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Georgia Watercolor Society 2017 Member Exhibition

August 17, 2017 – October 7, 2017

Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, Georgia

Juror: Jeannie McGuire

Anticipated $1,500 in Awards

Original Water Media

“Miami” by Jeannie McGuire


June 9 Deadline to receive entries
June 29 Acceptances posted on GWS website
August 7 – 10 Shipped work arrives
August 11 Hand delivered work arrives 11 am – 2 pm
August 15 – 18 Jeannie McGuire workshop
August 17 Opening Reception and Awards 5:30 – 7:30 pm
August 19 Jeannie McGuire demo 10 am – 12 pm
October 7 Exhibition closes
October 9 Pick up paintings 11 am – 2 pm
Shipped works returned

Artwork Requirements

  • This competition is open to all artists 17 years of age and older. You need not be a resident of Georgia to enter.
  • All paintings must be original work in water-based media. Water-based media must be the dominant element. Oils will not be accepted. Collage elements must be the original watermedia created by the artist.
  • No preprinted or computer generated images are allowed.
  • Work must be on paper, Yupo, watercolor canvas or Claybord.
  • Work done in a workshop or under classroom supervision is not permitted.
  • All work must have been completed in the last two years
  • Work previously exhibited in any GWS show is not eligible.
  • Click here for further clarification


  • All paintings are to be framed in wood or metal; acceptable colors include gold, silver, black, brown or natural wood tones.
  • Frames are to be plain and unadorned and should not exceed 3” in width. They must be ready for hanging with wire in place.
  • Plexiglass must be used – NO GLASS.
  • Work may be varnished or waxed before framing (These paintings do not require plexiglass).
  • Maximum frame size may not exceed 48” in either direction.
  • Image size displayed within the mat is no smaller than 8” x 10”
  • Mats or liners, if any, must be white or a light neutral color.
  • Improperly framed pieces or those unsuitable for hanging will be returned.

Packaging & Delivery/Shipping

Shipping Artwork
  • Airfloat boxes are strongly recommended. Call 800-445-2580 and ask for GWS member discount. Proper packaging is imperative to protect your work. Improper packaging may result in damaged, returned or unopened shipments.
  • Attach a photo of the painting inside the box so that it is visible when repacking. This will help ensure that the correct painting is returned to you.
  • Wood or metal crates will not be accepted.
  • Packages sent with popcorn packaging will be returned.
  • Paintings must be shipped to arrive August 7 – 10.
  • A prepaid return shipping label must be enclosed.
    Quinlan Visual Arts Center
    514 Green St NE
    Gainesville, GA 30501
Hand-delivered Artwork
  • Hand-delivered paintings must arrive at Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Friday August 11th, between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  • Pick-up is Monday October 9th, 2017 between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm., No early or late pick-ups allowed.

Award Selection

Award winners will be determined after selected paintings have been reviewed by the juror. GWS anticipates more than $1,500 in merchandise and cash awards.

Fees, Sales & Liability

  • Entry fee: $20 for one entry; $25 for two entries; $30 for three entries.
  • Georgia Watercolor Society will charge 45% commission on all sales. 35% will go to the Quinlan Visual Arts Center and 10% will be retained by GWS. Paintings not for sale must be marked NFS on the entry form.
  • There will be no price changes after acceptance.
  • Although the utmost care is taken in handling paintings neither the Georgia Watercolor Society, GWS Representatives, nor the Quinlan Visual Arts Center will be responsible for damage or loss, whatever the cause. Artists are encouraged to carry their own insurance.
Online Entry Requirements
You will need the following information for each painting entered:
  • Title of the painting
  • Size of frame and size of painting in inches (height x width, i.e., 22” x 30”)
  • Selling price or NFS (Not for Sale)

You will need a digital .jpg image of each painting saved on your computer per these instructions:

  • Image resolution 300 DPI
  • Image is 1800 pixels on the longer side
  • File size less than 2.0 Mb
  • Filename includes the title of the painting Example: PragueAtDusk.jpg

Payment online can be made via PayPal or credit card.

If you have trouble with the online payment, please send a check to:

Tracy Foutz-Hunt
310 Horseshoe Bend
Cairo GA 39828

OR send your paypal payment directly to and indicate that it is for the Member Show Entry.

Acceptance Notification
On June 29, 2017 a list of paintings and artists that have been accepted into the show and shipping instructions will be posted at: Please mark your calendars to check online as no email or postal mail notification will be sent.

Exhibition Facility
The Quinlan Visual Arts Center is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable arts organization located in Gainesville, Georgia. Founded initially as the Gainesville Arts Association in 1946, the organization has grown to the comprehensive visual arts center today providing only the best quality art education opportunities for all ages and all stages of artistic development, special events for the community, a summer art camp program for children, up to 20 fine art exhibitions featuring solo and group artists and a special Members’ Exhibition each fall.

Figurative Design Watercolor Workshop

with Jeannie McGuire
August 15-18, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Demonstration: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10 am – 12:00 pm

Quinlan Visual Arts Center
514 Green St NE Gainesville, GA 30501

View Workshop Information & Sign Up

Jeannie McGuire

In Jeannie’s Figurative Design Watercolor Workshops she shares many aspects of her art through versatile projects and extended experimentation. As a student you are encouraged to be inspired by the instructors approach; to imagine a story, character and persona of the people in your reference photos; to find your own unique signature/style or improve upon your drawing and painting skills; discover the freedom of intuitive painting and go beyond illustration and create paintings worthy of exhibition. Students will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, cropping impact, pigment maintenance, using a higher ratio of pigment to water, intentional and spontaneous marks, use of titanium white, and the freedom to change one’s mind. Each day begins with a demo pertaining to the days project such as; exploring eyes and faces in an unconventional way; focusing on a single figure with an obscure background; and intertwining a group of people with their background elements. Students receive plenty of personal attention and painting time.

Workshop space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fees are $425.00 for GWS members and $475.00 for non-members for the four day workshop.
A non-refundable deposit of $200 will reserve your spot. Full payment is due by August 7th.

Contact Information
Member Show Entry Chair: Tracy Hunt, 229-216-0785,
Member Show Co-Chair: Gail Watson, 706-886-3728,
Member Show Co-Chair: Karen Sturm, 706-367-7444,
President: Annette Bush, 706-399-5428,