PVW, based in the Maryland/ Virginia/D.C. area, is a juried society of watercolor painters

We are a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote the art and excellence of watercolor painting.
Our members include many watercolor instructors and artists who exhibit at prominent galleries, museums, and nationally acclaimed shows. Some serve as jurors; others give demonstrations and programs for art and community groups.

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Featured artist for July: Janice Burns 

I am most often inspired by the visual images I experience. How I approach each piece of artwork varies, depending on what I wish to convey to the viewer. For this display I have selected pieces from two very different series. In “The Redwoods” I used muted colors with ink and focused on the details and textures found in the California coastal redwood groves. Transparent watercolors combined with gouache were used in the “Los Colores Maya” paintings, which were inspired by the richly colored hand-woven fabrics and handsome faces of the Mayan people seen while traveling through Central America. 


view Janice's  work


PVW Anniversary publication
now available as an ebook!

Celebrating our 40th anniversary, this beautiful book is filled with striking images of members' work along with descriptions of each artist's process. And now you can purchase a Kindle edition for only $5.99 from Amazon. (If you don't have a Kindle, you can download the free Kindle app for most tablets and smartphones.) Check it out!


Exhibitions & events

PVW Exhibition
The Frame Factory, Vienna, VA
August 1 - September 10

PVW Members Annual painting week in Acadia, Maine
Reservations required.
September 10 - 17

PVW Members Paint out, Santa Fe, NM
Reservations required.
September 17 - 24

PVW Fall Show and Sale
October 15-16
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Fall workshop with Skip Lawrence
November 7-11
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church