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Colored pencils on display in Clayton

Twenty members of the Raleigh-Durham chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America are exhibiting their work this month at the Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton.

Two artists are from nearby – Jim Sanders of Garner and Annette Kirk of Wendell. Nine are from Raleigh – Pearl Cohen, Sue Fiumano, Liz Guzynski, Suzan Holmes, Linda Jones, Nina MacDonald, Dorothea Miller, Jan Pope and Jeanette Rice. Two are from Cary – Kay Mowery and Toby Sue Shaw. The others are Jackie Balog of Willow Spring, Margaret Dry of Henderson, Betty Hendrix of Whispering Pines, Glenda Parker Jones of Chapel Hill, Terry Korab of Apex, Kate Lagaly of Roxboro and Donna Slade of Wake Forest.

The exhibit will run through May 1. Admission is free. The Clayton Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Colored pencils are relatively new to the art world, having been introduced only in the 1920s. Considering that other art materials, such as oils and watercolors, have been used continuously in Western art for centuries, it is remarkable how quickly colored pencils have become a part of the art scene in the United States and around the world.

Their color intensity and depth, their durability and the ability to create fine detail make them ideal for rendering many subjects, from illustrations to landscapes to portraits.

Because colored pencils are a transparent medium, the artist can create luminous and vibrant colors by layering.

The pigments used in these pencils resist fading, so paintings and drawings done in artist-grade pencil on archival papers or art boards can be handed down from generation to generation with little loss of quality.

Verna Curnow founded the Colored Pencil Society of America in 1990. The group has 27 chapters throughout the country and almost 2,000 members. The local chapter’s next meeting is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. May 11 at Studio M10, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, Cary.

While based in the Triangle, the Raleigh-Durham chapter supports artists throughout the Carolinas. For more information, visit the Raleigh-Durham group’s website at