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Exhibitions

Annual International Open Exhibition

The most notable juried exhibition sponsored by the NWWS is the Annual International Open Exhibition. Painters in water media including watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and egg tempera are eligible to enter. The exhibition has grown tremendously in size and reputation since its inception in 1940, with annual awards totaling over $10,000. It attracts talented painters from across the US, Canada and other countries. The full color catalog produced to accompany the exhibit showcases the entire range of water-based media being created by contemporary artists each year.

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Waterworks - Annual Members-Only Exhibition

Waterworks is an annual exhibition comprised exclusively of artwork created by current NWWS members. It is juried by a nationally or internationally known artist in water media who selects the accepted entries and judges the winners of awards totaling over $4,000 in cash and merchandise. Our NWWS members are exceptional artists and this exhibition specifically showcases their extraordinary talent and creativity.

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Overlake Hospital Display

Members of the Northwest Watercolor Society are encouraged to display their art in this well visited venue.

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Signature Members Exhibition

The NWWS Signature show is an exhibition displaying the painting excellence of our Signature members. To be a Signature member, an artist has to have been accepted into two Waterworks Exhibitions and one Annual International Open Exhibition, or two Annual International Open Exhibitions. All artists must be current members in good standing of the organization. These shows are typically held every other year.

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