Annual Exhibit

Each year, Valley Watercolor Society holds an Annual Juried Exhibit with rotating judges over the years.

Our 2020 Annual Juried Exhibit will run March 3-28, 2020.

Important dates:

Dec 1 – Sunday – Entries open (stand by for Online Juried Shows link)
Feb 2 – Sunday – Entries close at midnight
Feb 10 – Monday – Acceptance letters start to go out
March 2 – Monday – Take-in, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Show hanging 3:00 – 5:00 pm
March 3 – Tuesday – Exhibit opens
March 8 – Sunday – Exhibit Reception and Awards Ceremony, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
March 28 – Saturday – Show ends, pick up paintings from 5:00 – 7:00 pm


Download the Prospectus

Exhibit Gallery: San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center
18312 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
Tuesday through Saturday: 11 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Have a look at our most recent show. The 2019 juror was Joseph Stoddard.

Click on any image to open gallery. Then use arrow keys to scroll through. Click “i” to toggle titles on or off. Press ESC at any time to come back to the thumbnails. Scroll down to see full prizewinner list.

Prize Gallery:

2019 Awards Gallery

Full show gallery: Search by title or artist, or click on any image to scroll through all images:

2019 Full Show Gallery

2019’s Awards:

1st place: Gary Friedman, “Purple Haze” – $300
2nd place: Lori Pollack, “Feeling Grapeful” – $250
3rd place: Susan Gesundheit, “Requerdo” – $200

Special Honors:
Cathy Fickes, “Shoes on the Danube” – Jack Richeson Award
Veronica Stensby, “Floral Fantasy” – Winsor & Newton Award
Spencer Mackay, “Kobe Evening” – Jack Richeson Award
Phyllis Doyon, “Iris and Birds” – Holbein Award

Honorable Mentions:
Peter McDonald, “My Family Tree” – Jack Richeson Award
Janis Elias, “Aztec Cycle” – Cheap Joe’s Award
Debbi Saunders, “Elefantastic” – Holbein Award
Charlotte Mullich, “Swimming Quietly” – Holbein Award
Fatemeh Kian, “Still Together” – Golden Artist Award
Julie Stroh, “Goose Creek” – Golden Artist Award
Paulette Parker, “All Hands On” – Canson Award
Dorothy Lee, “Memories” – Graphaids Award
Deborah Swan-McDonald, “Dan at Tonga Hut” – Graphaids Award
Gwen Wetzler, “Forest River #1” – Carter Sexton Award
Karen Holly, “Homeless Not Hopeless” – Carter Sexton Award

This year’s Juror was Joseph Stoddard whose work has been especially revered by those who know Pasadena. In 2001, “Pasadena Sketchbook” was published, followed by a second edition in 2008. “Redlands Sketchbook” was published in 2007 and “Expressive Color”, a Walter Foster Publishing instruction book appeared in 2008. His work is in the permanent collection of Azusa Pacific University, the Pasadena Museum of History, countless homes and offices and has been featured in many publications here and abroad.

To see works from previous years’ Exhibits, click below:


For questions, suggestions, or to volunteer, email Sylvia Crosbie