Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM PDT
Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 1:00 PM PDT

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Sparks Heritage Museum 
814 Victorian Avenue
Sparks, NV 89431

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Ruth Jaeger 
Sierra Watercolor Society  

Jolene Hunter 
Sierra Watercolor Society  


"The Biggest Little Watercolor Show" 


Our annual judged exhibit, "The Biggest Little Watercolor Show," is rolling into town.  Take-in day is Friday, August 10, from 11am to 1pm. This show is an open theme and all are welcome (except those naked or otherwise inappropriate). Your exhibit committee is eagerly awaiting hanging your best work in the Sparks Heritage Museum! Categories will be the usual: Portraits & Figures; Florals & Still Lifes; Fur, Fins & Feathers; Abstracts; and Landscapes (which include cityscapes). All Standing Rules for exhibits apply.

'Near Berlin' by Larry Jacox
Best of Show for 2017 Judged Exhibit


to be held at 

The Sparks Heritage Museum 
(See map and address in left column)

Your SWS Exhibit Chairs for this event are:

Ruth Jaeger, ruthmeri@gmail.com, 775-335-9899
Julene Hunter, JuleneH@gmail.com

Important Dates to remember

  • Online entry deadline - Monday, August 6th
  • Painting Take-in - Friday, August 10th, 11am to 1pm
  • Artists Reception - Saturday, September 22, 1-4pm
  • Painting Pick-up - Monday, October 1st, 11am to 1pm

Exhibiting Requirements

  • Must be a current dues paid member 30 days prior to August 11th
  • May submit up to 2 framed images. Only 1 of the 2 may be a full sheet
  • Framed and bin art minimum size: 11"x14" (or 154 square inches) on outside edge of mat, where mat fits into frame.
  • Framed art maximum size: Full sheet matted
  • Framed art with over 22"x28" (or 616 square inches) outer mat must have acrylic glass (i.e. Plexiglass)
  • SWS will supply back labels for bin art on take-in date
  • The artist Bio Cards and Book will be displayed as in previous exhibits
  • All artwork submissions must comply with the SWS Standing Rules

Bin Art Requirements

  • Four pieces maximum
  • Any size or age
  • Must be unframed, cleanly matted, backed and encased in an appropriately-sized achival clear envelope

SWS Online Registration!

We are continuing with required online entry for this and future SWS Exhibits.  

Instead of filling out the form on the dropoff day, we request you click the "Register Now" link below, and enter your information digitally by the online entry deadline!

You can pay online or mail your check payment, payable to SWS to: SWS, c/o Laurel Sweigart, P.O. Box 70564, Reno, NV, 89570.

The SWS will not accept unregistered paintings or payment on take-in day. Please contact the Exhibit Chairs if you need assistance registering online. 

Online entry will allow the exhibit team many streamlined opportunities for managing the exhibit, including:

  • Anticipate hanging requirements for coordination with the venue
  • Produce professional gallery title cards, painting labels, and artist statement cards with a simple mail merge 
  • Communicate reminders with exhibiting artists about dropoff/pickup dates and other exhibit specific information
  • Create a historical record of the exhibit data for future SWS Exhibit planning and coordination

Thank you for helping our fabulous SWS organization strive to make our process more efficent for our dedicated volunteers.

We know this is a new process, so please do not hesitate to ask for help and clarification from the Exhibit Chairs.