126th Annual WASM Exhibit, Sale and Juried Art Competition
October 20th - 26th, 2020
Information and Instructions
Please note that since the show date has changed, so has some of the information below. Please consult this page first, and if you have any additional questions, please contact Deanne Hall-Habeeb at
If you are submitting work for the exhibition or volunteering, please read the following thoroughly and attentively.
Due to difficulties arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, we have extended the deadline until further notice.
To have your work be eligible you must:
-Submit the application form
-Have your hanging fee at the same time as the submission
-Have paid your membership fee for this year at the time of submission.
You can pay through our website, by clicking here for the 40 $ hanging fee:
The link for membership fees are on our membership page.
You may also pay with credit, cash and cheque at a lecture, or mail in a cheque along with your submission form to our PO box (P.O. Box 23028 5308 Sherbrooke St. W. Montreal, H4A 1S7).
To have your work included in the digital catalogue you must submit photos with your forms and fees (submitted images gives WASM the right to publish them on our social medias and in promotional advertisements). See below for instructions on how and where to send your forms.
Tuesday October 20th - Sunday October 25th (pickup Monday October 26th)
Le Livart - 3980 St-Denis
Any member whose membership dues are paid in full before the submission deadline may submit TWO works. At least ONE work is guaranteed to be exhibited, provided that it conforms with the requirement guidelines. These are:
Submitting all completed information on the submission form (attached) by the deadline along with the hanging fee and current membership status.
-2-dimensional works must be a MAXIMUM of 4 (feet) x 5 (feet) excluding frame (48 x 60 inches)
-3-dimensional works must be a MAXIMUM of 24 inches W x 48 inches H x 24 inches
There is no restriction on content with the exception of: works that promote hate, hate speech, or intolerance, or incite others to violence. The WASM reserves the right to make a determining judgement on the acceptability of the content.
4. Paintings must be ready for hanging:
- A label stating the name of the artist, title of work, size, and price must be adhered to the back of each work.
- Each painting must be appropriately wired so that it can hang from a hook (any other hanging system cannot be accommodated).
- Each work must be either in a frame or have finished edges.
5. Please sign your art on the back for anonymity during judging, otherwise WASM will place a cover over the part of the painting that shows the artist's name. This will not damage the work.
If more than one work is submitted, limitations will be based on space, not on a value judgement. If you are submitting more than one work, please indicate on your submission form which is your preferred artwork to exhibit in the event that we have to reduce the number of entries. WASM will make best efforts to honor that choice.
Juried Competition and prizes:
All members will be guaranteed a chance to exhibit at least one work. For details on the criteria see below.
Prizes will be distributed as follows:
Juried show top places, based on total score:
Best representation of Theme (this year: Kaleidoscope)
One prize, determined by the judges
One prize determined by votes that other exhibiting artists will submit.
One prize determined by anyone who has visited the exhibit and has submitted a vote.
10 Merit of Distinctions, for the ten works that scored well but did not receive any prizes. There will be no value prizes for these Merits, but a certificate will be issued, and it will be mentioned on our website and publicity.
The prizes mentioned above are in order of prize value. No single artist may win more than one of the top 3 prizes. All other works will be judged individually.
Details of the actual prizes are still being negotiated but will be announced as soon as possible.
As every year, three judges are chosen from the art community. The actual identity of the judges will not be made public until the judging is complete, but we have chosen them based on recommendations from our membership for their outstanding achievements, contributions and expertise in the arts.
The criteria they will use is as follows:
Competent Use of the Elements of Art /5 points
Mastery of scale, perspective, volumes, or other visual factors pertinent to the medium.
Balance of elements in relation to each other
Overall compositional balance
Craftsmanship / Skill in Media /5 points
Treatment and texture appropriate to the medium
Use of color, depth or shading in a way appropriate to the medium
Overall skill shown in relation to other professional level works
Presentation / Effectiveness of the work /5 points
The work has impact. It evokes an emotional response in the viewer
The work conveys the message it is trying to bring across clearly
Originality / Creativity /5 points
The work shows an interesting and effective interpretation of subject
Original approach compared to other well-known works of its kind
The judges will each score independently, and the totals will be added to determine the winners. In the event of a tie, the judges will have the opportunity to debate and choose a winner by mutual agreement. If they are unable to come to an agreement, two prizes will be given in that category as “co-winners”.
