NEWS Annual & Biennial Shows

North American Open Juried Exhibition, Nov. 1-Dec. 6, 2020, Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth MA

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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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"Windswept," by June Webster
2020 Gold Medal: "Windswept," by June Webster

2021 Signature Member Show

Hosted by The Guild of Boston Artists
162 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

January 30, 2021 - February 28, 2021
Hours: Tues-Sat, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 pm
Closed Mondays

Over $4,000 in Awards

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Juror of Selection and Awards: Donald Demers

Don Demers is an accomplished illustrator and fine artist. His credits include “Fellow” of the American Society of Marine Painters, an elected member of both the Guild of Boston Artists and the California Art Club, and a signature member of Plein Air Painters of America. We are honored and fortunate to have Don as our juror this year. www.donalddemers.com

DUE TO COVID-19 THERE WILL BE NO WORKSHOP, DEMOS OR GALLERY TALKS, and NO AWARDS RECEPTION

Important dates and times

January 4, 2021 Submission deadline (via Smarter Entry only)
January 10 Notification of Acceptance
January 21 Shipped work due
January 27 Hand delivery of paintings, 10:30am-2:30pm (subject to change)
January 30 Notification awards (on NEWS website)
January 30 Show opens
February 28 Show closes. Pick up paintings, 4:30-6pm (subject to change)
March 1 Pick up paintings 11am-2pm (subject to change)
Shipped work will be returned as soon after March 2 as feasible

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ELIGIBILITY

  • Open to all NEWS Signature Members, one painting per person.
  • Painting must have been completed within the last five years.
  • All work must be for sale and meet framed size limitations.  No P.O.R.’s(Price on Request), no N.F.S.’s.
  • All work must be painted with aqua media including watercolor, acrylic, casein, egg tempera, gouache and inks on paper or synthetic paper such as Yupo; collage with only aqua media is acceptable.
  • All work must be original: no photocopies, 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.
  • Work may not be withdrawn early.
  • No changes in pricing or catalog information can be made after submission.
  • The Screening Committee has the right to refuse any painting that does not meet the stated specifications or is not accurately represented by the image submitted. As a signature member of NEWS it is an honor to exhibit in the  SMS, therefore it is expected that you submit your best work, framed in a professional manner.
  • Paintings may not have been previously exhibited in a NEWS show or at the Guild of Boston Artists.
  • Review guidelines and regulations here

SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES

  • Enter online via Smarter Entry
  • Submit your image as JPG, TIF or PNG files not greater than 4MB.  The longer side should be 1,200 pixels or greater (2000px recommended).
  • Paintings will be sold at the price originally stated by the artist.  No changes will be accepted. Please edit your entries carefully.
  • Only one image may be submitted.
  • $30 entry fee through Smarter Entry.
  • No CD entries, no slides.
  • 2021 dues must be paid in advance: http://www.newenglandwatercolorsociety.org/payDuesForm-Sig.html

NOTE

  • Submitted JPGs must accurately represent the painting. An online gallery will be created from these images. Please be aware that the quality of your image is particularly important this year as many visitors will opt to view the show on-line due to Covid precautions. Awards will be based on the actual painting that is delivered to the Guild of Boston Artists.
  • NEWS and the Guild of Boston Artists reserve the right to photograph paintings or use digital images for publicity purposes.

FRAMING OF SUBMITTED WORK

White and off-white mats only. All work must be framed under acrylic (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 be in “as if new” condition. Work not conforming to regulations WILL NOT BE EXHIBITED. Note - Size limitation of 36 inches in width, based on outside measurement of frame, 36” and not a fraction more.

DELIVERY OF SUBMITTED WORK

  • Hand delivered artwork must be received at the Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021,10:30am-2:30pm. (assigned times TBA) Due to Covid precautions there will be special drop off and pickup instructions. These details will be provided to all accepted artists. Complete the label that is at the end of this prospectus and attach it to the hanging wire of the painting.
  • Shipped works must be received at the Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 by January 21, 2021. Be sure to attach the completed label to your hanging wire.  A prepaid return shipping label must be included.

Note: Except for mailed work, please deliver your work unwrapped.

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE

  • Accepted artists will be posted on the NEWS website January 10, 2021
  • Works not accepted may be picked up by appointment at the Guild.

EXHIBITION HOURS

Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 pm; closed Monday.

SALES

A 40% commission will be retained by NEWS on all sales.

RETURN OF WORK

  • Work must be picked up at the Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury Street, Boston, MA on February 28, 2021, 4:30-6pm or March 1, 2021, 11am-2pm.( assigned times TBA)
  • Shipped works will be re-packed and returned to the artist after March 2, 2021.

Due to Covid there will be no workshop

LIABILITY

While all reasonable care will be taken, the New England Watercolor Society and the Guild of Boston Artists will not accept liability for any loss or damage.

DUE TO COVID-19 THERE WILL BE NO WORKSHOP, DEMOS OR GALLERY TALKS, and NO AWARDS RECEPTION

Submissions are through Smarter Entry! See below for details.

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Shipping Instructions for the North American Open Show

List of accepted artists with city/town and state to facilitate shared delivery/pickup

In-person drop off is scheduled for Sunday, October 25, 12 – 4 pm. Please be sure to include the tag at the bottom of the shipping instructions page.


"Copley Library Reading Room," by Peter Bass
2018 First Prize: "Copley Library Reading Room," by Peter Bass

2020 North American Open Juried Exhibition

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

November 1 - December 5, 2020
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 11am - 4pm
Sunday, 12 - 4pm

Deadline for entries - September 1 - sorry, entries for this show have closed

Up to $10,000 in Awards

Juror of Selection and Awards - Paul Jackson, AWS, NWS, MWC

Honored by the American Watercolor Society with signature membership at the age of 30, Jackson discovered his passion for watercolor at Mississippi State University in 1985. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Missouri in 1992, and has since been relentless in pursuit of his creative dreams, receiving top honors in national and international competitions, contributing his art to a vast library of magazines and books and sharing his creative influence to all corners of the earth.

