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    • 17 Feb 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • 30 Mar 2024
    • 11:59 AM
    • PWS Website


    The Face in the Mirror

     February 4 – March 30, 2024  PWS Online Gallery


    … what can a “Self-Portrait ” be?


    While a portrait refers to any painting that depicts a human figure, a self-portrait refers to a painting that depicts the artist that produced it. Self-portraiture, whether produced in the medium of painting or of photography, is its own distinct genre of art, like that of the landscape or the still life.


    The purpose of a self-portrait is to show a reflection of the creator. It may or may not be a full or realistic depiction. Most self-portraits are images of the full frontal face or a head shot, but abstract or creative works may show, for example, one nervous eye, or the artist's hand and paint brush, as the focus.


    As we open our 2024 year with our online programming, we are presenting you with this first opportunity of the year to exhibit online through our website with The Face in the Mirror!


    What do you want to say about yourself? How do you see you? What do you see when you look into that mirror, on a good day? bad day? fun day? sad Day?


    With these thoughts in mind, we are challenging PWS Artists to create new works for this online exhibit to be presented on our website. Works


    must be on a paper surface (YUPO and Tyvek are permitted) unvarnished, and be completed with water-based media.  We are asking for new work completed between January 1, 2023 and January 30, 2024.


    Our Juror of Awards is own very own, renowned Artist Peggi Habets.


    Peggi Habets lives and works as an artist in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa. Her deep love for the fluidity and spontaneity of watercolor has led her to paint and teach in the medium for over 15 years. Her figurative and cityscape paintings have been exhibited and collected internationally and she has received awards in many prestigious shows, including the National Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society International Juried Exhibitions. 


    Publications of her work include magazine articles in The Artists Magazine, The Art of Watercolour, L'Art de L'Aquarelle, Pratique Des Arts, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magic, and Palette magazines. She has also been included in Splash 18-20 Best of Watercolor books. She is the author of "Watercolor Made Easy: Portraits" and was featured in "The Art of Drawing and Painting Portraits" and "Faces & Features" books. Look for an upcoming feature article of her newest series of paintings in the Spring issue of Artists Magazine 2024.

    Professional Affiliations:

    National Watercolor Society, Signature member
    Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Signature member
    Baltimore Watercolor Society, Signature member
    Associated Artists of Pittsburgh
    The Artist Guild at Sweetwater Center for the Arts


    Latest news appears on her website at: https://www.peggihabets.com/


    AWARDS:  Awards include 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place, and a People’s Choice Award at the end of the exhibit. Artists and guests will be able to vote via our website.


    While we encourage you to present new works that tell your story, do not feel limited to the usual realistic uses of water-media on paper. Don’t be afraid to try a new style or technique.

    All subject matter from super real to completely abstract, and anything in between, is welcome. 


    SALES: All works must be for sale, the artist receives 75% of the sale price. Art works will be sold unframed, matted to a standard frame size and shipped by the artist. Please consider this when pricing your work.


    ELIGIBILITY:  This exhibit is open to PWS Juried members working primarily with water-based media on a paper surface (YUPO and Tyvek are permitted.) Mediums include: watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache, and egg tempura. No pastels, class work, digital images, any form of print or reproductions, 10% collage only.

    Each PWS member may exhibit up to two (2) pieces, the minimum size of the unmatted piece is 11X15”. No 3D work or multiple panel entries will be accepted.


    ENTRY FEE: $20 for 1 or 2 pieces

    If you wish to pay via check, please make the check out to PWS and mail it to:

    Pittsburgh Watercolor Society


    7604 Charleston Avenue

    Pittsburgh, PA 15218

    ONLINE: Entry Deadline, January 30, 2023

    Pre-registration is required for this exhibit. Registration and forms are available at www.pittsburghwatercolorsociety.com

    To register: go to our website, click on “Exhibitions” then click on “The Face in The Mirror.” When you register, you will fill out a brief “tag” with information about your piece, and then upload an image of your work.

    Digital Files: Images must be professional quality, showing only the painted image, and be accurate for promotional reproduction.

    File format - JPEG saved as .jpg

    File Name - Save the file as FirstName_LastName_ArtworkTitle.jpg (example: Jane_Doe_YellowSunflowers.jpg)

    Important - Please do not use special characters such as / ? < > \ : * | "  in the file names. Also, the file name does not have to contain the full title of your painting.

    File Resolution - 300 DPI

    File Dimensions - 1200 to 1500 pixels height OR width, on the longest dimension

    Maximum File Size - 2 MB

    For detailed instructions on preparing and sizing digital files, visit the PWS website:


    LIABILITY:  All entries will be handled with the utmost care, however PWS cannot be held liable for any damage or theft of the image.

