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Exhibition Information

FSWS is proud to support our members with juried art shows.  The Awards for our Juried Show Awards are 1st Place $500, 2nd Place $400, 3rd Place $300, Excellence in Transparent Watercolor $250 (awarded at Aqueous Shows only), Merit Awards (1-4) $100 each, Honorable Mention and Peoples’ Choice certificates.

To submit a painting to a show, the fees are as follows:

  • Members $20 for each painting (Members may submit 1 or 2 paintings per exhibition).  Dues must be paid before entering shows (Annual membership is $35)
  • Nonmembers $30 for each painting
  • Nonmembers may join at receiving (Annual membership is $35)

Transparent Exhibition Entry Forms: Please note that there is a separate entry form for transparent paintings. Please click on this link to download and print a copy of the FSWS Transparent Notice which must be attached to the painting.

Entry form for exhibition submission can be found here:

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Couriers

In the broad seven county areas that we cover, it is sometimes difficult to deliver your own paintings to a show for entry and pick up. The good news is there are volunteer couriers among us . . .  and they drive! You will need to contact them directly and make arrangements to transfer your art work and fill out the entry forms.  If you are willing to serve as a volunteer courier from your area from time to time, please contact us at fswsnl@gmail.com.

Bradenton

Jackie Clark (941-538-2637) 6193 9th Avenue Circle NE, Bradenton  jacquieclark@hotmail.com

Mary Louise Ringers (941-322-6374) 22373 Panther Loop, Bradenton ringersart@gmail.com

Joan Stephens (941-792-5610) 610 Estuary Drive, Bradenton joan.stephens@ironwood.com

Sharon Lennox Woelfling (717-439-9003) 262 Sapphire Lake Drive, Bradenton swoelflingart@gmail.com

North Port/Venice/Punta Gorda

Arnie Parios (941-697-2174) 40 Bunker Circle, Rotunda West, arnandrach@comcast.net

Linda Lee Foster (941-497-4802) 415 Fieldstone Drive, Venice, lindaleefoster@aol.com

Gail Ribas (207-460-4119) 1906 Lamont Street, North Port, gailribas@gmail.com

Sarasota

Jerome Chesley (716- 903-8858) 37 Sunset Drive, Apt. P 71, Sarasota, jchesley33@aol.com

Roger Parent (941-966-1397) 448 East MacEwen Drive; Osprey, rogerparent@verizon.net

Joanne Warber (941-366-6441) 1226 Holly Fern Lane, Sarasota, fwarber@comcast.net

Tampa/St.Pete

Kathy Durdin (813-254-7667) 1820 W. Richardson Place, Tampa, kdurdin1@tampabay.rr.com

Libit Jones (727-667-4108) 3500 12th Avenue North, St. Pete.,  libit@ij.net

Palmetto/parrish

Pauline Boston, (941-776-9409) 3306 Wilderness Boulevard West, Parrish, frankboston@gmail.com

Carole Dougherty (941-722-2314) 1205 3rd Street Circle East, Palmetto, cdocksider1@aol.com

art guidelines

The following guidelines are intended to assist artists who enter FSWS juried shows understand and follow the Bylaws requirement that all submitted entries must be your original work. FSWS relies on your personal integrity and judgment to determine whether your work qualifies or not. FSWS will also use these guidelines when evaluating a painting that is challenged for a lack of originality in a FSWS juried show.

  1. If a photo reference is used, you must have either taken and composed the image yourself, or have received written permission to use it.
  2. The idea or concept for the painting must be predominantly your own. Although the subject, the idea or the concept for a painting may have been done before, such as a still life, a landscape, and such, original entries in FSWS shows must be based on your own ideas, colors, composition, viewpoint and personal style. If the painting isn’t a direct copy of another artist’s work, and as long as your own personal style and viewpoint are expressed in the painting, it is most likely that your entry will be fine.
  3. Paintings that are done under step by step instruction in a class or workshop setting are not considered your original work. These paintings often rely on the professional guidance of the instructor, who sometimes provides the image itself, and thus does not reflect your own exclusive personal and original work.
  4. If you have submitted your work for critiques and you may or may not have followed the comments and suggestions of others, you may enter your painting into FSWS juried shows – as long as you consider the painting to be predominantly your own work.

