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 June - Lauren Marcott

I’ve drawn since I can remember, but I didn’t take up color until some years ago. Like birdcalls on a summer morning, painting adds an extra dimension to experience.  I choose watercolor because it has a mind of its own; it can be coaxed, but not controlled, because its fluidity and independence challenge my innate sense of order and boundary.  My subjects come from my travels, my memories, and from my imagination. When I paint, I try to capture the light and motion and mood that underlie the representational form—and sometimes I even succeed.  The journey is all.

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
April 29-June 24
4603 Green Spring Rd, Alexandria, VA 22312
Mon - Sat. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sunday noon - 4:30 p.m

View award-winning paintings

Maine Painting Trip
September 8-16

Fall Membership Meeting and
Jane Angelhart demonstration

October 6

Jane Angelhart Workshop
October 7-11, 2019

St. Andrews Exhibit
November 9, 10