We had a fantastic time at the CPSA 15 th Annual show, hosted at the Mansion at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD. Kiersten and I arrived on Friday night at the Hyatt Regency just in time for the social hour before the awards banquet. My piece, Bend, received the Phoenix, AZ, District Chapter 212 Award for Excellence. You can view the other award winners at the CPSA website. The next day we had some free time, so we took the metro to D.C. to do a little site seeing. I really enjoyed the Air and Space Museum - all of the full scale rockets, lunar landers, and airplanes to walk around, and the Einstein Planetarium. Afterwards we ventured outside into the 100 degree heat to check out the capitol and the Washington Monument.
After meeting up with my good friend Craig, who drove in for the show, we caught a taxi and went to the show. The mansion is beautiful, with rolling gardens and endless rooms. The artwork had been hung throughout the mansion, grouped by subject. I found Bend on the second floor with many of the other portraits, hung on its own panel. There was a great turnout, and it was really exciting getting a chance to meet so many other artists whose artwork I've admired and followed.