“How We Survived the ‘Hottest Conference in History’”

Aug 18

“How We Survived the ‘Hottest Conference in History’”

You have seen how Diana described  this year’s Colored Pencil Society International Conference (CPSA), but one of the best benefits to having, not one, but TWO fine art specialists is the totally different perspectives each one brings! Check in to hear about Shelley’s time at the CPSA!

 Shelley shares with you the CPSA events of opening night and how the 100 degree heat of Dallas couldn’t stop these colored pencil enthusiasts from expressing themselves.

The bandanas were tied, the artwork was hung, the sunflowers were embellished with rope trim and the 19th Annual Colored Pencil Society International Conference was under way in Dallas, Texas on July 13th-17th. I am proud to be a member of the local Dallas Chapter DC215 but any “intelligent Texan” knows that July is NOT the month to visit our fair state.  However, they (CPSA members) came, they were greeted in traditional Texas style and we all perspired and persevered together.

The entire team of CPSA Board members worked hard to pull off a flawless multiple day event at the Renaissance Hotel in Richardson, TX, just across the street from the Eisemann Center where the show was held.  Local chapter members prepped the rooms with wonderful art materials donated by the various sponsoring companies and organizations.


The whole colored pencil crew! DC 215 Chapter Members


We all felt like “kids in a candy store” as we gathered for the General Membership meeting and Silent Auction. We were treated to seeing ALL of the artwork that had been entered. Throughout the evening, winning tickets were drawn and bit by bit all of the art materials were handed out. I doubt anyone went home disappointed.

The beautiful and poised Prismacolor team. From left; Diana, Sheryl and Shelley.

The finale of the evening was the winning of the silent auction bidding on the donated pieces from CPSA members. It is always nerve racking as you hover over your favorite piece to make sure that you don’t get out bid or to feel your heart sink when the prices go sky rocketing above your pocket book has its own set of limits. But in the end the victors emerge and can showcase their purchases of fine art done in the fabulous medium of colored pencils.

It was a wonderful evening, filled with wonderful old and new friends!

Remember to check back with us and Shelley about her time in San Diego for the 2011 Comic Con!

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