PHILADELPHIA WATER COLOR SOCIETY

Events

We invite you to participate in our upcoming events. 

Upcoming events

    • March 24, 2017
    • May 05, 2017
    • Boyer Gallery at the Hill School, Pottstown, PA
    Registration is closed


    First Prize from 2016 Exhibition: A Touch of Orange, Richard Ressel

    Pre-register by clicking "Register" on the left side

    or Download the Entry Form

    Jurors: Jim McFarlane and Ellen Nelson

    Works Eligible: All SIGNATURE and ASSOCIATE MEMBERS may submit ONE entry. Hand delivered work only. Water media, drawings, hand pulled prints, and pastels are acceptable. All work must be original and on or of paper. Collage elements must be of paper, and any image or color on collage papers must be the work of the artist. No oils, photographic, digital, electronic processes or computer art will
    be accepted. No work previously exhibited at The Hill School or in any PWCS exhibition will be accepted. Entries must be no older than 3 years and must not have been done under teacher supervision.

    Size Restriction: Minimum image size is 140 square inches. Maximum outside frame dimensions must not exceed 40” in any direction.

    Accepted Work: Must be in accordance with professional standards: framed/wired properly with no visible damages to frame, white mats only, and clean glass or Plexiglas without
    noticeable scratches.

    Entry Fee: $10 - Register on left sidebar or Download the Entry Form

    Hand Delivery: Monday, March 20, 2017 10:00AM to 3:00PM

    Notification: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Pick Up: Declined: Wednesday, March 22, 10:00AM to 3:00PM or during Reception

    Demonstration: Sunday, March 26, 2017 1:00PM to 2:00PM Martin Weber Paints

    Reception: Sunday, March 26, 2017 2:00PM to 5:00PM

    Gallery Talk: Sunday, April 9, 2017 2:00PM to 3:00PM Kass Morin-Freeman

    Pick Up: Friday, May 5, 2017 10:00AM to 3:00PM

    Note: • All reasonable care will be taken in handling work; however, The Hill School and PWCS do not assume responsibility for damage or loss, whatever the cause, nor do they carry insurance for submitted work.
    • Acceptance in this exhibition does not alter Associate Membership Status

    Questions: pwcsociety@gmail.com

    Download the Entry Form

    • April 06, 2017
    • April 07, 2017
    • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    • 26

    Diamond Shoal


    American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent



    Featuring two paintings donated by the Philadelphia Water Color Society ( Philadelphia Water Color Club- former name of society)


    This exhibition explores watercolor painting’s remarkable rise in the United States in the years between 1860 and 1925. From the passion of a small group of painters in the 1860s to the flowering of modernism in the early twentieth century, this survey charts the artistic revolution that occurred during the lifetimes of Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent, the two most influential American watercolorists.


    Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017


    Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art


    Docent Tour Time: 9:15 am - participants must arrive by 9:00 am


    Costs: Guided tours are $34 per person and that includes a one hour guided tour of the exhibition, and general admission to the Museum’s 3 buildings on 2 consecutive days. This includes the evening celebrations and events on  Friday, April 7, 2017.  


    Plein Air Painting on the Museum Grounds and the Waterworks


    Tour participants will stay and paint outside regardless of weather. Places to paint are the museum steps looking out at the city, Waterworks ( gazebo shelter there), Eakins Oval  and many more spots. Take a look at the map to see the possibilities. https://www.philamuseum.org/visit/?page=2


    We ask that all painters pre-register so that they can receive their easel placard, name tag and PWCS information to hand out.


    Participation criteria and cost:


    All participants must be members in good standing of Philadelphia Water Color Society. Log-in to your member profile to access registration.


    There are 50 spots available on a first come first serve basis.


    PWCS reserves the right to cancel the tour, if there are not at least 15 artists signed up.


    Sign up is by web only.

    Payment is by paypal only.

    There are no refunds for cancellation although you can find another member to take your place.

