The Cypress Art League is expected to have more than 100 pieces of art painted in various mediums on public display this week as it stages its first fully open Autumn Showcase since the onset of the COVID pandemic this Sunday, Sept. 18.
“You can’t believe how happy we are,” said Hedi Roethel, CAL Treasurer.
This weekend, artists will compete for cash prizes and ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places among various categories, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, photography, mixed media photography, digital art and drawing. Roethel said there will also be a “Best of Show” award.
“We have a range of media that are being judged and are awarded prizes,” she said, noting that independent art experts are brought in as judges. Judging of the art will occur on Saturday and the show opens to the public on Sunday.
Some local businesses will sponsor certain contests and offer individual prizes such as custom framing, she added.
Roethel said the Autumn Art Show will be held inside their dedicated room inside the Cypress Community Center, 5700 Orange Ave in Cypress.
She said the show opens at 12 noon, general meeting from 2-4 p. m. with demonstrations, followed by awards ceremony.
For details of interest to entering artists, please refer to its website, www.cypressArtLeague.com During Sunday’s Autumn Show, Roethel said, the CAL are having a big sale of donated art materials; canvasses, WC and other papers, paints, brushes, sketch books, frames, easels, and more.”
The nonprofit Cypress Art League was established 53 years ago in 1969, said Roethel, and their membership extends beyond the physical boundaries of Cypress to artists throughout the area.
“Our purpose really is to promote understanding and enjoyment of the arts among citizens of our communities that are represented here,” she said.
Also, she said the Cypress Art League gives scholarships to art/photo students at Cypress College.
Things are ramping up since the pandemic. “We have lectures, just something of interest to our membership and people,” said Roethel.