Workshop with Paul Jackson, October 29 - 31, 2020, 9am - 4pm - postponed until 2021 due to Covid-19

Paul will demonstrate the versatility of watercolor paint. You will learn how to work in thin layers of washes to build up luminous colors. Paul will lead you step-by-step with demonstrations of the painting process. Emphasis will be on what makes a good painting, planning the entire picture area, the importance of thinking through the composition, good division of shapes, value planning, what to communicate about the subject, and how to correct mistakes.

Accepted Work

Show list

Suzanne Accetta: "Legacy Carrier"
Jerry Aissis: "Feel For Freshness"
Kate Aubrey: "Vision"
Lisa Bailey: "Past Encounter"
Karen Anne Baldauski: "Periwinklers Racing The Tide"
Peter Bass: "Pelagic Megafauna"
John Bayalis: "High Tide"
Robin Beckwith: "Birds of a Feather2"
Marilyn Bedford: "Twisted Strands"
Diane Bell: "Paddling"
Jane Bregoli: "Cross Section"
Terri Brooks: "Triathlon Morning"
Alonzo Clarke: "Storm Break"
Kathleen Conover: "Lines of Change"
Gina Croce: "Antica Sartoria"
Teresa Cromwell: "Fisherman"
Heather Crowley: "Barred Owl Transcendentalism"
Cynthia DiDonato: "Whirlwind"
Renee Dion: "Ballade d'automne"
Jackie Dorsey: "Blue Tattoo"
Caroline Doucette: "Chance to Grow"
Janet Dowling: "Them Apples"
Anne Downs: "Low Tide"
Evelyn Dunphy: "We Were Beautiful Once"
James Earl: "Passing Great Lakes Steel"
Gary Eckhart: "Hanging Around"
Elizabeth Fawcett: "a moment at dusk"
Z.L. Feng: "Capt'n"
Larry Folding: "Vermont Trout Stream"
Jeanette Fournier: "Snowed In"
Sandra Fries: """"Meet Me On The Mezzanine""""
Marla Greenfield: "All Star Battle"
Peggi Habets: "Still Here"
Jackie Habig: "Ground Crew"
Wendy Hale: "Cross Beams"
Stephen Hamlin: "Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers"
Nelson Hammer: "Mute Swan II"
Beverly Hammerman: "To Have And To Hold"
Ann Hart: "On the Move"
Yvonne Hemingway: "Peony Parade"
Peter Hoff: "Time in a Bottle"
Robert Y. C. Hsiung: "Our House"
Peter Hussey: "Capital with Betty Corning"
Christopher Kiersted: ""Jessica, Anguilla""
Keizo Koya: "Walking Together at New York City"
Chris Krupinski: "Bird's Eye View"
Andrew Kusmin: "Why We Recycle"
Janet Laird-Lagassee: "American Draft"
Bill Lane: "Hoppin Hill Farmhouse"
Jorge Leon: "Fading Memories"
Dongfeng Li: "A Breath of Fresh Air"
Gayle Loik: "Boiling Shrimp"
Judy Metcalfe: "Swirl"
Lisa Miceli: "What He Carried"
Joan Murphy: "Stephanie I"
Stuart Murphy: "Masked Couple"
Karen Nastuk: ""Little River Convenience, Gloucester MA""
Yale Nicolls: "Caladium!"
Robert Noreika: "Plastron & Perch"
Elizabeth Oberman: "Surfer Dude"
Yvonne Posa: "Phase 2 on Fabric Row"
Igor Puente: "The Other Cat of the House"
Michael Ridge: "Tracks"
Irena Roman: "John B."
Dawn Scaltreto: "Shell Collector"
Thomas W Schaller: "Footbridge - China"
Shauna Shane: "Reverie"
Eric Shute: "Cape Cod"
Susan Smith: "Carved Flautist"
Kristin Stashenko: "The Tourist"
Edgar Stewart: "Team"
Tom Stringe: "Thaw"
Jed Sutter : "International Harvester"
Don Taylor: "Fleet Street II"
Linda Thomas: "Spring Jubilee"
Elinor Thompson: "Covid -19 Chaos"
Carmella Tuliszewski: "Cornucopia"
Michael E. Vermette: ""Captain's Muse, Monhegan Island ME""
Stanley Wanczyk: "Sunday Afternoon at Beavertail Light"
June Webster: "Day is Done"

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Important dates and times (revised May 19)

September 1 Submission deadline (closed)
September 15 Accepted artists posted
October 23 Shipped Works due
October 25 Hand delivery of accepted paintings: 12 - 4pm
October 30 Juror Demonstration 7pm
November 1 Show Opens, Reception & Awards Presentation 2 - 4pm
December 5 Show Closes
December 6 Pick up paintings 12 - 4pm
Shipped work will be returned as soon after Dec. 6 as feasible

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Eligibility

  • Open to any artist age 18 and older residing in North America..
  • 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.

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 2020. 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 1.

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 October 23.

Hand delivered artwork must be received at the Plymouth Center for the Arts on October 25, 12 - 4pm. 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 46" in any direction, based on outside measurement of frame.

Sales

A 40% commission will be retained and split between NEWS & PCA 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 Plymouth Center for the Arts on December 6, 12 - 4pm. Shipped works will be repacked and returned to the artist after December 6..

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.

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The New England Watercolor Society is now using Smarter Entry for show submissions. If you are having problems, please contact Steve Hamlin for assistance: shamlin@crocker.com or steve@stevehamlinart.com.

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