of the Blue Box
January 14 – February 28, 2022,
PWS Online Gallery
… what can “BLUE” be?
• A color intermediate between green and violet: as of the sky or sea on a sunny day: the clear blue sky, a blue silk shirt, deep blue eyes.
• Shades of Blue…azure, cobalt, sapphire, cerulean, navy, Oxford blue, Cambridge blue,Ultramarine, lapis lazuli, indigo.
• A mood, melancholy, sad, or depressed: feeling blue, gloomy, low, tearful.
• Music : of, relating to, or used in blues: a blue song
• Out of the blue…Blue fish…Blue cheese, Blue Moon, Blue Sky, Blue Mood and on…and on…
What does Blue! say or do to you? As we continue our online programming, we are presenting you with this first opportunity of the year to exhibit online through our website with BLUE!
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 be completed between November 5, 2022 and January 6, 2023.
Our Juror of Awards is renowned Artist Anni Matsick. Anni Matsick’s figurative works have been shown widely in juried exhibitions, including those close to home in Art of the State: Pennsylvania. Her numerous awards include those received at Fallbrook Signature American Watermedia International, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Aqueous, Baltimore Watercolor Society Mid-Atlantic, and Watercolor USA where she has earned Honor Society status. Two of her paintings are included in Splash 19: The Illusion of Light from North Light Books. She holds a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University.
Anni Matsick In Studio
Anni has over 30 years’ experience as a freelance illustrator, specializing in the children’s market, working for major publishers of children’s educational, periodical and trade publications.
She has served for over 20 years as Rules & Jurying Chair for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, and as Chairman for the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania's Recycled Show.
Latest news appears on her website at: https://www.annimatsick.com/news
AWARDS: Awards include 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place, two (2) awards of merit 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 three (3) pieces, the minimum size of the unmmated piece is 11X15”.No 3D work or multiple panel entries will be accepted.
ENTRY FEE: $20 for 1 to 3 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 6, 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 “BLUE!”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org