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Watercolor West
49th Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition

Watercolor West
49th International Juried Exhibition
October 14 –December 17, 2017
City of Brea Art Gallery, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea CA 92821

Watercolor West is dedicated to the celebration and advancement of transparent watercolor painting on paper by fostering its appreciation and encouraging its use in original artistic creations.  In this exhibition, transparency and originality are paramount.

If you decide to enter, we ask that you honor the objectives of this event and abide by its rules. Individual diligence and careful attention will create an enjoyable and fair experience for everyone.

To present an exhibition of excellent, original, transparent watercolor paintings.

This exhibition will consist only of transparent watercolor applied on a single piece of rag or wood pulp paper that is free of pigment and embedded materials. See Transparency

The following are excluded:
•    White paint of any kind.
•    Gesso, matte medium or any other priming material or exterior surface treatment.
•    Gouache, acrylics or water soluble oil.
•    Ink, metallic or iridescent paint.
•    Watercolor crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, pastel, Conte sticks or Conte crayon.
•    Varnish, wax, wax crayon, oil sticks or oil pastel.
•    Collage or surface constructions, impasto, embossing.
•    Frisket or any other watercolor resist that is not removed from the final painting.
•    Paper that is pigmented or has embedded materials.
•    Yupo or similar papers.
•    Canvas or canvas paper.
•    Use of digital images or enhancements printed on the paper.
•    This is not an exhaustive list. All other grounds, treatments, additives, media or art materials that do not conform to the spirit of the exhibition are also excluded.
•    Graphite pencil may be used only for planning marks.

Open to all living artists. Members and non-members are welcome.

Entries must be original work created by the artist. It may not be a copy, likeness or derivative of another’s artistic creation (paintings and/or photographs). Please see Plagiarism

Work painted in a class or workshop or under the guidance of a teacher is not permitted.

Must be painted after January 1, 2015.

Maximum framed size not to exceed 48" on any side. Minimum image size (showing in mat opening) is 140 square inches.

Work previously exhibited at the City of Brea Art Gallery is not eligible.

Each artist juried into the exhibition must exhibit the same painting entered online and selected by the Juror. Failure to do so will result in ineligibility to enter Watercolor West exhibitions for the next 2 (two) consecutive years. The price stated at entry may not be changed.

Note: A WW Screening Committee will review the physical artwork for compliance. Works not adhering to the specifications will not be exhibited and will be returned at the artist's expense. Exhibition entry fees will not be refunded. The Screening Committee’s decisions are final.

The Juror for the 49th Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition, John Salminen, AWS Dolphin Fellow, NWS, TWSA Distinguished Master, WW, will select the artworks and related awards for the exhibition. He is an internationally acclaimed watercolor artist, workshop instructor and a frequent juror of exhibitions.  He has won more than 230 awards in national and international exhibitions and is an honorary member of the Jiangsu Watercolor Research Institute in China.  His work is included in permanent collections throughout the world.  John’s new book John Salminen: Master of the Urban Landscape, a retrospective of his paintings, was recently published by North Light Books.

Approximately $20,000 in cash and merchandise will be awarded. A catalog of all paintings in the exhibition will be produced in full color and will be available for purchase. A free catalog will be provided to all members and to all entrants to the exhibition. See for award details and examples of award winning paintings.

To apply and submit images for the 49th Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition visit and click on “Exhibition Entry.” You will be redirected to the online entry process managed by  If you do not already have an account with them, you must set one up.  Go here to set up a free account:  Please fill out their "Create an Account” Form in its entirety. They will walk you through the process in clear steps.

Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.

Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:

Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received.

You can easily resize the digital image of your submission to the correct dimensions on the site. We recommend you view their tutorial on sizing your image as getting the image sized properly is very important. If much larger than their specs, it will not upload easily. If substantially smaller than their specs, the image will not be of sufficient quality for printing in the WW Catalog if the Juror selects your painting.

Entrants may submit 1 or 2 digital images for the same fee. The fee to enter the exhibition is $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Membership status in Watercolor West is encouraged and can occur simultaneously with entering the exhibition by paying the annual dues of $35 in addition to the $50 member exhibition entry fee.

Entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.  Acceptance is not guaranteed.

