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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June 2016 Featured Artist: Jane McElvany Coonce

For the first 30 years of my artistic life, I worked in oil and pastel.  Seven years ago, I started working in watercolor.  I call watercolor “the thinking man’s art.”  You really have to know how pigments react with each other.  You also have to plan your whites, and try to retain them.  It really takes a lot of thought before you even put the brush to paper! 

I’ve been teaching pastel and oil painting for Arlington County Adult Education for 36 years, and I also have been teaching watercolor on cruise ships.  

view Jane'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

Green Spring Gardens Exhibition
April 26 - June 26
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PVW Exhibition
The Frame Factory, Vienna, VA
August 1 - September 10

PVW Members Annual painting week in Acadia, Maine
Reservations required.
September 10 - 17

PVW Members Paint out, Santa Fe, NM
Reservations required.
September 17 - 24

PVW Fall Show and Sale
October 15-16
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Fall workshop with Skip Lawrence
November 7-11
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church