With her many credentials, accomplishments and awards too numerous to mention, it comes as no surprise that the CPSA National Board has chosen one of our DC210 members, and past president, Denise Howard, to assume the mantle of CPSA President as Deborah Maklowski steps down after four years as President. And timing could not be better for Denise as she steps away from full-time employment so that she can devote more time to her art career. Take a look at her many art pieces and biography at her website www.denisejhowardart.com. Check out the article about this transition in the May 2022 "To The Point" magazine that you should have received in the mail recently.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, no exhibition was held in 2020.
About the show:
Our chapter show, Explorations in Colored Pencil VIII awards ceremony and reception was a great success. Attendees enjoyed viewing the artwork, mingling with the artists, and partaking in light refreshment. Our judge, Linda Ryan, was suitably impressed with the artwork representing work by both members and non-members. Here is what she had to say about the show:
“I feel strongly that this show demonstrates that your society chapter is certainly making inroads in elevating the medium as an art form. I ran the Bothwell Arts Center for ten years, and during this time Maryanne Kot began teaching colored pencil in our classroom, so I have been exposed to, am familiar with but still wowed by what can be done with colored pencils. This show revealed also that within this medium, artists are taking compositional risks and riffing off of art movements as they develop and explore the boundaries of the medium. As I was judging, which took quite some time, several people came into the city office reception area and then were drawn in to explore the show. One kept saying, "Oh, Wow!" and "I can't believe this is colored pencil!" and another asked me if I knew whether these were oils or not. When I told her, she was amazed.
I was proud to be the judge, and it was a difficult job indeed. Good work, all.”
We thank Linda for an excellent job judging the show. Recipients of the show awards are on display here...check them out below.
First Place: "The Last Supper" by J.Y. Chang
Second Place: "Tree of Witness" by Denise Howard
Third Place: "Neglect" by Mike Purdy
Honorable Mention: "Music on French Street" by Peggy Magovern
Emerging Artist First Place: "Milkweed Seeds" by Maria Lemery
Emerging Artist Second Place: "Sunflowers" by Susan Marchand