Color pencil artwork is an expanding media seen more and more in art shows and galleries, and more and more in combination with other media. Though colored pencils have been available in a limited selection since the early 1800s, they were primarily for "checking and marking." By the mid-1920s however A.W. Faber was offerig over 60 colors for artisitc use. Other European art supply manufacturers folloed suit. In America in the late 1930s, Berol Prismacolors offered artists velvety textured pencils in a wide range of labratory tested colors. Today artists have a great variety of color pencils to choose. The Colored Pencil Society of America founded in 1990 has a growing roster of artists in its ranks.