ROSWELL, Ga. — Residents might be surprised to hear that the art in one of Roswell’s newest exhibits is made entirely from colored pencil. 

The realistic works and abstract patterns look more reminiscent of oil, acrylic or, from farther away, photography.

“Is it really colored pencil?”

It’s a question representatives from Atlanta Chapter 107 of the Colored Pencil Society of America have encountered time and time again.

“Many people have no idea what can be accomplished with this medium,” said Chapter President Debra Yaun. “So, we reply, ‘Yes! Its colored pencil.’ I thought that would be a good name for the exhibit… We are hoping to show that colored pencil is a serious art medium.”

Chapter members will display their works at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center from June 1 through July 31 during standard business hours. All of the works are colored pencil on different surfaces, including white or toned papers, sanded papers and prepared boards.

The difference of colored pencils from other artistic mediums is the amount of control it allows, Yaun said.

“Colored pencil is easy to start and stop versus oil painting and other mediums that require a lot of clean up,” Yaun said. “It is also easy to transport or travel with. Since it is a pencil form, it allows fine detail and control that some people have trouble with in other mediums… I have been teaching for years, and many of my students have told me they had no idea what they could accomplish until they tried colored pencil.”

The exhibit will feature the work of several artists who have won international awards and are now considered signature members of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Some of the artists include Yaun, Joan Gelblat, Judith Surowiec, Katherine Moore and Susie Hood. 

“Many of our artists are realists and show every detail,” Yaun said. “But colored pencil can also be used for a more abstract or creative look.”

The Colored Pencil Society of America was founded in 1990 as a nonprofit dedicated to promoting colored pencils as a fine art medium and encouraging innovative use. The Atlanta Chapter is the only one in Georgia. It meets monthly and regularly hosts programs about new products and techniques.

For more information about the exhibit, the Atlanta Chapter or to get involved, visit 

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