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 forJanuary - Leigh Culver

My plein air practice differs from my studio practice.  Outdoors, I’m quickly juggling multiple decisions as light constantly changes.  There’s no time to worry about perfection.  Extraneous thoughts disappear with the strenuous work of observing and translating time passing over nature.  Details and polish concern me less than laying down strokes that capture the mood and energy of the scene.  Albert Pinkham Ryder once described his exultation after an afternoon painting outdoors: “I raced around the fields like a colt let loose, and literally bellowed for joy.”  I’m convinced I know exactly how he felt!  These works were painted in my favorite spots in Maine and DC.    

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

Stan Miller Workshop
March 18-22, 2019
view prospectus

Spring Luncheon
April 28, 2019

Jane Angelhart Workshop
October 7-11, 2019