Prospectus - Call for Entries

The Bold & Beautiful Watermedia Exhibition
The Northern Arizona Watercolor Society 
2018 Spring Members Exhibition

Show Dates: March 15, 2018 – March 27, 2018

Venue: Special Exhibition Gallery
             Sedona Arts Center
            15 Art Barn Road
             Sedona, Arizona 86336 

Deadline for Receipt of Entries: Saturday, February 3, 2018

​As watercolor artists all of us have run into stereotypes about what is expected in watercolor paintings. Let's show off the diversity of watermedia and subject matter in this show. Whether your joy of painting can be found in landscapes, portraits, florals, abstract expressionism, still life and more, let's bring it! This prospectus has a wide range of watermedia, surfaces and some framing choices.

SPECIAL CHALLENGE CATEGORY - "The Color Red," Create a painting where the color red is essential to the success of this painting. Only one of your entries can be in this category. This challenge has a separate award.

NON-JURIED STATUS CATEGORY - This category is for artists who have not yet achieved juried status in NAWS. We would like to encourage those of you who are relatively new to the show to be "bold and colorful" and submit your work.

AWARDS - Best of Show, Award of Excellence, Juror's Award, NAWS Memorial Award, Award of Distinction, Merit Award, Special Challenge Award, Non-Juried Award, Sponsor Awards

Exhibition Calendar
  • February 3: Deadline for receipt of images and related material
  • February 19: Acceptance notices will be sent by email or regular mail for those without email.
  • March 15: Take-in of accepted work 9 am to 11 am at the Exhibition Gallery.  
  • March 15: Show Opens at 3 pm.
  • March 22: Reception and Awards Presentation by Juror, 5 pm - 8 pm
  • March 27: Take down and pickup artwork 3 pm to 5 pm

Entry Fees: (non-refundable) due with Entry Form & Images 
1 Entry: $20
2 Entries: $30
3 Entries: $35

The Spring Exhibition is open to NAWS members whose dues are current. Non-members may enter by paying membership dues of $35 (Join NAWS) and entry fees. Entries must be original, entirely the work of the unsupervised entrant. Copies, prints and digitally produced material of any kind are not allowed. Entries must have been completed in the past 2 years.

Approved Material:  
All paintings must be executed in water media defined as: watercolor paints, gouache, water based inks, watercolor crayons, watercolor pencils, egg tempera, casein, or fluid acrylics. Water-soluble oils and heavy bodied acrylics are not acceptable.

Approved Papers and Supports:
Watercolor paper & board, Yupo, clayboard, watercolor canvas, gessoed watercolor paper or oriental papers. Collage is acceptable using plain white papers painted with water-based media by the artist. Not approved are masonite, canvas and wood.

Acceptance Requirements:
Sitting the show: Artists who have work in the show are required to work at the gallery one shift. If you are unable to sit, you must find another person to take your place.

All entries must be priced for sale for insurance purposes which includes 20% donation to NAWS and AZ Sales Tax if sold. Checks are written to the artist or PayPal can be used by selecting "PayPal Purchase" on the NAWS website menu.

Frames must be simple but sturdy enough to support the art’s weight and be appropriately wired (no saw-toothed hangers), ready to display with a clean, professional appearance. Darks, neutrals or white & off- white mats may be used. Liners or filets, if used may be colored. Any scratched, damaged and or soiled framing will be refused. The artist will have until 4p.m. at Take-In to fix the problem.

Paintings must be protected with Plexiglass, glass or spray varnish. If glass is used the finished frame size can be no larger than 616 sq. inches, due to weight. Do not put glass on a shipped painting.
Paintings on Watercolor Canvas or clayboard do not need matting and glazing. 

Size Restrictions: 
Minimum image size of 80 Maximum frame height: 44”. Maximum frame width: 44”. 

How to Enter:
Selection of artwork by our juror will be from digital images. 
There are three steps to submitting an entry:

1. Fill out the entry form:

2. Pay for your entries with PayPal 

   Mail your check to NAWS
    P. O. Box 508, Sedona, AZ 86339

3. Email your images to Sandra Beck at [email protected]
​    Prepare Your Images:
  • File Format for Images: jpeg
  • Image Size: 300 dpi (approximately 5 x 7)
  • File Name: The first 4 letters of your last name followed by the first 3 letters of your first name, then the entry number and last the painting's title.
  • EXAMPLE:  Betty Smith's 1st entry: smitbet.1.snowball.jpg

Delivery of artwork: 
Accepted paintings must be hand delivered on
March 15th between 10 am and Noon to:
SAC Special Exhibition Gallery
15 Art Barn Road
Sedona, AZ 86336

Shipped paintings must arrive by March 10th and are to be sent to:
Sandra Beck 
908 Cliff Rose Court
Sedona, AZ 86336

Mr. Sterling Edwards

Questions about the Spring Exhibition? 
E-mail or phone:

Linda Sherman, Chair
[email protected]

Marsha Owen, Co-Chair
[email protected]

Sandra Beck 
[email protected] 
Entry Fee Options - Select carefully please