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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 just coming back from the plein air competition trail. David and I painted in Easels in Frederick 2 weeks ago and we have just returned from Paint Annapolis. It was exciting to be part of Competitive plein air painting. There is a great comradery between the painters. The paintings are beautiful and the competition is a fun challenge. 

Our paint out schedule chair was in the hospital a few weeks ago and is recovering. His plan was for a paint out, mid July, in Putnam. I am sending along the details here. I am now home and will work with the committee to complete the schedule for the rest of our plein air season. Sorry for the delay. Barry is already feeling much better. 

The board is all new and we are still not fully staffed. Thank you for your patience as members learn their new jobs . And if anyone else would like to volunteer to help. You are welcome to join us. I hope you are all enjoying your summer and getting some painting in. 

The next Board meeting will be Saturday July 19, 3:00 at the Millworks 156 River Rd Willington CT . suite 2302. Plenty of parking across the street, if the side lot is full. Board members, please let me know if you can't attend. If you are not a board member and would like to join us or have an idea for us to consider. Please send me an email. pamela@davidlussiergallery.com 

Details of our annual show are coming together. We have secured a judge, George Van Hook, from Upstate NY. He is a master painter in a style that is impressionistic with classical roots. He does wonderful landscapes but is equally comfortable doing still lifes and figures. He is energetic, kind and patient. George is very well liked and respected by his peers. He will be teaching a 3 day workshop as well as judging. I will finalize the dates very soon. The show will take place at Hartford Fine Art and framing. We will be trying one of the standard online entry systems this year. We feel this will eliminate some of the past problems with entering the show. 

I will try to send out more frequent Newsletters. I will also be posting information and news as soon as I receive it on our CPAPS group page on Facebook. Please check there frequently for the most current news. 

The information for the next paint out is below. We are trying a new tradition for Paint Outs. Meeting for lunch. I will be at the lunch meeting Sunday July 13th at 12:30. At Someplace Special on Main Street. David and I would love to see/meet you! I hope many of you have a chance to come! 

I look forward to seeing you or hearing from you! 

With Warm Regards, 

Pamela Lussier 
President, CPAPS 

Annual Members Exhibition Reception

It is my pleasure to invite you, on behalf of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, to the Annual Members exhibition reception and show this Friday night, November 8th, 2013 from 6-8.

Food, wine, music and the camaraderie of your fellow artists and patrons make a winning combination not to be missed.

Speaking of winners, I wanted to take this opportunity to give a great big thank you and applause to those that helped make this our most special and ambitious show yet. These people are all award winners in my book, they have volunteered time from their busy schedules to help our organization.

Special thanks goes out first to two of my fellow Board members: Carol Lavoie who is always willing and able to take on any task put before her and Patricia Corbett for handling all of the monetary aspects of the show readily and efficiently. Thanks to both of them also for their positive attitude and support.

Thank you Zufar Bikov for taking on the daunting task of collating all the paperwork and CDs and constant Facebook updates. Thank you Jay Babina for designing and publishing both the beautiful postcards and program. Thank you Elizabeth Rhodes for making up the labels and helping with the press release. Thank you Margaret Dean for your coaching. And a large loud round of applause goes out to my hanging committee who helped take 110 awesome paintings, by 39 different artists and make each one stand on its own. This is not a small feat and when you see the show I think that you will agree that they did a great job.

The winners of the hanging committee are Susan Jositas – a hanging wizard who just does it, quickly and beautifully; Marilyn Swift who has an eagle eye and quick with the hammer; Patricia Corbett who delivered a delicious lunch and moved many paintings onto the wall; Diana Rogers who got right in there and Carol Lavoie, who after receiving all of the work helped hang. Thanks also to Jane Zisk for hanging the kiosks and final tweaks.

Thank you to all who have and will be helping with the reception. A thanks again goes out to Carol Lavoie for overseeing the reception, Patricia Corbett for helping with refreshments and Elizabeth Rhoades for providing the flowers.

A big thank you to our new webmaster, Debbie Corkindale, for taking on the job of keeping our site up to date and Karen Cashman for sending out the Constant Contact messages.

I also want to thank those that signed up to bring refreshments on Friday: Sally Brown -brownies and walnuts; Randie Kahrl-chesse/crakers/ dip; Diana Rogers-veggies & dip; Susan Jositas-mexican dip and chips. If so inclined please feel free to bring one of your favorite appetizers with you on Friday night.

Without the help of all of the CPAPS winners our show just wouldn’t be the same. Please help me thank each and every one of them this Friday night at our reception between 6 and 8 at the Hartford Fine Art and Framing, 80 Pitkin Street, East Hartford, Connecticut.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Bill and Lauren Plage for their on-going support of CPAPS and being our hosts for the annual exhibition.

As to the winning paintings of the 2013 Annual Members Exhibition, juried by Jerry Weiss, please be at the reception at 7 pm when they will be revealed.

I look forward to seeing all of you this Friday night.

Warm Regards,
Jill Nichols
Vice-President, Chair Annual Members Exhibition Show

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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Woodstock, CT 06281

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