An annual exhibition of water media paintings hosted on a rotating basis by 12 member societies from the western states. Entries are handled by Delegates from each Society.
Leadership training is one of the hallmarks of our organization. We share knowledge of what works (and what does not) within the various organizations.
Communities benefit by hosting this excellent rotating exhibition. The hosts receive seed money from alliance dues to help sponsor the exhibition.
The Western Federation of Watercolor Societies was founded in 1974 by the New Mexico Watercolor Society through the foresight and work of Dr. David Gale (1915-1980). Today WFWS includes over 5000 artists in eleven societies. Our mission is to encourage and recognize artistic excellence and promote the visibility of watercolor in the West.
Our annual juried show is hosted each year by a different regional member society. We showcase works on paper created with a variety of water-based media. Membership in WFWS is automatic for any member of one of the eleven different regional societies. Signature membership may be awarded to any member whose work has been included in 3 WFWS Exhibitions.
Arizona Watercolor Association
Delegate – Lynda Burruss
AWA meets September through May in Phoenix, AZ.
Visit their website for contact information: www.azwatercolor.com
Colorado Watercolor Society
Delegate – Marcio Correa
Monthly meetings in the Denver, CO area.
Visit their website for contact information: http://www.coloradowatercolorsociety.org/
Idaho Watercolor Society
Delegate – Dennis Hayzlett
Meetings in Boise, ID and other chapters.
Visit their website for contact information: http://www.idahowatercolorsociety.wildapricot.org/
Nevada Watercolor Society
Las Vegas, NV
Delegate – Elena Wherry
NVWS meets monthly, September through May, in Las Vegas, NV
Visit their website for contact information: http://www.nvws.org/
New Mexico Watercolor Society
Delegate – Toni Seidel
Monthly meetings in the Albuquerque, NM area and Las Cruces, NM.
Visit their website for contact information: http://www.nmwatercolorsociety.org/
Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild
Delegate – Susan Morris
SAWG meets monthly, September through May in the Tuscon, AZ area.
Visit their website for contact information: https://southernazwatercolorguild.com/
Southwestern Watercolor Society
Dallas/Ft Worth, TX
Delegate – Jonesy McConnell
Monthly meetings in the Dallas / Ft. Worth, TX area
Visit their website for contact information: https://www.swswatercolor.org/https://www.swswatercolor.org/
Utah Watercolor Society
Salt Lake City, UT
Delegate – Kristi Grussendorf
UWS meets monthly in Salt Lake City, UT and their Cache Valley Chapter.
Visit their website for contact information: http://www.utahwatercolor.org/
Watercolor Society of Oregon
Delegate – Margaret Godfrey
Conventions twice annually State Wide
Visit their website for contact information: http://watercolorsocietyoforegon.com/