MEMBERSHIP
NWWS Organization
President's Message
A few years ago, I was half an hour early and my heart pounded as I attended my first NWWS meeting. Silly, yes, but I did feel conspicuous among strangers. The positive energy in the room and speakers were impressive and you could feel it was well organized. Someone was taking good care of business and I knew I was going to fit in.
Now, as your new president, I’m working with many of those very same people and could not be happier to have such terrific, kind, talented, and aware people to work with. What a terrific year ahead as we continue the work started last year under president, Che Lopez (Thanks, Che!)
As you’ve been reading since last year, together, we’re examining almost everything that uses precious, limited volunteer hours. Is it still important? Should it be updated? Can it be better? Will it appeal to more members or new people if we change it up a little? And the most important question: Does it help us all paint more, learn more, and show more?
Our NWWS website was a negative 5 for 5 on those questions and was truly beginning to limp, so we’ll soon launch a wonderful, easy to use website (and an updated NWWS logo) that will make you hug everyone on the board. A good website is one of the most important things we can do for both current and new members. It is our organization’s first impression, your hub for information and it must be easily navigated, work well on everyone’s mobile devices, and stay current. We’re almost there and we’re doing just that. You’re going to love it.
Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful organization.
Debbie Roskopf, President
Northwest Watercolor Society

NWWS Board & Committees
Many of our volunteers have served NWWS for many years and you’ll see their names repeated while other volunteers are brand new to the board. Each of them appreciates the “thank yous” from our members for their year round help—large or small—and their thoughtful attention to guiding our organization.

NWWS BOARD 2018-2019

EMAIL nwws@nwws.org
We will forward your email to the correct board member, and thank you.
President
Debbie Roskopf
Vice President
Paula Wickersham
Recording Secretary
Evette Norton
Corresponding Secretary
Shirley Jordan
Treasurer
Peggy Meyers
"Hot Press" Newsletter Editor
Jeffrey Waters
 

BOARD ADVISORS / PAST PRESIDENTS

Nancy Axell
1995-1996
Kristi Galindo Dyson
2002-2004
Sheila Mattick
2007-2009
Lola Deaton
2010-2011
Cricket Crockett
2011-2012
Jeffrey Waters
2012-2013
 
Molly Murrah
2013-2014
Shirley Jordan
2014-2015
Charlette Haugen
2015-2016
Theresa Goesling
2016-2017
Che Lopez
2017-2018
 

NORTHWEST WATERCOLOR FOUNDATION 2017-2018

President
Charlene Burley
Secretary
Alice Thies
Treasurer
Charlene Burley
Gold Grant Scholarship
Ann Breckon
"Art for Kids"
Charlene Burley
 

EXHIBITIONS

2018 Open Exhibition Co-Chair
Debbie Roskopf
2018 Open Exhibition Co-Chair / Brochure / Catalog
Molly Murrah
Exhibition Entry Data Manager
Debbie Haggman
Exhibition Entry Data Manager Assistant
Cheri Connell
Overlake Hospital Hang Chair
Charlene Burley
2018 Waterworks Co-Chair
Molly Murrah
 
2018 Waterworks Co-Chair
Bev Eckman
2018 Waterworks Brochure / Catalog
Molly Murrah
Exhibition Digital Curator
Cheri Connell
Juror Procurement Chair
Molly Murrah
Venues Chair
Nadir Kainersi
 

GENERAL COMMITTEES

Awards Chair
Paula Wickersham
Awards Assistant Chair
Seiko Konya
Database Administrator
Debbie Haggman
Greeter Co-Chair
Laura Scheuffele
Greeter Co-Chair
Nancy Gardner
Grant Writer Chair
Paula Wickersham
 
Historian Chair
Keith Artz
Librarian, Visual Chair
Lola Deaton
Newsletter Editor
Jeffrey Waters
 
 
Proofreaders
Shirley Jordan, Cricket Crockett, Evette Norton, Debbie Haggman
Membership Chair
Sue Dehmlow
 
