What a wonderful trip! 7 days of ART and ARTSY friends. Love my family and non-art friends more than they imagine, but sometimes, well, sometimes you need that connection with others that really know what your saying when you mention burnishing, solvents or favorite supports. You know those people who's eyes don't glaze over when you mention lightfast ratings or what's legal..... (color pencil people.. color pencil!)
Each and every one of the people below are wonderfully talented, amazing artists! I am blessed to even be able to get to know them.
My week of colored pencil art and artists began early last Monday when I flew into Memphis (via a short layover in Houston ..hustle hustle to your next terminal!) to meet up with a good friend and fellow colored pencil artist Beth Macre from Arkansas. From there we drove to Duluth, Ga. where the 17th Annual International Colored Pencil Society of America Exhibition was held. Both Beth and I, filled in for our CPSA Chapter Presidents who could not attend this year. Boy, not only was it enjoyable but a wonderfully enlightening experience.
See.. I was working!
Now, on to the fun stuff!
At every CPSA International Exhibition there is a local host chapter. This year is was the Atlanta Chapter CPSA DC #107. I'd like to send them a huge thank you, it was wonderful! Your hard work is very much appreciated! I would like to add an special thank you for whoever managed to give us such great weather while we were there.. Hotlanta? No.. not at all! Loved it!
There is a Hospitality Suite, where everyone checks in, hangs out and gathers to see whats going on. Also the silent auction pieces are here on display and open for bidding... Awesome works..every one of them.
If anyone cares to see the entire collection of silent auction donations, including my own Sunshine, here ya go....
You *might* find one or two sneaky members walking around with cameras at the ready.... of course you might find your self outed if your one of them! Here I was tattled on by one of my very favorite people, Linda Lucas Hardy, who blew the whistle on me while I was doing the "paparazzi" thing by clicking away while she was visiting with the always lovely Cindy Haase and a very quiet Theresa Mallen whom I think had just arrived, unsuspectingly Surprise! lol.
Hi Ladies, thank you for being such good sports! .. OH YEAH, I just read that trouble always comes in three's???? Funny thing is, every time I see Linda she's one of three! LOL, Hugz to ya Linda!
Here is my roomie Beth Macre and myself at the Members Meeting, where we reviewed all of the images that were submitted (over 600!) .
Of course it's also a chance to mingle and catch up with those other artists you don't see thru out the year, and meet new ones too!
Cathy Henry of the hard working Atlanta, Ga, chapter and yours truly..
Linda Hardy, Texas, who always makes me smile!
Nancy Hoover, N.C, one of those Paparazzi types (who I stole a couple of these images from lol.. ) and Jean Malicoat of Ohio.
I was just getting even with Nancy for this lovely shot she took....
I had only begun to chat with Lynda Schumacher, (on the left) whom I had never had the chance to talk to before that evil flash interrupted us.
Sunshine found a new home too! The silent auction bidding gets going hot and heavy twords the end... lol bidding wars are not exactly unheard of, and I saw several bidders "guarding" their bids! But it's all in great fun, and for a good cause.
Banquet Night and Award Presentations...
Gemma Gylling and Jean Malicoat
Debbie Hook and Jean Malicoat of Ohio
and well.. someone had to do it lol.. sorry Bethie!
(well sorta )
Finally.. the Convention draws to an end, Beth and I have been nicknamed "Thelma and Louise" unjustly of course... no one could define which was which anyway lol.
Beth, I'd take a road trip with you again, as long as we stay away from the Grand Canyon!
Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming...