June 24, 2020
Part of the 400th anniversary celebration of the landing of the Mayflower, this show is open to paintings in water media by North American artists age 18 and older. Up to three paintings may be submitted, but no more than one per artist will be accepted.
Juror of Selection and Awards – Paul Jackson, AWS, NWS, MWC.
The New England Watercolor Society primarily embraces traditional watermedia materials and practices. In view of the ever-broadening definition of the term "aqua media," we have developed the following framework of guidelines for our shows.
Acceptable surfaces: Watercolor paper; toned watercolor paper; Yupo and similar synthetic papers; paper coated with water‐based varnish and gesso; textured paper; illustration board; watercolor board; rice paper
Unacceptable surfaces: Composite paper with embedded materials; wood or composite panels; gallery wrapped or stretched canvas; canvas paper; Duralar; Aquaboard, Clayboard or other coated wood or composite panel; unmounted canvas or other fabrics; Tyvec; metal; glass
Media and Mediums
Acceptable mediums: Watercolor; gouache; acrylic; acrylic mediums and watercolor mediums; ink; casein; egg tempera
Acceptable media up to 20%: line & wash; watercolor pencils; collage (waterbased, on or of paper); charcoal; graphite; wax accents and resists; waterbased monotypes and mono prints; embossing; metallic waterbased paint; waterbased iridescent paints or powders (not glitter)
Unacceptable media: Pastels; colored pencil other than watercolor pencil; impasto (thickly applied) acrylic and watermedia; fabrics; digital media or digitally enhanced images; multiple edition prints; sand; glitter; gold or metal leaf; collage from printed materials, newspaper, magazines, etc.; water‐miscible oil paints; photography; reproductions
Framing and Presentation
Work must be presented in a professional manner. No broken or damaged frames. Work must be glazed under Plexiglas or similar clear acrylic surface. No glass. No unglazed work accepted. Work may be floated within the frame, or presented with a single or double mat. White or off white mats only, liner mat less than 3/8" may be colored. Work must be wired with no wire or hanger showing when hung. No tooth hangers. Frames, Plexi and mat must be clean and in excellent shape!
Work must not have been exhibited in a previous New England Watercolor Society Show. Work should have been completed within previous 10 years unless stricter age limit is specified in the show prospectus. Other restrictions may apply - see prospectus for the show you are submitting to.
No work copied from copywritten material (image from a card or calendar, other people's photo reference, etc.). No work partially or wholly painted by another. No work done in a workshop. All work must be for sale at the price originally stated on the entry form. Work must be the same work represented by the submitted digital images. No altered digital images may be submitted, artwork should be well represented by the image submitted. Work must be the size represented in the submission form.