Paint Out Chair
Linda Hulce
Permanent Collection / Fred Hutch Chair
Roger Baker
Programs Chair
Photographer Chair
James McFarlane
Publicity Chair
Sarah Love
Social Media Chair Facebook
Che Lopez
 
Social Media Chair Pinterest
Renee St. Peter
Video Technician Chair
Bill Hook
Video Technician Assistant
Linda Dunn
Volunteer Coordinator
Peggy Willett
Webmaster / NWWS Email Coordinator
Jodi Steele
Web Galleries
Bill Hook
 
Workshop Chair
Molly Murrah
Workshop Assistant
Minh Rosen
Nancy Jenkins
 
 
 

PAST PRESIDENTS 1940 TO 2017

Vera Grube*
1940-41
Paul Immel*
1942-43
Roy Terry
1944-45
Henry Ross*
1945-46
Henry Taylor*
1946-47
Rudolph Bundas*
1947-48
 
Fred Marshall*
1948-49
Richard Nelms
1949-50
Arne Jensen*
1950-51
Edwin Burnley*
1951-52
Fay Chong*
1952-53
John MacDonald*
1953-54
 
Gerald Grace*
1954-55
John Lee*
1955-56
Phil Flash
1956-58
John Constantine
1958-59
Quentin Sternberg
1959-60
Ross Hatte*
1960-61
 
Dan Cannon
1962-63
Perry Acker*
1963-64
John Ringen
1964-65
Lyle Silver
1965-67
Richard Kirsten*
1967-69
Harry Bonath*
1969-70
 
Chuck Webster*
1970-71
Don Millett*
1971-72
Warren McAllister*
1972-73
Jerry Stitt
1973-74
Victoria Savage*
1974-77
Michael Maher
1977-78
 
Ken Dowd
1978-79
Jack Dorsey
1979-80
Carl Christophersen*
1980-82
John Ebner
1983-85
Jackie Brooks*
1985-87
Priscilla Maynard*
1987-89
 
Richard Singer
1989-91
Richard Baker
1991-92
Donna Watson
1992-93
Jeannie Grisham
1993-95
Nancy Axell
1995-96
Beverly Taylor
1996-97
 
Cathy Woo
1997-98
Gretchen Griep*
1998-99
Betty Jo Fitzgerald*
1999-2000
Jeanne Davis
2000-01
Dianna Shyne
2001-02
Kristi Galindo
2002-04
 
LeSan Riedmann
2004-06
Jerry Baldwin
2006-07
Sheila Mattick
2007-09
Linda P Dunn
2009-10
Lola K Deaton
2010-11
Cricket Crockett
2011-12
 
Jeff Waters
2012-13
Molly Murrah
2013-14
Shirley Jordan
2014-15
Charlette Haugen
2015-16
Theresa Goesling
2016-17
Che Lopez
2017-18
 
(*deceased)
Be Involved
NWWS thrives because of member participation. The contribution of an hour or a few hours each month by our members sustains our energy and maintains NWWS as a leading arts organization. Along the way, you’ll help us with decisions that help steer the organization and be rewarded with lasting friendships.
The attached form can be used or you may email us with any questions about how your talents and availability might be best used, and thank you!

Donating
We ask you to consider a contribution to either the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) or the Northwest Watercolor Foundation (NWWF).
Always honoring our mission statements, you may choose to contribute “In Memoriam” or “In Honor” of someone, request specific intent for your donation, or include NWWS as a beneficiary in your will.
  • NWWF (Northwest Watercolor Foundation) is a 501c(3) and contributions are tax-deductable.
  • NWWS (Northwest Watercolor Society) is a 501c(4) and contributions are not tax-deductable.
NWWS MISSION STATEMENT:
To promote and elevate the art of watercolor as a medium, to encourage the growth and creativity of our artist members as we remain a prime artistic resource of the Northwest.
NWWF MISSION STATEMENT:
To assist, encourage, promote and advance the visual arts in the Pacific Northwest with particular emphasis on watercolor media and to provide scholarships to students to further the study of art and to conduct educational activities.
The Gold Grant Award & Scholarship and the Northwest Watercolor Foundation accept monetary contributions, gifts, devices, and bequests that are administered and used in accordance to the purpose and mission of the NWWF. You may find additional, more detailed information on this website under “Foundation” on the menu bar.

