• 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 Tabs. 

NWS ANNUAL  DUES:   Please help us by reviewing your 2018 Membership file by clicking on your name at upper right and Select View Profile


      ALL TOGETHER NOW      


July 12th - September 16th, 2018

Ever wonder about what kind of work our volunteers do?  Sure they give of their time and talents but what  kind of artwork are they creating.  That is the wonder of NWS. Not only do we volunteer our non artist time, we still are working hard to follow our own goals and passions as artist.  When the call went out to participate, no one hesitated just like when we need a helping hand. You will find an array of work from past presidents, board members and many of our volunteers. We are planning to continue this show in the coming years.  The show, like our chosen medium is going to be very fluid pieces that will be changed throughout the exhibition.  So, it will be fresh and interesting.  Some are our local stars, others from far away.   As always, when the call goes out "All Together Now" we step up.  And more than anything else a big thank you to our volunteers...come join us!

Consider sharing your time and talent.  

Contact Robbie Laird at NWSPresident@gmail.com 

for volunteer opportunities.  

2018 NWS 98th International Open Exhibition

Click here for the list of Accepted Artists 

Click here for the list of New Signature Members


Exhibition Dates:  October 4th - December 16th, 2018



$40,000+ in Awards



Carla O'Connor, Chair

Linda Daly Baker

Michael Schlicting


Carla O'Connor, Chair

Linda Doll

Charles Rouse



 D. Scott Atkinson


for the 2018 NWS 98th International Open Exhibition Reception, 

Annual Meeting and Recognition Luncheon; with Presentation of Awards and Introduction of new Signature Members.   

  • Friday, October 19th at 6:00pm - Mixer at the Hilton Double Tree San Pedro (cash bar)
  • Saturday, October 20th from 9:30am to 11:30am - NWS Annual Meeting at the                               Hilton Double Tree (San Pedro)
  • Saturday, October 20th from 12:00noon to 2:00pm - NWS Recognition Luncheon in the Portofino Room   CLICK HERE for details.             
  • Saturday, October 20th from 2:30pm to 5:30pm - Opening Reception at NWS Gallery 

Click here for Full Details and Hotel Discounts


NWS / OMA Exhibition

December 22, 2018 - April 21, 2019

Click here for the list of 42 Accepted Artist 

along with past California Masters and Invitees. 


A Series of Good Ideas that Work!
from Geoff McCormack
A different approach to watermedia using new materials,
 tools and techniques.
Click here  to register for this 2 hour demo.
Cost $20.00


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


Join Us Today

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.