2001 Prospectus
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Northern Plains 
Watercolor Society

Transparent Watercolor: 
A Celebration of Light

Abstract to Realism

Sixth Annual Exhibition
September 21, 2001 - October 28, 2001


Slides must be received by July 30, 2001


July 30, 2001 Slides must be RECEIVED BY July 30 (allow ample time for delivery)
August 16, 2001 Notifications sent
September 10 - 14, 2001 Delivery of accepted paintings to Prairie Edge Gallery.

September 13, 2001

5:15 PM General Membership Meeting (Dan's Supermarket)
September 15, 2001 Hand delivery accepted by September 15 during regular business hours.
September 21, 2001

4:00 PM Gallery Talk with John Salminen
6:00 - 8:00 PM Reception and Awards Ceremony

October 20, 2001 1:00 - 3:00 PM Closing Reception
October 28, 2001 6th Annual Exhibition closes.
October 29 - 31, 2001 Paintings available for pickup; paintings shipped


The Juror of Awards will choose awards after the paintings have been received. Cash awards in excess of $2000 will be awarded.


Open to residents of 14 states: CO, IA, ID, KS, MN, ND, NE, OK, OR, SD, UT, WA, and WY. All entrants must be at least 18 years old. Each entry must be the work of a single artist, and executed within the past two years. Works previously entered and accepted are not eligible.


We are pleased to have as our Juror for for the 6th Annual Exhibition, Mr. John Salminen of Duluth, Minnesota. Mr. Salminen holds a Masters Degree in Art Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He is a signature member of the Midwest Watercolor Society, the Watercolor USA Honor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the American Watercolor Society. 

While John is perhaps best known for his realistic urban landscapes, he was recently acknowledged for his mixed medium abstract painting as well. Battery Park II won first place in The Artist's Magazine's 2000 Art Competition in the experimental category. An article by John and his wife, Kathy, sharing his views on the similarities between these two seemingly different styles is in The Artist's Magazine January, 2001 issue. Mr. Salminen's work has been featured in several national magazine publications and in many books.


Artwork must be painted as transparent watercolor, applied only in a transparent manner. Medium must be based in a gum arabic binder; pigment must be resoluble in water. Use of white, acrylic, gouache, ink, pastel, colored pencil, metallic, collage or surface constructions will not be allowed. Works must be painted on a single piece of untreated paper. Use of gesso, priming, or embossing is not permitted. Handmade paper must be free of pigment and/or imbedded materials.


Accepted work must be quality framed behind plexiglas, and wired to hang. Top mats must be white, off-white or very light neutral, no exceptions. Color filets are acceptable. Maximum frame size cannot exceed 50" in either direction. Minimum image size is 8" x 10" (80 sq. in.). 

All works must be reviewed by the NPWS screening committee for Prospectus infringements. This committee's decisions are final. If works do not pass the final screening, they will not be exhibited and will be returned at the artist's expense. Jurying will be based only on the artwork. 

The slides of accepted work will be retained permanently by NPWS for use for publicity and show publication only. Prairie Edge will handle all sales. A 35% commission will be charged.


Artists are responsible for insuring their paintings to and from the exhibition. Prairie Edge provides insurance during the exhibition. Neither NPWS nor Prairie Edge will be responsible for damage or loss of artwork during shipment.


The entrance fee for NPWS members is $15.00 for up to three slides. The fee for non-members is $20.00 for up to three slides. Due at the time of shipping, an uncrating/crating fee of $10.00 per crate will be charged to all accepted entrants. This fee must be enclosed with the accepted painting(s) and in an envelope attached to the back of painting(s). 

Artists are responsible for shipping fees both ways. Paintings must be wrapped in foam, bubble wrap, or paper packing.

No peanuts, please. Any repairs made necessary by poor packing or improper framing will be billed to the artist.


Each artist may enter up to three original watercolors. Two paintings per artist may be selected. Slides must be mounted in 2" x 2" cardboard or plastic holders. Slides should be protected for shipment but easily removed for viewing. Artists may not substitute another work for accepted originals, nor change the sale price, nor withdraw accepted entries. 

Enclose a #10 SASE for notification of acceptance and return of unaccepted slides. Label slides as shown below. Mark each slide with your name, title of artwork and an arrow pointing up. Include both image and frame dimensions. Indicate #1, #2, or #3 in the upper right-hand corner to identify entries.


PO BOX 9724
RAPID CITY SD 57709-9724



Northern Plains Watercolor Society
PO Box 849 - Rapid City SD 57709