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CPSA District Chapter 210, San Jose, CA

Monday, June 12, 2017

May 20, 2017 Meeting Summary

Hello fellow color pencil artists!
Our latest meeting on May 20th was at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore and we missed those of you who were not able to attend.  Let’s catch up with all the happenings in the last couple of months and what is in store over the next couple of months.
Recognitions and Announcements

Congratulations go out to Gemma Gylling and Denise Howard for having their work accepted into the CPSA 25th Annual International Exhibit, and to Paula Greer and Winifred Scott for having their drawings and photographs accepted into the Alameda County Fair Art Show! 
Mike Purdy was invited to donate a piece of art for the National Conference auction.  The only way to donate to the auction is by invitation of the Board of Directors.  Congratulations Mike!

Maryann Kot is returning to Livermore and will resume teaching CP classes at the Bothwell Center this summer.   Please check the Bothwell home page for more information.

Bylaws Out for Final Chapter Review
Please remember to review the Bylaws sent out to the chapter by Paula and report contradictory statements, ambiguities, or unclear/confusing statements back to Paula by June 9th.  Shortly after June 9, the chapter will be asked to vote to accept the Bylaws using an online survey.  A great deal of work has been put into updating our chapter Bylaws and it is important  that all of us take the time to review, understand and vote so we can move on to other important chapter business.

Amy Lindenberger Workshops
Thanks go out to a number of folks for their hospitality, time and support in putting on the workshops.  Special thanks to Betsy and her husband for hosting Amy; Paula Greer for her airport shuttle service; Sharon Wood for managing ordering and delivery of lunches; Brad Meyer, Peggy Milovina Meyer’s husband for setting up the live video display of Amy’s demo.  We had 14 attendees for both of the one day workshops. 

All the feedback was very positive and everyone took away new techniques and ideas to try on their own.  Those at the meeting who attended the workshops shared their experience and impressions.  All learned new techniques and will try using them in future projects. 
Abstract Challenge

We discussed the Abstract Challenge for “To the Point”.  There were several submissions from our chapter.  Both Paula and Denise shared theirs and discussed their inspiration.  Several felt stumped by the challenge in spite of the abstract demo and hands on earlier this year.  There was discussion about some submissions that were rejected because the imagery used was too recognizable.  Going back to our demo, we learned there are several major types of abstract work; one involves familiar imagery i.e. abstract realism, so there was some confusion.  Paula was asked to bring this up at the National meeting since the call for abstracts said all submissions would be accepted.
Chapter Show Update

This year’s chapter show will be held at the San Ramon Library from July – September.  The space for work is limited, so to maximize the number of pieces we can hang, members are asked to “think small”.  The security in the library is very good, and the gallery spaces in good, open areas.  Details and the prospectus will be available soon.  Please mark June 30th on your calendars as the date the show will be hung.  There are a lot of moving pieces involved in putting on the show.  Please take to heart Paula’s request for volunteers.  Most jobs will only take a couple of hours, a small amount of time to make a big impact.
July 15 Fieldtrip/Meeting

For something a little different, our July meeting will be more field trip than meeting.  We will be going to a small historical riverside community just outside of Santa Cruz, CA.  Bring your pencils and cameras and your walking shoes.  A docent will give us a tour of the community built on a black powder works factory founded in the first half of the 19th century.  The community boasts a covered bridge that was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2015.  The many cottages were mostly built in the early 20th century and are quite charming.  Being in the shade of redwoods, the hydrangeas, camellias and rhododendrons are stunning.  We may even see some local wildlife.  We will have a picnic lunch, find a place to draw or take photos, visit and generally have a great day.  Please look for more information on this as we get closer to the date. 
Upcoming Events – Volunteers Needed!

Besides the chapter show, there are a number of events this year and next that need volunteers to make them a success.  Please consider giving a bit of your time on one or more of these events.  Examples of volunteer opportunities include set up and take down, booth time, refreshments, making flyers, and sending emails.  Events are:

·         Livermore ArtWalk – October 7, 2017

·         Nominations Committee for Chapter November officer election

·         2018 Chapter Workshop

·         2018 Chapter Show
Please contact Paula Greer if you are interested in a volunteer opportunity.

Chapter Project for CPSA National Conference

 This year we decided to create a chapter project to be placed on display at the National Conference in July.  The finished project will be a collage of official state symbols in the shape of the state.  The collage is inspired by traditional quilt designs.  The design was divided into 30 squares which have been handed out lottery style.  We spent part of the meeting working on our squares.  The final reassembled collage will be photographed and shared with the chapter.  Thanks to all who are contributing to this project!

Well, that’s enough for now.  We promise to be better about posting blogs going forward.  If you have any suggestions for subjects, please let Paula and Peggy know, especially if you would like to be a guest blogger!