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The Northwest Watercolor Society

was founded 1939 in Seattle, Washington when a group of eight artists came together to form an organization dedicated to the celebration of watercolor. With a goal to inspire both a lasting interest in the art of watercolor painting and an appreciation for watercolor as an artful, imaginative medium, the history of NWWS began.



Daniel Smith

DANIEL SMITH STORES is celebrating 40 years as an active partner in the Puget Sound art community. Our success is dependent on our great relationships with artists in the area. We cherish our relationship with NWWS. Our organizations have grown up together, and we could not be happier about the direction that relationship is going. DANIEL SMITH STORES is a platinum sponsor of NWWS and was a proud sponsor of the NWWS 75th Diamond Anniversary Celebration. We thank NWWS members for all of your support these past 40 years!
To find out about Daniel Smith’s exciting expansion plans for the year ahead and the exciting artists who will be demonstrating at the Seattle store, click Read More.

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NWWS 75th Diamond Anniversary Celebration Wows the Crowd

From July 6–12, NWWS hosted its 75th Diamond Anniversary Celebration, holding two workshops by esteemed instructors and jurors, Judy Morris and Alvaro Castagnet, an all-day Artists’ Convention with a variety of presentations, demonstrations and insights into the art world, and a beautiful Gala Banquet and Awards Ceremony at the Crowne Plaza–Seattle hotel. As a plus to art lovers, our major patron, Daniel Smith Artists’ Materials, hosted an Open House factory tour attended by well over 100 NWWS members and guests. All of these festivities revolved around the 75th Annual International Open Exhibition at the Washington State Convention Center, on display from July 1 through Sept. 30. Click below to read more....

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In 1976 Daniel Smith began manufacturing inks to meet artist’s needs. Today, Daniel Smith Artists' Materials is a leading designer and manufacturer of thousands of art products, substrates and unique items found nowhere else. Please visit Daniel Smith Artists' Materials.

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Volunteers Recognized for Selflessness - At the next general membership meeting on May 24th, NWWS will recognize those who have generously spent their time making the organization run like a fine-tuned machine from June 2015, through the 75th Diamond Jubilee celebration in July and through May of 2016. Without the selflessness of so many individuals our organization would just be another art entity. As it is, NWWS stands out from the crowd and is a sought-after gem for jurors, instructors and artists from around the world. Kudos and many thanks to YOU, our wonderful volunteers!

The NWWS 76th Annual International Open Exhibition will be held at the Mercer Island Community & Events Center, April 18-June 3, 2016. Click here to view award winners, accepted artists, exhibition details and important dates. 

Registration for Spring Paint Out on Samish Island is now Open.  Camp takes place May 11-15, 2016. Click here for details and registration form.

NWWS MEMBERS ONLY: The next NWWS Overlake Art Hang is Sunday July 10, 2016. Entry deadline is July 1, 2016Click here for details.

GENERAL MEETING: The next general meeting is May 24th at 6:45 PM with demo by Keith Artz.
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NWWS MEMBERS ONLY: Voting is now open for election of officers for the NWWS 2016-2017 Board of Directors. Voting deadline is May 21, 2016Click here to access the ballot.

Interested in seeing some great artwork by NWWS artists?  Click here to see NWWS Artist Websites

Announcing the NWWS Gold Medal Fellowship, a new Signature Member status. Click here to learn more.

ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES: Click here to view Artist Opportunities. New postings added as received.

NWWS MEMBERS ONLY: NWWS announces our retrospective book, "A Fluid Tradition: Northwest Watercolor Society… The First 75 Years". This book is an important chronicle of water media painting in the Northwest, and particularly the founding of NWWS 75 years ago. NWWS members, log in to the NWWS website and select the "Products" link from the menu above to purchase your copy. 



Our newest signature member:

 Hanna Adler
 Denise Athanas
 L.S. Eldridge
 Andy Evansen 
 Margaret Godfrey
 Lynne Hardwick
 William Perry
 Holly Meeker Rom

 May 2016
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 Oct 2015
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Congratulations on your outstanding achievement!



Click here for information on the Northwest Watercolor Foundation (NWWF) and the Gold Grant Award.


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