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Small Sea Splendors: Colored PEncil Society of America

THROUGH summer 2022

Bright colors can be found in the most unexpected places, like a sea slug at the bottom of the ocean. A new art exhibit at N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores features some of the ocean’s small yet colorful creatures illustrated by the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), District Chapter 114.

A collection of the CPSA members’ detailed drawings of rarely seen sea creatures is now on display at the Aquarium in the Spadefish Art Gallery. The show is titled “Small Sea Splendors” and showcases colorful sea slugs, radiant nudibranchs, and multi-colored shrimp.

The vivid drawings show how beautiful and colorful plankton and other micro-organisms at the bottom of the ocean’s food chain can be.

“The pictures in this exhibit represent many hours of research and a lot of hard work by our members. Our exhibit is an artistic representation of many small, seldom-seen creatures,” the CPSA wrote in a statement.

Through the exhibit, CPSA members learned about these tiny creatures, and the many agencies, divers, professors, photographers, and biologists who research, photograph, identify and work to conserve them.

Founded in 1990, the CPSA is a nonprofit organization for colored pencil enthusiasts working to promote colored pencils as a fine art medium by sponsoring exhibitions and workshops, being involved in product research, and educating the public in general.

The Aquarium regularly exhibits unique art and shows change often. The “Small Sea Splendors” exhibit will be on display until the summer and is free with admission or membership.


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