Support for Watercolour Artists

Support Package for Artists

How can I get more involved in IWS Canada?

  1. Subscribe to our mailing list iwscanada@gmail.com to become a Friend of IWS Canada, and/or become a Member.  Also, state that you wish to be placed on the volunteer list.  When an event happens in your area you will then receive an email asking for your support from your area rep.
  2. Follow our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IWSCanada . Go to the page often and join in our monthly challenges/activities and online events.
  3. Make online friends on FB with artists whose style you enjoy and who contribute on IWS Canada. Support each other. We as artists are stronger as a community.

Shipping: How to cope with customs, and valuing paintings. Where to get shipping boxes from in Canada, and what couriers to use?

You can purchase deluxe art shippers (special reinforced boxes with foam to protect artwork) from u line. There are stores in Toronto and Edmonton where you can collect in person or they will ship them to you. They are expensive but can be reused many times https://www.uline.ca/BL_2356/Deluxe-Artwork-Shippers?keywords=deluxe+art+shippers .

UPS and FedEx both do prepaid return shipping which most societies will ask for. If you are shipping internationally ask for a commercial invoice. This will include the customs section.

It is up to each individual artist to decide whether to ship their paintings at value of materials only or actual value of the fully framed painting if you were to sell it. Your value will be placed on the commercial invoice by UPS or FedEx when shipping internationally and it is this number that customs people see and use to decide on the amount of brokerage you pay. You will also be charged duty on your painting unless you state very clearly it is ‘on loan’ or ‘just for exhibition’ on the way out and ‘sending as return to artist’ on the way back.

I am a new artist How do I develop a style?

Start small; learn the rules of painting in general (composition, colour theory, pigment properties, drawing); start with easy subjects like a small still life with only one or two objects and practice developing the painting different ways; take workshops in your areas, join local clubs that hold workshops given by their own members and outside members; read, study, watch online videos..and practice, practice, practice. With all the practice we will find that your voice comes out, and you own style will naturally appear.

By being a member of the IWS Canada group, you are also in touch with so many artists that you can go to for advice, assistance and questions.

I want to do an exhibition of all my paintings and it will be my very first time. Could you please guide me how to proceed for that?

Many areas have Studio Tours. This is a great first step as the tour leaders will do the majority of the promotion side of things for you or at least guide you in what to do. It’s a good way to meet and build friendships with other local artists too.

Attend as many solo artist exhibits as you can in your area; speak to the artist and how they eventually came to exhibiting solo; gather information about advertising, promotion, number of pieces to hang, also about the gallery and its requirements for artists shows, legal issues, commission rates.

Competitions- What are the international ones I can enter, are there online ones as well as physical ones? What are the National ones I can enter?

Magazine/book Competitions:

Splash North Light Books annually produce a book showcasing the best watercolours on a given subject/theme.

Art of Watercolour Magazine by Diverti often run contests. See website for details  http://www.artofwatercolour.com.

Watermedia showcase competition (Yearly) See website for details http://www.artistsnetwork.com/competitions/watermedia-showcase

Our own IWS magazine runs contests too. Keep watch on the IWS Canada  Facebook page for announcements.

National competitions:

Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour CSPWC Open water Exhibition See website for details http://www.cspwc.com/

Society of Canadian Artists SCA Open exhibition plus online exhibition see website for details

IWS Canada will be running yearly contests. Make sure you sign up for our mailing list to receive information on these contests first. Send an email to iwscanada@gmail.com with your name, e mail and place of residence and ask to be placed on our mailing list.

