San Diego Watercolor Society Member Shows

Members of the San Diego Watercolor Society are entitled to enter up to two (2) regular-size and two (2) mini-size paintings in each of our regular monthly member shows. See Show/Exhibition Requirements below.

All shows are juried. The fee is either $120 for the Annual Member Show Entry Fee or $20 for each regular monthly member show you enter.

A 20% commission to SDWS will be taken on any painting sold.


 

Show/Exhibition Requirements

Eligibility

Sales

Size categories

Media

Surfaces

Framing

Matting

Backing

Wiring

Exhibition

Any submission violating SDWS requirements will be eliminated. These SDWS rules allow the presentation of high quality, professional gallery shows. They reflect our concern with safety of the artwork and of people handling the work. These rules are consistent with those of watercolor organizations across the country, including AWS and NWS.

Insurance
Artists are responsible for providing coverage on submitted artwork.  SDWS assumes NO liability (including after sale of the work).


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the procedure for entering the monthly Member Shows?

Bring your paintings to the SDWS Gallery on entry day.  The dates for submission are listed on the Upcoming Shows page and on the calendar.  There are two options for entry: 1) $20 entry fee (for up to 4 paintings) due for each Member Show, or 2) a one-time annual $120 fee for all eleven Member Shows (November through September shows). During October, the Gallery is reserved for our International Exhibition, which has its own entry fee and requirements.

What can I enter?

You may enter two regular size paintings and two miniatures.

Does entering guarantee that my work will be shown?

We always have more art entered than there is room to show, so each month a juror selects the paintings to be shown that month.  In addition, the juror selects the paintings to be honored with certificates, or monetary awards, as in the case of the several cash award shows held each year.  Notice of Acceptance will be posted on www.sdws.org on the member’s home page as soon as possible after jurying is completed. Each show is unique in terms of the Juror and the art submitted for consideration. Art not being accepted is a function of selection and the juror's taste; artists are encouraged to resubmit their paintings at the next entry day. Juror's comments are posted on the website. If an entry is not accepted, you are expected to retrieve it from the Gallery as soon as possible.  Artists juried into member shows are strongly encouraged to volunteer service or staff the gallery (4) times per year.

What are the “First Friday” receptions?

These are the official Member Show receptions held at the Gallery on the first Friday of each month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Members are encouraged to attend, regardless of whether they have art juried into the show. This is an opportunity to meet other artists and those who appreciate art socially and to view the new show. The event is open to the general public in order to gain exposure for our Gallery, so bring your friends, colleagues, or anyone interested in viewing and collecting art!  Accepted artists are asked to bring an hors d’oeuvre to share.

Are there other ways to have my art available for sale at the Gallery?

Member Artists may display and sell greeting cards they have designed and produced. The SDWS greeting card policy may be found on our Forms & Documents page. Also, Member Artists may include their own websites on our home page where visitors can go to inquire about obtaining the artist's paintings.