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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 Artists Materials

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


"Hot Press" Newsletter

Click here to open the March/April 2017 issue.

Click here for the publication schedule and submission deadline.

Click here for the current President's Message.

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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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77th Annual International Open Exhibition takes place April 24-June 2, 2017 at the Harbor History Museum. The museum is located at 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Click here for information on the Awards Reception and other fun activities scheduled for Saturday, April 29.
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Keiko Tanabe Workshop: Internationally known watercolorist, Keiko Tanabe - juror of our NWWS 77th Annual International Open Exhibition - will lead a 5-day workshop, April 24-28, in Kirkland, WA. Click here for more information and to download the registration form.

SPRING PAINT OUT: The next Samish Island Paint out is May 17-21, 2017.  Click here for details.

NWWS MEMBERS ONLY: The next NWWS Overlake Hospital Display is Sunday, July 30, 2017. Entry deadline is JULY 16, 2017Click here for details.

GENERAL MEETING: The next general meeting is Tuesday, April 25, 2017, featuring a demonstration by our Open Exhibition juror Keiko Tanabe. General meetings are not held in June, July, August, or December.  
Click here for meeting details. 
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NWWS Artist Websites  Click here to see some great artwork by NWWS artists

NWWS Gold Medal Fellowship: Click here to learn more about this new signature membership status.

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

Now Available to Everyone! 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. Log in to the NWWS website and select the "Products" link from the menu above to purchase your copy. 



Our newest Gold Medal Fellowship members:
 Laurie Goldstein-Warren  June 2016
 Carla O'Connor  February 2017

Our newest Signature members:
 Ally Benbrook
 Lynda Raven Brake
 Kay Cassill
 Glenyse Henschel
 Sandy Kay
 Steve Rothert
 Mary Schumaker
 Amanda Schuster
 Renee St. Peter
 July 2016
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 April 2017
 November 2016
 April 2017
 January 2017
 January 2017

Congratulations on your outstanding achievement!

Click here to see a list of all our Signature members.