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 July - Betty Ganley

As most artists do, I find the world of travel essential to the creative process.  The coast of Maine frequently calls, as do the coastal villages of Cornwall and Devon, England, not to mention the various marinas scattered along our very own Chesapeake Bay.

For an artist there is no simple journey – to the store, to the beach, to a marina, to a garden center.  Every trip is an adventure to the artist’s eye – a cornucopia of visual delights.  Every familiar landscape is capable of presenting itself as an unfolding drama, be it due to a passing stormy sky, a gentle fog, the early morning light, or just a single dew drop decorating a fragile petal.  The artist sees this all and always strives to capture that brief fleeting beauty.


View Betty'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 Sue Moses' Home and Sunflower flelds
July 27th 9:30 AM - 2PM RSVP 
North Potomac, MD

PVW Paint Out at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

To be re-scheduled
Washington, DC

PVW Trip to Southwest Harbor, Maine
September 9-16, 2017
Reservations Required

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

Fall workshop with Frank Eber
October 16-20, 2017
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

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