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Mission Statement

The purpose of the Society shall be the elevation of the stature of watercolor as an art medium and the education of the public as to the significance of watercolor as an important creative permanent painting medium. The Society shall be dedicated to the highest aesthetic standards. The Society shall further the interests of painters in watercolor by its programs and competitive exhibits, and shall encourage its study by art students and others engaged in watercolor painting. The Society shall not sanction any bias among varying schools of art.


Membership Benefits


  • Free painting demonstration with nationally-known painters
  • Enter the Annual SWS Membership Exhibition with a nationally-known juror
  • Enter the monthly Painting of the Month, with awards
  • Take workshops with nationally-known painters at a discount
  • Enter the Stepping Stone workshop scholarship (two awarded yearly)
  • DVD Library
  • Network with other watermedia artists
  • All watermedia  artists are welcome – beginners or experienced
  • Earn a signature membership