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 May - Florence Setzer

The inspiration for my watercolors comes above all from a desire to capture and convey the beauty of the natural world.  Landscapes have always been my first love, though I’m also drawn to close-up depictions of natural forms and the visual complexity of many architectural forms. 

I find the contrast between soft organic forms or broken edges and rigid, rectilinear architectural structures especially intriguing.  Distant cities often have natural beauty and tell a story of the context of human habitation.  I enjoy painting outdoors, which is challenging but provides an immediate experience of outdoor subjects.

View Florence'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 Exhibit
4603 Green Spring Rd, 
Alexandria, VA 22312
Historic House: Wed-Sun – 12:00 – 4:30
Horticultural Center:  Mon-Sat – 9:00 – 4:30, Sun. 12:00 – 4:30
703-941-7987 – Call before visiting – rooms are sometimes in
use for special events

May 1 - June 25, 2018

view winning paintings

Member trip to Chestertown, Md.
May 8-9

Goodwin House Exhibit
4800 Fillmore Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22311
June 29 - August 10, 2018

Brookside Gardens Exhibit
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902
August 20 - September 16, 2018

Fall Membership Meeting and
Sandy Maudlin demo

October 14

Sandy Maudlin Workshop
October 15 - 19

St. Andrews Show and Sale

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
4000 Lorcom Lane
Arlington, VA 22207
November 10-11, 2018