Federation of Canadian Artists Annual open competition check website for details https://artists.ca/

International:

IWS Country contests will be posted on the IWS Canada facebook page as they are announced

US based watercolour societies with International Exhibitions:

TWSA  Open National Exhibition (US and Canadian residents only)  see website for details http://www.watercolors.org/

AWS Open International Exhibition see website for details https://www.americanwatercolorsociety.org/

NWS Open International Exhibition see website for details http://nationalwatercolorsociety.org/

PWS Open International Exhibition see website for details http://www.pawcs.com/

LWS Open International Exhibition see website for details https://louisianawatercolorsociety.org/

NFWS Biannually they have an international exhibition open to non members- see website for details https://nfws.org/

PPWS Biannually they have an international exhibition open to non members- see website for details http://www.pikespeakwatercolorsociety.org/

NWWS Open International Exhibition see website for details http://www.nwws.org/

NEWS Open International Exhibition see website for details http://www.northeastws.com/

SDWS Open International Exhibition see website for details http://www.sdws.org/

CWA Open International Exhibition see website for details http://www.californiawatercolor.org

MWS Open International exhibition see website for details https://missouriwatercolorsociety

Watercolor West Open International Exhibition see website for details http://www.watercolorwest.org/

Watercolor Art Society Houston WAS-H Open International Exhibition see website for details

https://www.watercolorhouston.org/

 

Have you got a list of watercolour teachers /art groups in my area of Canada? Do any of these do local juried competitions or group exhibitions?

We have compiled a list of Art Societies throughout Canada. Please contact the art societies in your area and they will put you in touch with artists who also teach and let you know about any upcoming exhibition possibilities.

If you belong to, or know of an art society in your area that we have not listed, please send an email to iwscanada@gmail.com with the name of the organisation, e mail or website

British Columbia

Alliance for Arts and Culture: http://www.allianceforarts.com/contact-us/

https://www.facebook.com/AllianceforArtsandCulture/

BC arts Council: http://www.bcartscouncil.ca/about/contact.htm

Federation of Canadian Artists: artavenue@artists.ca

https://www.facebook.com/federation.artists/

Oak Bay Art Club: http://www.oakbayartclub.com/ContactUs.html

Victoria Arts Community –bigger list available

Victoria  College of Art: https://www.vca.ca https://www.vca.ca

https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaCollegeofArt/

Alberta

Alberta Community Arts Clubs Association: https://acaca.ab.ca/contact/Alberta Alberta Foundation of the Arts : https://www.affta.ab.ca/about-afa/contact-us

Alberta Society of Artists : http://albertasocietyofartists.com/contact-us-2/

https://www.facebook.com/AlbertaSocietyofArtists/

Artistic Entities: http://www.artisticentities.com/contact-us/

CARVAC

Calgary Artists Society: http://www.calgaryartistssociety.com/Contact.html

Calgary Sketch Club: Calgary Sketch Club

Canmore Art Guild: Canmore Art Guild

Centre d’arts Visuels de l’Alberta: Centre d’arts Visuels de l’Alberta

Calgary Community Painters: Community Painters

Edmonton Art Club: http://www.edmontonartclub.com/contact

Harcourt House: mailto:harcourthouse@shaw.ca

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2350059655/

Visual Arts Association Alberta: CARVAC- http://visualartsalberta.com/contact/

Visual Arts Studio Association of St. Albert (Alberta): Visual Arts Studio Association

Riverview Artists (Calgary): http://riverview-artists.com/contact

Society of Northern Alberta Print: Snap

https://www.facebook.com/SNAP-Society-of-Northern-Alberta-Print-Artists-180077062029844/

St. Albert Art Guild: mailto:teddiane.stone@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/StAlbertPaintersGuild/?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/StAlbertPaintersGuild/?fref=ts:

Society of Western Canadian Artists:

http://www.swcartists.ca/Sys/PublicProfile/SendEmail/32507080

Strathcona Art Studio: marianho@shaw.ca

Saskatchewan

Art and Craft Guilds:

For list of groups: Aurora Art Guild (Regina)

Brushwork Art Guild: brushworksartguild@gmail.com

Heartland Artist’s Guild: mailto:cookijean@netzero.net

https://www.facebook.com/HeARTland-Artists-Guild-109621149156945/

Moose Jaw Art Guild: robin@sknac.ca

https://www.facebook.com/Saskatchewan-NAC-Network-for-Art-Collecting-283236878385211/

