Western Federation of Watercolor Societies

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.


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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47th Western Federation of
Watercolor Societies Exhibition

This year’s 47th WFWS Exhibition – Hosted by New Mexico Watercolor Society

May 6 – June 5, 2022  

Juror and workshop leader: Iain Stewart

Online registration for Exhibition starts October 1, 2021
Deadline for entries is January 10, 2022

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies WFWS annual exhibition is a Regional Show, open to water media artists who are members of one of the WFWS Component Societies.

The workshop is scheduled for May 3-7, 2022.


For the first time this WFWS exhibition will allow an alternative presentation of varnished finish and mat (no plexiglass)

Best of Show                                  $1500
First Place                                      $ 1200
Second Place                                 $  900
Third Place                                     $  600
6 Cash Awards totaling                  $ 1900
Plus Many Merchandise Awards



Participating Societies

Arizona Watercolor Association

Arizona Watercolor Association

Phoenix, AZ

Delegate – Tanya Lemma

Alternate – David Amsellem

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 – Sandy Day-Selbert

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 – Dave Cook

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 – Dennis Garrison

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 – Tom Howard

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 – Chris Stubbs

Conventions twice annually State Wide

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