NVAL 2023 North State Painting Show

Exhibit May 3 – June 3, 2023

North Valley Art League Carter House Gallery

48 Quartz Hill Road, Redding, CA 96003

Call to Artists/Prospectus  (Click here for printable pdf version)


March 9 through April 15

April 16 through 19

April 21

April 22 and 26-29


May 2

May 3 through June 3

May 3 through 5

May 5, 5-7 p.m.

June 3, 2-4 p.m.


Online entries open

Online first-round jurying

Notifications of acceptance sent (e-mail only)

Intake of work at Carter House Gallery

Shipped work accepted after April 13

Final jurying at Carter House Gallery

Show at Carter House Gallery

David Lobenberg Workshop

Opening reception and awards

Pick up work at Carter House Gallery

ELIGIBILITY:   Open to all artists 18 years old and over.  Work must be original, both in concept and execution.

ELIGIBLE MEDIA: Oil, Oil Pastel, Soft Pastel, Water Media, Drawing Media, Alcohol Ink, Printmaking, Mixed Media, and Collage.

NON-ELIGIBLE MEDIA: Sculpture, photography, computer-generated art, work done under supervision (which includes any in a class or workshop), copied work, or work previously accepted into any NVAL juried show.

AWARDS – $1,000 Total

Best of Show – $350

Second Place – $250

Third Place – $150

Awards of Merit – 5 at $50 each

Honorable Mentions – 5 (non-monetary) 


$35 for 1-3 entries; $10 each for unlimited additional entries

No limit on the number of submissions

Credit card only, through Smarter Entry

Entry fees are non-refundable 

JUROR:  David Lobenberg is well-known for his portraiture work in the “California Vibe” style. His high level of excellence in figurative/landscape watercolor and acrylic painting is well-recognized by artists and collectors nationwide. He has a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from UCLA and is an adjunct art professor at Sacramento City College. Read more about David Lobenberg here: David Lobenberg Fine Art

SELECTION & AWARDS PROCEDURE:   The juror will select artwork for the gallery show from the electronic entries (photographs of the work) submitted via Smarter Entry. Artists will receive notification by email of selected and/or not selected entries. Awards are given at the juror’s discretion. The decision of the juror is final. Awards will be presented at the reception on Friday, May 5th, 5 to 7 pm.  Award presentation is at 6 pm.

AGREEMENT:  All reasonable care will be taken with the art work. However, the following policies apply.

  1. The North Valley Art League shall not be responsible for, and assumes no Liability arising from fire, theft, damage or loss to artist’s property, including without limitation, the displayed artwork or any other items. Artist hereby releases and discharges the North Valley Art League from all claims and demands by artist for loss of or damage to artist’s property.
  2. The artist further agrees that the North Valley Art League may use digital images of the artist’s original artwork for promotion of the art exhibit and the North Valley Art League.

SALES:  California sales tax is collected by NVAL on all art work sold. NVAL retains a 20 percent commission on all sales. Paintings must remain in the Gallery for the entire show.

DELIVER WORK TO:  NVAL Carter House Gallery, 48 Quartz Hill Road, Redding, CA 96003

GALLERY HOURS:  11 am to 4 pm, Wednesday – Saturday

Entry Labels are included in the printed Prospectus.  Copies are at NVAL Carter House Gallery.   Labels will also be available when you bring your work in.

QUESTIONS/CONTACT:  Kathleen Evans at kathleen@evans.net

FRAMING & HANGING REQUIREMENTS:   Maximum size 40″ including frame, maximum weight 12 pounds.  Entries must be framed or be finished 1.5 – 2 inch deep gallery wrapped canvases. All paintings must be ready to hang.  Framing must be substantial and up to typical gallery standards (no poster frames).

Frames need to be properly fitted with D-rings or split rings that fit our hanging system (½ inch to ¾ inch).  Eye hooks are NOT acceptable.   D-rings can be purchased at NVAL (2 for $1).  They are also available at hardware stores, Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.  Please do not use hanging hardware centered on the top of the frame to hang your work.  The piece will be unstable when hung.  For most pieces, place D-rings 2” from top of the frame to prevent the frame from leaning away from the wall at the top.  With large pieces, 3” from the top works well.

TO CREATE SMARTER ENTRY ACCOUNT, ENTER, or EDIT IMAGES:  Smarter Entry is an online service that assists art groups with juried shows.  This is the process:

  1. Create a free account at the Smarter Entry site, if you don’t already have one. Instructions are at the site.
  2. Choose a show; in this case, the NVAL Juried Painting Show will be the only one available to you from the link below. The show will not be “live” until March 9, so you won’t see it until then.
  3. Pay for however many entries you wish (you can go back and add more or change entries until the entry period closes).
  4. Upload photographs of your paintings.
  5. Once the entry period closes (on April 8), the juror (David Lobenberg) will review the entries online and make the first round of selections.
  6. NVAL will notify you by April 13 whether your work was chosen or not to be shown in the Gallery.
  7. If your work is chosen, you will bring the painting(s) to the gallery by April 29, where NVAL volunteers will install them for the show.
  8. David Lobenberg will do the final judging on the paintings installed in the Gallery.

If you would like help with online submissions, contact Kathleen Evans at kathleen@evans.net.

To Create Account, Enter, or Edit Images – Click Here.