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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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Dear Plein Air Painters, 

Our Gillette Castle Paint Out was a wonderful success. We had 16 participants, and signed up five new members. Beautiful weather and a gorgeous location capped off a great painting event. It was especially great to see all of the paintings produced at the end of the day. These works, and other pictures of the paint out can be seen on our facebook page. Winners for the paint out prizes were:
First Place: Jay Babina
2nd Place: Zufar Bikbov
3rd Place: Caroline McCartney (a new member)
Honorable Mention: Diane Duabreuil

Our last paint out of the season will be at The Landing at Deep River on Sunday, October 11. There are boats, old barns, and meadows to paint. We will meet at the landing at 9:00am, sign in, and paint. CPAPS will provide water bottles and coffee, and you should bring your own brown bag lunch. We will again have prizes on site at the end of the paint out at 3:00pm. Elected Artists are encouraged to attend to be eligible to jury the artwork for a $50 stipend. In the event of rain, please call me at 860-841-3939 for an update.

Our annual exhibit prospectus can be found on www.OnlineJuriedShows.com. Please remember these important dates:
POSTMARKED: Digital Submissions By October 17, 2015
RECEIVEING OF ACCEPTED WORK: Tuesday, November 17th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, and Wednesday, November 18, 9:00-11:00 am
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, November 19, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
REMOVAL OF ART: Sunday, December 6, 10:00am-12:00pm, (Snow date Mon. Dec. 7th, 6-7pm )
ENTRY FEES: $20 for one entry, $25 for two entries and $30 for three entries (waived for members who have paid their dues as of August 31, 2015)

It is time to sign up for our workshop, presented by award winning artist Stephanie Marzella. Her use of sepia monochrome is very exciting, and I will certainly be taking her workshop myself, even though I am a pastellist. To sign up please email the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts at info@wethersfieldarts.org, or register on their website at www.wethersfieldarts.org, or call them at (860) 436-9857.

Tonal Beginnings, A Workshop with Stephanie Marzella.
At Wethersfield Academy for the Arts
431 Hartford Ave.
Wethersfield, CT 06109

In this 3 day workshop you will experience and EXPERIMENT with a new refreshing way to begin a painting. Escape from your current routine and create paintings that enrich your mind and satisfy your soul!

Stephanie will teach you how to create a tonal to stand alone as a painting, or to be used as an under painting. She will demonstrate her method of creating a monochromatic tonal, and guide you through her process. You will explore several painting surfaces and then learn how to add color by glazing color transparently on top of your tonal.

The cost of the workshop is only $300.00 plus $30.00 for a one-year membership to the Weathersfield Academy for the Arts. Space is limited to just 15 students so grab your spot before they are gone!

To sign up please email the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts at info@wethersfieldarts.org, or register on their website at www.wethersfieldarts.org, or call them at (860) 436-9857.

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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