A new art exhibit at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores depicts scenes from Mt. Mitchell to Lake Mattamuskeet and points between. The show, titled Wild and Wonderful Landscapes of North Carolina, features 19 original works by members of the Raleigh-Durham chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), portraying locales throughout the state. The exhibit is featured in the hallway across from Discovery Classroom. It runs from October through December, and viewing it is free with admission or membership.
The pieces were created primarily in colored pencil, although other media such as watercolor, pastel or ink may be included. Colored pencils have become a popular art medium worldwide since they were introduced about 80 years ago. Artists favor their color depth and intensity, ability to render fine detail, durability, versatility and compatibility with other media.
Funded in 1990, the CPSA has 27 chapters and a total membership of more than 2,000 artists. The Raleigh-Durham chapter is based in the Triangle, but members are from throughout North Carolina. The chapter holds workshops and a weekly open studio, sponsors exhibitions and promotes the use of colored pencils in every kind of art.