CPPS Paint In

The Education Committee has scheduled a paint in on Saturday, March 25th from 9-4 at the Harris Township Community Center in Boalsburg. Bring your own painting materials and subject matter as this is a gathering when members come together to visit, paint and have fun. It will be a potluck, so bring your favorite dish to share at lunch time. For those of you new to the organization, the Community Center is an old church that is also the home of the Lions Club on Academy Street in Boalsburg, Pa. The Lions Club sign is in the yard. Directions: At the light by the church and cemetery on Rt. 45, turn to enter the village of Boalsburg At the stop sign on the village square, turn left onto Main S

7 Day Challenge

Kim Gates Flick and I are planning a new challenge! We really enjoyed taking part in the 30 day challenge in January, but we thought a shorter challenge might also be a good thing to do. So, we are starting a 7 day challenge beginning on March 1st and ending on March 7th. This challenge has some definite procedures to follow: All pieces will be 9 X 12 or smaller (to fit in a Small Works category); all participants will paint one painting a day; all participants will email attachments of their work to the challenge group every day; and all participants will comment every day. Each participant will have 7 completed paintings at the end of the 7 days. And, because inquiring minds want to know

Pastel Powerful - Member-Led Workshop

An Exciting New Workshop - A sensational member-led workshop has "popped up" for the 11th of March. This workshop features CPPS members, Kim Gates Flick and Debbie Decker. In this workshop they team up to pair artistic and creative musing activities with mindful meditative exercises. Debbie is a certified yoga instructor/ pastel artist and Kim is visual arts instructor and perennial favorite for creative exploration. It is a day filled with activities specifically chosen for the working artist to cultivate greater creative awareness. Debbie will help members identify ways they might prevent pain and fatigue in their personal practices through yoga body movements. In other sessions, Kim wil


Figure Drawing Event Feb. 10th, 2017, 1-3pm Bloom Yoga and Wellness, 1506 12th Avenue, Altoona, PA Still Life Paint-Around Feb. 12th, 2017, 1:30pm the Best Western on Shiloh Road in State College CPPS Meeting Feb. 12th, 2017, 3pm the Best Western on Shiloh Road in State College Pastel Powerful - Member-Led Workshop March 11th, 2017, 9am-4pm Harris Township Community Center in Boalsburg CPPS Paint In March 25th, 2017, 9am-4pm Harris Township Community Center Millbrook Marsh Paint Out May 21st, 9am to 12pm International Plein Air Paint Out Friday, September 8th - Sunday, September 10th, Rhoneymeade Arboretum and Sculpture Garden


Paint In Jan. 23, 2016 9:30-4:00 Harris Township Community Center CPPS Meeting Feb. 14, 2016 "Pastel Potpourri" March 25, 2016 Palmer Museum Fine Art Store in Rochester, NY May 1, 2016, 10:00am-2:00pm Mike from the Fine Art Store in Rochester, NY will be here with a dizzying array of pastel supplies from 10-2:00 , Sunday May 1, prior to the quarterly meeting. He is open to bringing special request items (non-pastel items, special quantities) if requested via email : mike@fineartstore.com. Save your pennies, bring a friend, discover new materials... CPPS Meeting May 1, 2016, 2:00pm CPPS Meeting Aug. 14, 2016 15th Annual International Paint Out, September 9-11, 2016, Rhoneymeade Arboretum C

Pastellus: Successfully Enter an Art Show, Exhibition and/or Competition

The last column of Pastellus focused on what judges look for when jurying a show. This installment will look into things you can do to help your work be accepted. Entering shows, exhibitions and competitions is a necessary step for artists who want to be considered serious artists. Acceptance into juried shows and exhibitions helps build your resume and lend credibility to your work, allowing your art career and professional development to progress. Below are items to keep in mind when entering a show. These tips are a compilation of research with the aim of helping you be successful when entering an art show. 1. Make sure the competition fits your artwork. It is not beneficial for a p

Art Shows to Enter

Arizona Pastel Artists' Association - Deadline March 7, 2017 - Prospectus online at apaa.wildapricot.org Images 2017, the juried gallery exhibition of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, deadline is May 5. For more details and to apply, visit http://arts-festival.com/images-juried-exhibition. PA Watercolor Society 38th Juried Exhibit - Deadline May 15, 2017 - entry forms www.pawcs.com Pastel Society of America - Deadline June 13, 2017 - Prospectus at www.pastelsocietyofamerica.org SAMA -Ligonier - Deadline August 2017 For registration or additional information: (724) 238-6015 ligonier@sama-art.org www.sama-art.org OnlineJuriedShows.com NW Pastel Society; Pastel Painter Society

Thoughts from the Studio

Every artist needs to learn to do a self critique - to look at his or her painting and be able to see what your painting may need to improve or finish it. This information comes from Kathleen Dunphy's blog. Kathleen is a wonderful west coast oil painter who also paints the Maine coast. I had the privilege of seeing her work when the Plein Air Painters of America exhibited at the Cape Cod Museum of Art a couple summers ago. Kathleen Dunphy keeps a "Critique Notebook". She records the date, size and location of her painting. Kathleen assesses how effective a painting is in 5 basic categories: Design Value Color Edges Paint Quality Kathleen makes quick notes on ways to improve in each category.

