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500 Main Street, Springfield, OR 97477

© 2019 Emerald Empire Art Association

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Call to Artists: Emerald Spring Exhibition 2019 National Juried Painting Competition

Online registration runs from January 15 through March 16.


$5,000 in Cash Awards

Qualifying media include: oil, watercolor, acrylic, encaustic or pastel - or a combination thereof. If painting is two or more mediums, it is considered mixed media and a statement of execution must be provided.

•Excluded from this painting competition are the following: drawings, photography, digitally or computer enhanced work, hand-pulled prints, giclees and reproduction prints.

More details at the Registration link.

(Note:We hold a Fall Photography Exhibition also)

JUROR: The Emerald Spring Exhibition 2019 will be juried from digital submissions by nationally recognized artist and instructor Anji Grainger. Anji is an award winning watercolorist and instructor. Former President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, member of the Painters Showcase, Lake Area Artists and on the board for the Oregon Society of Artists, her paintings have been awarded five People’s Choice Awards for their choice of best in the show. She has also received many additional awards in juried shows including first, third, fourth, Honorable Mentions and Awards of Distinction. In 1984, Anji began painting in acrylic medium and in the 1990’s she painted, taught and studied under two acrylic artists. Anji studied in oil in 2002 and 2003 under the direction of Portland oil painter DavidSelleck. In April and May of 2006 she studied in watercolor at the Scuola Leonardo di Vinci in Florence, Italy, under Patrizio Gervasoni, a contemporary Italian artist. Then in April of 2008 she returned to Europe to study “plein air” techniques in Provence, France under internationally recognized Italian artist, Francesco Fontana, returning again in 2012 to study with him in Sicily, Italy.

Anji’s work derives its inspiration from the magic and wonders of nature. She is drawn to see and focus on what might not be seen or noticed. Her drawing instructor, acclaimed Portland artist Gene Flores, helped her understand the importance of not suppressing what comes from within. Anji paints with the movement of nature and visualizes the growing twists and turns of a twig or a leaf. She tries to capture the stillness of an early morning walk in a field, along a river or in a forest. She also focuses on detail whether it’s simply the blending or bleeding of two colors like one would see on a ripening peach or the finite lines and edges of a raindrop. Her current explorations are in the discovery of how elements of nature and texture react in watercolor to leave beautiful patterns and surprises.

See some of her work here: https://www.bluepansycottage.com

Important Dates:

NOTIFICATION TO ARTISTS: will be via email no later than March 25

SHIPPED ARTWORK: must be received no later than April 27 to be included in this show. Ship accepted artwork to the Gallery address below.

HAND DELIVERED ARTWORK of Accepted Works: Fri April 26 or Sat April 27. Deliver artwork directly to the Gallery, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Artist's RECEPTION & CRITIQUE: Friday Evening, May 3, 5:30 - 8 pm