencil sculptures, but there rarely seems to be any information about them or the artist included. Now we can learn a bit more: these sculpture are by artist Jennifer Maestre. Here is a link to an online article for those of you wishing to learn a bit more about her and her work.

See more at the artist's own website.

Thanks to chapter member Rex Barron for suggestion this post.

Member Suggestion: Free e-book from Artist Daily

This little 9 page e-book is worth printing out for the drawings alone: download here.
Betty Lehnus
CPSA Ch.219 President
(you may need to sign-in or create an account with Artist Daily to download).