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


May2015 Featured Artist: Chica Brunsvold

Chica says, “Trained at the University of Michigan as an abstract expressionist, I enjoy first creating chaos. Then I delight in discovering and developing definite images and structures within it. My paintings may remain totally nonobjective, but with a good deal of study, I can usually coax images to appear, usually whimsical creatures as in my ZOOILLOGICALS® series. They are my attempt to inject playful humor into the serious world of art. Watercolor on Yupo is ideal for me as I can experiment with the paint and textures until I am satisfied. It’s a wonderful adventure. I hope you’ll try it.”



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 Green Spring Gardens
Saturday, May 30, 9:30 - 12:30
All are welcome! Here are the details

Green Spring Gardens

April 27 to June 29
view award-winning paintings

Brookside Gardens
July 11 - Aug. 16

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

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