2021 SWS Annual Membership Exhibition: Call for entries – $8,000+ in prizes

The call for entries for the SWS 58th Annual Membership Exhibition officially opened on Friday, May 1 on the CaFE website. The entry deadline is midnight, Tuesday, June 30 Texas time. You must be a SWS member in good standing with dues paid as of June 30 to qualify for the exhibition.

More than $8,000 in cash and merchandise will be awarded in a variety of categories, including $1,500 for Best of Show. (Please CLICK HERE to see complete PROSPECTUS). The juror will be Ruth Armitage, NWS, an award-winning artist whose paintings express her connection to her family farm.  Her abstracted landscapes are inspired by memories, imagination and observation of aerial views.  She uses rich, vibrant color embellished by narrative, symbolic pencil and brush marks to tell the story of her connection to the property that has been the home for her family.

The Exhibition of accepted entries will open on Wednesday, September 2 at the Blue House Too Gallery at Watters Creek in Allen, Texas. The awards reception is planned for Sunday, September 27 at the same location. The show closes on Saturday, October 3. Read more about it https://swswatercolor.org/exhibitions/sws-58th-annual-membership-exhibition-2021

The Southwestern Watercolor Society (SWS) is a prestigious national organization celebrating its 57th anniversary, with approximately 400 members throughout the United States. Information about the SWS may be found on our website and in our monthly newsletter at SWSwatercolor.org, and on Facebook.

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Juror of Selection and Awards – Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS

Steve Rogers is an award-winning representational and abstract artist with more than 30 years of experience in teaching workshops around the world. “My purpose as a representational artist is to portray the beauty of light and color in God’s world as I experience it within my heart.” Many of Rogers’ images are watercolors he has painted since his first trip to the Mediterranean in 1992. “…I have been able to paint this beautiful land not as one who sees it every day, but as a ‘visitor,’ who is awestruck by something fresh and new, and at the same time, very ancient.” Rogers’ intuitive abstract paintings are inspired by the plein air locations that he teaches in around the world; his vision is to paint the emotional and spiritual feeling of a place.

A Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS) and the National Watercolor Society (NWS), Rogers won the NWS Annual Juried Exhibition Purchase Award Winner Best of Show in 2006. In addition, Rogers’ paintings have won hundreds of awards in juried competitions over his career, including four awards in the AWS Annual International Exhibition. His artwork was featured on the cover of American Artist’s Watercolor Magazine in the Winter 2007 issue. Steve Rogers has made a career of painting since 1975, and lives with his artist wife, Janet Rogers, in Florida. To learn more, go to WatercolorsbyRogers.com.

Call for Entries OpensFriday, May 1, 2020 – entries accepted at Callforentry.org
Call for Entries ClosesTuesday, June 30, 2020 – 11:59 pm CST
Preview PartySunday, July 12, 2020 – Blue House Too Gallery, 2:00-4:00 pm*
Acceptance NotificationSunday, July 19, 2020, via email
Deadline to Receive Shipped ArtFriday, August 28, 2020 – from artists to shipping agent Navis Pack & Ship
Deadline for Hand-Delivered ArtMonday, August 31, 2020 – Blue House Too Gallery, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Navis Pack & Ship Delivery Monday, August 31, 2020 – Blue House Too Gallery, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Art HungMonday/Tuesday, August 31/September 1, 2020 – Blue House Too Gallery
Show OpensWednesday, September 2, 2020 – Blue House Too Gallery, 4:00-8:00 pm
Jury of Awards SelectionSunday, September 6, 2020 – Blue House Too Gallery, 1:00-6:00 pm
Awards ReceptionSunday, September 27, 2020 – Blue House Too Gallery, 4:00-6:00 pm
Show ClosesSaturday, October 3, 2020 – Blue House Too Gallery, 9:00 pm
Pick-up Hand-Delivered ArtSunday, October 4, 2020 – Blue House Too Gallery, 1:00-6:00 pm**
Shipped Art ReturnedMonday, October 5, 2020 – from Navis Pack & Ship to artists, 9:00 am-12:00 pm