The Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1990. It is the first and only arts organization that is devoted exclusively to promoting artists who work in the colored pencil medium. CPSA represents 8 countries with 1600 members. It sponsors an annual CPSA international exhibition and convention in major metropolitan areas throughout the country. The CPSA national organization publishes a membership directory and a magazine, "To The Point", which is sent to all members twice a year, and provides members with a network of communication and educational opportunities. CPSA has 28 district chapters through-out the United States.

Chicago District Chapter 103 was formed in 1993. It is now one of the largest chapters with members from Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas.

Our meetings are generally held on the 3rd Sunday of September, October, January, February, March, April and May at the Palatine Public Library, Palatine, IL, starting at 1:30 PM until 4:00 PM. Meetings may include demonstrations, mini-workshops, draw-ins, and critiques. On occasion we may have "stretch" meetings which start at 12:30 PM, typically for longer workshops or guest critique.


Membership includes a quarterly newsletter, What's The Point?, inclusion in the distribution roster and information on networking.

Pieces of the Past by Judith Shepelak