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 forJune - Cecilia Capestany

I think of my artwork as snapshots in time: a bird on a branch, a landscape, a roadside vendor “as you see it.”  They are the lure to invite the viewer to connect with the natural world or with other cultures. My approach is generally interpretive rather than hyper-realistic, and based on photos collected during travels with my husband. I conceive my watercolors as intimate portraits, painted on a small scale, to draw the viewer closer and feel contemplative. The paintings don’t tell the whole story; their full range of possibilities relies on the viewer’s imagination to make it its own.  


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