Forney said the group is “a great way to make new art friends who enjoy working with colored pencils.”
The national organization was founded in 1990 by Vera Curnow, who owns a gallery and lives in nearby Rising Sun, Indiana. Curnow remains an active member of this chapter when her schedule permits.
CPSA “strives to elevate the medium, educate others about it, and encourage innovation with its use,” according to its website. Some of the ways CPSA works to gain recognition for colored pencil include sponsoring annual exhibitions for colored pencil artists, providing a network of district chapters around the United States and promoting colored pencil art and artists. It also sponsors workshops at its annual convention and tests lightfastness of colored pencil brands.
A second Ann Kuhlberg SOAR workshop, “Green Reflections on White Paper,” is scheduled for May 18 and 19 at ArtSpace Gallery with artist and instructor Michelle Sanders, who will teach how to create realistic glass with colored pencils.
MORE: New Hamilton business mixes building’s fascinating history with new flavors
The next chapter meeting is noon April 27 at the meeting rooms of Springdale Nazarene Church, 11177 Springfield Pike. Following the meeting, Stefan Lohrer, representative for Caran d'Ache, a Swiss manufacturer of school, office, art and luxury writing instruments, will offer a presentation about the company and its products.
On Sept. 21 and 22, Scott Krohn teaches "Rocks on Colored Paper" and Oct. 12 and 13, the teacher for "Colored Pencil and Solvents" is Curnow. Workshop information will be available for the May, August and September events closer to workshop dates. For additional information, visit www.cpsa119.org or write to RForneyjr@gmail.com.