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Groups, Exhibitions, Events, Awards

California Watercolor Association (CWA)

“The California Watercolor Association is a prominent watermedia organization.  CWA’s mission is to create, foster, and sustain artistic growth and interest in watermedia.  These goals are accomplished through our community outreach programs, workshops, public exhibitions, and student activities.  CWA members include professional and non-professional artists, teachers, and students with a compelling interest in painting.

October 7 – November 14, 2021, Autumn Color, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael
Trail to Wildcat Creek, 12 in x 15 in, 20210510

Spring Into Art, Online March, 2021, Sponsored by Corte Madera Parks and Recreation, Oakland Harbor

Summer So Serene,  Online July 28 – August 22, 2020, Falkirk Cultural Center: Off Fourth Street

Summer Daze Online July 1 – 31, 2020 through the Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, Brentwood. This is the CWA’s first virtual art show:  Tilden Park Poppies and 🌹Chance Encounter

Honorable Mention Award for Chance Encounter: Juror of Awards — Leslie Wilson, CWA. Leslie Wilson has provided a few words about each of the award winning paintings. About Chance Encounter by Jane Sneed she writes: “This painting is an intriguing collection of colors and values that tell a story of people in sidewalk scene. It is simple and spontaneous, and engages the viewer with a minimal approach — the small shapes depict people with just enough detail. The colors are pure and the shapes delight the viewer like none other.”

  • Attitude of Quietude, John Muir Aspen Center, Walnut Creek, Fall 2019: Backwoods Beehive
  • Autumn’s Allure, San Ramon Civic Center Gallery, Fall 2019: Botanic Garden Greenhouse
  • Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA, Summer 2019: Springtime on Walnut Street
    Honorable Mention for Springtime on Walnut Street. Juror Ruth Koch, Signature member NWS, WW, MCWA, writes, “I admire and appreciate the direct freshness of this painting and the cleanness of the colors. Even though there are no real darks in this piece, the clever use of complementary colors keeps my eye moving around the painting. With just enough information and not one stroke too many, this is a perfectly balanced and charming composition.”
Springtime on Walnut Street, Berkeley, 18 in x 22 in, 2019415
  • CWA Paint out: Falkirk Cultural Center, Falkirk Autumn, 15 in x 18 in, 2021: Second Place People’s Choice
  • CWA Paint out: Falkirk Cultural Center, Falkirk Mansion, 18 in x 22 in, 2019: Third Place in People’s Choice
    Jane Sneed, Michael Friedland, CWA Falkirk
  • Luminous – Radiating Light, Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville, Spring 2019: Meeker Slough with Scent of Smoke
  • Changing Seasons, Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, San Ramon, Fall 2018: Keller Beach House on the Bluff, Shoreline Rubble
  • Color of Summer, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, Summer 2018: Wildflowers of Meeker Slough
  • Personal Journeys, Delta Gallery, Streets of Brentwood, Spring 2018: Hero of the Pacific – USS Hornet, Alameda, Spring Came Early to Blake Garden
  • A Different Perspective, Delta Gallery, Brentwood, Spring 2018: 30th Street and Church, Santa Rosa Alley
  • Go Figure, Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, San Ramon, Spring 2018: 🌹20th and Eye Street, San Francisco Jazz, AKA Kearny Street from North Beach to Downtown and Green Schooner, Treasure Island
  • Explore Color. Discover Color! Dominican University, Fall 2018: Twilight Zone, AKA The Yellow Boat and Richmond Train Tunnel
    First Place Award for Richmond Train Tunnel, 16 in x 20 in, 2018. $100 prize
    Juror Sandi Chin, Director of Community Exhibitions at Domincan University, writes, “This artist used the serendipity of process to produce purposeful images. The result is an invigorating visual experience.”
Dominican Explore Color invitation
Jane Sneed and Sharon Hind-Smith_20180818

East Bay Landscape Painters

“We are a community of artists of all media, styles and levels of experience that meets once a week to paint outdoors in the parks and cities east of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is free to join.” – Sharon Hind-Smith

  • Berkeley Marina Yacht Club: Winter 2019, 2018 BYC Gallery Sneed 2018.jpg
  • Rockridge Cafe, 5492 College Avenue, Oakland. Solo Show, Fall 2019. Twenty paintings selected from 2017 to 2019
  • Oakland Rockridge Library: Spring 2019, Black Diamond Cafe and Albany Race Track Beach with Dogs
  • Oakland Art Association: Recent Works, Alameda County Law Library, Fall 2018, Lakeside Promenade and Old Ferry Point Terminal

A presence in the San Francisco arts community since 1887, San Francisco Women Artists (SFWA), a nonprofit (501(c)(3) organization, remains committed to the transformative power of art on our culture, on our selves. By increasing the representation of women in the arts and by outreach and encouragement of aspiring young artists, we remain true to our mission and legacy. Today, more than ever, we are in need of the unique power of art to recreate unifying bonds among all people by imagining, reflecting, and expanding the shared human experience. SFWA welcomes all genders to our organization who support our mission.”

