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  • Writer's pictureLynne Kornecki

2023 CPSA Chicago Chapter Annual Exhibit & Awards is in St. Charles,IL+John Smelko's 2-day Workshop

The Colored Pencil Society of America Chicago District Chapter meets monthly at the St. Charles Public Library and will be hosting TWO events in St. Charles across the weekend of October 14-15, 2023. Scroll down for information on John Smelko's colored pencil, 2-day workshop...

The Vibrant Hues colored pencil show, although not juried to enter, will be judged and awards presented on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at 116 Gallery on Main Street in downtown St. Charles (located behind the MIxology hair salon). The show, with up to 30 entries, runs October 2-November 5.

JOHN SMELKO'S 2-DAY COLORED PENCIL WORKSHOP: "Scribbling is Not for Sissies"

DATES: October 14-15, 2023; Saturday, 9-4; Sunday, Noon-5 PM

WHERE: Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Avenue, St. Charles, IL

COST: $185 members / $200 non-members

Award-winning artist, John Smelko, had a 35-year career in art education. After retirement, he became a full-time artist and now offers Mark Making workshops all over the country. He is a signature member of the colored Pencil society of America. His signature "scribbles" workshop offers students the following instruction:

  • Objective 1: Rendering and Blending with Line

  • Objective 2: Expressive Composition

CPSA/Chicago chapter's website here: CPSA Chicago District Chapter 103 (



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