    Cost is the same whether you are a museum member or not.
    • May 25, 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • July 29, 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Historic Sugartown 273 Boot Rd, Malvern, PA 19355


    The Philadelphia Water Color Society and Historic Sugartown, (Malvern, PA), are partnering to bring you a plein air painting and show / sale. This is a great opportunity for those new to plein air work because Sugartown is a quiet location and there are days when there will be PWCS members present to answer questions and help you get comfortable with the challenges and rewards of working en plein air!

    On Thursday, May 25, Saturday, June 10, and Saturday, June 24th, there will be experienced plein air painters available to provide guidance and assistance as needed, and the following dates are also available: June 9, June 23 and July 27- 29 but without proctoring. Historic Sugartown offers plenty of shade and easy access to water and restrooms.

    Artists are invited to submit up to six framed paintings with at least one plein air piece completed at Historic Sugartown for an exhibition hosted by Historic Sugartown that opens on July 1, 2017, and runs through October 1, 2017.

    Delivery of framed paintings is on any of the painting dates before July 1, 2017. Historic Sugartown takes a 25 percent commission.



    • August 17, 2017
    • September 24, 2017
    • Brandywine River Museum of Art and Chadds Ford Gallery
    • 20



    The Philadelphia Water Color Society has entered into a unique partnership with the Brandywine River Museum and the Chadds Ford Gallery to continue PWCS’ rich tradition of painting the landscape en plein air by making available the Brandywine River Museum grounds as well as Kuerner Farm, N. C. Wyeth’s studio and the Andrew Wyeth’s studio properties to our signature members as part of the 100th Birthday Celebration of Andrew Wyeth. This very special event will take place August 18-20, 2017. During the event, the museum will sell “ On Location” passes to visitors so that they can visit all of these historic properties and see artists at work. Paintings completed during the event will be available for sale during an exhibition hosted by the Chadds Ford Gallery from August 25 through September 24, 2017, including an awards reception on August 25 from 5 - 8 pm.

    Awards Judging by Karl Kuerner. Awards Amount: $ 1,500

    Important Dates

    August 17 Mandatory Evening Meeting 6 - 7 pm, come at 5:30 for stamping and stay until 8 pm and tour the "Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect", a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of iconic works by this master painter.

    Painting dates August 18-20 7 am - 7 pm with mandatory time periods all days regardless of weather from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

    Framed Painting drop off at Chadds Ford Gallery Sunday, August 20, noon until 4 pm and Tuesday, August 22, 10 am - 4 pm

    Reception: August 25, 2017 5:00 - 8:00 pm

    Painting pick up September 24, return shipping is possible through arrangements with the Chadds Ford Gallery.


    Artist Responsibilities:

    1. Attend the informational meeting on August 17.

    2. Artist must paint at their designated area each day during the mandatory painting times.( artists will have a chance to be at all four locations)

    3. Artists should interact with the public and publicize the show when visitors tour the grounds.

    4. Artists must abide by all rules and regulations set forth by the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

    5. Artists must turn in two framed paintings using PWCS acceptable media to the Chadds Ford Gallery on the specified days and times. Artists can turn in up to four paintings. ( 45 percent commission 5 percent of this goes to the Brandywine River Museum of Art.)

    6. All paintings must be left in the show until it closes unless sold at the gallery.

    7. Artists are not to offer paintings for sale on the property of the Brandywine River Museum of Art or the Brandywine Conservancy, or on their own during the event.

    8. Artists should help publicize the event and show through their mailing lists, websites, Facebook, Twitter and all social media outlets they use.

    • September 07, 2017
    • 9:30 AM
    • September 09, 2017
    • 3:30 PM
    • Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA
    • 7

    Andy Evansen, Exploring the Apostle Island Sea Caves

    Andy Evansen Watercolor Workshop

    Dates; September 7- 9, 2017

    Time: 9:30 - 3:30 pm

    Location:

    Community Arts Center

    414 Plush Mill Road

    Wallingford, PA 19086


    Member $400.00   Non-member $450.00

    50% deposit required with completed registration.

    50% balance due by July 30.

    Cancellations after July 30 will forfeit 50% deposit. 

    If you are placed on a wait list, you will be notified July 30 of an available space. Full payment must follow promptly for confirmation.

