2023 Spring Digital Show Prospectus


Welcome 2023 and soon sweet springtime!

You are invited to participate in the SCWS Spring Digital Member Show. The entire show is online, from entry to installation. There is no in-person event to attend and no shipping is needed.

2023 Spring Digital Member Show

  • Entry is open from Sunday, January 15, 2023, until midnight (EDT) Wednesday, February 15, 2023
  • $25 for members (renew membership or join SCWS), can submit one additional piece for nominal $5 fee. Both pieces will be eligible for the show and awards.
  • March 1, 2023, accepted artists will be notified and work and winners will be posted on the SCWS web site.


The competition is open to any member whose dues are current.  Dues run from January 1 through December 31.  Membership is open to adults 18 or older. Click here if you need to pay your membership dues.

All work submitted must be the sole work of the entering artists.  All water-soluble media are acceptable, except water-soluble oils. Where collage is used, it should be less than 50 percent of the image. Images painted from published sources or completed under instruction in a class or workshop are not acceptable.  Work should have been created after January 1, 2020.


Christopher Leeper is the 2023 Spring Digital Show juror.

Christopher Leeper is a realist painter working in all mediums. His award-winning work has been shown in solo and juried exhibitions throughout the country. 


He has illustrated four children’s books and has written and illustrated the book Realism in Watermedia, (North Light). His work has also been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Watercolor Magic and Ohio Magazine and in the book Splash 14 (North Light). In 2020/21, he was a finalist in the Plein Air Magazine Salon and was featured in the Aug./Sept. 2021 issue of the magazine.

He graduated from Youngstown State University in 1988 with a BFA degree in graphic design. He is past president of the Ohio Watercolor Society and is a signature member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society.  Since 2000, he has painted full-time from his studio in Canfield, Ohio. https://www.christopherleeper.com/



Award winners will be notified via email. The top three paintings in the show will receive an award. Entries will be displayed digitally on the website https://scwatermedia.com/sds for one year. Scroll down to view the 2022 Spring Digital Show.

We are using CaFE’ (Call For Entry), a website designed for art events, in order to streamline our processes and to be able to provide entrants and jurors with a positive experience. 

Applying to the Call for Entry

Detailed instructions are available for preparing and uploading your images, and it is a three-stage process. ALL steps must be completed to submit.

  1. Create a profile. To register (create a profile) and apply go to callforentry.org  and click on “How to Apply”.
  2. Create a Portfolio. Upload work samples, they’ll be available for you to include in your applications.  Note: Only JPEGs up to 5MB with a minimum of 1920 pixels on the longest side.
  3. Apply to Calls. A link to a list of calls is available. Please search for SCWS Spring Digital Show 2023. Select SCWS and follow the process.
  4. Checkout.

The entry fee is $25 and a second, additional piece can be added for $5. This event is open to SCWS members.

If you have questions please contact scwatermediasociety@gmail.com.

2022 Spring Digital Show Award Winners

First Place – Ms Emily III

by Anne Hightower Patterson


About the Juror, Kie Johnson

Juror’s Statement

Thank you for the honor of being invited to jury the 2022 SCWS Online Exhibition. First and foremost a painting needs to be compelling. In order to engage the viewer the visual artist has a number of ways in which to tell their story. The criteria for my selections were based on strong compositions and the use of values, colors, lines, and texture. An outstanding painting demonstrates technical skill as well as the emotion felt by the viewer in looking at the visual story. Each person and juror responds individually when viewing an exhibition. I invite you to remain mindful when entering juried exhibitions that particular jurors opinions may likely vary. Create and share your art for the joy it brings to you. I sincerely hope my juror’s comments on the first three award winners will give you some insight into my jurying process and thinking.

Juror’s Reflection on Selected Pieces

Ms Emily III This somber image draws the viewer in with the use of predominately dark values contrasted with the strategically placed lights.  Every aspect of this painting leads you to the pensive face that leaves the viewer wondering what Ms Emily’s story is.  This artist has shown a masterful use of techniques, values and colors that make this painting compelling.

Winter Sunrise This artist’s use of the warm and dark horizontal edge immediately draws the viewer in to discover the variety of textures, colors and shapes in the landscape. Integrating  the warm colors into the predominately cool colors of the painting entertain and captivate the viewer.  Once you stay to visit with this image you find so many delightful and suggestive places to investigate which makes this painting compelling.

The Ground Shook with the Sound The viewer is blasted with the bold intense colors which give the feeling one gets from the vibrations of the sound waves, which is at the heart of the story.  If you filter out the colors you are able to witness a masterful use of the dark values which create a captivating composition that leads you around and through the painting.  Both the use of the bold color palette and contrasting values make this painting compelling.

2022 Spring Digital Show Gallery


Below are the 2022 Spring Digital Show works. There are ninety-eight works, which were submitted by sixty-six individual artists across the nation. To see the piece title and artist, simply hover your mouse over the image and the information will appear at the bottom of the image. Asterisks (*) at the end of an artist’s name indicate the work is for sale. To view a full screen enlargement of the image, simply click on the image itself.

We are thankful for all participating artists and the powerful show we were able to curate thanks to their artistic prowess. If you have interest in acquiring a particular piece, please reach out to Anna Izard, at scwatermediasociety@gmail.com for more information.