Saturday, October 05, 2013

Pencil Arts Society Annual Exhibition - Selected Artists and Award Winners

The very first Online International Juried Exhibition of the Pencil Art Society went live today.  It has a dedicated website so that over time it will build up a history of the exhibition. I wish all art societies were this well organised!

Best in Show - Bianca Eva by Cristina Iotti
19.7″ x 23.6″
NFS
Graphite & Coloured Pencil on unknown paper
  • You can see the Gallery of 60 selected images online.  The works in this exhibition have a lot in common with the UKCPS and CPSA exhibitions in terms of subject matter and stylistic approach.  The exhibition certainly includes some excellent work from a technical perspective. 
  • The Juror was Bob Ebdon - the Founder of the UK Coloured Pencil Society in 2001
  • I'm listing all the 35 juried artists below with links to their websites.  Entries came in from all over the world including Canada, the United States, Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Spain! 
  • This is a page about the awards - also listed below.  The Pencil Society decided that they would limit the number, in order to showcase only the best of the submissions. Prismacolor, Canson, Derwent, Curry's and Dick Blick are all sponsoring the exhibition. The combined value in cash and art supplies of the prizes offered prizes is over $1800 CAD .
The aim of the Pencil Society is to demonstrate to the world the best of what pencil can do.
This is a dream come true for all of us. Such a response from our members! So much beautiful work! We were blown away by the entries we received, and our juror Bob Ebdon had a very difficult time choosing which would be included in the show. Alexandra Bastien, PAS Exhibition Chair
Those interested in pencil art will want to note that there are two categories of artwork in the Gallery:
  • 100% Pencil Works: for drawings that consist of solely graphite pencil, solely charcoal, solely conté, solely coloured pencil (used dry or with solvent) or solely watersoluble pencil (used dry) — used separately or in combination with each other.
  • 50% Pencil Mixed Media Works: for drawings that consist of at least 50% of ANY of the five PAS-accepted pencil media — solely graphite pencil, solely charcoal, solely conté, solely coloured pencil (used dry or with solvent) or solely watersoluble pencil (used dry) — used separately or in combination with each other AND with 50% any OTHER media.

The Pencil Society Online Exhibition 2013 - Awards

Best in Show $500 cash prize. Plus Free Entry to the 2014 international exhibition and one year free membership



First place $325 product (sponsored by prismacolor) Plus Free Entry to the 2014 international exhibition and one year free membership


  • Share the burden by Alexandra Bastien A graduate of the School of Fine Arts of the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal, Alexandra is also a signature member of both CPSA and UKCPS and has won numerous awards.

Other Places and Honourable Mentions

    Excellence in Drawing 

    • Indiana Barn by Diane Wright (Diane Wright Art Journal)  Diane has a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the University of Northern Iowa and lives in Mitchellville, Iowa.  She includes a number of tutorials on her website and links to them in her blog.

    Special recognition for the use of pencil with mixed media

    • Blue Eyes by Christine Karron  Christine was born and raised in Estonia and now lives in Alberta in Canada.  She attended the Willy-Brandt School in Art and Design while living in Germany.

    Master Pencil Art Status


    The first artists to receive Master Pencil Artist Status (MPAS) were Sheona Hamilton-Grant, Denise J. Howard, Karen Hull and Wendy Thompson.

    Selected Artists

    Thirty Five artists had work selected for the exhibition.  I've highlighted my personal favourites below with a comment.

    Two works
    One work
    It seems to be that the Society has been very well organised and is to be congratulated for getting such a good response to its first exhibition.  Here's hoping they go from strength to strength.

    1 comment:

    Lissa Rachelle said...

    Thank you for taking the time to so thoroughly review our first online exhibition, Katherine. We feel truly humbled and honoured by and very appreciative of the general response from everyone, which has been overwhelmingly positive! Our sincere gratitude goes out to all our submitting members – it is their passion for pencil and enthusiastic support that helped to make the very first PAS Online Internet Exhibition such a resounding success!! We’re looking forward to a very bright future for PAS!

    Lissa Rachelle Robillard
    Co-Founder, Secretary, Web Services
    Pencil Art Society



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