Artist Spotlight - Jennifer Shuey

Jennifer Shuey has a solo exhibition at Zola Kitchen and Wine Bar from March 6 – April 30. There will be a reception at a date to be determined. Watch Jen’s Facebook and website for details, http://www.jennifershueyart.com/upcoming.html. Jennifer is the featured artist on wine bottles of Slab Cabin Run Red and Slab Cabin Run White, first of the University Wine Company's special label wines. $3 from each bottle sold will benefit ClearWater Conservancy’s Slab Cabin Run conservation initiative. Learn more on Jen’s blog at http://www.jennifershueyart.com/blog. The original painting of Slab Cabin Run titled “Confluence” was also the featured live auction item at ClearWater’s Art & Chocolate Wint

Artist Spotlight - Susan Nicholas Gephart

Susan Nicholas Gephart is showing 25 pieces of her works February to March at the State College Framing Company & Gallery, Hills Plaza, 160 Rolling Ridge Dr, St College, PA 16801 Susan's painting, "Changing Light," created en plein air during the Publisher's Invitational in the Adirondacks, was accepted into the Juried Combination group show at Station Gallery for the Clinton County Arts council and the Bald Eagle Art League. The show will be up Feb 24 through March 18, 2017 http://www.stationgalleryccac.org/ "Changing Light" pastel on UART 500 12 x 18, Susan is presenting "Marketing Strategies for the Working Artist" with the Bald Eagle Art League at The Tabor Museum, March 2, 7pm, 2017.

Spontaneous Pop-Up Events

The education committee is creating a contact list of members interested in taking part in spontaneous events planned a day or 2 ahead. The goal is to encourage painting/sketching together. Events could be plen air, at a member's home or sitting at a coffee shop. Every member on the list would be given the pop up member list and be able to create an event. Only members on the list would be contacted. Please contact Kathleen Muffie-Witt if you would like to be on the list. Wittarch@comcast.net.

CPPS 2017 Shows

The exhibition committee is planning to hold two shows in 2017. One will be a member show and the other will be a juried show. August - juried show at the Station Gallery in Lock Haven - August 11-September 3 October - member show - (not juried) at the State College Framing Company Juried Show Location: the Station Gallery in Lock Haven, 2 East Bald Eagle Street, Lock Haven PA - August 11-September 3 http://www.stationgalleryccac.org/ Specific information concerning the Juried Show in Lock Haven below: Image Entries Due: June 30th Send 3 images to Station Gallery (more info later on the email entry CPPS will design ) Not Allowed: Paintings done in a workshop or under the direction of a t


2017 is well underway now and because we all know how time flies, perhaps, this is the perfect time to talk about this summer and fall! Our pastel society will be having two shows in 2017; a juried art show in August and a member show in October. These are great opportunities for individual artists and our organization - recruiting new members, helping current members, and building community relationships. As an organization, we want to represent all of our members and make sure everyone has the chance to show and submit entries. Also, we want to show the community our best, help them understand our mission and unite pastel artists in our area. With that in mind, knowing that putting our ‘be

Still Life Paint-Around

There will be a Still Life Paint-Around on Sunday February 12, 1:30pm, followed by a brief meeting at 3:00pm. Those of you not familiar with a "paint-around", essentially there will be a few still lifes set up. Three or four artists will arrange their respective easels around a still life and begin a painting for 15 minutes. At the end of fifteen minutes, each artist rotates to the easel on the left. Again, each artist paints for 15 minutes and then rotates to the left. This continues until each artist has returned to his/her original easel. The resulting paintings are a unique collaborative piece, bearing all the imprints of each participating artist while still bearing the essence of the o

Figure Drawing Event

Art In Common and CPPS are jointly offering a figure drawing event Friday, Feb. 10, from 1:00 - 3:00 at Bloom Yoga and Wellness, located at 1506 12th Avenue, Altoona. We will be drawing figures as they work through their poses in a professional yoga studio. To avoid leaving dust or mess we will be sketching in our socks, slippers, or bare feet and restricting our mediums to pen and pencil. Limited to 12 artists, this opportunity offers great practice for drawing human figures. To reserve your spot, email Debbie Decker at craigdebbie74@hotmail.com.

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