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.

See what we're all about in this 10-minute video


Featured Artist for May - Lorrie Herman

I've been creating art all of my life and still haven't gotten tired of it. About 15 years ago I started taking painting classes and fell in love with plein air painting. Landscapes are my subject of choice, anything from a historic little street scene to capturing a quiet moment by a lake. I love the challenge of painting outdoors, capturing the light and shadows. Plein air painting allows me the time to relax and create spontaneously and respond to the environment.

I paint in both watercolors and oils. I strive to paint my watercolors in a loose representational style with quality brushstrokes and wet into wet washes.  My watercolor house portraits, however, are a bit tighter with much more detail.

View Lorrie'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

Green Spring Gardens Exhibit
April 18 - June 18, 2017
4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA
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View award-winning paintings

PVW Paint Out at Bishop's Garden at the National Cathedral
Washington, DC
May 10, 2017

PVW trip to Shepherdstown, WV

May 16-18

PVW Trip to Collioure, France and Barcelona, Spain
September 21-30, 2017
Reservations Required

Fall workshop with Frank Eber
October 16-20, 2017
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Fall St. Andrews Show and Sale
Novenber 11-12, 2017
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church