Small but Mighty  ~ 2nd Annual Small Works Exhibition ~ July 1 – August 30

We are excited to present Garden State Watercolor Society’s 2nd annual Small Works Exhibition! Originally planned to be held in the Farmstead Arts gallery, this event is now virtual!

Forty artists present a total of 71 small works. Paintings in the exhibit were juried for $500 in prizes by Gary Godbee. Paintings consist of original water media (watercolor, acrylic, gouache, casein, or egg tempera), on either paper, Clayboard, or Yupo.

Enjoy the exhibit on YouTube (click on this link:Small but Mighty Exhibit) with music by Sean A. Kennedy.

Or click on images below and scroll through the exhibit.

All works are for sale. To purchase a painting or for more information, please contact the Farmstead Arts Center office at:

Painting sizes given are in inches. Prices are in US dollars and include frame.  Prices listed do not include tax or shipping.

Funds for this event have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

Juror of Awards ~ Gary Godbee

This show was originally scheduled to be seen and juried on site and in-person at the Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge, NJ. However due to our current health crisis, this, like so many other aspects of our lives, has moved online. Luckily, the images of the works were clear and easily seen in the exhibition portal that we’ve used. I viewed all of the works on both iOS and Windows formats to make sure there were no color discrepancies and made my final decisions using a desktop computer with a color-calibrated wide-screen monitor.

Over 70 unique artworks were accepted into this show and many of them were of extremely high quality. As a juror, I found myself looking for those paintings that struck me immediately and gave me a sense of surprise and clarity of vision. The top contenders all showed a mastery of their medium, a strong sense of value and color, and a solid composition. As always, there were a few top contenders that did not win an award, but everyone represented in this show should feel proud of their accomplishments and the excellence of their work.

Gary Godbee

Questions about a Painting or How to Purchase

As our offices are closed due to state restrictions, please email us at with any questions you have or to purchase a painting.

When emailing please provide the following information:

  • Name of Painting and Name of Artist
  • Any questions you have or request to purchase
  • Your name and contact information (email, telephone number)
  • Best way or time to reach you by telephone
  • City, State

All works are for sale. Painting sizes given are in inches. Prices are in US dollars and include frame.  Prices listed do not include tax or shipping.

We will contact you and take credit card payment information over the phone and email you a receipt. To save on shipping costs, and if you and the artist agree, arrangements will be made to pick up the painting(s) at a mutually agreed to location. If pick up is not possible, shipping costs will be added to the purchase price.

About the Garden State Watercolor Society

The Garden State Watercolor Society (GSWS) was founded by Dagmar Tribble in 1970 where she remained President until her death in 1989. She was an esteemed member of the American Watercolor Society. GSWS began with an Open Annual juried exhibition of New Jersey based watercolor artists. Dagmar recruited nationally know artists to juror the exhibits.

The Society grew from there with three major exhibits accommodating all levels of artists who work in the water based paint medium on paper. The GSWS is a non-profit volunteer art organization dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of our members. Membership is open to those 18 or over that are NJ, NY, PA or DE residents.

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Upcoming Events

  • Gallery Hours - Closed
    August 16, 2020|1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Made possible, in part, by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. 

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