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 March - Rob Henry 
I love the experience of painting watercolors. The same things that seem to scare many artists away from painting watercolors is what draws me to them.  The immediacy of the medium, it’s “uncontrollable” and “unpredictable” nature, those things that only watercolors can do.
My favorite subjects to paint are landscapes. I tend to paint scenes that bring me a sense of peace. My landscapes are almost never a real place, or an exact representation of a specific place.  If I wanted to do that I could take a photograph.  I much prefer using a photograph as a starting point and seeing where that leads me.


View Rob'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

Kathleen Giles Workshop
March 19-23

Katthleen Giles Demo
March 18

Spring Member Luncheon
April 22

Green Spring Gardens Exhibit
April 30 - June 25

Member trip to Chestertown, Md.
May 8-9

Fall Membership Meeting and
Sandy Maudlin demo
October 14

Sandy Maudlin Workshop
October 15-19