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2013 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

Honorable Mentions:

Karen Cashman, 
View from Foote Park, 
oil, 8 x 16

Bernard McTigue, 
Summer Marsh, 
oil, 16 x 20

Robert Noreika, 
oil, 16 x 20

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A Letter from your President 

Dear Members, 

Fun! Camaraderie! Prizes! How does that sound to you? We have a fantastic Paint-Out scheduled for Sunday, September 20th at Gillette Castle in East Haddam. We will meet at 32 Main Coffee (32 Main St., East Haddam, CT 06432) for breakfast and information at 8:00 am the day of the paint-out. This is a cozy little restaurant. You must attend in order to check in, receive a sticker for your painting, get a badge, and info cards to hand out to the public. Your finished paintings will be juried by a CPAPS elected artist for prizes (if you wish to participate), but you can't be eligible for prizes if you don't check in at breakfast. We will then paint at Gillette Castle throughout the day until 3:00 pm. At that time, registered artists will display their artwork on their easels in a designated spot for jurying. Elected Artists who attend will draw straws to jury and critique, and the winning EA will receive a small stipend. Paintings with the paint-out sticker will be eligible for a special prize category at our Annual Member's Show. We will photograph your paintings from this paint-out and post them on our facebook page in a digital art exhibit. The winning Elected Artist will provide a brief critique of your work if you are interested. This year, we will focus on two paint-outs. Next year we will hold five paint-outs. Paint-outs will be one day only.

Our Annual Member's Show will be in mid November 2015. The prospectus will be up shortly, but plan on having your best work ready to submit by mid October. The exhibit will space will be announced soon, with a probable Wednesday night opening. This exhibit will only be up for two weeks, a change from previous years. Paintings hung in this juried show will not be removed from the exhibit during the entirety of the exhibit, even if they are sold. We will be in need of volunteers to receive paintings, provide refreshments, supply flowers, check paintings out at the close, and docent the exhibit. Send me an email if you are interested in helping out (erfineart@yahoo.com).

It is our pleasure to tell you that Rhode Island artist Stephanie Marzella will juror and judge our show. She will be presenting a demo on November 18, and she will hold a three-day workshop November 19, 20, and 21st. Both events will take place at the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts, in Wethersfield. Stephanie has been working in tonal sepias, which are very beautiful and unique. She will demonstrate this technique, and instruct in her very popular traditional landscape style. Her class limit is very small, so if you want to be sure of your spot, book early. We will be posting enrollment details shortly as well.

How would you like to have Internet exposure for a week, with a guaranteed audience? Even if you don't have a website? As a new benefit to being a member of CPAPS, you can send our facebook CPAPS page manager, Zufar Bikbov, photos of your work, a short bio, and photos of you painting at your easel. They will be triggered to automatically go to the top of our CPAPS page for a full week, no matter what else gets posted there. Send materials to Zufar at zbikbov@gmail.com. Also, from now on, Zufar will limit posting on our facebook page to members only. If you have never been a member of CPAPS, you may only have a one time posting of your event on our website bulletin board. These requests must be sent to me, directly.

We are looking into purchasing our own portable exhibition lighting. We would be able to have outdoor exhibits, as well as having a broader range of venues. If you are interested in doing research on this topic, send me an email with your ideas and costs, and we will discuss it at the next board meeting.

We are planning to have a non-juried member's show in the spring. Every member would be able to exhibit one painting. Paintings sold during this exhibit may be removed, and the artist may replace the paintings. There will be smaller prizes in this exhibit.

Members who have sent in their dues between 2014 through today, when you receive this email blast, will be able to submit their first entry into our member's exhibit for free. Diana will have a list of those members available to us during receiving. All members dues are then due by January 1, 2016. If you pay your dues at the time of receiving at our Annual Member's Exhibit in November you will not be delinquent for next year.

We are absolutely thrilled to have the support and joint collaboration of Betty Standish, and our partnering with the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts (www.wethersfieldarts.org). Please check their website for workshops and classes. Many of our CPAPS Elected Members have taught at WAA. I will be teaching a class there, myself, titled, "Pastels, Underpainting for a Stronger Composition," which starts Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 1:30 -4:30 pm. This class runs for six weeks. We have so many great ideas coming up in our combined schedules. Stay tuned!

Our next meeting is scheduled at 6:00pm, Tuesday August 25 at Wethersfield Academy for the Arts. At this meeting we will go over our website, and make decisions as to how we want it revised. We will also discuss information about the new lighting, as well as prizes for each upcoming event. All members are invited and are welcome to attend.

Lastly, I want to introduce you to your new board members. They are as follows:
President~ Elizabeth Rhoades
Vice President~ Bernie McTigue
Secretary~ Mary Horrigan
Corresponding Secretary~ Dawn Tyler
Treasurer~ Judith Meyers
Membership Chair~ Diana Rogers
Paint-Out Chair~ Barrant Nelson
Facebook Manager~ Zufar Bikbov
Constant Contact~ Kevin Hall

Now don't let the summer slip by without making time at your easel. Catch those summer blooms and preserve this summer in your inspired paintings!

Warmest regards,
Elizabeth Rhoades
President, Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society

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.

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.

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