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 April - Ray Goodrow 

As a watercolor painter, I try to capture in my own work what I admire in others – movement, emotion, a sense of place.  Achieving spontaneity and movement is always a goal – sometimes achieved by allowing water the freedom to travel its own path.  A favorite painting may emerge from the edge of chaos or chaos may win out.  To me this unpredictability often gives watercolor its unique qualities.
Our area has many excellent watercolorists.  I’ve been fortunate to take classes from fellow PVW members Jackie Saunders and Peter Ulrich at the Torpedo Factory and also Baltimore artist Ken Karlic.  I frequently turn to the work of Charles Reid, Andrew Wyeth, John Singer Sargent, and Alvaro Castegnet for inspiration. 


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

Robbie Laird Demo
April 19, 2020

Robbie Laird Workshop

April 20-24, 2020

Spring Luncheon

April 26, 2020

Green Spring Gardens Exhibition
May 19 - July 12, 2020
Reception May 31

Fall Membership Meeting
Ron Stocke Demo

Oct. 4, 2020

Ron Stocke Workshop
Oct. 5-9, 2020

Brookside Gardens Exhibition
October 20- November 15, 2020

St. Andrews Show and Sale

November 14-15, 2020