Join Southwest Washington Watercolor Society

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Our History

The Southwest Washington Watercolor Society was organized in September of 1979 to bring serious and interested watercolorists of the area together. Eleven members formed the first group: Susan Pittman Cowan, Lorene Elmer, Dr. Ed Heyde, Lucille Hulburt, Jack James, Charles Jones, Wayne McKenzie, Clarice Miller, Michael Schuster, Brian Tichenor, and Gayle Weisfield. Their focus for the society was to promote the watercolor medium, to sponsor watercolor exhibits and competitions, to aid persons interested in learning or improving their watercolor skills and techniques, and to cultivate friendships among people with like interests.

Our Mission

Today, as in 1980 when the Articles of Incorporation were approved, the purpose of this society shall be to further the interests of watercolor painting and to hold exhibitions of members’ work, to encourage a wider experience and education to both the artist and the viewing public.

To further this mission, SWWS sponsors 2 workshops annually and sponsors 2 water media shows held in the spring and fall. Additionally, we meet once a month for Artist’s Helping Artist’s (AHA) programs (open to the public) and sponsor Art in the Community (AIC) events. We hold two general membership meetings and one Annual meeting for the processing of business and social fun.

Our Members

Currently, our membership is 160 Juried and Associate members who live in the south western portion of Washington State.  Associate membership is open to any adult (18 and older) by application and dues payment.  Associate members can attain Juried membership by participating in a twice annual “Jury Process” requiring submission of 3 water media paintings.  Information on membership and forms can be found on this website. Current Paid Membership is required to participate in shows and receive a membership discount for workshops. We ask all members to offer their time and talents to further the events and activities of this society.

Many SWWS members are involved and participants in local and national watercolor and art society exhibitions. Numerous members teach art classes, organize show events and workshops locally and abroad. News of our members and the southwest Washington art scene is shared via our bi-monthly newsletter, email bulletins, and our web site.

We invite you to our AHA monthly meetings, or to join us …JOIN SWWS.

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Print and Send the Membership form along with your Check or Money Order to:  

Southwest Washington Watercolor Society,  Post Office Box 2876, VANCOUVER,WA 98668-2876
“Juried Membership” are $35.00/yr
“Associate Membership” are $25.00/yr   (All new members are Associate Members until Juried)
“Student Membership” is free  (must be 18 years old and enrolled as a full time student with an arts class)

Email for questions or specific information.


Membership Categories                                         

New Membership (Associate) Initially, all artists join as Associate Members. Associates may enter work in the Spring Show competing in their own division and participate in Artist Helping Artist meetings. Members receive member rates for Workshops, and receive the Art Facts Newsletter via Email. Annual dues are $25 per calendar year for Associate Members. 

Send a check for your Associate membership fee to:
P.O. BOX 2876
VANCOUVER,WA 98668-2876.

Juried Membership Juried Members have all the privileges of an associate members and also full voting rights, may serve on the Board of Directors, participate in the Fall Juried Members Show and the Arts in the Community Program.  Annual dues are $35 per calendar year. Complete and send in the application above for renewal of your membership.

Patron Membership Any person, company, or organization that annually supports this Society with $100 or more is recognized as a patron member and listed with our sponsors and donors. Donate Now!

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Benefits of Membership

  1. Encourages growth in artistic skills
  2. Energizes and Inspires the artist inside you
  3. Creates lasting friendships with other artists
  4. Allows your art to make a difference in the community
  5. Increases local appreciation for the art of watercolor
  6. Allows you to compete  with the talents of other superb artists through art shows
  7. Provides an opportunity for you to share your ideas and knowledge
  8. You will receive the society Newsletter
  9. You will enjoy meeting and visiting with art friends and create new friendships
  10. SWWS will increase your visibility in the community
  11. The society allows artist to reach more of the community and display their artwork


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