"In this day and age of technology, people are so used to instant results that they overlook 'real' art, the talent of these artists and how they can capture the beauty and personality of their subjects without technology. These portraits are heirlooms that can be passed down from Generation to Generation. I think people forget about commissioning portraiture because they don’t have the exposure or access to Portrait Artists. It will be AE’s goal to help advocate the work of CSOPA in October through our Gallery and our clients." 
Arts Escape Executive Director, Becky Butler www.artsescape.org

Arts Escape
88 Main Street South Southbury,CT 06488 
"CSOPA is honored to partner with Arts Escape for SPF17. As part of our ongoing mission to promote the classic art of portraiture throughout Connecticut, we come to Southbury with a juried exhibition of members' work and outreach activities that involve the public. All CSOPA artists are Professional Ambassadors of Portraiture with a variety of opportunities to interact with the community through exhibiting, demonstrating, and the creation of original works specifically for this event."
CSOPA Founder and President, Jeanine Careri Jackson www.csopa.org

CSOPA Members-Only Juried Portrait Exhibition and Events

Event Chairperson: ShawnaLee Kwashnak 

SPF17 Calendar of Events
All at Arts Escape except where noted.

July 15 Portrait Artists Submission Deadline - Prospectus in Artist Section below

August 12 Arts  Escape Fundraiser at Pine Meadow Gardens - Save the date! This exclusive garden and gala event features portrait demonstrations and a $500 Original Portrait Gift Certificate by a CSOPA artist in the silent auction. Go to ArtsEscape.org for details and to request tickets when they become available. Open to the public. 

October 1, 2 pm - 4 pm SPF17 Opening Reception, Awards, Holiday Giving , and Matching Program - See 30 original fine art portraits and meet the artists. Special events include Holiday Portrait Gift Certificates, and a Matching Program for anyone wishing to model for one our artists during the month of October. Pre-registration for the Match Program is FREE and gives you priority selection of an artist. For additional information and to pre-register, click this link: 

October, Monday thru Thursday 10 am - 4 pm SPF17 Portrait Artists in Residence Program
Check the ArtsEscape.org calendar to see which CSOPA artist may be working on site. Free and open the public.

October 5: New Britain Museum Face-to-Face Tour  -  Thursday Field Trip New Britain Museum for a special docent-lead Face-to-Face Portraits Tour. Seniors, students, and general public are invited to join members of The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists. Museum entry with tour is $15. Museum Tour + Copy Session is $20. We meet at Arts Escape at 10 am to view the CSOPA portrait exhibit together or you can meet us at the museum at 11am. Pre-registration is required. For details and to register, click this clink:  
Museum Tour

October 14, Live Demos Workshop 1 pm - 4 pm - CSOPA artist creates portraits of a  live model.   $25 per session. Pre-registration is required. Click this link: 
Demos & Workshop

October 28, Saturday Multiple Match Unveilings and Closing Ceremony 12-1pm - See the original head and shoulder portraits created for this event. Free and open to the public.

CSOPA Contacts: 
ShawnaLee Kwashnak artist@shawnalee.com 
Jeanine Careri Jackson: jacksonportaits@aol.com

To get the CSOPA or SPF17 logos, click on the images.
Artists' Core Schedule
July 15 Submission Deadline
September 30, Saturday 1 - 3pm Receiving 
October 28, Saturday Pick-Up 1-2pm

Up  $1200 in cash and gift awards.
See prospectus for additional information and submission instructions.

Cash and Gift Awards
Sign InView Entries
Exhibition Portraits
will be posted here
October 1 - 28, 2017
Portrait Festival
Bensen at the New Britain

New Members Welcome!