Chance Encounter at the Rockridge Cafe
  • Fresh Perspective, January 2022: Falkirk Autumn, Ada Plays Hide and Seek, Honey House Cafe
  • Verdant, October 2021: Trail to Wild Cat Creek
  • SFWA Members Artist Salon, February 2021: Tilden Park Botanic Garden Greenhouse
  • Online Holiday Benefit Auction, 2020: Aquatic Park, View of the Bay
  • Reflective, November 2020: Isolation Spring, Last Day of Summer
  • Online Benefit Auction, May 2020: Blake Garden Springtime, California Holly
  • Hidden Figures, March 2020:  Rose Garden Artists
  • 2020 – A Leap Year, January 2020: Bay Area Artists Group Show, Chance Encounter/Rockridge Cafe
    “Juror’s Choice’ by Ashley L. Voss, Gallerist & Arts Advocate, states:
    “A saturated scene of luscious color sweeps across a calm city street in ‘Chance Encounter.’ Two figures activate the cafe in the center of the composition encouraging viewers to participate in deciphering the work’s narrative.”
  • Spirit of San Francisco, December 2019: Member Show, Kearny Street from Northbeach to Downtown
    ‘Juror’s Choice’
    by Cynthia Tom, Cultural and Women focused Curator, states:
    “I was looking for evidence of a thought process, conscious or unconscious, that infused emotion into the creation of the artwork. Thank you for infusing your artistic eye into the scene. It sparked a point of joy when I came across your work. Thank you for your take on SF.”
  • Curves and Shapes, Fall 2019: Sutro Tower from Liberty Street
  • Hot Color, Fall 2019: Alvarado Adobe Summer, Putting up the Holiday Lights
  • Works on Paper, Summer 2019: California Desert Poppies and Plants, Moving the Goods
  • Season of Abundance, Summer 2019: Bay Area Wildflowers
  • Celebrating Bay Area Culture, Spring 2019: 30th Street and Church, Jack London Square, The Castro
  • Textures and Patterns, Spring 2019: Blake Garden Spring
  • Celebrating Women,  Spring 2019: She’s Driving
  • What I Love,  Winter 2018: Cafe Morning
  • Small Presents, Winter 2018: Mount Tamalpais, Wetmore Lodge Mills College, Mare Island Cranes

Livermore Art Association

Summertime Lake Del Valle, 11 in x 15 in, 20190603
  • Second Place Award for Summertime Lake Del Valle at the Late Spring Show, Bothwell Arts Center, Saturday & Sunday September 11 & 12, 10 am – 4pm
  • 2nd Annual Plein Air Competition, June 4 – 6, 2021
  • NEW DAWN Online Show, February 25 – March 31, 2021: My paintings from the 2019 Paint Livermone Paint Out
  • Paint Livermore 2019: Day Trip to Livermore, Summertime Lake Del Valle

Community Events and Paint Outs

  • Corte Madera Community Center Invitational Exhibition, December 2021: Putting Up the Holiday Lights
  • Benicia Plein Air Gallery: 3rd and 4th Annual Plein Air Paint Outs, 2018 & 2019:
    Benicia Walk, Servants Quarters at Benicia Capitol State Historic Park
  • Arts Benicia / Vallejo Community Arts Foundation, Vallejo Waterfront Weekend Plein Air Paint Out, Fall 2018: Third Place Award for Barges, Cranes & Boats, 22 in x 29 in, 10/06/2018. $500 prize
    Barges, Cranes and Ships, 22 in x 29 in, 20181006.jpg
  • Mills College Benefit Auction: Third and Fourth Annual Mills College Artists Network Art Auctions, 2018 & 2019: El Campanile, Wetmore Lodge and Gate and Under the Eucalyptus
  • The City of San Pablo Art Gallery and the San Pablo Historical and Museum Society First Plein Air Painting Festival Exhibition, 2018: Alvarado Adobe Courtyard; Alvarado Adobe, Home of the First Lady of Alta California