Go With The Flow – WASH Annual Open Show

For a copy of the 2019 Annual WASH Open Show Prospectus, click on the following link:
2019 Annual WASH Open Show Prospectus.

Here is our 2018 Best of Show Award Winner by Steve Walters titled “Portuguese Fishermen III”

Our open show uses online entry through Smarter Entry. This is a new online entry application for WASH, you may need to register to enter. You will find us on their call to entry page, select the Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons link on the right to go directly to our entries or scroll down: https://www.smarterentry.com/CallsForEntry#

Below you will find Important Dates, Juror Biographies and Juror Judging Statements. Hopefully this information will help you prepare for show entry!


Online show entry deadline is: July 6, 2019
Show Notifications complete by: July 14, 2019
Hand Delivered Artwork dates: August 23 (1-5) and August 24 (11-3)
Shipped Art MUST be Received by: August 23
Show Dates are: September 3 through September 29
Reception and Awards Presentation are: September 14

Go With The Flow Jurors


Northern California artist, Steve Walters, has worked the last thirty-six years as a commercial artist, art director, fine art teacher and painter. A signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West, he is the recipient of many national and international awards. For more information on his painting style, please click on the following link: www.stevewaltersstudio.com


Internationally published and exhibiting fine artist David Lobenberg has over thirty-five years of experience teaching enthusiastic artists in both college and private art classes. He has established a reputation for conducting well organized, energetic, hands-on watercolor and drawing workshops across the United States and Canada in his popular“California Vibe©” style. David’s high level of excellence in figurative and landscape watercolor and acrylic painting is well recognized by artists and collectors nationwide. Fore more information about David, please click on the following link: www.lobenbergart.com

Juror Judging Statements

from Steve Walters:

When I select paintings for a show, I look for many things.  I look for the way the artist has handled the technical end of painting — things such as color, composition and the various elements of design.  An unusual or interesting use of technique, unexpected subject matter or fresh individual ideas can certainly catch my eye.  A strong display of skill and execution are always noted.  Most important, I look for the artist’s uniqueness of vision — that special energy and way of seeing — memorable and personal.  Lastly, a good, clear digital image is important to properly show off an artist’s best work and be competitive.

from David Lobenberg:

No matter if a work is representational or abstract, I look for several artistic qualities in determining a watercolor’s acceptability into an exhibition:

  1. Control of the medium (does the artist show a competency of applying paint to paper?)
  2. Imaginative content (has the artist created something out of the ordinary?),
  3. Strong use of composition (a unique point of view, well balanced, purposeful direction, flow, and rhythm), and
  4. Competent use of the five elements of visual art (line, texture, shape, value, and color).

There is one more artistic quality that gets me super excited and is unique to the medium of watercolor: “Controlling the flood”. These three descriptive words were penned a number of years ago by Jose Montoya, art professor emeritus at California State University, Sacramento. How apropos, considering that the pigments in watercolor paint are immersed in washes of water when applied to
watercolor paper. For me personally, wet-on-wet and spontaneously washes of overlapping hues is the most dynamic manifestation of controlling the flood.

Controlling the flood and the four previously mentioned artistic qualities make for the yardstick that I use for judging. They work in attracting eyes and enticing viewers to stop and linger before a painting. Heck, the viewer may even say “Wow! I want to buy that!”

Below are the award winners from the 2018 Annual WASH Open Show.