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WVWS is interested in supporting the efforts of our state’s art organizations. We will post information about watermedia workshops sponsored by West Virginia-based art groups on our website. Limit of 90 words per listing. For more information, contact the WVWS webmaster at wvwatercolor[-at-]

Morgantown Art Association hosting watermedia workshops

The Morgantown Art Association has several workshops planned for the coming months, including watermedia workshops led by Lynn Ferris, Sue Archer and Sterling Edwards. You can learn more about these opportunities by visiting the MAA website workshop page at–classes.html.


Calls for Entry

Parkersburg Art Center 6×6 Fundraiser

The Parkersburg Art Center, which regularly hosts WVWS for its exhibits, is conducting a fundraising project – the 6X6 Project – which will open in early November and be on display for six weeks.

Artists across the region are asked to complete and donate a 6-by-6-inch piece of artwork, any medium, 2-D or 3-D. PAC will offer all artwork for $20 per piece as part of the fundraising effort.

All mediums and family-friendly themes are eligible, including: oil, acrylic, pen and ink, colored pencil, scrapbooking, marker, gouache, watercolor, charcoal, mixed media, photography, pottery, edible 6×6’s, bead art, origami, photography, Legos, stained glass, sculpture, bonsai trees, craft items related to nature, nurseries and kids rooms, sports, Christmas, quotes, abstract, realism, and all ideas in between are welcome.

A suggestion for watercolorists: If you have a painting which you do not like BUT there is a 6″x6″ section you DO like, please considering cutting that portion out and sending it to PAC for the 6×6 project. Also, PAC will take care of presenting the watercolors for display. Unsealed, unframed watercolors are suitable.

Mail your finished 6×6’s to: Parkersburg Art Center 6X6, 725 Market St., Parkersburg, WV 26101

Deadline for submitting pieces is October 26.

Check out the PAC website at or the PAC Facebook page for weekly updates:

Questions? Contact Dorsey Northrup 304-481-8960 or call the Parkersburg Art Center at 304-485-3859.

Watercolor designs sought for West Virginia jam/jelly labels

Kara Vaneck, owner of Smoke Camp Crafts of Weston, wrote to WVWS with a design project in mind. She is seeking original art designs for her product labels.

Kara writes: “My name is Kara Vaneck. I apprenticed with herbalist and botanist Dot Montgillion, founder of Smoke Camp Crafts — a small jam, jelly and herb business based in Weston, WV. Three years ago, after Dot passed away, Dot’s family asked if I would take over the business. I was honored to be able to do so, and I am currently working on new labels for all of the jams and jellies. I would like to feature a West Virginia watercolor artist or artists on each of the labels. I have a sample label that could be serve as a template for the other flavors, and I make about 10 different flavors. I would like to make a humble offering of $50 for each image that I select to use on the jellies.”

Smoke Camp Crafts products are sold around the state. If you are interested in working with Kara on her project, please contact her by email for more information, specifications and templates:

Designs must be submitted no later than Oct. 1

Pop-up Exhibition Opportunity in Charleston

On the third Thursday of each month from March to December, the Juliet Art Museum, in partnership with Riggs Commercial Realty, sponsor one emerging, West Virginian artist during ArtWalk. By providing a location in Downtown Charleston during the event for that local artist to showcase their work for the length of the event, setting up and tearing down in the same day, the Emerging Artist Pop-Up Exhibit aims to promote and support emerging West Virginian artists.

To Apply, email the following documents to

CV with link to artist website (PDF)
Up to 5 PDF images including title, medium, size, year.
Artist statement (PDF)
Preferred month to exhibit (March through December 2018)

Applicant Instructions and Disclaimer:

  • Artists are invited to submit up to 5 examples of work (.PDF) listing the title, medium, size, and year, that are representative of what would be shown at the Juliet Art Museum Pop Up.
  • Artists should include a brief artist statement (maximum of 250 words) about the submitted works and a one page CV listing exhibition history (both documents must be PDFs).
  • Artists are to be aware that the locations provided by Riggs Realty have wall hanging restrictions and therefore artists are asked to consider alternate hanging solutions (command hooks, easels, etc.) which are supplied by the Juliet Art Museum. Any specialized hanging systems are to be supplied by the artist and approved by the Juliet Art Museum and Riggs Realty.
  • Artists are responsible for same-day set up and take down of the show, with assistance from the Juliet Art Museum.
  • The Juliet Art Museum reserves the right to photograph accepted works for publicity and educational purposes.
  • Artists are to be aware that the location of the ArtWalk pop up is subject to change, and therefore the Juliet Art Museum cannot guarantee a specific location.
  • Artists will be notified via email upon acceptance or otherwise.
  • The Juliet Art Museum reserves the right to reject any work that is not properly represented in submission and is not ready to hang and/or display.  Entry into the Juliet Art Museum Emerging Artist Pop Up does not guarantee your work will be selected.
  • The Juliet Art Museum and Riggs Commercial Realty will exercise every possible care in the safekeeping of artist’s work while in their possession but are not responsible for any damage or loss of property during set up, exhibition, or deinstallation  – all liability is taken by the artist.

See and Do

Wheeling plein air event Sept. 20-23

The 13th Paint Historic Wheeling event is slated for Sept. 20-23, hosted by Artworks Around Town, and in addition to four days of plein air painting, will feature two instructional workshops. One is led by watercolor artist Christopher Leeper and the other is led by urban sketch artist Brian Fencl.

Artists may participate all four days of the plein air event, or for any mixture of the days.

More information, including the registration form, is available at

WVWS grant applications available

The West Virginia Watercolor Society is mandated by charter to “Promote and Ensure the High Standards of the Art of Watercolor in the State of West Virginia.”

To this end, WVWS is offering a grant of up to $500 to a member for the purpose of fostering creativity within the state. To download the grant application, click HERE.

Manchin exhibition space available

WVWS members have an opportunity to exhibit at U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s Fairmont office. Contact Jeannine Romano at or call 304-672-0222.