Colored Pencil Society exhibition featured in Duluth

Debra Yaun calls the artwork that can be created using colored pencils astounding.

"I'd like for more people to be aware of what can be done with colored pencils," the Buford artist said.

The more than 100 pieces created using the medium that are on display at the Hudgens Center for the Arts are a good start to that end.

The 17th annual Colored Pencil Society of America International Exhibition is featured in the Fowler Gallery and along the Rowe Promenade at the Duluth arts venue.

The exhibit features a drawing by Yaun, president of the Atlanta chapter of the CPSA, titled "Memories of Dad's Yard." The piece is a memorial to Yaun's late father, who fed the various animals pictured in the drawing in his Largo, Fla., backyard.

"The piece means a lot to me since it's in memory of my dad," Yaun said, "and (creating) it was kind of therapy for me after he passed away."

The colored pencil drawing depicts cardinals, squirrels, an owl, a blue jay and other animals.

"(My dad) was always excited when I would get into the shows and I thought it would be a good way to honor him by being in the show," Yaun said. "I was very happy it made it in."

The CPSA exhibition will be in display through Aug. 29.