Schedule of Events:
Due to the number of members, please pay your hanging fees at the same time as your submission.
October 20th, Tuesday:
10:00 – Noon: Artists are to bring their works to Le Livart Gallery
13:00 - 18:00: Hanging committee.
October 21st, Wednesday:
10:00 - 1:00pm: Closed: Judging.
1:00 pm : Exhibit Opens
October 22nd, Thursday:
18:00-21:00: Vernissage exhibit.
October, 23rd, 24th, 25th: Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
10:00-18:00: Public viewing
October 26th, Monday:
Time TBD: Artists take home their works
Please be advised, anyone can come in during the gallery’s opening hours, however, for the sake of efficiency and fair judging, we ask that unless you are on the hanging committee, you or any of your guests come only as of 13:00 on Wednesday, with the exception of dropping off your work on Tuesday morning. No packaging will be kept at the gallery, you must take it off when it is dropped off then bring it back when you come to pick up your works.
Subject to interest we may be offering a delivery service. This is a one way only delivery service, to pick up at your designated location and deliver it to the gallery. Artists must pick up any unsold works at the end of the show.
Please communicate on your application if you are interested. This service will only be offered if enough interest is shown.
How to submit your work:
In order to submit your work, please do the following:
1. Complete the submission form included in the information e-mail as a separate attachment. You may also find a version which you can copy/paste here:
The filled form should be sent digitally to:
2. Please pay your 40.00$ submission fee. (see the button above) - In the event of WASM cancelling the event due to COVID-19 this fee will be refunded.
3. Optionally, if you would like to be included in a digital slideshow at the exhibit, as well as in the online catalogue and for all other publicity, please include a photo of your work(s) when you submit your forms. Please label your images clearly , with your name and the title of the work.
Your photo(s) must be in .jpeg format when submitted and must be named as follows:
Artist first name_Artist last name_title of work. Jpeg – for example:
(the .jpeg is added automatically by the computer if the picture is in the correct format)
A note on photo taking: The photo of your work should be taken in a well-lit place, and as straight on as possible, omitting frame or extra items around the room.
Artist's statements or descriptions:
You will note on your submission forms that this year we will be adding descritions to the works. This is in an effort to put potential buyers in the headspace of the artists. Filling out this section is purely optional, but it should be a short descrition of either the work or yourself as an artist that you think would make the public understand or connect with your work better.
For the hanging comittee: please note that these descriptions will be included on the name cards, and therefore will require more space. Specific sizes will be given once all the submissions have been recieved.
If you require technical assistance on how to submit your forms, please click here for more detailed instructions.
Additional saleable items:
Due to the fact that the gallery provides sitting and sales service for the works, WASM staff may not always be on hand for sales of cards, prints, etc. Therefore, for this year, we will only accept sales of additional items during the vernissage, in this case:
Thursday October 22nd, from 17:00-21:00.
If you intend to bring things, please advise us so that we rent enough tables to accommodate. You must take your items home with you at the end of the vernissage.
As stated above a submission fee of 40.00$ is applicable whether you submit one or two works. Refunds will be given for cancellation of the event or concerns over COVID-19.
Any other reason for cancellation will be dealt with individually. We understand this is a time of uncertainty, and WASM will do its best to ensure a smooth and comfortable event for all.
Please be advised that as always, WASM will retain a 20% fee on any sold works. This will be administered by the staff on site.
Accessibility of the Gallery:
Please note that the gallery does not have its own parking lot. Parking is paid street parking only, or there is a public parking lot on rue Roy, nearby.
It is, however, located between two metro stations, Sherbrooke and Mount Royal, at about a 7-minute walk from each, so is easily accessible by public transit.
Other Rules of the Gallery:
On the night of the vernissage alcohol will be served. Please be advised that you can only drink within the gallery itself, or on the terrace attached to the gallery. No alcohol in an open container is permitted on St-Denis street, or in the alley-way next to the gallery. Any violations of this are subject to a fine from the city and shall be the sole responsibility of the individual.
For any additional questions, please contact