New England Watercolor Society
New England Watercolor Society
New England Watercolor Society
New England Watercolor Society

Entry Information

Biennial Shows

The New England Watercolor Society sponsors two shows each year: either a regional juried show or a North American Open juried show (both biennial shows on alternate years); and a show of signature members work.

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The regional juried shows, on odd numbered years, are open to any watercolor artist living in New England. The North American Open juried shows, held on even numbered years, are open to any watercolor painter in North America. The venues and dates for these shows are decided show by show.

The Signature Members show is open to NEWS signature members only. It is usually in February at the Guild of Boston Artists on Newbury St., Boston MA.

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"Raquette River, Late Summer" by Tony Connor
2020 First Prize "John B." by Irena Roman

2022 North American Open Juried Exhibition

Hosted by Plymouth Center for the Arts
11 North Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

November 2 - December 3, 2022
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5 pm

Over $5,000 in Awards

Juror of Selection and Awards – Soon Warren, NWS, AWS, TWS

Soon Y. Warren was born in South Korea. She immigrated to the United States in 1987.

Soon's favorite subjects are those found in nature: people, an animal, trees, a tangerine, pear, oriental poppy, iris or something of intrigue at the moment. Flowers from her gardens often become models for paintings.

She says that, "I'm inspired by the beauty and complexity of nature and our surroundings. I try to paint the essence of subjects and my sincere feeling for nature"

Workshop with Soon Warren, Oct. 28, 29 and 30, 2022, 9 am - 4 pm

She earned an AAS degree in Commercial Art from Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) in Hampton, Virginia. Soon had several exhibitions and earned numerous awards. Soon Y. is a signature member of The National Watercolor Society (NWS), Southern Watercolor Society (SW), Texas Watercolor Society, Purple Sage Brush (TWS), and Society of Watercolor Artist (SWA).

She published an art technique book "Vibrant Flowers in Watercolor" with F+W Publication, (North Light Book) in 2006. Important dates and times

Important dates and times

1-Sep-2022 Submission deadline
16-Sep-2022 Artist Notification of Acceptance
20-Oct-2022 Shipped Works due
23-Oct-2022 Hand delivery of accepted paintings: 12 pm - 3 pm
28-Oct-2022 to
Workshop with Soon Warren
6-Nov-2022 Show Reception 2 pm - 5 pm
3-Dec-2022 Show Closes
4-Dec-2022 Pick up paintings 12 pm - 3 pm
Shipped work will be returned as soon after December 4 as feasible.

Once our Prospectus is finalized for the North American Open Exhibition, we will make Smarter Entry available for submissions and post the eligibility requirements.


  • Open to any artist age 18 and older residing in New England or represented by a New England gallery
  • All work must be painted with aqua media. These include watercolor, acrylic, casein, egg tempera, gouache and inks on unvarnished paper or synthetic paper such as Yupo.
  • No photo copies, color laser prints, multiple prints, pastels or computer generated work.
  • Work may not have been created in a class or workshop under a teacher's supervision.
  • Art may not be withdrawn early.
  • No changes in pricing or catalog information may be made after acceptance.
  • All work must be for sale.
  • The Screening Committee has the right to refuse any painting that does not meet the stated specifications or is not accurately represented by image submitted.
  • Art work exhibited in past New England Watercolor Society exhibitions is not eligible.

Full NEWS submission rules can be found here.

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Entry Fees

  • Non-Members: $30 one entry, $35 two entries, $40 three entries
  • NEWS Signature and Associate Members: $20 one entry, $25 two entries, $30 three entries

Signature/Associate discount code will be sent via e-mail and must be used to receive the discount.
Please be sure your member dues are paid for 2021. Otherwise you must pay the non-member entry fee.

Entry fees will be paid by credit card at the time of entering images.

Notification of Acceptance

Accepted artists will be posted on our website by August 8.

Delivery of Accepted Work

A handling fee of $50 will be required of shipped work. Detailed shipping instructions will be provided upon acceptance to the exhibition. Shipped work must arrive by September 17.

Hand delivered artwork must be received at Arts Center East on September 26, 11am - 2pm. To facilitate drop-off and return of work, a complete list of accepted artists will be posted online so that cooperative arrangements for drop-off and pick-up can independently be made.

Framing of Accepted Work

White and off-white mats only. All work must be framed under Plexiglas. Wires must be attached so that they are not visible when the work is hanging. No sawtooth hangers allowed. Mat, frame and glazing package must have a professional look and must be in "as new" condition. Work not conforming to regulations WILL NOT BE EXHIBITED! Note size limitation of 42" in any direction (to outside of frame).


A 40% commission will be retained and split between NEWS & ACE on all sales. Paintings will be sold at the price originally stated by the artists on entry. No changes will be accepted. No P.O.R., no N.F.S..

Return of Work

Work must be picked up at the Arts Center East on November 2, 11am - 2pm. Shipped works will be repacked and returned to the artist after November 2.

Note: It is the obligation of artists to exhibit accepted works. Failure to do so wastes the opportunity of another artist to display their work or become eligible for signature membership.

NEWS and PCA reserve the right to photograph paintings or use digital images for publicity purposes.