    QUESTIONS? Contact us at exhibitions@pittsburghwatercolorsociety.com

    • 16 Mar 2024
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Wilkins School Community Center 7604 Charleston Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15218
    • 25

    Spring 2024 New Member Screening is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2024 at Wilkins School Community Center. Potential new members must register for the event to be considered for membership. Drop off works to be considered between 1:30 -2:00 PM and return for pickup at 3:30 to 4:00 PM. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection via mail or email.

    For the screening, artists must bring 3 water-based media paintings, matted and framed "exhibit-ready". For the screening, please bring three paintings, created primarily with water-based media on a paper surface (YUPO and Tyvek are permitted) and unvarnished. No canvas. Mediums include: watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache, egg tempura. No pastels, class work, digital images, any form of print or reproductions, 10% collage only.  Works must be framed "exhibit-ready". No size limit, other than they must fit in the door and one must to be able to carry them. Generally, PWS exhibits limit work to no more than 48 inches in any one dimension. The screening panel is looking for a consistent level of professional quality painting, so it is advisable to bring 3 pieces representative of your technique, style and subject in your usual work.

    All applicants will receive a notification via email regarding their screening result within one week after the screening. New members will be invited to exhibit in our Online New Members Exhibit, our upcoming Aqueous Open 2023 and to the general members’ meeting in May at the Wilkins School Community Center. New members will receive more information on PWS membership with their acceptance letter. There is no fee for screening.

    • 22 Apr 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • 24 May 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Latrobe Art Center, 819 Ligonier Street, Latrobe, PA 15650
    • 150

    Pittsburgh Watercolor Society (PWS) presents the WaterWorks exhibit each year as an excellent opportunity for all Pittsburgh Watercolor Society members to showcase new works in watercolor and other water media.

    The 2024 Waterworks exhibit will be in person at the Latrobe Art Center, 819 Ligonier Street Latrobe, PA 15650 https://www.latrobeartcenter.org/ and online via our website www.pittsburghwatercolorsociety.com

    Juror of Awards will be Michael Tusay.


    ELIGIBILITY: This exhibit is open to PWS Juried, Signature and Honorary members working primarily with water-based media on a paper surface (YUPO and Tyvek are permitted) and unvarnished. No canvas. Mediums include: watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache, egg tempera and water-based inks. No oils, oil pastels, pastels, class work, digital images, any form of print or reproductions, no more than 10% collage.

    Each PWS member may exhibit one (1) work. Work must have been completed within the past 3 years and must not have been exhibited in any previous PWS show. And the work must not be in any other show, in person or online, at the same time. Works must be matted and framed and ready to hang.  Frames may be black, gray, gold ,silver, wood or metal, and must be no wider than 1 1/2 inches. Artwork should be matted in white or off white, acid-free board.

    Image size minimum: 12 inches on shortest side.

    Framed size maximum: 40 inches on longest side.


    For a printable copy of consequences for failure to follow the prospectus requirements, click here:

    Enter by April 12, 11:59 P.M online on our website at https://www.pittsburghwatercolorsociety.com/Waterworks 

    ENTRY FEE:  $25 Online registration is required for Waterworks. It is advised that you enter online and pay through our website www.pittsburghwatercolorsociety.com

    If you wish to pay via check, please make the $25 check out to PWS, write "Waterworks" in the subject line, (must be postmarked by April 8, 2024), and mail it to:  

    Pittsburgh Watercolor Society


    7604 Charleston Avenue

    Pittsburgh, PA 15218 



    Entry Deadline: Friday April 12, 11:59 PM (online); April 8, 2024, (postmarked)

    Drop Off @ Latrobe Art Center, Saturday, April 13, 11:00 AM. to 3:00 PM

    Opening to the Public: Monday April 22, 1:30 to 4:00 PM

    Artists Reception Open to the Public: Saturday April 27, 2 to 4:00 PM

    Pick-up of unsold works: Saturday, May 25, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

    QUESTIONS? Contact us at waterworks@pittsburghwatercolorsociety.com

    • 11 May 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Latrobe Art Center - 819 Ligonier St. - Latrobe, PA. 15650
    • 14

    PEG PANASITI - One Day - Still Life Watercolor Workshop


    WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2024, 9:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

    WHERE: Latrobe Art Center      819 Ligonier St.      Latrobe, PA.   15650

    COST: PWS Members: $60          Non-Members $75

    For printable  Flyer with course description, click here:

    For printable Supplies List, click here:

    For printable Cancellation Policy, click here:

    Limited to 15 students! Register early!


    ONLINE: May 4, 2024, 11:59 P.M.

    MAIL: Postmarked by May 1, 2024. 

    PWS prefers online registration and payment, but if paying by mail: Make check or money order payable to Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, enclose with form below and mail to: 

                PWS Panasiti Workshop 

               c/o Wilkins School Community Center 

                7604 Charleston Ave. 

                Wilkinsburg, PA. 15218 


    NAME:___________________________________ ______________________





    ______Member: $60     ____Non-Member: $75

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