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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July 2015 Featured Artist: Gwen Bragg

Gwen says, "The pieces you see here are new. I was fortunate to have a show at The Arts Club of Washington in May and all of the “ruins" and “rocks" were new for that exhibition. Yes, I’m still intrigued by the surprises and challenges of what I refer to as the "Lee Weiss" paper flipping technique. Recently in addition to leaves, blossoms, and twigs, I’ve added a few minnows, fish or in one case a water strider to the “Beneath the Surface” pieces. As for the ruins, I still find the mystery of these ancient places fascinating.
"As for florals and the tower — I continue to teach and these three paintings began as class demonstrations. Two are from an assignment to paint spring florals with wet into wet backgrounds, the other a limited palette exercise. The Orvieto tower is painted using a split complementary color scheme of quinacridone gold, a red violet and a blue violet. It is a busy life but one I enjoy."



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

Paint-Out at Brookside Gardens - RAIN CANCELLATION

Brookside Gardens Exhibit

July 11 - Aug. 16

The Workhouse PVW Annual Exhibit
Oct. 10 - Nov. 8

St. Andrew's Show and Sale
Nov. 14-15