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The National Watercolor Society is one of the oldest non-profit artist-led societies in the United States. Our mission - encouraging innovation in watermedia through education, outreach, and exhibitions - promote the advancement of watermedia and inspire the next generation of watermedia artists. Be sure to check out the EXHIBITIONS and VIDEO

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With an exciting vision and a new appreciation for an old art form, the California Water Color Society was founded in 1920. As the country grew, painters found inspiration in the expansive western lands and were, in their way, pioneers of a new spirit.

The name of the society has changed twice since that time: first in 1967, to California National Watercolor Society; then in 1975, when the members voted to become simply the National Watercolor Society. 



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2022 NWS 102nd International Open Exhibition

Exhibition dates: September 1 - November 6, 2022   

Many Congratulations to all of you whose paintings were selected!  To those who submitted this year and were not successful, please don't be disheartened.  The Jurors of Selection, Mark Mehaffey, Dale Laitinen and Mary Alice Braukman, had a difficult time as the competition was fierce and wall space limited. We have all walked in your shoes and know that trying again is our only possibility for success next time! 

For artists who will be applying for NWS Signature, we held several special Zoom Q&A Sessions.  If you missed it or have questions, please contact the Exhibition Director.  Deadline to apply is Friday, July 15th.  Click here for application

For the Prospectus Click HERE

For Exhibitor Shipping Documents click HERE

Edward Abrams CA, 1946 Indian Chief
Ingrid Albrecht IL, On the Move
Geoffrey Allen CA, Boatyard Rhapsody
Gloria Miller Allen ID, Out of the Depths
Daven Anderson MO, Heavenly Light
Andrew Arkell IL, Silo II
Phil Babb WI, Visiting Hours
Joanna Barnum MD, Breach
Sean Barrett CA, Grinding
Mary Ann Beckwith Canada, Inside Out
Sagnik Biswas India, Delft - variegated! (No 3)
Katryn Bowe NY, Off Piste
Karen Braverman FL, String Theory- Law of Attraction
Cindy Briggs UT, Dead Horse Point, Utah Canyonlands
Jessica Bryant ID, Owyhee Sunset
Will Bullas CA, A bit of bother...
Helen Burkett FL, Glorious Day
Ken Call IL, Sheltered Again!
Diane Chencharick FL, Summer Into Fall
Elaine Daily-Birnbaum WI, Edging In
Son Do CA, Landscape
Stephen Edwards IN, Cola Wars
Toni Elkins SC, Kokopelli dance #16
Carolyn Epperly SC, Summer ice cream
Rich Ernsting IN, Bohemian Jazz
Barbara Fox NY, Ode To Bouguereau
Qian Gao CA, Early Birds
Ken Goldman CA, Historical Timelines
Jean Grastorf FL, Santorini donkeys
Ann Greene NJ, Within You Without You
Steve Griggs CO, Uncle Lloyd's Visit
Lynne Hardwick SC, Nomads Vision XXXXIII
Connie Hendrix CO, Celestial
William Hook WA, Bridging the Nile
Xiao Xing Hu SC, Rural Market
John Hulsey KS, Last Light, January
Judith Hummer NJ, Finding Solace
Peter Jablokow IL, Type bars
John James VA, Stringing A Thought-5Xs
Choon Seng Jayson Yeoh Malaysia, Liberty #33
Karen Knutson MN, Difference of Opinion
Lynne Kroll FL, Moon Indigo
Chris Krupinski OH, Star
Stan Kurth AZ, Windowpane No.75
Robbie Laird CA, Ancient Interflow
Janet Laird-Lagassee ME, Single Sheldon
Shuang Li CA, A Painting Project
Yan Liang China, Miao silverware - noon

Yihuan Ling China, Grandmother blessing
Robin Lee Makowski FL, At the Corner of Olive & Onion
Sherry Matlack AZ, The Future
Mark McDermott AK, Independence Mine #4
Angus McEwan Scotland, Waiting Room
Robert Mcintyre CA, Night is Coming
Ruth Miller CA, Paris Train Station
Mark Mohr KS, The Barn Find
Kathleen Mooney MI, Moon Tide
Pat Moseuk CA, Putting On My Coat
Hugh Mossman ID, Sunday Afternoon
Sabir Nazar India, Flower Pots
Michelle Nixon UT, Portrait of a Young Lady
Judy Nunno FL, Orange Aid
Catherine O'Neill NY, Just A Minute
Fernando Pena Uruguay, Paper Bag
Carole Pickle PA, Texture Mountain
Mila Raphael OR, What Are We Waiting For?
Doreen Renner Canada, Electric Blue
Mary Rollins OR, The Young One
John Salminen MN, Promenade
Joseph Santos CA, Digger Derrick 2
Ekaterina Sava Italy, Silence in the air
Thomas Schaller CA, Afternoon in Rome
Michael Solovyev Canada, Very Cold Sea
Anne Watson Sorensen ID, The Art of Being
Robert Steinmetz ME, Smoke Break
Bonnie Steinsnyder NY, Orchids at Attention, Orchids at Ease
Peggy Stenmark CO, Silent Train
Jiangang Sun China, Beach three
Robert Tandecki Tandecki WA, The crows
Sue Steele Thomas VA, Turbulent Flow
Ron Thurston PA, Paint Escape
Mary Tilton WI, Shelter From the Storm
Carmella Tuliszewski PA, Tangled
Linda Vanek TX, Breakthrough I
Carrie Waller Japan, Kyokusen
Lorraine Watry CO, Some of My Favorite Things
Gale Webb TX, Flight of the Imagination
Jean Weiner WI, Back Alley Amble
Lynn Welker CA, Castle Rock Canyon
Frank Wengen PA, Hibernation Complete
Daniela Werneck TX, Bursting Into Bloom
Jianzhong Wu China, Flowers
Christopher Wynn VA, Masquerade in Venice
Keiko Yasuoka TX, Summer Table
Wai Hoi Yau China, Wan Chai (Hong Kong) at 8pm
Xiaochang Zhang CA, Daughter

2022 Member Exhibition

Click HERE to view the 2022 NWS Member Exhibit

 The NWS Member Exhibition 2022  Opening is now on youtube:  https://youtu.be/jsxcUjJAlWQ


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Click HERE for the NWS 101ST International Open Exhibition Online Gallery. (Artspan)

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