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 February - Sally Davies

As a children's book illustrator most of my life, I only recently focused on my own art.  Currently, I'm working on paintings for my solo show (Global Views: Light & Shadow, Art League Gallery, Alexandria, in July this year).  My paintings are of people in landscapes with interesting views or unusual compositions, featuring places around the world.   Aside from recognizable architectural clues (like Pompidou Center, Paris or mediaeval walls of Sforza Castle, Milan) people look similar all over the world.  "Global Views" shows our planet as one whole place.  That mother you see, holding her daughter's hand while crossing the street, looks so familiar whatever country.  

View Sally'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

Ingleside at Rock Creek Exhibition
3050 Military Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20015
February 5 - March 17, 2017

PVW Day Trip Philadelphia Museum of Art
American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent
March 17, 2017 Meet at show entrance 11:30am
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PVW Paint Out (or In) at National Zoo
March 23, 2017 9:30am
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2017 Spring Luncheon/New Member Introductions
March 26, 2017
Columbia Country Club
7900 Connecticut Avenue NW
Chevy Chase, MD

Iain Stewart Demonstration
April 2, 2017
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

2017 Spring workshop with Iain Stewart
April 3-7
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

PVW Paint Out - Azaleas at National Arboretum
Washington, DC
April 13, 2017

PVW Pop-Up Paint Out - Cherry Blossoms at Sue Moses' Home
Potomac, MD
April TBA, 2017

Green Spring Gardens Exhibit
April 18 - June 18, 2017
4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA

PVW Paint Out - Roof Top Painting at Skadden, Arps Law Firm
1440 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
April 30, 2017 (May 7 Rain Date)

PVW Paint Out at Bishop's Garden at the National Cathedral
Washington, DC
May 11, 2017

Brookside Gardens Exhibition
August 21 - Sept. 17, 2017

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

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