Prairie Artists Guild: dl_palmer@hotmail.com

http://www.facebook.com/PrairieArtistsGuild

Regina Federation of Artists:mailto:dougwelyk@gmail.com?subject=

Saskatchewan Arts Board: mailto:info@saskartsboard.ca

Saskatchewan Foundation For the Art: mailto:info@saskartsfoundation.com

Yukon Nunavut and NW Territories

Yukon Art society http://www.artsunderground.ca/

Yellowknife Watercolour Society https://www.facebook.com/YellowknifeWatercolourSociety/ http://ykwatercolour.blogspot.ca/

Aurora Arts Society http://nwtarts.com/organization-profile/aurora-arts-society

Nunavut’s arts and crafts  society http://www.nacaarts.org/home/index.php/en/

Manitoba

Manitoba society of Artists http://www.manitobaartists.com/

Ontario

Art Society King:  mailto:info@artssocietyking.ca?subject=ASK information request

https://www.facebook.com/artssocietyking/

Burlington Fine Arts Association: bfaaguild@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/burlingtonfineartsassociation

Cornwall and Area Artists

Fine Arts Society of Milton: fasminfo@gmail.com

Focus Art Association Cornwall:    https://www.facebook.com/focusartassociation/posts/1823116161035677

Gallery Stratford:  http://www.gallerystratford.on.ca

https://www.facebook.com/GalleryStratford/

Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre:  mailto:creative.arts@on.aibn.com

https://www.facebook.com/ingersollcreativeartscentre/

Merrickville Artists’ Guild: http://www.mag-artists.ca/contact-us/

Mill Pond Gallery: rhgaexec@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/RHGArtists/?hc_location=ufi

Nepean arts League: info@nepeanfinearts.com

North York Group of Artists: ntgartists@gmail.com

Oakville Art Society: info@oakvilleartsociety.com

https://www.facebook.com/Oakvilleartsociety/

Ottawa Watercolour Society: info@owswatercolour.com

https://www.facebook.com/Ottawa-Watercolour-Society 339764739552340/?ref=br_rs

Ottawa Arts association:.

Artists of Oxford (county):  https://artistsofoxford.com

Richmond Hill Group of Artists-Studio 30: rhgaexec@gmail.com

Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre: mailto:office@stationarts.ca

https://www.stationarts.ca

Toronto Watercolour Society: info@torontowatercoloursociety.com

https://www.facebook.com/TorontoWatercolourSociety

Visual Arts Mississauga:  https://www.facebook.com/vamriverwood/

Walkerville Artists’ Co-Op

Northern Ontario Art Association (NOAA)  www.noaa.ca

Quebec

Conseil des Arts d’Aylmer:  andree.sincennes@videotron.ca

Société canadienne de l’aquarelle

Atelier d’aquarelle Le Partage

.L’EAU VIVE AQUARELLISTES

New Brunswick

Fundy Plein Air painters: info@pleinairfundy.org

https://www.facebook.com/pleinairfundy/

Fundy Gallery of Art Saint John: https://fundygallery.org/contact/

Saint John Art Club: saintjohnartclub@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/saintjohnartclub/

NB Arts Link

http://www.artslinknb.com/

Also on Facebook

New Brunswick Artists | Artistes du Nouveau-Brunswick

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1081934221830065/

Craft NB – represents artists

https://www.facebook.com/CraftNBmetiersdart/

https://www.craftnb.ca/

Nova Scotia

Painter’s Palette Society

NASCAD Alumni

alumni@nascad.ca

PEI

PEI Artists & Friends group – Facebook

   

Newfoundland and Labrador

newfoundland & labrador art education association – nlaea  Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/artassociationnewfoundlandlabrador/

www.aanl.ca

aanl.info@gmail.com

Maritime Art List

List@maritimelist.com (email distribution to artists covering the 4 Maritime provinces)

https://www.artistsincanada.com/resources/