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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. 

2022 Member Exhibition

Click HERE to view the 2022 NWS Member Exhibit

2022 NWS 102nd International Open Exhibition

Exhibition dates are September 1 - November 6, 2022   

Kathleen Giles "Life is looking for crayfish", 2021 NWS Purchase Award

The entry period for the NWS International Open Exhibition 2022  has closed. 

Thanks to all the artists for their support and participation.  

The list of Accepted artists will be posted here by June 7th, 2022.  

This "In-Gallery" Exhibition is open to ALL artists working in watermedia.

Estimated $40,000+ in awards including $5000 NWS Permanent Collection Purchase Award. 



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!

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Member Discounts

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915 South Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90731

Tel: 310-831-1099

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!

Mailing Address:  National Watercolor Society, PO Box 630, San Pedro, CA 90733


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