Georgetown Watercolor Society

Welcome to Georgetown County Watercolor Society

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to the most current information about our Watercolor Society.


 Use the links on the right of the screen listed under Categories / Useful Links/ Archives   for additional information including; reference documents, previous workshops & demos, and other information.


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SC Watermedia Society News - 2018

SC Watermedia Society News for 2018

Call For Entry: March 21, 2018 - FUNtazticART
Email to: My Pet Masterpiece
or see our Events page for details

May 19th
SC Watermedia Society is happy to announce out first Plein Air paint-out competition.  It will be held on Saturday, May 19th
in Newberry, SC at the Newberry Art Center at 1200 Main Street.  It is open to all members with a $10 fee to participate. You can paint the town of Newberry plus we will have some special locations you can work at as well.  Check in at 9:00 am.  Paintings will be delivered for judging at 3:30 PM followed by an awards ceremony and reception.  Come and enjoy the day.  More information to come. 
Deadline is coming for entry to the On-line Digital Show!
Have you entered our Spring Online Show yet?  The deadline is rapidly approaching.  April 27, 2018 is the final date for submission.  Our juror for this show will be Toni Elkins, NWS.
Toni M. Elkins, Columbia, SC, is a signature member of 18 elected societies including NWS, Watercolor USA Honor Society and Nautilus Fellowship of International Society of Experimental Artists. She has won over 160 national awards including Best-Of-Show San Diego Watercolor. In 1999, Governor Jim Hodges awarded her The Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for her contributions to SC art. She also won the award for contributions to SCWS. Ms. Elkins work has been selected as juried into over 300 national exhibitions the latest being selected to represent Missouri Watercolor in China in 2018.

Members in the News

Members in the News

Calendar - 2018

2018 Calendar

January 3rd - 10:00 am Meeting at Lakes at Litchfield; Intro of new board members.  Program: "How to Set Up A FineArt America Account for Posting and Selling Artwork" by Pat Mariano.

February 7th - 10:00 am Meeting at Lakes at Litchfield; "Digital Photographs of Members' Paintings" presented by Keith Meiere. 

February 26th - "Entry Deadline for Wilmington Juried Spring Show" 

March 1st - Deadline for Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild Annual Juried Exhibit (WACG)

March 7th - 10:00 am Meeting at Lakes at Litchfield; Presentation and Discussion - Steering Committee for GCWS Rules and Guidelines for Annual Rice Museum Exhibit.

April 4th - 10:00 am Meeting at The Lakes at Litchfield; "World Renowned Artist Hildreth Meiere" presented by her cousin and GCWS member, Keith Meiere.

April 4th - Delivery date for Lakes at Litchfield Exhibit.

April 8th - 3 - 5 pm - Reception - Member Exhibit at Lakes at Litchfield.

April 7 - 15 - Wilmington Art Association 36th Annual Juried SPRING ART SHOW AND SALE.

April 17,18,and 19 - Betty Brown 3-day workshop.
Location:  Inlet Square Mall in Murrells Inlet

April 26th - Island Art Gallery Show deadline for submissions.  See details on the Announcements page.

April 27th - Deadline to enter On-Line Digital South Carolina Watercolor Society show. Judge Toni Elkins, NWS 

April 28th - Art Under the Oaks - Fundraiser for Tara Hall for Boys.  Sponsored by Seaside Framing & Photography. All Day event - Bi-Lo Shopping Center, Pawleys Island.

May 2nd -  10:00 am Meeting at Lakes at Litchfield.  Program: "Preparing Art for Exhibits" by Kelly Atkinson

May 4th - 5:00 - 7:30 pm Island Art Gallery Annual Spring Show/Sale and Open House - "The Magic of the Ordinary," One painting per GCWS member allowed. See Announcements page for details.

May 19th - Plein Air Paint out competition sponsored by the South Carolina Watercolor Society.  The event will launch at 9:00 am from the Newberry Art Center at 1200 Main St., Newberry, SC. Open to all members.  $10 entry fee.  Artists can paint the town of Newberry and some special locations will be set up for artists as well.  Paintings will be delivered for judging at 3:30 pm followed by an awards ceremony and reception.  

June 6th -  10:00 am Meeting at the Beach (Exact location TBD).  Program: "Plein Air Beach Washes" by Brenda Lawson.

July: Summer Break
August: Summer Break

September 5th - 10:00 am Meeting at The Lakes at Litchfield "What Judges Look for in Award Winning Paintings" by Fritz Kapraum.

October 3rd - 10:00 am Meeting at the Lakes at Litchfield. Program: "Printing a Book of Your Artwork" by Nicholas Mariano.

