STLWS Virtual 2021 Annual Juried Exhibition

Welcome to the Saint Louis Watercolor Society’s 21st Annual Juried Exhibition being presented virtually from May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022. Our juror, Sandra Strohschein, selected artwork for the exhibition based on how well the artist conveyed the work through inspiration, composition, tonal values, color balance and degree of proficiency. We hope you will enjoy the wide range of subject matters, styles, concepts, and color palettes..

If you are interested in purchasing a work of art, please take note of the painting’s information and Contact Us. An Exhibit Chair will get back to you shortly with purchase details.

Judge’s Statement:  My own thoughts on judging an exhibition. Because styles are so different and I want to remove my own personal taste from the process, I employ a five-step scoring system to each work viewed. I look for how well the artists have conveyed the work through inspiration, composition, tonal values, color balance and degree of proficiency. I find this method helps discover and sort which paintings rise to the top without me saying “Oh, I love that” …and letting my emotions rather than my knowledge judge the works. However, that said, when making final choices, the paintings that scored the highest will then receive placement as I recall the moment I first saw the piece. My biggest concern about judging exhibitions is that the artists whose work does not receive an award or placement in the event will walk away discouraged. That would be the last thing I would want. I look at my own journey and know that my early on paintings that I thought were excellent, had a long way to go in reality. And I still am learning that. If your piece was not received as you hoped it would be, please feel free to write to me and I will tell you my impressions of your work. All showed potential and it is painful to have eliminated any of them! And finally, during this past year of Covid, my hat is off to all of you who continue to paint, find relief and joy in your process and have not given up due to the difficult circumstances and obstacles! Let’s keep painting!

Sandra Strohschein

This is a thumbnail gallery that can be used to see larger images of each piece of art. Included captions contain information on artist, title, size and sale price.

The show catalog is available for viewing, click here.

And, you can even watch a video of the exhibit, click here.