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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.


                                                                                                                   Francis Lee, Malaysia,

                                                                                                                                                     “Journey to the East!”

The 2022 NWS Member Exhibition is now open!

Juror of Selection Tim Saternow

This year's Online Exhibition & NWS Gallery Opportunity *

is open to all NWS Members.

The deadline for entering is February 11, 2022 (noon Pacific time).

Enter today! https://artist.callforentry.org


$10,000 CASH AWARDS 

Three (3) $2000 Awards, Two (2) $1000 Awards, Four (4) $500 Awards, One (1) $300 People's Choice Award * 

*(Only artwork at NWS San Pedro Gallery qualifies for this award) 

This is an online exhibition. Accepted artists are invited (optional) to ship their paintings to be on display at the NWS Gallery *. 

QUESTIONS: Contact Judy Saltzman, NWS Exhibition Director NWSExhibition@gmail.com               



Click HERE to view the IOE YouTube Premiere Virtual Opening

Click HERE to view the Exhibition (YouTube)

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


Click HERE to view the 2021 Volunteer Exhibition (YouTube)

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

Click here to view all the NWS Exhibitions

Watch the videos below through Teachable

Carla O'Connor, AWS, NWS

Are You In or Out?

CLICK HERE  for this 45 minute FREE talk. 

Click here for Geoff McCormack - NWS Gallery Walk (Free)

Click here for a 2 for 1 Creative Bundle

featuring Geoffrey McCormack and Linda A. Doll

NWS Members are eligible for member discounts from our Sponsors!  

Don't forget to check the Member Discounts page for new specials!

Click here for more information:

Member Discounts

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Thursdays Artwalk : 6 p.m - 9 p.m Beginning soon!

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