The Colored Pencil Society of America gets real picky about what is and is not an acceptable colored pencil.
“Dry drawing materials are made of coloring agents or pigments combined with a binder of some kind and come in a wide range of forms. It is helpful to view these materials as part of a broad spectrum of drawing media. The colored pencil medium is situated near the middle of a continuum that stretches from soft pastel on one end to oil pastels and oil bars on the other end. With the proliferation of new dry media, however, it has become much more challenging to define what is, in fact, colored pencil media.”
The “society” has standards, and that is excellent.
“Yes, It’s a Colored Pencil” is the name of the exhibit that will launch with a reception on Friday, December 6, 2013, 5-8 p.m.
Seeing Gallery Underground reach out to other organizations in the DC Metro is a good idea as it strengthens the credibility of the venue and associated organizations.
“Exhibit: “Yes, It’s Colored Pencil”
Dates: December 2-28, 2013
Reception: Friday, December 6, 2013, 5-8 p.m.
This month Gallery Underground features a juried show of works displaying the tremendous possibilities of colored pencils from the Metropolitan Washington chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America. These fascinating and accomplished works will give you a whole new appreciation for the talent of the artists and the versatility of colored pencils.
Trudi Van Dyke, the show’s juror, is an independent curator and fine arts consultant who specializes in exhibitions of fiber and fine craft. She curates arts exhibitions nationally and internationally.
The Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) is a national, non-profit organization founded in 1990 exclusively dedicated to artists working with colored pencil. The Metropolitan Washington chapter of CPSA was formed in 1994 by colored pencil artists living and working in the DC area to promote the goals of CPSA on a local and regional basis. Various works featuring colored pencil and colored pencil with mixed media, in a marvelous range of subject matter, will be on display.
A trend in painting these days is for smaller works. That is true for painters and printmakers. One reason is that people living in urban areas of precious little space in which to hang their works of art. Gallery Underground features small works throughout December.
“EXHIBIT: ‘Small Works of Great Importance’ Gallery Members’ show
DATES: December 2-December 28, 2013
Gallery Underground also features a new exhibit by gallery members in the Main Gallery, including a special section of smaller works. Artworks display many media, including sculpture, glass, ceramics, watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media.
Located in the Crystal City Shops @ 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202, this visual arts venue is sponsored by the Arlington Artists Alliance (AAA), in partnership with the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) and Vornado/Charles E. Smith to showcase the work of established and emerging regional artists. Over 40 artists exhibit paintings, drawings, sculpture, glass work, ceramics and jewelry. Gallery Hours: M-F 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Metro accessible. Parking is available in metered spots on nearby streets and in public garages, which are free all day Saturdays and after 4:00 on weekdays. For more information please check www.galleryunderground.org or call 571-483-0652.
Crystal City Shops @ 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202