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2024 Annual Show!

Each year, the Society hosts an all-member show judged by a watercolor artist of distinction and standing. The top three winners receive cash prizes.

Our Annual Art Show is coming up in August!

Marcia Hartsock next to her "Ravishing Radishes"!
Marcia Hartsock next to her award-winning "Ravishing Radishes"!

Show Dates
August 4 - August 25, 2024

"The Barn" at 6980 Cambridge Ave, Mariemont, OH 45227

Barn Hours
Tues-Fri, 10 am – 2 pm Sat and Sun, 1 – 5 pm closed Mondays

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
Sunday, August 4, 2024, 1 pm - 4 pm

Cash prizes for the top three winners plus honorable mention ribbons will be awarded!

Requirements to Enter

  • You must be a GCWS member.  Member dues:  $50.00.
    • Pay your dues online conveniently by credit card
    • Or, pay by check.  Mail a completed Member Sign-up Form and $50.00 check payable to "GCWS" to Starr Shebesta, GCWS Treasurer, at 6249 Stewart Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45227.
  • Water-based paintings only
  • Paintings must be an original work of the artist.  “Original” means the painting is the artist’s own idea, composition, design, and painted by hand.
  • Artwork previously exhibited in a GCWS show is not eligible for awards. 
  • All paintings must be framed and have a wire on back for hanging
  • Any paintings sold during the show require the artist to send a 20% commission payable to the WACC Foundation.


  • Log into your GCWS member account at Member Sign-in. Use the login credentials you were given.
  • Enter by 7/24/24 to save on entry fees:  $25.00 for one painting; $30.00 for two paintings. 
  • After 7/24/24, entry fees increase: $30 for one painting; $35 for two paintings
  • No entries accepted after 7/31/24.

Show Judge

Kate Bonansinga is Director, School of Art, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at University of Cincinnati where she is also a professor. She guides more than 30 faculty direct reports and shapes the vision, mission and impact of the School, which includes programs in fine art, art history and art education. Bonansinga was the founding director of the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas at El Paso, a non-collecting contemporary art museum for which she established the artistic vision and research focus, curated dozens of exhibitions, and also spearheaded an undergraduate minor in museum studies. She is interested in museums as dynamic sites for learning, in the impact of art in gallery and non-gallery settings, and in the current methods that artists employ to make a difference in society and culture. Bonansinga is the author of "Curating at the Edge: Artists Respond to the U.S./Mexico Border" (University of Texas Press, 2014). She guest curated "Tania Candiani: Sounding Labor Silent Bodies" (2020) and "Unraveled: Challenging Textile Traditions" (2016) both at Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. Her current research interest addresses art in the public sphere and the dissolving boundary between public space and museum space.

Artwork Drop-off and Pick-up

"The Barn" at 6980 Cambridge Ave, Mariemont, OH 45227

Drop-off and Hang Day:
Wednesday, July 31, 2024, 9:30 am - 11 am.

Pick-up Days:
Sunday, August 25, 2024, following the show at 4 pm.

Tuesday, August 27, 2024, 10 am - 2 pm.

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