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The Face in the Mirror

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

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