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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.



JAN HART Imparts the Magic of Watercolor to her Students
by Donna Caulton

Anyone who has ever taken one of Jan Hart’s workshops knows that she is a teacher down to her very bones. In the same way that a watercolor painting, properly executed, shines with light, Jan is in her element in a classroom full of eager students. The more vibrant and involved the students, the more Jan is able to elicit from them. Although she nowadays rarely paints when not teaching, she is none-the-less completely involved in watercolor as “the” art medium. Click below to read more....

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ART IN THE MOUNTAINS - Premier Destination Workshops Where Artists Become Better Artists

Art in the Mountains was founded in 1983 by Deanna Hansen and Sue Bennett in Bend, Oregon. The philosophy of the company continues today with Organizer, and owner since 2008, Tracy Culbertson. From the moment of your inquiry, you will be treated with personal customer service and kindness. Art in the Mountains provides some of the best painting tutors in the world in premier destinations with an atmosphere free of competition. We want you to explore, grow and take your art to the next level and art workshops are the perfect place to do push yourself. Master teachers have done it all and with their experience and guidance you can step out of your comfort zone and try new techniques and ideas in our warm and caring environment. Click below to read more....

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“Where Artists Become Better Artists!” All levels of quality fine art painting workshops with internationally known instructors. All media & genres taught in a friendly atmosphere where you can explore, experiment & grow in your art. Please visit Art in the Mountains.

Daniel Smith Artists' Materials has donated over $3,000 in merchandise for the 21st Annual 2012 Waterworks Exhibition and the 73nd Annual International Open Exhibition in 2013! They are our first PLATINUM PLUS Patron! Please visit Daniel Smith Artists' Materials.

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Fine Art Studio Online has donated $1000 towards an award for the 72nd Annual International Open Exhibition! They are our first Premier Patron! Please visit FASO Websites For Artists

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REGISTRATION is now open for Fall Samish Island Paint Out, September 17-21, 2014. Click here for details.

Signature Members of the Northwest Watercolor Society are invited to exhibit their work in the next Signature Members Exhibition to be held at the Schack Art Center in Everett from November 20 to December 27, 2014. Click here for entry details.

Waterworks Juror, Janet Rogers will be teaching a workshop October 27–31, 2014. Click here for the Registration form.

Entry for WATERWORKS 2014 is now closed.  This annual members-only exhibition takes place October 28 to November 21, 2014. Click here for important dates, prospectus & exhibition details.

The next NWWS Overlake Hang is Sunday, October 26, 2014. Click here for details.

GENERAL MEETING: There will be no general meetings held in June, July or August.  Check back at the end of August for the September meeting details..
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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 often.


Newsletter "Hot Press"

Click here to open the July/Aug 2014 issue.

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Our newest signature members

Elena Balekha
Laurie Goldstein-Warren
James McFarlane
Thomas W. Schaller
Cheryl Schmardebeck
Margaret Stermer-Cox
Jimmy Tablante
Hal Wright

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