Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour 96th Annual Exhibition


An International Juried Online Exhibition of Water Based Media

Submissions Open June 01, 2021 | Deadline September 17, 2021 | Exhibition October 15 2021 – January 15, 2022

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This exhibition is open strictly to submissions painted in Water Based Media as defined in this call for entry:

  • Allowable water media: artist’s quality watercolour paint, watercolour ink, watercolour crayon, watercolour pencil, workable fixative, gouache (which can be applied transparently and opaquely). The use of a graphite drawing and India Ink are accepted. Not permissable: egg tempera, casein, acrylic and archival felt pens.
  • Paint Surface: archival fiber paper which includes: watercolour paper, watercolour paper glued to wood/ composite panel, watercolour paper glued to canvas, canvas prepared for watercolour, and watercolour board. Yupo is not accepted.
  • Paintings may be protected by varnish or wax.
  • Only media listed in the definition above are permissible. Application must be by hand, brush or any tool by the artist without digital or mechanical assistance.
  • Computer generated artwork and/or mechanically printed images will not be accepted.
  • All styles are acceptable.


June 1, 2021 – Submissions Open
September 17, 6:00 pm. EST – DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES
October 8 – Artist Notification by Email
October 15 – Exhibition Opens Online
January 15 (2022) – Exhibition Closes

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1) Artists may submit up to two digital images, however only one painting per applicant may be accepted for exhibition.

2) Sales: a 40% commission is deducted from the sale price. Prices cannot be changed and must be in Canadian dollars. Artists have the option of having a work “not for sale”. In this case, a value does not need to be included.

3) All paintings must be original, created by the artist who is submitting, and not previously shown in an Open Water Exhibition.

4) Paintings must not have been created under art instruction, in a workshop, class or mentorship

5) Paintings must have been completed within the past three years.

6) Paintings must not be derivative or based on the work of others or in any way an infringement of copyright. Using stock imagery or photos taken by professional photographers is not permissible, even with permission or paid licensing.

7) Open Water 2021 is strictly open to submissions painted in watercolour, as defined in this call for entry.

8) The Jury and/or the Exhibition Chair, reserve the right not to post/exhibit any painting which does not conform to all the rules of the competition.

9) If an accepted artist withdraws their work after the adjudication, they will not be eligible to enter Open Water exhibitions for three years.

10) Entries that are accepted for exhibition will remain on display until the end date of the online exhibition on January 15, 2022. The CSPWC reserves the right to remove any posted online painting at any time for any reason.

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This exhibition is open to any artist, and entry is adjudicated by digital image. Award-winning paintings will be selected from the digital image.

Entry Fee: (for up to two images)
CSPWC Members and Associates $40
Non-members $55
Entry fees are non-refundable. (Canadian Dollars)


Submissions open June 1, 2021 at

You will be required to create a free account at with a username and password. Sign in to make your submission and follow all instructions.

Image Requirements:

– Minimum of 960 pixels (on longest side)

– Maximum of 1920 pixels (on longest side)

– 300 dpi

– maximum file size of 4 MB.

Please ensure your images are cropped to show only the painting. Do not include mats, frames or backgrounds of any kind.

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Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance will be by email after October 8, 2021. Recipients of awards will be notified by October 15, 2021.

Please Note:

By submission of entry, the artist grants the CSPWC the right to use the image of the accepted work for publicity, educational and reference purposes.

By submission of entry, the artist agrees to all the terms and conditions of entry as per this form.

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Guest Juror: Antonio Masi AWS, D.F. AWS President

American painter Antonio Masi is currently President of the American Watercolor Society. His work has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, PBS – “Sunday Arts,” NBC-TV “Weekend Today in New York,” and in a Newsday feature in 2008 entitled “Bridgemaster.” Solo exhibitions include The New York Centennial Commission of the Queensboro Bridge Exhibition in 2009, The Forbes Gallery, New York City 2010, The New York City Transit Museum 2012, and at The Salmagundi Club of New York. His work was also featured in a The New York Times video entitled, “Living City: A Tale of Two Bridges” in 2014.

Wendy Hoffmann CSPWC
Wendy Hoffmann’s development as an artist was built on her background as an educator in media and in art history. As departmental director and teacher in an arts school, she has administered programs to over fifty schools, and has taught at the university level. Hoffmann’s recognizable subjects are universal, often with imagery that is metaphoric and infused with transparent glazes, frequently without drawing. Her work appears in publications and in collections in Canada, the US, Mexico, Europe, as well as in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, UK. She has exhibited in several countries and became an elected member of the CSPWC in 2000.

Past President CSPWC Past President CSPWC

Rayne Tunley was President of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour for four years (2015 – 2019). Rayne has served as Exhibition Chair and as a Juror for many national/international exhibitions and societies in Canada, France, Italy, the United States. Rayne currently is represented by the John A. Libby Art Gallery in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has exhibited nationally throughout Canada, internationally (France, Mexico, Italy) as well as in various art societies and groups where she has won numerous awards. Rayne has work in many private collections, including the Archives of Ontario, Canada.

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(Cash Awards are in Canadian Dollars)

Awarded to the best painting in the exhibition, this medal, in honour of one of the CSPWC’s founding members, was inspired by one of Casson’s masterworks. It is accompanied by a $3000 cash award.

Sponsored by the William R. and Shirley Beatty Foundation. $1000 Cash Award

Awarded to a figurative work of exceptional quality, this medal, in honour of of the CSPWC’s founding members, was inspired by one of Comfort’s acclaimed portraits of Carl Schaefer. It is accompanied by a $500 cash Award.

Sponsored by CSPWC Member Martha West Gayford.
$500 cash award

$500 Cash Award

(Canadian Residents only)
Curry’s Award 1: $1000 product award
Curry’s Award 2: $500 product award
Curry’s Award 3: $500 product award

(Canadian Residents only)
Two separate $400 product awards

$500 Watercolour Paper Award

THE PAINT SPOT AWARD: (Canadian Residents only)
Gift certificate $200
Schmincke Horadam Watercolour Set, value $275
White Night Neva Watercolour Set, value $185


Qor Watercolour set, value $150
Gift certificate £100.00
Watercolour Paper, value -$150 US

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The CSPWC/SCPA sincerely thanks our generous award sponsors!
Please visit the links below to learn more about our sponsors.

The awards list has been confirmed at the time of publication; however, the CSPWC/SCPA does not assume responsibility if a sponsor withdraws an award. Additional Awards are being processed. Please check our website for updates.

Open Water 2021 sponsor Currys
Open Water 2021 sponsor Legion
Open Water sponsor Heinz Jordon
Open Water 2021 sponsor The Paint Spot
Open Water 2021 sponsor - Schmincke
Open Water 2021 sponsor BAOHONG
Open Water 2021 sponsor Rosemary Co

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