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National Watercolor Society




proudly presents

 NWS 97th International Open Exhibition

This exhibit features an amazingly diverse showing of 94 paintings of excellence in watermedia.  We would like to thank our Jurors:

M.E. "Mike" Bailey, Cathy Hegman and Kathleen Ballard.



October 21, 2017 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm

(Please RSVP to NWSannualexhib@gmail.com)



October 5th - December 17th, 2017



915 South Pacific Avenue

San Pedro, CA 90731




Thurs & Fri: 10am - 2pm

Sat & Sun: 12noon - 4pm

and 1st Thurs: 6pm - 9pm

or by Appointment








Feel free to print and/or email as many as you like!

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Geoff McCormack Workshop

 Click above to register


Monday - Wednesday, Oct 23, 24 & 25, 2017 (10am to 3pm)

Demo/Lecture: Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 (10am - Noon)

Gallery Walk: Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 (2pm - 4pm)

(Please link on the above blue links to register for each of these events)




Be prepared for a different approach to water media in Geoffrey McCormack's latest 3-Day workshop at the NWS.  Geoff is an emerging master of aqua-media, best known for his Rock series and Cardboard Box series: images with startling realistic textures, colors, perspective, lighting and shadows.  His compositions form an intriguing interplay of shapes and contrasting values, often with objects appearing to float on multiple planes.  2016 saw Geoff shift his focus to an abstract series using all the features of his preceding series.  He will share studio practices and techniques he developed or learned over fifty years as a professional artist.  He will demonstrate an array of new materials, tools and techniques, revealing just how and why he creates such distinctive paintings.  Geoff will focus on designing paintings with an engaging point of view, using rich color triads, unique textural effects, and dramatic lighting.  You will combine these techniques and tools with your favorite aqua-media in a series of exercises and paintings.  You will get several demos daily, personal instruction and critiques, plus plenty of painting time.  Advanced beginners to master will benefit from applying these new techniques and materials, suitable for abstract and representational painters.  Special masking materials and films will be supplies by the instructor. 


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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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We welcome your donation in any amount. You may also use this link to donate to our Annual Exhibition Awards Fund.