Invitation to the Spokane Watercolor Society 2020 Open Juried Show

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As chairperson of the Spokane Watercolor Society 2020 Open Juried Show, I would like to extend an invitation to the Idaho Watercolor Society members to participate. Click here for a call-for-entries ad that is currently running in the Northwest Watercolor Society newsletter.

The call will be active on  starting Friday, November 15, 2019 and the deadline for entry will be January 27,2020.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Karen Robinette
SWS 2020 Open Juried Show Chairperson
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Zions Bank 2020 Art Show Invitation to Apply

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Dear Idaho Artists,

Zions Bank is pleased to announce a call to Idaho artists for the 7th Annual Zions Bank Art Show, which will be held in Boise, Idaho the evening of Thursday, May 14, 2020 at the Downtown Boise Zions Bank building located at 800 W. Main StreetThis show has grown in popularity over the past six years and we are looking forward to another successful year.

Due to increased artist interest, not all artists may be selected to participate since we are limited to 76 slots.  Each artist (regardless of past participation) will be required to apply for the art show, which will include submitting three (3) sample pieces of work. Please remember the show is promoted as original work, thus we do not allow prints or giclees to be exhibited.

Applications must be received by Friday, November 29, 2019.  We invite you to apply to participate by completing the attached application by clicking here, and sending it to Your subject line should read “2020 Art Show Application – <YOUR FULL NAME>”.

Submissions must also be received by Friday, November 29, 2019.  Once your application has been submitted via email, please submit ONLY THREE (3) relevant works of art that you would be presenting at the art show via a second email to  In the subject line, type “2020 Art Show Submissions – <YOUR FULL NAME>.”  Parameters of image size should be such that the total email message size does not exceed 10MB.

If you would like one of your three submissions to be considered as cover art for the 2020 invitation, please indicate which of the three you would prefer in your email. If your work is selected, it must be brought to the art show and made available for purchase.

Here are a few parameters that will help with planning for the event:

  • The space provided for each artist is approximately 8 feet wide by 8 feet high and 2 feet deep.
  • Art to be displayed must be hanging art (we will provide racks and hooks for the art).
  • All art that will be displayed must be original – no giclees, prints or associated reproduced items.
  • Art to be displayed should not be suggestive, political, or religious.
  • Artists are responsible for accepting payment; we recommend a way to accept debit and credit cards as an additional form of payment.
  • Artists are responsible for charging sales tax.
  • Artists receive 100 percent of the proceeds from sales.

Selected artists will be notified by Friday, December 13, 2019.

If you have any questions or experience any problem with the application form, please email us at We look forward to a successful Art Show!


Margaret Espinola                                                                            Gina Bessire

2020 Artist Coordinator                                                                 2020 Artist Coordinator

Western Fed Entry Deadline

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Don’t forget, your entry images for the 2020 WFWS exhibit are due to me, Dennis Hayzlett, your delegate (, by Friday, January 10, 2020. You may enter images of up to 3 paintings. The complete entry requirements and specifications for preparing your images are contained in the Prospectus which you can view by clicking here. With the holidays coming, it is easy to get preoccupied with other things and forget to complete your entries. So keep painting and have your works finished by January 10th. I’m really looking forward to seeing all f your entries!


(208) 514-3862


WFWS45 Coming to Boise in 2020

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The next regional exhibit for the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies will take place in June and July of 2020. This exhibit will feature 100 of the best watercolor paintings from about 1000 entries from artists in ten watercolor societies representing nine western states. In recent years, the Idaho Watercolor Society has been well represented in the exhibit, with nine artists selected for last year’s show in San Diego of which two were award winners!

The prospectus for the 2020 exhibit has been released and is posted on this website. Entries for 2020 are due to your local delegate by January 10, 2020. With six months to plan and paint, you have plenty of time to execute your best work for entry. All the details concerning eligibility and art work requirements are contained in the prospectus, so please read it carefully. For IWS members, your local delegate is Dennis Hayzlett ( or 208-514-3862). If after reading the prospectus you have questions, please contact Dennis by email or by phone.

So start visualizing your ideas and plan to meet the January 10th deadline with your best work. It is an exciting opportunity to take part in a major, regional show here in our home state.


IWS 2018 Student Scholarship Winner

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Album art design for James Blake’s Overgrown. Combining hand done elements with digital, watercolor and ink prints of flowers in their various stages of life were created, then scanned in and formatted into the package design. As the CD is opened, the flowers, beginning in their end stages, revert back to their beginning as buds, symbolizing new life.

Ellery Pearson is an Oregon born-and-raised artist currently studying Graphic Design with a minor in Studio Art at Northwest Nazarene University.

She began creating art, whether it was drawing, painting, or sculptures out of recycled materials, at a very young age due to the influence of her mother. Now at NNU, Ellery enjoys being able to incorporate hand done, fine art elements into graphic design such as packaging, posters, and branding.

At NNU’s juried student art show, she was awarded second place for poster and typeface design, and was presented with the Idaho Watercolor Society’s student scholarship.

After she is finished with school in the Spring of 2019, Ellery hopes to find a job at a design firm where she can continue to apply her problem solving skills to graphic design, learn from experienced professionals, and grow as an artist.

Discipline in Line

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I am in Maui Hawaii today with my family on vacation and am reminded that as artists we have a heightened awareness of the visual. The beauty around me is vivid as it is for my family, but my language differs. We live in a visual world that is defined by seeing things differently, part of what makes us who we are. I am thinking — Is the ocean a little more phthalocyanine blue red shade or turquoise? Are the values around me mid tone or deep and rich, are the shapes more organic or geometric? Fortunately my family is used to my language and are not surprised by my descriptions. My mind wanders into the artist thoughts often. It is exciting and travel always adds to my images that will have to be expressed in the visual.

Each year I choose 2 to 3 different elements and principles of art to focus on. This year, one area I have been exploring with determination is “line.” I see so many wonderful lines here… the horizontal waves of the ocean that are in constant change, the verticals of the palm trees and the organic of the tropical plants to mention just a few.

This year I am simplifying line in new ways. Often you would not recognize the lines source in my paintings as would be the case of this week. I will be abstracting and rearranging what I see to take my art to new levels along with mixing new medias and color choices to my watercolors.

My “Exploratory Territory” as I call it, has been successful getting me into regional and national shows this past two years. One way I have used as educational, is drawing line exercises (see “Disciplines in Line” video on my youtube channel amanarts) as well as rearranging the lines in shapes. I work within many of the “rules” of art along with strategic breaking of rules.

Since I focus each year on different elements and principles in my work, I am adding to my knowledge of past years. As these disciplines add up I feel I am getting a wide range of possibilities opening up and keeping me engaged in my past work but also staying fresh with the new discoveries.

I wrote this article to present thoughts to you that I have found are helping my work and other artists. As I teach I see other artists come to new levels of expertise in their work as well. Line, color, shape, value, composition, etc. choose one or two to ponder a little more in your art. If I live a very long life, I may have just opened a broader education than if I hadn’t put the effort into the discovery of the What If? I would enjoy hearing from you as you put some new discoveries on your art surfaces. I continue on… Exploratory Territory in Disciplines of Line! Come join me.

© Linda Aman – Aman Arts
AmanArts YouTube