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Valley Watercolor Society
2023 Annual Juried Exhibit

Valley Watercolor Society

2023 Annual Juried Exhibit




The Valley Watercolor Society will hold its 2023 Annual Juried Exhibit beginning March 2, 2023.  This will be an in-person exhibit for active members only, at Thousand Oaks Community Gallery,  2331 Borchard Rd., Suite A, Newbury Park, CA 91320.


The Juror is Joe Cibere. Joe is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and his painting style demonstrates his love of nature and wilderness. His "abstract realism" paintings integrate strong design and balance with a sense of illusion and have appeared in "Watercolor Magazine" and in the International Artists book "The Watercolor Sky and Cloud Techniques of 23 International Artists". His work is also part of both corporate and private collections. His studio is at Studio Channel Islands, Room R4, Old Town Camarillo, CA.  Joe has been a guest demonstrator for many art organizations and conducts workshops on watercolor technique throughout the year. For more information, please visit




Top Honors:                       First Place $300.00

                                            Second Place $250.00

                                           Third Place $200.00

Special Honors:                 $150.00

Honorable Mention:          $50.00


Should the juror select more than one painting from an artist for awards, only the first painting will receive an award and the remaining painting will receive a Certificate of Recognition.


Important Dates:


Entries open:                                         December 1, 2022

Entries deadline:                                   February 1, 2023

Acceptance notification begins:            February 10, 2023

Accepted Paintings Take-in:                  March 1, 2023 (10 AM-1PM)

Award Judging:                                      March 1, 2023 (4 PM)

Exhibition dates:                                    March 2, 2023 – March 28, 2023

Take-down                                              March 28, 2023 (l0 AM – 12 PM)

Reception and Awards Presentation:    March 5, 2023 (3PM-6PM)


Entry and Fees:


Entries will be processed by There will be a charge of $30 for one painting and an additional $5 for each additional painting. Artists may submit up to 3 paintings for consideration but no more than 2 paintings per artist will be accepted into the Exhibit. Help in entering your work can be found at Go to the home page and click Image Help for a simple and excellent guide to entering your work. Images should be .jpg and under 4 mb. If you have any trouble please email or call 888-666-1351. For questions, contact Sylvia Crosbie, Exhibit Chair, at or 818-902-1853.




This show is open to current active members of the Valley Watercolor Society.


1.      Entries must be done in water media (at least 80% opaque or transparent watercolor).  Ink is acceptable as well.

2.      Entries must have been completed within the past two years.

3.      Collage is acceptable only if incorporated into a larger work and treated with water media.

4.      All work must be original work by the artist. No digital artwork, work produced under instruction (in class or workshops), work derived from another’s intellectual property or from copyrighted references will be accepted. Source material must be original and not derived from any published material. No repainted giclee or other reproductions can be entered. Work that is considered plagiarism will be removed from the Exhibit and the artist may be barred from future Valley Watercolor Society exhibits.

5.      No painting previously exhibited in a Valley Watercolor Society juried exhibit may be submitted. No painting may be submitted that was exhibited within the prior twelve-month period at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery.

6.      Online entries may not be digitally enhanced.

7.      The maximum size for a painting (framed) must be under 40 inches in width.

8.      Matting for artwork must white or neutral.

9.      Frames for artwork must be black, white, natural wood toned or neutral and plain with no ornate carving.

10.   Only plexiglass framing will be accepted (no glass).

11.   Frames must be secured by wire for hanging (no tooth hangers).




1.      Submitted images must not include matting or frame.

2.      No price may be changed once the painting is accepted into the show. Works not for sale should be designated NFS.

3.      Artists in the Exhibit must agree to perform at least 4 hours of gallery sitting duty. 

4.      Artists must sign a liability waiver at take-in.


There will be no deviation from the guidelines stated above unless authorized by the President or Exhibit Chair.  All artists must adhere to the eligibility rules and requirements or their work will not be accepted for the Exhibit.  By entering the Exhibit artists acknowledge having read and agreed to abide by the rules stated herein.





There is no commission taken by the gallery; 100% of the sale goes to the artist.


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