General Prospectus for Juried Exhibitions

Eligibility – Except for the Signature Members Exhibition, members may submit paintings that meet the definition and criteria of either the Aqueous or Transparent Watercolor Exhibition.  All members’ dues must be current in order to enter an exhibition at the members’ entry fee. Non-members may join at Receiving or they may pay a higher entry fee determined by the Board. Currently, the entry fee for each painting is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Entry fees are not refundable. Members may enter up to two paintings in a show and up to four paintings when FSWS offers a double show.

General – Paintings shall not be more than two years old and must be the original work of the artist.  Work done under instruction, published photocopies of paintings and copies of other works of art will not be accepted.  A painting accepted in one juried FSWS exhibition cannot be entered in another.  A Compliance Committee will inspect all artwork. Any one artist may only receive one award per show.  Award winners must be present to accept the award (unless prior arrangements are made).

Transparent Watercolor – is defined as a painting executed in traditional watercolor paints, namely water resoluble transparent medium, without the addition of opaque white pigments, the white of the paper being the only white permitted, on traditional watercolor paper, unvarnished, matted and framed under Plexiglas.

Please note: Unacceptable entries include: white paint or gesso/priming, acrylic, gouache, ink, pastel, metallic/iridescent paint, collage, embossing, and all non-traditional surfaces like Yupo.

Aqueous Watercolor – is defined as a painting executed in any water soluble medium, including acrylic, ink, egg tempera or watercolor collages (except water soluble oils or pastels), painted on all surfaces created for water media, such as paper, Yupo, clay coated and synthetic surfaces, silk, illustration board and flat watercolor canvas.

Matting & Framing – Paintings must be under a separate sheet of rigid and clean acrylic plastic (e.g. Plexiglas) – NO GLASS ALLOWED.   The acrylic must be clean and free of scratches, with no debris between the mat and the Plexiglas.

White and off-white mats are the only ones permitted.  Thin colored liners may be used if they add positively to the painting.

Frames must be free of chips, dents or scratches, and wired for hanging with the ends of the wires taped to avoid scratches and injury.

Sales – A commission fee, as determined by the host gallery, will be reflected in the sale of any artwork displayed during the exhibition.

Liability – Neither the host gallery nor FSWS will be responsible for loss or damage to any artwork submitted.  The members of the receiving host gallery and FSWS will, of course, exercise the utmost care in handling all submitted artwork.

Pick-Up – Artwork must be picked up on the specified day, during the specified hours, or the host gallery may impose a storage fee.

Board Approval – The General Prospectus may be changed at the Board’s discretion. Members should check the FSWS website for the most up-to-date version

Publicity – The FSWS may photograph all accepted entries, the winners and others at its exhibitions and receptions, and use these photographs on its website, and for any other publicity deemed appropriate by the Board.

Compliance & Jurying

All submissions are reviewed for compliance with the requirements described in the General Prospectus. Entries are reviewed after all paintings have been received and before the juror begins his/her evaluation. Works which do not comply are rejected. Decisions on compliance are final. Artists will be notified by phone if their work is not accepted.

The juror selects an appropriate number of pieces for the show based on the size of the gallery and the juror selects the award recipients.

Please inspect your paintings carefully prior to submission. Our exhibits showcase the best of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society artists. Be proud of your participation and be proud of your work!

Complaint Process

These are the procedures for responding to a complaint when a painting in a FSWS show is challenged about its originality.  The President is responsible for reviewing immediately all complaints of this nature. The President must consult with the 1st Vice President who serves as Exhibition Chair, and the Compliance Committee Chair, who is not a Board member, and must keep the Board informed of such complaints and their resolution.

The complainant must provide the President with documentation supporting their complaint, such as a photo or a link to a similar painting or photograph done by another artist. The name of the complainant remains confidential.

The President must immediately contact the artist whose work is challenged and request sufficient documentation, including reference photos and drawings, and any other support materials.

The President, 1st Vice President and Compliance Committee Chair meet and review all documentation from the complainant and the artist. Their decision is final and must be reported to the FSWS Board in Executive Session to protect all parties.

If a painting is deemed a copied work lacking sufficient originality, it must be removed from the FSWS show; if an award was given for it, the award is forfeited; the artist must be informed in writing and warned that a second offense will result in forfeiting their right to exhibit in FSWS shows in the future.

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