Your membership brings many advantages!

NWWS and its volunteers build events, educational opportunities, exhibitions, and much more, all to provide support for your art journey and an easy way to gather new friends along the way. Many benefits are available to everyone, while several are reserved just for NWWS members.

This page lists many benefits, or you may watch a short video and hear past president, Molly Murrah, tell you about the many great advantages that NWWS membership brings. Your yearly dues unlocks so much!

NWWS Welcomes Everyone!

Artists of all skill levels are welcome to become NWWS members. We strive to provide unique value to members living in the US and countries far away.

We Invite Creativity in Watermedia

Watercolors, acrylics, gouache, casein, egg tempera, and mixed watermedia are accepted into our exhibitions, encouraging a wide variety of artistic expression.

Enter the Annual International Open Exhibition

NWWS Members receive a discounted entry fee for the prestigious NWWS Annual International Open Exhibition. Each fall, this juried exhibition draws entries from around the world.

Enter the Annual Waterworks Membership Exhibition

The NWWS Annual Waterworks Membership Exhibition (juried), showcases the work of NWWS members each spring.

Receive Hot Press, Our Quarterly Newsletter, Direct to Your Inbox

Our popular, online newsletter keeps you up to date and informed. Hot Press is filled with information on our  workshops, exhibition opportunities, feature articles, upcoming events, member accomplishments, and much more. Over 100 valuable, past issues are available online to members only. Everyone loves Hot Press!

Attend General Meetings Featuring Outstanding Art Demos

Eight times a year, we a well-known artist demonstrates various forms of watermedia painting techniques, and materials at our general meeting. These exceptional artists use technology to bring you into their painting world.

View Past General Meeting Recordings

Only NWWS members can enjoy exclusive access to recordings of our general meeting demos, allowing them to continue learning from watermedia masters.

Have Your Work Critiqued by a Well Known Artist

NWWS members only may receive a critique from a carefully selected, highly qualified artist / instructor at an NWWS Artist Zoom Room (“AZR”) event. Be a participating artist or simply join as an attendee to learn from the best!

Watch Artist Zoom Room Recordings

Only NWWS members can enjoy watching past recordings of Artist Zoom Room events. Simply log in to the website and watch the recordings as often as you like.

Enjoy Reduced Rates for Painting Workshops

NWWS hosts workshops with a limited number of attendees, taught by prominent, nationally known artists / instructors. Members receive a discounted registration fee to attend these popular educational opportunities. NOTE: The International Open workshop is an in-person event, other NWWS workshops are hosted 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.

Attend Samish Island Paint Out

Held 3 times a year, members receive notice of open reservations to attend this 5-day / 4-night retreat in the beautiful Skagit Valley. At Paint Out participants focus on painting, creating, sharing, enjoying excellent meals, camaraderie, and other creative regeneration and exploration.

Participate in the Healing Arts Program at Overlake Hospital

Display and sell your art through the Overlake Hospital Healng Arts Program in Bellevue, WA. Hosted three times per year, all sales proceeds go to you, the NWWS member artist.

Enjoy Our Private Facebook Group

For members only, you can share your art, see the work of others, and be in touch with other members everyday through our energetic and supportive Facebook Members’ Page.

Are You a Teacher? Be Listed on the NWWS Website

If you teach in watermedia, your website may be listed on the NWWS Teacher’s page at no charge.

List Your Website on Our NWWS Website

Members with a website receive a free listing on our website.

Be a Part of The Northwest Watercolor Foundation

NWWS is continuously focused on the expansion of art education through our foundation, NWWF, and you are welcome to contribute your time and energy.


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.