Log in



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

join us

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.

Upcoming events

101st International Open Exhibition 2021

 October 1st - December 11th, 2021

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 Exhibition

National Watercolor Society New Signature Members 2021

Congratulations to Giovanni Balzarani (Italy), Didier Brot (France), Christopher Cart (ME), Lana Cease (MO), Liang Chaolei (China), Radha Chatterjee (TX), Marvin Chew (Singapore), Kim Granhaug (TX), Uma Kelkar (CA), Kathy Kitz (GA), Lyna Knight (FL), Marilyn Liedman (FL), Nick Long (TN), Pablo Ruben Lopez Sanz (Spain), Susan Lynn (MA), Sergiy Lysyy (Lithuania), Karen Mai (Hong Kong), Anne McCartney (Canada), Kimberly Meuse (NH), Pat Moseuk (CA), Karen Norman (MD), Judy Nunno (FL), Paul Oman (WI), Gregory Radionov (CA), Thomas Rebek (FL), Doreen Renner (Canada), Karen Schaaf (NC), Alisa Shea (NY), Sue Steele Thomas (VA), Beverly Yankwitt (FL), Alex Hillkurtz (France) and Kristie Mooney (OR).

We would like to thank all the artists who submitted artwork for the 2021 NWS 101st International Open Exhibition.

Our esteemed Jurors of Selection, Ken Goldman, Donna Zagotta, and Bev Jozwiak, have made their selections. Congratulations to those artists who were accepted. If your painting was not selected, please know that the competition was fierce this year. With all the excellent artwork submitted, artists of all levels were not selected.

We look forward to seeing your artwork in future exhibitions and appreciate your continued support.

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

NWS is committed to providing an accessible website. If you have difficulty accessing content, have difficulty viewing a file on the website, or notice any accessibility problems, please call us at 310-831-1099 to specify the nature of the accessibility issue and any assistive technology you use. NWS will strive to provide the content you need in the format you require.

915 South Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90731

The Gallery is OPEN!

Gallery Hours:

Thursday - Friday: 10 a.m - 2p.m

Saturday - Sunday: 11a.m. - 3 p.m

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

Gallery: 310-831-1099


Members : Please login to the website and click  Board of Directors  to access email links of NWS Board Members. 

© 1920–2020 National Watercolor Society | All images on this site are the property of their respective owners. | All rights reserved.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software