July, 2002

Art Society profile: The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society

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The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society can be contacted at: pwsdir@pa.net

Founded in late March 1979 by a group of twelve Pennsylvania watercolorists, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society is located in the green rolling hills of west central Pennsylvania. In September of 1979 they held an impressive first show in Strawberry Square, downtown Harrisburg. 311 paintings were entered and 132 of them were hung and juried. Today the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society receives international recognition and participation with well over 600 paintings entered in their annual exhibition.

Mission Statement: "The purpose of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society is to encourage, promote and advance watercolor painting through the education of artists and the general public."

The PWS sponsors an annual workshop open to memers and nonmembers at all levels, which is led by a national/internationally known artist/teacher. They operate a lending library for visual materials. A current video library is maintained and videos can be checked out and used for two weeks for the cost of shipping and handling. An archive of all slides from each of the annual juried shows is availabel to individuals, schools, universities and organizations.

General membership in PWS is open to all artists working in the medium of watercolor. Although most of their members reside in Pennsylvania, membership is offered to artists nationwide as well as internationally.

A Gallery of Work from The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society


Lyn Marsh, Past 2nd V.P. & current newsletter editor - "Shawdows and Shutters"


L;Jan Bicker, 2nd V.P. - "Pink Peonies"


Doris Davis-Glackin - "On Gossamer Wings"

Joel Popadics - "Afternoon, School Street"

;Jan Bicker, 2nd V.P. - "Pink Peonies"


Susannah Hart Thomer - "Forgotten Stories"

Charlotte Huntley - "Crazy Lady"

Bill James - "Mannequins with Hoops"



Past Featured Societies:

June 2002: Taos National Society of Watercolorists