Western Federation of Watercolor Societies


An annual exhibition of water media paintings hosted on a rotating basis by the ten 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.


Members of each of the societies below are automatically members of WFWS. If your group is seeking information about joining one of our Western Fed Societies, please

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About  WFWS

The Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFWS) was formed in 1976 by the New Mexico Watercolor Society and included nine other watercolor societies. The purpose was to make a large and prestigious watercolor exhibition available at low cost to members for small and often isolated watercolor groups.

Today, the WFWS includes over 5,000 artists in ten regional watercolor societies and guilds. The WFWS encourages and recognizes artistic excellence and works to increase visibility of watercolor as an artistic medium through our annual juried exhibitions. The exhibitions are sponsored by WFWS and hosted by a regional member society. Delegates meet annually (usually at the current show) to conduct general business and discuss the next year’s plans. Each society hosts the show on a rotating basis.

   46th Western Federation of
Watercolor Societies Exhibition


This year’s 46th WFWS Exhibition, hosted by UWS, takes place 05/06/2021 – 06/23/2021

but now will be virtual. Stay tuned for more details.

Juror for this exhibition is award-winning artist, Sarah Yeoman.

View the 46th WFWS Exhibition :  Web Gallery

Virtual Event: Certificates and Awards, Artist Videos, Comments from juror, Sarah Yeoman and more!

May 7th 6pm – 7:30pm (Watch for the invitation link!)


If you entered the 46th WFWS Exhibition, you can participate more by voting for your favorite painting.  Go to the Web Gallery, sign in to your account, and vote!  Deadline April 15.

WFWS Painting Sales

Ready to buy some original art?  Visit the Web Gallery and go shopping!  You may purchase any of the paintings by clicking   Add to Cart   then follow the payment prompts.

Prospectus can be viewed  here:       WFWS46 Prospectus

Participating Societies

Arizona Watercolor Association

Arizona Watercolor Association

Phoenix, AZ

Delegate – David Amsellem

Alternate – Tanya Lemma

AWA meets September through May in Phoenix, AZ.

Visit their website for contact information: www.azwatercolor.com

Colorado Watercolor Society

Colorado Watercolor Society

Denver, CO

Delegate – Beatrice Trautman

Alternate – Carol Newsom

Monthly meetings in the Denver, CO area.

Visit their website for contact information: http://www.coloradowatercolorsociety.org/ 

Idaho Watercolor Society

Idaho Watercolor Society

State Wide

Delegate – Dennis Hayzlett

Meetings in Boise, ID and other chapters.

Visit their website for contact information: https://www.idahowatercolorsociety.org/

New Mexico Watercolor Society

New Mexico Watercolor Society

Albuquerque, NM

Delegate – Toni Seidel

Monthly meetings in the Albuquerque, NM area and Las Cruces, NM.

Visit their website for contact information: http://www.nmwatercolorsociety.org/

San Diego Watercolor Society

San Diego Watercolor Society

San Diego, CA

Delegate – Ralph Kingery

Monthly meetings and workshops in San Diego, CA.

Visit their website for contact information: http://www.sdws.org/

Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild

Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild

Tucson, AZ

Delegate – Kay Sullivan

SAWG meets monthly, September through May in the Tuscon, AZ area.

Visit their website for contact information: https://southernazwatercolorguild.com/

Southwestern Watercolor Society

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

Utah Watercolor Society

Salt Lake City, UT

Delegate – Jennifer Love

UWS meets monthly in Salt Lake City, UT and their Cache Valley Chapter.

Visit their website for contact information: http://www.utahwatercolor.org/

West Texas Watercolor Society

West Texas Watercolor Society

Lubbock, TX

Delegate – Neal Kleman

WTWS meets monthly in Lubbock, Texas.

Visit their website for contact information: https://wtws.org/

Watercolor Society of Oregon

Watercolor Society of Oregon

State Wide

Delegate – Margaret Godfrey

Conventions twice annually State Wide

Visit their website for contact information: http://watercolorsocietyoforegon.com/