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Escondido Municipal "Expressions" Gallery
Poway Center for Performing Arts

Judge: Elin Thomas

See "about the judge"below

Escondido Municipal Gallery Complex: November 6 – November 29th, 2018
262 E. Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

Poway Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA): November 30, 2018 – January 3, 2019
15498 Espola Rd, Poway, CA 92064

Carol Mansfield's 2017 first place award winner "Protest"

2018 Fair Award
Paula Collins

First Place 2017
Carol Mansfield

Deadline for Entry
November 3rd 

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First Place
Second Place
Third Place
Honorable mention and Juror Commendations

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The NCSFA acknowledges and celebrates the many diverse talents of our members with a traveling exhibit this year that begins in the Escondido Expressions Gallery and ends at the PCPA.   This is not a juried show, and members are encouraged to submit 2 artworks for the show at the Expressions Gallery and an extra piece for the Poway exhibit.  Members will be responsible for transporting/picking up their work at each venue.


All 2D media will be accepted

Entry Limit:  One or two artworks may be submitted by each artist for the Expressions Exhibit, and additional piece for the PCPA Exhibit.   This is a total of three pieces in the PCPA Exhibit, which includes the two from the Expressions Exhibit (unless sold) and the additional piece for the PCPA.

Fees:  $40 for one or two artworks at both the Expressions Exhibit and PCPA, and $10 more if you wish to show a third piece at the PCPA Exhibit.

Awards: The combined exhibit awards will be presented at the PCPA reception on Saturday, December 1st.  The awards will be $100 First place, $75 Second place, $50 Third place, and for the Expressions exhibit, a $35 award will be given for a People’s Choice.   Honorable Mention certificates to be awarded at the discretion of the juror.

Commission:  For works sold at the Expressions Exhibit, a 20% commission is payable to the Escondido Arts Partnership.  At the PCPA exhibit, artists agree to pay 15% of gross revenue for sale of artwork to the City of Poway, plus sales tax. Sharon Ford will be the contact for sales.  NCSFA does not charge additional commission for work sold.

Size Limit: Expressions exhibit:  No piece smaller than 12”, or larger than 32” on any side, FRAME INCLUDED.   PCPA:  An additional piece for the PCPA exhibit may be no larger than 48” on one side.

Framing: Works must be framed, wired, and ready to hang.  No saw-tooth hangers.  Exception: works on canvas do not need a frame if the stretcher uses a wrapped canvas with no staples showing.   For wood frames use D rings with an opening of at least ¼", positioned on the vertical sides of the frame from 1 ½ to 2" from the top.  For metal frames, move the vertical slide pieces to the top of the channel.


November 3rd (Saturday):   Deadline for entry
Form and payment via website (artwork will be judged live – no digital images) 


November 6th (Tuesday) 11 am. - 1 pm:  Take-in of art
If you need assistance, please contact Carol Mansfield or Pat Titus

November 10th (Saturday) 5:30 - 8 pm: Reception
Please bring finger food and libation to

November 29th (Thursday) 11 am - 1 pm: Pick up art at end of show
There is no storage space, so if you cannot pick up your work, please make arrangements to have someone else pick it up, or contact Carol Mansfield or Pat Titus

November 30th (Friday) 9 -11 am:  Take-in of art
If you need assistance, please contact Sharon Ford or Kathryn Peterson

December 1st (Saturday) 1-3 pm.:   Reception
Awards presentation at 1:30 p.m.
January 3rd (Thursday) 9-11 am:  Pick up art at end of show
There is no storage space, so if you cannot pick up your work, please make arrangements to have someone else pick it up, or contact Sharon Ford or Kathryn Peterson

These are separate steps.
1. Paypal 2. Online Entry Form

You must both Pay AND fill out Registration Entry Form below to enter
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Elin Thomas, WAOW
Riverside, California

Elin Thomas has been painting professionally in both acrylics and oils since 1983.  Her representational work is sold through her web sites and blog, and she continues to win awards in national juried shows featuring traditional art.  

She is a past president and emeritus member of the Women Artists of the West, a past member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters, and a former signature member of the American Academy of Equine Art. 

Her background includes live painting sessions and workshops with the following noted artists: Richard Schmid, Michael Obermeyer, Joyce Pike, Ovanes Berberian, Al Broiulette and Robert E. Wood. She does equines, commissions, plein air work, and still life subjects.  She’s been called the “fastest brush in the West” when doing on-location painting.  Her web site ( is filled with all original works of art, the site is easy to navigate and loads quickly.  Her blog gives recent activity and you can find her on Facebook as well.

She is the creator of the Color System for Artists and has produced seven instructional DVDs on painting methods and color use.  Her Color System Flash Cards simplify painters’ color choices.  She is the author of three Walter Foster books on acrylic painting, one focusing completely on horses. This artist paints many new works each year, which find their way into an ever-growing group of collectors—proud owners of an original "Elin".  

Links to previous NCSFA PCPA Award Winners


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