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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Megan Seiter a Winner in Colored Pencil Magazine's 2013 Art Competition

Megan Seiter's "Sophie" has won 1st Place in Colored Pencil magazine's 2013 Art Competition!  This is her same piece which won 2nd Place in our chapter show "Explorations in Colored Pencil II", just last month in Half Moon Bay.  She is on a roll with her wonderful piece.

The competition was juried by well-known colored pencil artist and author Gary Greene.  To see all the winners and entries, click here.

Congratulations, Megan!

Geoff Sargeant Finalist for Mortimore Art Prize

Geoff Sargeant is by far our longest-distance chapter member; he lives in Victoria, Australia!  And yes, there is significant colored pencil action down under, thanks to terrific artists like him.  His "Moodjar Awakes After Fire" has been accepted as a Finalist for the 2013 Mortimore Art Prize, a very prestigious award.  Last year he won Best Drawing for his "Pebble Beach, Cape Cod".  Geoff explains that moodjar is the Aboriginal name for Nutsia Floribunda, the West Australian Christmas Tree.
Moodjar Awakes After Fire by Geoff Sargeant
Finalist, 2013 Mortimore Art Prize
Pebble Beach, Cape Cod by Geoff Sargent
Best Drawing, 2012 Mortimore Art Prize

You can see all the 2013 finalists here:  http://www.australianartsales.com.au/MortimorePrize/mortimoreprize.html

Geoff also currently has a show of 32 giclee prints of his pencil paintings at the Bunbury Regional Gallery in West Australia.

Congratulations, Geoff!

Friday, October 18, 2013

ArtWalk and Officers

Last Saturday, October 12, we had a booth at the Livermore ArtWalk, with eight artists exhibiting in it: Carol Ann Eicher, Henrietta Haines, Denise Howard, Maryann Kot, Debaney Lefort, Sally Marone, Maureen Taylor and J.Y. Chang.  It was a team effort, from putting up the canopy, to figuring out where to place everything, to hanging the artwork, to staffing the booth all day, to taking everything back down.  A big thank you to all!

Sales were down quite a bit from last year due to the fact that nearby Livermore Labs was shut down on account of the overall government shutdown; not knowing how long the shutdown would last, locals were doing more looking than buying.  But that's okay!  We don't do this event to make money, we do it to raise awareness about colored pencil as a medium and to give participants experience at putting on a festival exhibition and talking about their work.  I think everyone agrees it was affirming to have many visitors come in and with wide eyes say "That's colored pencil?!"

All set for the day to start! And notice our new banner, too.

Another view of our booth setup.

People were lining up to come in and see our work!

The DC210 crew
For next year the ArtWalk organizers have promised to ensure we get our favorite spot back, right next to the intersection of 1st St. and S. Livermore Ave. where foot traffic is heavier.

 In other news, we have the results of our 2013-15 officer election:
  • President: Denise Howard
  • Vice President: Chris Swetlin  <-- New to the board!
  • Secretary: Mike Purdy
  • Treasurer: J.Y. Chang
Gemma Gylling has volunteered to be our new webmaster.  Thank you, Gemma!

Our next event will be our chapter meeting on Saturday, November 16.  See our website for details as they emerge:  www.cpsa210.org/calendar.html