Fall (Date TBD). Annual GCWS Member Art Show and Sale at Rice Museum, Opening Reception and Awards

Fall (Date TBD)  Fall Workshop (TBD)

November 7th - 10:00 am Meeting at the Lakes at Litchfield. Program: "Encaustics" by Midge Ovenshire.

December 5th - 11:00 am 
Ice Cream Social and Business Meeting - Location TBD.


January 9th - 10:00 am Meeting at Lakes at Litchfield. (Program TBD).  Election of Officers for 2019.

February 6th - 10:00 am Meeting at Lakes at Litchfield. (Program TBD)

Announcements - 2018

2018 Events

Free Art Show and Sale in Market Common

Call for Artists, Craftspersons
Local artists are invited to display, demonstrate and sell their work on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 6 - 9 pm at the Myrtle Beach Rec Center at Market Common.  For more information and an application, click the link above. 

My Pet Masterpiece Show

- Entry fee $10 per artwork (2 max) or $20 for one oversized work beyond 2' any direction
- Students currently enrolled in FuntazticArt classes or ARTy-O Studio enter free
- Work submitted must be ready to display. No clip or saw tooth hangers accepted.
-Please note that any artwork that depicts obvious nudes will not be accepted.
- All submissions will be decided upon by artist and Curator of the Possum Trot Art Gallery Nina Ortiz, therefore please deliver pieces to her.

Delivery of Art
March 21, 11am - 1pm
or March 22, 11am - 1pm

Commissions 30/70 or NFS

Opening Reception Thursday, March 29, 6-8pm
Free and open to the public
Show runs from Opening thru Saturday, April 28th
Gallery viewing hours:  Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm

Contact:  Nina Ortiz 843-997-4729 or


 Call for Artists to participate in the Island Art Gallery’s Spring Show to be held May 2018.  The show will hang in the gallery for the entire month.  
Opening reception will be on Friday, May 4, 2018, 5:00- 7:30 pm. 

-The theme of this show is:  Magic of the Ordinary. (more info to follow) 
-Submission: Artwork should be submitted by Thursday, April 26, 2018.  
-Entry fee is $20 for artists outside the gallery.  One entry per person.

          Click here for Application Form

1.    Format – 12” x 24” x 1 ½” gallery wrap canvas.  No frames or hanging devices.  The gallery will bulk order some canvases with some specifically for “all media” for those watercolorists who wish to paint directly on a canvas.  They will be for sale at the gallery, or you can purchase your own.  The gallery wrap edges must be painted or finished in some manner.  (No bare canvas edges.) 
2.    All work must be original, not created in a class or workshop, created in the past year, and not previously shown in Georgetown County, SC. 
3.    Artist MUST submit 3-4 sentences, on the application form, on your creative process.  Did you paint plein art, from a photograph (your own or one with permission), any use of computers, or apps, or is it totally from your imagination, etc.  The process should be transparent.  This is to protect the gallery from possible lawsuits. 
4.    Work must be For Sale.  Each piece will be offered for sale at $350.  The gallery will take a 10% commission on any sale. 
5.    Please securely attach a tag to the back of the canvas with your name and contact information. 
This show’s entries will be judged by an outside judge.  There will also be a People’s Choice Award. 
If you are interested in purchasing a canvas from us please contact Janelle Feeney if using oil or acrylics ( or Cindy Silvers if using watercolors ( so we can order enough of them.
We look forward to your participation in the May Show.  If you have any questions please email ( or call the gallery (843-314-0298).  
Thank you. 
Island Art Gallery 
Pawley Island, SC
May 2018 Art Show Committee


2017 Events

Winners Announced at the Opening Reception on November 3rd, 2017

Best In Show
"Gullah Reflections"  by  Midge Ovenshire

Professional Category
1st Place  "Gifted Hands"  by  Patsy Givens
2nd Place  "There's No Place Like Home"  by  William H. Miller
3rd Place  "Gerogetown Harbor"  by  Brenda Lawson
Honorable Mention  "Searching For Clean Water"  by  Nicole Hendricks
Honorable Mention  "Happy Hour"  by  Johnnie Cowan

Non-Professional Category
1st Place  "Two Little Urchins"  by Marsha Orr
2nd Place  "Tickled Pink"  by  Sande Purcell
3rd Place  "Back & White  by  Clarke Hayes
Honorable Mention  "Marsh-view"  by  Jean Sacani

The Show runs until January 3rd at the Rice Museum, Georgetown, SC

Opening Reception for the Georgetown County Watercolor Society

Low Country Art Show 2017

Friday, November 3rd, 4-6 pm
Rice Museum, Georgetown, SC


Workshop Announcement 

Our GCWS 2017 workshop artist, Fritz Kapraun, is offering a wonderful opportunity to study with him in Italy next summer. 

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