Our History
The Beginning
It was the turn of the 20th century and many local Seattle artists were painting the times in watercolor. Watercolor, considered to be mostly a woman’s media, was a perfect medium for the Pacific NW with its gray and rainy days. Men and women took up their brushes to paint the landscapes, seascapes and stories that were happening around them like the Great Depression.
In 1939 three co-founders, Vara Grube, Dorothy Milne Rising and Florence Harrison Nesbit, along with members Paul Immel, Al Dunn, James Huston, Dale Goss and Z. Vanessa Helder formed the Northwest Watercolor Society. These eight were dedicated to celebrating watercolor and its magical wonder.
One of their first exhibits, as noted in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on November 3, 1940, was at the Seattle Art Museum during National Art Week, November 25 to December 1. The Society’s goal:
To promote and elevate the art of watercolor as a medium and to encourage the growth and creativity of our artist members as we remain a prime artistic resource of the Northwest.
Throughout the decades many noteworthy and talented watercolor artists joined the society. Some were nationally known like Irwin Caplan and Mark Tobey. To learn more about the fascinating history of NWWS, by all means treat yourself to a copy of the beautifully illustrated book by David F. Martin, A Fluid Tradition: Northwest Watercolor Society…the First 75 Years.
In the first 75 years, the original mission to promote and celebrate watercolor has remained. NWWS has grown from a regional society to an international one hosting two exhibitions each year:
The International Open Exhibition, which has drawn members from around the world including Canada, China, Australia, India, and Singapore, gains in stature each year. This exhibit also draws international jurors who often find it difficult in selecting paintings for the shows because of the high number of quality entries submitted.
Waterworks is exclusively for NWWS members and showcases some of the best of the Society’s talented artists in quality and diversity.
Evolving into the 21st Century
NWWS has grown into the internationally recognized, historically rich organization of today with over 800 Signature, Lifetime and Associate members. It has also been recognized by Artists Magazine as one of the ten most prominent regional watercolor societies in North America. Like any organization NWWS must change with the times and still maintain the founders’ original goals. How is NWWS moving into the 21st century to draw in younger and more members?
Social Media
NWWS is active on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter – creating a community that celebrates the beauty and challenge of watermedia.
The September through May (except December) meetings that feature exciting, stimulating programs and demonstrations are now on Facebook Live. Members in Canada, North Carolina or even Hong Kong can “attend” without leaving home. Or view the recording later at their leisure.
More Than a Meeting
The November Splash meeting is a wonderful festive Membership Drive. Four artists are stationed around the room each painting the same subject but in their own style. Vendors sell brushes and paints. Members and potential members stroll the area, watch artists paint and explore techniques. It’s a celebration with prizes and surprises.
Getting Unplugged
The membership only exhibition, Waterworks, is now Waterworks Unplugged. Beginning with the 2018 show accepted paintings are not required to be exhibited under glass allowing for a more personal connection with viewers. Artists can submit with the formal matting and framing under glass or ‘unplug’ and use a different method with an equally professional, gallery ready presentation. This is to encourage more members with diverse presentations of watermedia.
The original 20th century members were innovative and wanted to celebrate watercolor, which they did with the media available then. Now in the 21st century NWWS continues the tradition of connecting with artists and promoting watercolor throughout the world electronically. NWWS is flexible and ready to embrace the technology of our times, to move forward and invite diverse and creative artists to join the celebration. To find out how to become a member and more about the benefits, click here.