Myself and Lynda Schumacher with our artwork
Another CPSA Convention has come and gone and what a great one this was in Dallas. So many artists who are good friends congregated for this annual event that, despite the 100+ heat, I think it’s safe to say all had an incredible time. There was a fun member’s meeting with door prizes, a slide show of every piece that was entered into the competition, and a silent auction. There are workshops, and an awards banquet. This year I was so honored to receive an Award for Outstanding Achievement for my piece “Counterpoint in Green”, shown above on the left. This photograph also features good friend Lynda Schumacher, CPSA (MI) and her piece “Canadian Cowgirl”. In addition to receiving an award, I earned my signature status in the CPSA (given for being juried into three shows within ten years) and Lynda earned her five-year status.
Dianna Soisson with "Beyond All Boundries"
I’m taking a moment to highlight several, but by no means all!, artist friends who had their work on display in Dallas. Dianna had an incredibly powerful piece of a leaf floating down a waterfall (above). Below is Kendra Bidwell-Ferreira’s delicate “Sea Foam”. For those of you who live in the Boston area, you may have had a chance to see the two person show that Kendra and I had last March at the Wellesley Free Library.
Kendra with "Sea Foam" (top)
California artist and inventor Ester Roi (photo below) received an Award for Exceptional Merit for her piece “Social Network” (top). Ester is such an inspiration and source of information to so many artists, always looking to break new ground with technique.
Ester Roi with "Social Network"
Perhaps one of the most memorable events was the Cowboy Boot shopping trip that several of us had been talking about since the San Jose convention of 2010. Suffice it to say that we had a successful outing to Pink’s Cowboy Boot Store in Dallas. We all left with a new pair of boots that seemed well suited to our personalities – for now! (Left to right, Kendra Bidwell Ferreira/Old Gringos, Dianna Soisson/Old Gringos, Lynda Schumacher/Old Gringos, Moi/Stetsons, Elizabeth Patterson, CPSA (CA) Ferrini’s).
Cowboy boot final choices!
On a final and silly note, here’s a photo of Lynda and me cooling off in the freezer section of Walmarts. . . .with their hilarious ice cream novelty packaging. Just can’t let us gals go out anywhere without a commotion. . . Thanks for reading!