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2013 CPAPS Award Winners

Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society Award of Excellence
Zufar Bikbov, 
Meig’s Point in March, 
Oil, 12.5 x 18

CPAPS Gold Medal
Laureen Hylka, 
That Special Glow,
oil,11 x 14

Founder’s 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 Message from the President 

Dear CPAPS members, 

I am very excited to share with you the details for the upcoming CPAPS Annual Member's Show. First the Opening Reception date. 

at Hartford Fine Art, 80 Pitkin St, East Hartford, CT 

We will be working with Online Juried Services for our show entry this year. David Lussier is working on the prospectus with the info given to him from our board. You will access this through their web site and apply online. Please choose your paintings and start photographing them. The entry date will be coming up soon. Do not use last year's prospectus which may still be floating around in Cyberspace. 

The drop off dates for work are October 17 and October 18. Show hanging dates are October 20 and 21. Barry Nelson has kindly offered to be in charge of the show. He will need help for both hanging and receiving. His email is "BARRANT NELSON" . Please contact him soon , if you are able to help. 

Our show judge, George Van Hook, will also be offering a workshop to our group. It will be a plein air workshop, weather permitting. He will be holding it in the Storrs area. George is a wonderful workshop instructor. He is enthusiastic, kind and has a wealth of Knowledge. Here is the course description. 

Plein Air Painting with George Van Hook October 24 - 26 2014 

Enjoy plein air painting the Autumn landscape with George Van Hook, an internationally recognized plein air artist. Van Hook will demonstrate techniques in oil and watercolor; participants may paint or draw in the medium of their choice. Van hook will show how to begin a painting, how to best layout a palette and how to approach composition and color. He will do this all while talking about plein air painting, art history and sharing his lifetime of painting experiences. Then he will work with each student at their individual level as needed. The group will paint together in the morning, break for lunch and work again in the afternoon. The cost is $350 for 3 days. 10-4 

About George 

George Van Hook (born 1954) has exhibited for over 35 years throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. He was raised in Pennsylvania then studied and worked as an artist in California, France and Italy where he immersed himself in work by the Old Masters and Impressionists. 
Van Hook now resides in Cambridge, NY where he raised his family and maintains his studio. Van Hook regularly participates in Plein Air competitions and recently won Best in Show at Canandagua Plein Air. He will participate in the Billsboro Winery Plein Air event this year, as well as, the Laumeister Fine Art Competition juried by Peter Trippi (editor of Fine Art Connoisseur). “Painting is like a high wire act. When painting a subject directly, every stroke is important. My attention must never waiver. This excitement keeps me focused, energized and dedicated to capturing light, form and color of the figure, still life and our textured landscape. My philosophy is simple: paint, paint, paint... then paint more.” - George Van Hook 

I hope you will be able to attend this wonderful workshop. George is knowledgeable in both oil and watercolor and the principles he is teaching will work with pastels and acrylic as well. 

Our dues for the fiscal 2014/15 year are due now and must be paid for paintings to be received for the show. Our membership checks which should be filled out to CPAPS may be given at show receiving or mailed out to our treasurer Barbara Jenkins 2 Adena's Walk Glastonbury, CT 06033 . Her email is barbarajenkins123@sbcglobal.net Associate member's dues are $30 and elected member's are $40 

I look forward to seeing all your beautiful paintings at the show! 

With Warm Regards, 

Jane Zisk, CPAPS President 

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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