NWWS is one of the most respected watercolor organizations in the U.S. Your membership brings many advantages, including events, education, exhibitions, support, and new friendships. Members of all skill levels appreciate these highlighted benefits and many others.

NWWS Welcomes Everyone!
Artists of all skill levels are welcome to become NWWS members. We strive to provide unique value to both members living near Washington state and those living in states and countries far away.
We Invite Creativity in Watermedia
Watercolor, acrylics, and mixed watermedia are accepted into our exhibitions, encouraging a wide variety of artistic expression.
Annual International Open Exhibition
Members receive a discounted entry fee for the prestigious NWWS Annual International Open Exhibition. Each autumn, this juried exhibition draws entries from around the world.
Annual Waterworks Members Exhibition
Enter the NWWS Annual Member's Exhibition (juried), Waterworks, showcasing the work of NWWS members each spring.
Receive Our Online, Quarterly Newsletter, Hot Press, Direct to Your Inbox
Our popular newsletter keeps you up to date and informed. Hot Press is filled with information about  workshops, exhibition opportunities, feature articles, upcoming events, member accomplishments, and much more. Over 100 valuable, past issues are archived and available only to members (online). Everyone loves Hot Press!
General Meetings Feature Outstanding Art Demos
Eight times per year, we extend a special invitation to a well-known artist to demonstrate various forms of watercolor painting techniques, and new materials at our general meeting. These exceptional artists use technology to bring you close in to their painting world and the experience of their process.
General Meeting Recordings for Members Only
Members enjoy exclusive access to recordings of the art demos from our general meetings to watch repeatedly and learn from masters of matermedia.
Artist Zoom Room Exclusively for NWWS Members
Up to ten artists may receive a critique from a carefully selected, highly qualified and talented artist / instructor at an NWWS “AZR” event. Become a participating artist or simply join as an attendee to listen and learn from the best!
Artist Zoom Room Recordings for Members Only 
Only Members can enjoy watching past recordings of Artist Zoom Room events at any time. Simply log in to the website and watch the recordings as often as you like.
Reduced Rates for Painting Workshops
NWWS coordinates workshops with a limited number of attendees, taught by prominent, nationally known artists and experienced instructors. As a member, you receive a discounted registration fee to attend these popular educational opportunities. Note: During 2022 and until further notice, workshops are online.
Enjoy Plein Air Events
The NWWS Plein Air group gathers from spring through autumn at various locations in the Seattle, WA area to paint, enjoy camaraderie, and share the fulfillments of plein air painting.
Samish Island Paint-Out
Held 3 times per year, members receive notice of open reservations to attend this 4-day/4-night retreat to the beautiful Skagit Valley to focus on painting, creating, sharing, excellent food, camaraderie, and other creative regeneration and exploration.
Overlake Hospital Display & Sales
Participate and sell your art in the Overlake Hospital Display (Bellevue, WA). Renewed with about 32 new paintings three times per year, 90% of the sales price goes to you and 10% of the proceeds benefit the Overlake Hospital Foundation.  Note: As of 2022, the Hospital protocols have required temporary suspension of new painting installations.
Private Facebook Group for NWWS Members Only
Share your art, see the work of others, and be in touch with other members everyday through our energetic and supportive Facebook page.
Members Who Teach Can Be Listed on NWWS Website
If you teach watercolor, your website may be listed on the NWWS Teacher’s page at no charge.
Your Website Can be Listed on NWWS Website
Members with a website receive a free listing on our website.
The Northwest Watercolor Foundation
NWWS is continuously focused on the expansion of art education through our foundation, NWWF.
Associate Members may apply for Signature Membership. Click here for Signature Membership information.
Signature Members may apply for Gold Medal Fellowship signature status. Click here for Gold Medal Fellowship information.