Saltwater Fish of North Carolina, a new art exhibit at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, celebrates the state’s maritime bounty. The 27 original works by members of the Raleigh-Durham chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) include subjects from the huge goliath grouper to the tiny neon goby. All species depicted are found in North Carolina waters.
The artwork can be viewed in the Discovery Classroom hall through December. It was at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island over the summer.
“The Raleigh-Durham chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) is proud to present its Saltwater Fish of North Carolina exhibition at the North Carolina Aquariums. It is a honor to be invited to exhibit at the Aquariums and an even greater honor to be invited to do an exhibition portraying some amazing fish inhabiting the waters off the coast of North Carolina, ” said chapter president Linda Koffenberger.
Each member chose a different fish to feature. All artwork is done primarily in colored pencil, although other media such as watercolor may be included. Saltwater Fish of North Carolina is the third annual CPSA traveling exhibit to visit Pine Knoll Shores. Previous themes have included the maritime forests of North Carolina, and native plants and animals.
The CPSA, founded in 1990, has 27 chapters and a total membership of more than 2,000 artists. The Raleigh-Durham chapter, located in the Triangle, has members throughout North Carolina. The chapter holds workshops, sponsors exhibitions, and promotes the use of colored pencils in every kind of art. The Blue Shark and Mackerel illustration is by Betty Hendrix.