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Artwork by Michael Tang, Paper Source Reflections Beverly Hills, 2017.

Oceanside Museum of Art & the 

National Watercolor Society Exhibition:

Southern California Inspirations, Past and Present

December 22, 2018 - April 21, 2019

Reception: February 23, 2018


704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA92054


CLICK HERE  for the Announcement Card

Click here for the list of 42 Accepted Artist 

along with past California Masters and Invitees. 


2018 NWS Annual International Exhibition


From the images entered by 850 artists, paintings from 91 artists were accepted for display in the NWS Gallery. 


Carla O'ConnorChair

Linda Daly Baker

Michael Schlicting


Carla O'ConnorChair

Linda Doll

Charles Rouse

Exhibition in NWS Gallery - October 4th - December 16th, 2018

Over $40,000 in Purchase Awards, Cash & Merchandise Awards
were presented for artists for paintings selected by

 D. Scott Atkinson

Awards were donated by NWS Donors and Sponsors.


2018 NWS Awards

NWS Purchase Award

 Julio Jorge, Portugal

NWS Masters Award I

 Kai-Ting Sung , Taiwan

NWS Masters Award II

 Peter Jablokow, IL

Loa Ruth Sprung Award (Non-Objective Subjective)

 Silvia Monge, Costa Rica

Blick Art Materials Purchase Award

 Nancy Stark, VA

Cheap Joe's Art Stuff Purchase Award

 Kris Preslan, OR

Stan Green: Beverly Green Memorial Purchase Award

 Trish Mayberry, AZ

Winsor & Newton Award; ColArt Americas, Inc. Cash Award A Patron since 1965

 Geoffrey McCormack, OR

NWS Past Presidents Award

Jack Richeson & Co. Inc. Award 1

American Frame Corporation Merchandise Award

 Ingrid Albrecht, IL

Kanuga Watermedia Workshop Award

HK Hobein Artist Materials Merchandise Award I

Royal & Langnickle Brush Co. Merchandise Award

 Cathy Hegman, MS

Alice Leonard Memorial Award

Jack Richeson & Co. Merchandise Award II

Stonehenge Aqua & Yupo Merchandise Award donated by Legion Paper

 Bonnie Woods, CA

Henry and Fujiko Fukuhara Memorial Cash Award, donated by Grace Niwa

Cheap Joe's Art Stuff Merchandise Award

Creative Catalyst Productions Merchandise Award I

 Carolyn Lord, CA

International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA) Cash Award

Mijello Watercolor/Indigo Art Paper Merchandise Award, donated by Chartpak Inc.

Frame Destination Merchandise Award I

 Debby Marriott, FL

Watercolor West Reciprocal Cash Award

Salis International Inc./Dr. Ph. Martin's Merchandise Award I

The Brush Guys Merchandise Award  I

 Dean Mitchell, FL

Philadelphia Water Color Society Cash Award for Excellence

Masterpak Merchandise Award

Ampersand Aquabord Award

 Keiko Yasuoka, TX

Watercolor USA Honor Society Cash Award of Excellence

M. Graham & Co. Merchandise Award

Frame Destination Merchandise Award II

 Helen Hayes, CA

Jeanette Thayer Schmidt Memorial Cash Award, donated by Valli  Thayer McDougle

QoR Watercolor Merchandise Award, donated by Golden Artist Colors Inc.

 Zhou Tianya, China

Watercolor Artist Magazine Cash Award

Rosemary & Co. Artists Brushes Merchandise Award

 Lian Mie Tsai, Twain

Artwork Archive Lifetime Subscription Merchandise Award

Gold Coast Watercolor Society-Florida Cash Award

Creative Catalyst Productions Merchandise Award II

 Kathleen Alexander, HI

75 Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors Merchandise Award donated by JJC Ind./Daniel Smith

Lori Pitten Jenkins Cash Award

SunEden Artists Gear Merchandise Award

 Ratindra Das, IL

Canson/Maimeri Merchandise Award Merchandise Award donated by FILA Group

Frame Destination Merchandise Award III & IV

Will Bullas Cash Award 

 Soon Y. Warren, TX

Savoir-Faire, Fabriano Merchandise Award

The Brush Guys Merchandise Award II

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Cash Award

Da Vinci Paint Co. Watercolor Traveler Merchandise Award

 Chris Krupinski, WV

HK Holbein Artist Materials Merchandise Award II

En Plein Air Pro Merchandise Award

Airfloat Systems Merchandise Certificate of Award

Edith Bergstrom Cash Award

 Laurin McCracken, TX

Turner Professional Watercolor Cash Award donated by Jerry's Artarama

Salis International Inc./Dr. Ph. Martin's Merchandise Award II

Turner Professional Watercolor Merchandise Award donated by Jerry's Artarama

Frame Destination Merchandise Award V

 David Giordan, MI

New Signature Members

Ingrid E. Albrecht

Kathleen Alexander

Mark D. Bird

Paula Fiebich

Jeffrey Good

Peggi Habets

Helen Hayes

Cody Heichel

Karen Heidler

Audrey Montgomery

Hugh Mossman

r. mike nichols

Jean Pederson

Thomas W. Schaller

David R. Smith

Sharon M. Stone

Kai-Ting Sung

Lian Mei Tsai

Bonnie Woods

    Geoff McCormack
A Series of Good Ideas that Work!
CLICK HERE for this 2 hour demo. Cost $20.00

Carla O'Connor, AWS, NWS

Are You In or Out?

CLICK HERE  for this 45 minute FREE talk.


Linda Doll, NWS, AWS

Watercolor Pleasures

CLICK HERE for this 45 minute demo. Cost $20.


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

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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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