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 December - Leigh Fulton  

After decades of painting, I've finally realized and accepted that every time I pick up my paper, brushes, and paints,  it should be an adventure and not an expectation of perfection.  The goal should be the achievement of enjoyment from creating something from nothing, enlightenment achieved through the process, and enthusiasm to try again whether the painting was successful or not.  As my former teacher Ted Betts used to tell his students:  "It's only paper!" 

View Leigh'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

PVW Paint Out at National Botanical Gardens
January 8, 2017

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

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