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Purple Mountains by Gracia Dayton
2015 First Prize:"Purple Mountains," by Gracia Dayton

2017 New England
Regional Juried

May 20, 2017—July 9, 2017

Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

View the online gallery (posted 4/7)

Show Events

All are free and open to the public, and held at the museum.

Friday, May 19, 1-3 pm - Watercolor demonstration by show juror, Kathleen Conover AWS-DF, NWS, ISEA-NF, TWSA

Sunday, June 4, 1-3 pm - Watermedia demonstration by Kurt Van Dexter

Sunday, June 25, 1-3 pm - "Why Watercolor?" - a presentation by Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, NWS

Submission deadline   March 10
Accepted work posted   April 1
Shipped paintings due   May 9
Painting drop-off   May 10, 1-4pm
Kathleen Conover demo   May 19, 1-3pm
Show opens   May 20
Kathleen Conover Workshop   May 20-22, 9am - 4pm
Reception & Awards   June 8, 5-7pm
Show closes   July 9
Pick-up accepted work   July 11, 1-4pm
Return of shipped work   after July 11

Framing of Accepted Work

White and off-white mats only. All work must be framed under Plexiglas. Wires must be attached so that they are not visible when the work is hanging. No sawtooth hangers allowed. Mat, frame and glazing package must have a professional look and must be in "as new" condition. Work not conforming to regulations WILL NOT BE EXHIBITED! Note size limitation of 60" in any direction, based on outside measurement of frame.

Delivery of Accepted Work

Hand delivered artwork must be received at the Newport Art Museum on Wednesday, May 10, 1-4 pm. To facilitate drop-off and return of work, accepted artists will be provided with a complete list of accepted entries so that cooperative arrangements for drop-off and pick-up can be made independently. Boston and Plymouth area satellite drop off locations and times will be available. A handling fee of $50 will be required of shipped work. Detailed shipping instructions will be provided upon acceptance to the exhibition. Shipped work must arrive by May 9.


A 40% commission will be retained by NEWS on all sales. Paintings will be sold at the price originally stated by the artists on entry. No changes will be accepted. No P.O.R.'s, no N.F.S.'s.

Return of Work

Work must be picked up at the Newport Art Museum on Tuesday, July 11 from 1—4 pm. Shipped works will be re-packed and returned to the shipper after July 11.


Neither the New England Watercolor Society nor the Newport Art Museum shall be held liable for any loss
or damage.


It is the obligation of artists to exhibit accepted works. Failure wastes the opportunity of another artist to display their work or become eligible for signature membership. NEWS and Newport Art Museum reserve the right to photograph paintings or use digital images for publicity purposes.

New England Watercolor Society Show Submission Rules

Amended Feb. 2016. Subject to change.

The New England Watercolor Society primarily embraces traditional watermedia materials and practices. In view of the ever-broadening definition of the term "aqua media," we have developed the following framework of guidelines for our shows.

Acceptable surfaces: Watercolor paper; toned watercolor paper; Yupo and similar synthetic papers; paper coated with water‐based varnish and gesso; textured paper; illustration board; watercolor board; rice paper

Unacceptable surfaces: Composite paper with embedded materials; wood or composite panels; gallery wrapped or stretched canvas; canvas paper; Duralar; Aquaboard, Clayboard or other coated wood or composite panel; unmounted canvas or other fabrics; Tyvec; metal; glass

Media and Mediums
Acceptable mediums: Watercolor; gouache; acrylic; acrylic mediums and watercolor mediums; ink; casein; egg tempera

Acceptable media up to 20%: line & wash; watercolor pencils; collage (waterbased, on or of paper); charcoal; graphite; wax accents and resists; waterbased monotypes and mono prints; embossing; metallic waterbased paint; waterbased iridescent paints or powders (not glitter)

Unacceptable media: Pastels; colored pencil other than watercolor pencil; impasto (thickly applied) acrylic and watermedia; fabrics; digital media or digitally enhanced images; multiple edition prints; sand; glitter; gold or metal leaf; collage from printed materials, newspaper, magazines, etc.; water‐miscible oil paints; photography; reproductions

Framing and Presentation
Work must be presented in a professional manner. No broken or damaged frames. Work must be glazed under Plexiglas or similar clear acrylic surface. No glass. No unglazed work accepted. Work may be floated within the frame, or presented with a single or double mat. White or off white mats only, liner mat less than 3/8" may be colored. Work must be wired with no wire or hanger showing when hung. No tooth hangers. Frames, Plexi and mat must be clean and in excellent shape!

Exhibition History
Work must not have been exhibited in a previous New England Watercolor Society Show. Work should have been completed within previous 10 years.

No work copied from copywritten material (image from a card or calendar, other people's photo reference, etc.). No work partially or wholly painted by another. No work done in a workshop. All work must be for sale at the price originally stated on the entry form. Work must be the same work represented by the submitted digital images. No altered digital images may be submitted, artwork should be well represented by the image submitted. Work must be the size represented in the submission form.

The New England Watercolor Society hosts two shows each year: either a regional juried show or a national juried show (both biennial shows on alternate years) and a show of signature members work.

The regional juried shows, on odd numbered years, are open to any watercolor artist living in New England. The national juried shows, held on even numbered years, are open to any watercolor painter in North America. The venues and dates for these shows are decided show by show.

The Signature Members show is open to NEWS signature members only.