For artwork to be considered, the appropriate exhibition fee must be paid by the due date.  The site allows you to pay online after uploading your artwork.

Exhibition fees are not refundable in the event the painting is returned to the artist due to noncompliance with WW rules or non-conformance with the City of Brea Art Gallery framing requirements.

The Juror’s decision will be posted on each artist’s personal account at no later than July 28th. You will receive an email notice to login to your account to verify your status.

Accepted artists may either hand deliver their framed work directly to City of Brea Art Gallery, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, CA 92821 at the dates and times specified in the Calendar below or ship to Shipping Agent Orange County Fine Art Storage (OC-FAS) as instructed in the acceptance letter.

For shipped paintings, Shipping Agent OC-FAS will charge a $40 handling fee to receive, unpack, deliver to the Gallery, store the packaging, pickup from City of Brea Art Gallery, repackage and reship a painting (or the empty shipping container if the painting is sold) back to the artist.

Shipping expenses to deliver the painting to Shipping Agent OC-FAS and for prepaid return shipping to the artist will be the responsibility of the artist.


April 1 First day to submit entries.

June 29 Midnight PDT Last day to submit entries.

July 28 Artists are notified by email to check their online personal artist accounts for exhibition acceptance status.

August 21 to August 25 Shipping Agent OC-FAS must receive all shipped works.

October 1 10AM to 3PM John Salminen presentation of the 100 selected paintings and Painting Demo.  For reservations, contact the City of Brea Art Gallery at   714-990-7730.

October 1 3PM to 5 PM Take in of hand delivered paintings at the City of Brea Art Gallery.

October 14 5PM to 7PM Opening Reception and Awards Presentation: with music and refreshments at the City of Brea Art Gallery.

December 17 5PM to 6PM Pick up hand delivered paintings at the City of Brea Art Gallery.

December 18 10 AM to Noon Alternate pick up hand delivered paintings at the City of Brea Art Gallery.

FRAMING REQUIREMENTS set by City of Brea Art Gallery
•    Maximum framed size not to exceed 48" in either direction.
•    Minimum image size (showing in mat opening) is 140 square inches.
•    Frames must be plain wood or metal in black or neutral color, flat, with square corners and may be up 1.5 inch (3.81 cm) wide. No shiny metallic frames.
•    Only white or off-white mat, single or double matted.
•    Plexiglas only. No glass.
•    Ready to hang with wire attached.

See framing examples under FAQs at

Note: Framed paintings not adhering to the City of Brea Art Gallery framing requirements will be disqualified and returned at owner’s expense. Exhibition fees are not refundable.

Works will be handled with the utmost care. Neither Watercolor West nor the City of Brea Art Gallery, nor any agent will be responsible for damage or loss to any work of art submitted. City of Brea Art Gallery provides insurance coverage while work is on their premises. Other insurance coverage is the artist's responsibility.

By entering this Exhibition, you agree to allow an image of your exhibited artwork to be used without charge for advertising and/or promotion in the furtherance of the Exhibition prior to and/or after the Exhibition.

Exhibited works will be considered for sale at the price indicated during the submission process. Works not for sale must be designated "NFS."  City of Brea Art Gallery will handle all sales and will take 30% commission.

Work may not be removed until the close of the Exhibition. Shipping Agent OC-FAS will only return works shipped to it with paid return shipping label. Hand delivered work must be picked up at the City of Brea Art Gallery on Sunday, December 17 from 5PM to 6PM or Monday, December 18 from 10AM to noon.

Will be held at the City of Brea Art Gallery.
October 1        Juror John Salimen
October 21      Janice Cipriani-Willis
November 11   Rise Parberry
December 2     Lian Quan Zhen
December 17   Tim Clark
Call for information and reservations 714-990-7730

Three categories of membership are available:
Sustaining Associate Membership: Open to everyone.
Juried Membership: Open to any artist having a painting exhibited in a Watercolor West exhibit.
Signature Membership: Open to any artist who has had a painting exhibited in three or more Watercolor West exhibits.
Membership dues are $35 per year for quarterly newsletters, notification of seminars and special events, annual exhibition catalog and your name and personal website listed on our website.  Membership dues and reduced exhibition entry fee can be paid through the while entering the Exhibition.