CPAPS Award Winners
Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society Award of Excellence
Zufar Bikbov, Meigís Point in March, Oil,12.5 x 18
CPAPS Gold Medal
Laureen Hylka, That Special Glow,oil,11 x 14
Founderís Gold Medal
Margaret Dean, Midmorning Light, oil, 12 x 16
Don Demers Award , Dan Nichols, Cascade Brook Falls, watercolor, 26 x 29
Karen Cashman, View from Foote Park, oil, 8 x 16
Bernard McTigue, Summer Marsh, oil, 16 x 20
Robert Noreika, Neon, oil, 16 x 20
Annual Members Exhibition Reception
It is my pleasure to invite you, on behalf of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, to the Annual Members exhibition reception and show this Friday night, November 8th, 2013 from 6-8.
Food, wine, music and the camaraderie of your fellow artists and patrons make a winning combination not to be missed.
Speaking of winners, I wanted to take this opportunity to give a great
big thank you and applause to those that helped make this our most
special and ambitious show yet. These people are all award winners in
my book, they have volunteered time from their busy schedules to help our organization.
Special thanks goes out first to two of my fellow Board members: Carol Lavoie who is always willing and able to take on any task put before her and Patricia Corbett for handling all of the monetary aspects of the show readily and efficiently. Thanks to both of them also for their positive attitude and support.
Thank you Zufar Bikov for taking on the daunting task of collating all
the paperwork and CDs and constant Facebook updates. Thank you Jay
Babina for designing and publishing both the beautiful postcards and
program. Thank you Elizabeth Rhodes for making up the labels and
helping with the press release. Thank you Margaret Dean for your coaching. And a large loud round of applause goes out to my hanging committee who helped take 110 awesome paintings, by 39 different artists and make each one stand on its own. This is not a small feat and when you see the show I think that you will agree that they did a great job.
The winners of the hanging committee are Susan Jositas Ė a hanging
wizard who just does it, quickly and beautifully; Marilyn Swift who has an eagle eye and quick with the hammer; Patricia Corbett who delivered a delicious lunch and moved many paintings onto the wall; Diana Rogers who got right in there and Carol Lavoie, who after receiving all of the work helped hang. Thanks also to Jane Zisk for hanging the kiosks and final tweaks.
Thank you to all who have and will be helping with the reception. A
thanks again goes out to Carol Lavoie for overseeing the reception, Patricia Corbett for helping with refreshments and Elizabeth Rhoades for providing the flowers.
A big thank you to our new webmaster, Debbie Corkindale, for taking on the job of keeping our site up to date and Karen Cashman for sending out the Constant Contact messages.
I also want to thank those that signed up to bring refreshments on
Friday: Sally Brown -brownies and walnuts; Randie Kahrl-chesse/crakers/ dip; Diana Rogers-veggies & dip; Susan Jositas-mexican dip and chips. If so inclined please feel free to bring one of your favorite appetizers with you on Friday night.
Without the help of all of the CPAPS winners our show just wouldnít be the same. Please help me thank each and every one of them this Friday night at our reception between 6 and 8 at the Hartford Fine Art and Framing, 80 Pitkin Street, East Hartford, Connecticut.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Bill and Lauren Plage for their on-going support of CPAPS and being our hosts for the annual exhibition.
As to the winning paintings of the 2013 Annual Members Exhibition, juried by Jerry Weiss, please be at the reception at 7 pm when they will be revealed.
I look forward to seeing all of you this Friday night.
Vice-President, Chair Annual Members Exhibition Show
A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear CPAPS Members,
The nights are growing longer, and our daylight painting hours are quickly diminishing. But those clear blue skies of autumn still call us into Natureís domain. We are compelled to capture the brilliance of fall, and the somber days as well. There is so much drama in this season, as dark clouds form a backdrop for golden trees. The passing breeze lifts up the fallen leaves, as it does our spirits. The trees release their glorious cloaks and reveal their structure, and prepare themselves for the winter ahead. What a glorious time to be a plein air painter!
We, at CPAPS are preparing for our Annual Members Exhibit. Forty artists have submitted 110 paintings. This was our second time using digital images for entry. Our Exhibit Chair, Jill Nichols, created a very thorough tutorial in photographing and sizing images for entry, which many members found to be very helpful. This tutorial will be a permanent part of our website. Thank you, Jill, for all of the long hours and research you did in making this tutorial for our membership. Zufar Bikbov, our facebook editor, did a wonderful job of collating all of the digital images and sending them to our juror, Jerry Weiss. Thank you, Zufar, for all of your time and hard work.
Remember, drop off of accepted work will be at Hartford Fine Art, 80 Pitkin St, Hartford, on October 26, from 10-12. Please sign up to bring refreshments opening night.
Our treasurer, Patricia Corbett has been working with Laureen Hylka-Wondolowski to host and chair the Ron Rencher Workshop this weekend. We are all so excited and anxious to work with Ron. Letís all hope for dry painting weather. Jane Zisk has volunteered to chair the Ron Rencher demo October 10 at Hartford Fine Art. CPAPS is providing our membership this demonstration for free. This is just one more perk of being a CPAPS member. Thank you ladies for your continued support and hard work.
Membership does have its privileges. We are pushing back our membership dues renewal date to September 1, 2014. Thereafter, dues will be paid on the first of September annually. This will give our paid up members a grace period of eight months! Is that great or what?
We are still looking for officers for next yearís board of directors. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now donít let Jack Frost keep you from painting on those chilly days to come. You will be in the zone, painting your best work ever. Itís something about the light this time of year. Go out and catch it.
I am looking forward to seeing you at our opening reception Friday, November 8.
JOIN US FOR OUR PAINTOUTS - Every year we offer a diverse schedule of paintout locations that will appeal to our far-flung membership. Our first group paintout will take place April 27 at Ashlawn Farm in Old Lyme. We invite CPAPS member and non-members to join us. Painting out together is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with artists who like to paint en plein air. See our Paint Out Schedule.
OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENTS FROM THE CPAPS BULLETIN BOARD
Every year, we are contacted by various organizations who invite our membership to participate in their events - opportunities to paint on location or exhibit or both. Our new Bulletin Board page lists those opportunities and much more. If you have items to suggest for the bulletin board, send them to Elizabeth Rhoades, CPAPS President.
WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES - If you are looking for a workshop or class, we invite you to investigate the classes and workshops offered by our Elected Art members. Visit our Workshops page.
WHAT IS PLEIN AIR PAINTING? Plein Air is a French phrase that means "in the open air". The term decsribes a style of painting made directly from nature in order to capture the fleeting effects of light. The painter's challenge is to create an impression of the scene in the immediacy of the moment.
More about Plein Air Painting
The Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society was founded in 1995 by Jane Zisk and has grown from a small group into a membership of over 100 professional and emerging artists dedicated to plein air painting. The Society was the subject of a Feature Article iin American Artist Magazine. The article provides background on the formation of the Society and celebrates the joy of plein air painting. Read the article.
E-Mail the Society
Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, P. O. Box 221, Stafford Springs, CT 06075