September-October 2017 -- Bigfork Museum of Art & History, Bigfork, MT
Sky Writer by Chris Twadarski
Juror of Selection & Awards: Robbie Laird
Once again, MTW S has a nationally known juror and workshop instructor for Watermedia 2017 in NW Montana. Robbie Laird is from northern California and has a reputation for “encouraging her students whatever their level of accomplishment, to break through to new levels of freedom and confidence. Through studio time and individual critiques Robbie guides her students to discover the techniques and design fundamentals that contribute most to making their own paintings stronger while more spontaneous and personal, whether they are doing realistic or abstract painting.” Robbie’s workshop will be centered on Layered Watermedia Paintings. She comments that whether you love realism or are more excited by the intrigue of abstraction, this workshop is an opportunity to learn ways to create paintings that are more expressive of your own personal voice. Laird is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and many more Associations and Societies. You can go to her website to read more about this remarkable artist. Robbie is a sought after instructor who does her homework. Read more about her on her website: http://www.robbielairdartstudio.com/ .
Perseverant Partnership #2
Eligibility & Prospectus
Watermedia 2017 is open to U.S. artists 18 years or older
Entries must be the original creation of the artist within the last two years, created after January 1, 2015
Entries must be original work of the entrant, with no supervision of an instructor or class work
Only works hand-executed in aqueous media (watercolor, acrylic, gouache, ink) will be accepted on paper supports only. Paper supports include watercolor paper, synthetic paper (Yupo is accepted), paper mounted on board, archival illustration board.
Collages must be in conjunction and consistent with watermedia, no surface constructions. Watermedia must be the dominant element if a collage. The only collage allowed is paper, hand painted by artist. Photographs or printed materials as collage are not allowed.
NO pastels, NO water-soluble oil paints, NO egg tempera, NO computer-created images.
The minimum image size is 80 square inches, length x width, mat opening (Example: 8”x10” = 80 square inches)
All digital entries must be received by this date by Watermedia Show Entry Chair Jessica Glenn.
Calendar of deadlines and dates: June 1: Digital entries must be received by this date. July 1: Notifications Mailed July 15: Notify Watermedia Chair If Painting Is Withheld Sept. 21–23: Shipped Paintings Due at Bigfork Art & Cultural Center Sept. 23: Hand-delivered Paintings, between 10am–5pm (No Exceptions) Sept. 29: MTW S Exhibition Opens at Bigfork Art & Cultural Center Sept. 28–Oct. 1: Guest Artist Workshop: Robbie Laird Sept. 29: Opening Reception at Bigfork Art & Cultural Center, 5pm–7pm Sept.29: Awards Banquet – Location TBA Oct. 20: Exhibition Closes Oct. 21: Pick Up Hand-Delivered Paintings at BMAH , between 10am and 5pm Oct. 21–23: Shipped Works Returned
2017 Guest Artist Workshop with Robbie Laird
September 28 — October 1, 2017 MTWS Members: $425 Non-members: $500
WORKSHOP FEE POLICY: You may have your workshop fee refunded up to thirty (30) days before the workshop begins, providing the workshop is filled and there is a waiting list. After those 30 days, your moneys will be forfeited. If the final payment is missed, the deposit will be forfeit. A hardship appeal will be considered by the Watermedia Chair/s. A student may receive a refund if they find a replacement participant for the slot if there is no waiting list.
New Fundraiser Opportunity!
We will not have a Raffle book of original paintings this year In October at Watermedia, we will have 2 gift certificates from Cheap Joe’s that will be raffled off at the banquet. First place will be a $200 certificate and second place a $100 certificate. The tickets will sell for $5 each or 6 for $25 and can be purchased from now until the banquet.