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 January - Kate Niner

I began painting about ten years ago with the idea that I would like to paint landscapes … and then discovered that I really wasn’t very good at painting trees.  Something of a handicap for a landscape artist!  Thankfully there were plenty of other sources of inspiration and I’ve had fun learning how to use the wonderful versatility of watercolor in the creative process.  As we begin a new year I’m looking forward to challenging myself to move out of my comfort zone, and to continue my artistic journey with interesting new subject matter and techniques.  Biggest challenge (other than painting trees) - finding time to do it all!

View Kate'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

Ingleside at Rock Creek Exhibition
3050 Military Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20015
February 5 - March 17, 2017

PVW Paint Out at National Zoo
March 23, 2017 9:30am
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2017 Spring workshop with Iain Stewart
April 3-7
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Green Spring Gardens Exhibit
April 18 - June 18, 2017
4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA

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

Fall workshop with Frank Eber
October 9-13, 2017
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

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