    PROGRAM NOTES FOR WORKSHOP- from Andy Evansen

    "There seems to be a never-endinq quest to loosen up in watercolor.  I hear it from my students all the time. It’s easy to fall into the trap of putting too much into your paintings, and editing out the non-essential whether working from photo reference or painting on location is so important.

    Painting loosely doesn't just 'happen', it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time.  However, there are techniques that can speed up this process.  In my workshop, we’ll discuss ways to simplify a scene into larger shapes that will help you paint more boldly.

    Value studies are emphasized from the outset.  I will complete at least one demonstration painting each day, covering topics such as drawing, skies, trees, buildings, water, and figures.  By the end of the class, each student should have enough information to help them on their path to painting impressionistic watercolors."

    • September 09, 2017
    • October 15, 2017
    • Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA
    The 2017 International Works on Paper Exhibition will be held at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, PA from September 9 - October 15, 2017. A call for entries will be sent out via email and a reminder postcard will be sent to all members in good standing. Members receive a discounted entry rate. Artists will be able to digitally enter the show from April 1 - May 28, 2017. The juror of selection is Mary Todd Beam and the judge of awards is Andy Evansen.
    download the Prospectus   
    submit your entry

    Members can get their discount code here (while logged in)


    Important Dates

    Final Entry Date: Sunday, May 28, 2017

    Email Notification: Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

    Shipped Works Due: No later than Thursday, August 31, 2017

    Hand Delivery: Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm

    Show Opens: Saturday, September 9, 2017

    Awards Reception: Sunday, October 15, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

    Exhibit Closes: Sunday, October 15, 2017

    Hand Pick-Up: Directly after the reception on October 15, 2017 or on October 16, 2017 3:00 - 7:00 pm  

    Return Shipping Begins: October 16, 2017



    AWARDS

    $1,000 PWCS Award of Excellence

    Total Cash Awards in Excess of $8,500


    Juror of Selection - Mary Todd Beam

    Mary Todd Beam, painter, popular workshop instructor, juror, and lecturer is an elected member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society and the Ohio Watercolor Society among others.  She has been juror for many local, state and national exhibits such as the National Watercolor Society's Annual Exhibition and the Rocky Mountain Annual Exhibit.  Mary’s work has won numerous awards such as the Gold Medal from the American Watercolor Society, the Experimental Award in the National Watercolor Society's Annual Exhibition, the Ohio Watercolor Society's Silver and Bronze medals, the Top Juror's Award in the San Diego Watercolor Society's Annual Exhibit and her work was was chosen for the National Academy of Design’s Biennial in New York City.  For additional information on Mary and her work please visit her website: www.marytbeam.com  

     

    Judge of Awards - Andy Evansen

    Andy Evansen began painting watercolors as a change from the detailed digital images he creates as a medical illustrator.  His work gained recognition after winning an international watercolor competition through American Artist magazine, appearing on their cover in 2005.  His paintings have won numerous awards, including the Bronze Medal of Honor at the 2012 American Watercolor Society Exhibition, the Painters Award in Northwest Watercolor Society’s 2012 Waterworks Exhibition, and in 2015 he received the High Winds Medal and his signature status from the American Watercolor Society.

    Andy was a featured presenter at the 2014 and 2016 Plein Air Convention and Expo, and in 2015 he was invited to Nanning, China to participate in a watercolor exhibition and plein air event alongside  other world renowned watercolor painters.  Andy recently opened his own studio gallery, Evansen Art Studio, in Hastings, MN, and he serves as the President for the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA).  To learn more about Andy and his work please visit his website: www.EvansenArtStudio.com.  


    Andy Evansen will also be offering a three-day watercolor workshop, September 7, 2017 - September 9, 2017. He will also be demonstrating on the evening of September 9th. Both of these events will have a discounted rate for current PWCS members. As we get closer to this event more information will be available.
    download the Prospectus   
    submit your entry

    Members can get their discount code here (while logged in)
    • September 09, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Community Arts Center 414 Plush Mill Road Wallingford, PA 19086


    Watercolor Demonstration by the Judge of Awards for the 117th Anniversary Exhibition of Works on Paper, Andy Evansen.

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