2024 NVAL Juried Painting Show Prospectus

EXHIBIT:  October 2 – November 2, 2024

NVAL Carter House Gallery, 48 Quartz Hill Rd.,  Redding, CA 96003


 Printable Version of Prospectus


June 1 Online entries openentry online only through Smarter Entry, a Web-based competition and call-for-entry management system. It handles on-line registration, fee processing and internal entry submissions.
Tips and help with online registration at end of prospectus.
September 7 Online entries close.
September 8 – 13 Online first-round judging.
September 16 Notice of acceptance sent via email only.
September 18-21 & 25-28 Bring accepted art work to Carter House Gallery.
October 1 Final judging at Carter House Gallery.
October 2 – November 2 Show on display at Carter House Gallery.
October 4, 5-7 p.m. Opening reception and awards.
November 6, 1-4 p.m. 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  ARTWORK:  Sculpture, photography, computer-generated art, work done under supervision (which includes any in a class or workshop), copied work, work previously accepted into any NVAL juried show, work done more than two years before the entry date of this show,  work having one or more sides larger than 40 inches including frame.

For help with online submissions, see page 3.  For more help, contact Diedra Malain.   Please leave Diedra a brief message describing your request, e.g., “help with online registration” or ”help finding my account”.

AWARDS – $1,000 Total ENTRY FEES
Best of Show – $350 $35 for 1 to 3 entries
Second Place – $250 $10 each for unlimited additional entries
Third Place – $150 No limit on the number of submissions
Awards of Merit – 5 at $50 each Credit Card, Cash, Check (Payable to NVAL)
Honorable Mentions – 5 (non-monetary) Entry fees are non-refundable

 JUROR:   Dale Laitinen has been painting for over forty years.  He works principally in watercolor, clearly focused on interpreting the language of landscape. He has a B.A. in Fine Arts from San Jose State University, with emphasis on painting. His professional credits include publication in highly respected art books and magazines – the Artist Magazine, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Magic, Drawing Magazine; “Splash”, “The Transparent Watercolor World”, and more.  A popular workshop instructor and juror, Dale has traveled and taught widely in the US and abroad. On a personal level, Dale is warm and approachable with a delightfully dry sense of humor.

In addition to the juried show, NVAL is proud to bring to NorCal the Dale Laitinen Workshop, “Shape-Shifting:  Abstracting The Landscape” October 2 – 4.  Treat yourself to three energizing days with Dale Laitinen, master landscape artist. For more information, see the Workshop Description at NVAL.org.

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. Final judging will be done on the selected art works in the Gallery.  Awards are given at the juror’s discretion. The decision of the juror is final. Awards will be presented at the reception on Friday, October 4, 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 artists 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 through Saturday.

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

FRAMING & HANGING REQUIREMENTS:   Maximum size 40 inches including frame, maximum weight 12 pounds.  Entries must be framed or 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.

Tips for entering online via Smarter Entry :

  1. Have your credit card available to make payment.
  2. Already have a Smarter Entry account? Go to Smarter Entry here. Enter your user name & password, choose 2024 NVAL Juried Painting Show, pay for your entries, and then upload your images into your account; follow Smarter Entry instructions.  You only need one Smarter Entry account for all competitions/organizations using the service; if you’ve entered our shows previously, you already have an account.
  3. No Smarter Entry Account? To Create Your Account – Click Here.  Follow the instructions to establish an account.  Once logged in, choose 2024 NVAL Juried Painting Show, pay for your entries, and then upload your images into your account; follow Smarter Entry instructions.
  4. Note that you will not to be able to submit images until June 1 when online entries begin. After June 1, the show will be live and you can enter your images.
  5. You may edit your entries or add additional images at any time up until the entry deadline.
  6. For further help with online submissions, contact Diedra Malain. Please leave a brief message describing your request, e.g., “help with online registration”; or ”help find my account”.

    File Format for Smarter Entry

  • JPEG format.
  • File size no larger than 2 MB.
  • sRGB color space is recommended for the most accurate colors.
  • Ideally, the longest side should be 1,280 pixels. If your image is LESS than 800 pixels on the longest side, you may want to resize it.  If you do not have a larger file, do not try to upsize your image.  You are better off submitting an image as small as 600 pixels on the longest side, rather than to distort the quality of the image by trying to increase the pixel dimension.
  • Please do not use your name in the title or filename. Filename (not the title) must have only alphanumeric characters, underscores or dashes – NO other special characters such as ‘ “ ; : { } \ / or any of the characters found above the numbers on a regular keyboard (e.g., @, #, *, etc.), except the underscore and dash.



QUESTIONS: Email Diedra Malain