A 100-Year-Old Tradition of Excellence

Following a 100-year-old tradition, the National Watercolor Society (NWS) international exhibition showcases a rich diversity of watermedia styles, masters of the medium, and up-and-coming artists from around the world.

“Social Distancing” watercolor by Charles McVicker
2021 101st NWS International Open Exhibition

“The artwork chosen by NWS Jurors Ken Goldman, Donna Zagotta, and Bev Jozwiak is original, masterful, and evocative,” said NWS President Denise Willing Booher. “Each painting weaves its own unique story, leaving the viewer yearning for more. The 95 spectacular works present 14 countries and 28 states. The combined Jurors’ votes produced a cumulative exhibition that speaks of our time, artistic excellence, and innovation. Judge of Awards Ali Cavanaugh skillfully chose masterful inspirational artwork painted with artistic merit that touched the soul.

“Life is Looking for Crayfish,” watercolor by Kathleen Giles, who is on the faculty of the 2nd Annual Watercolor Live virtual art conference. Register early at WatercolorLive.com to save!

“The past year has seen political and social unrest, a pandemic, and a shift in our lives, creating uncertainty. Yet, through it, all NWS membership and prominence have flourished and grown, spreading our outreach worldwide. The 101st NWS International Open Exhibition is the pinnacle of the freshest cutting-edge watermedia artwork today.”

“Museum of Us,” watercolor by Geoffrey Allen

The NWS International Open Exhibition is recognized for its diversity of watermedia styles, masters of the medium, and up and coming artists from around the world. This exhibition will take place online from October 1 through December 11, 2021, at nwsexhibition.com and on YouTube as well as a virtual opening.

“A Feminine Touch,” watercolor by Alisa Shea
“Untitled” by Carole Pickle

Join the NWS for its Virtual Opening October 16 at 11 am Pacific time. For more information go to nationalwatercolorsociety.org.

Also on Display: 2021 Volunteer Exhibition at the NWS Gallery

The 2021 NWS Volunteer Exhibition celebrates the tireless and esteemed NWS Volunteer artists for their work and promotes their artwork. The exhibition will be on display at the NWS Gallery from October 1 – January 3, 2022.

“The Picnic” by Rene Eisnebart
“Sierra Sentinel” by Beatrice Trautman

Exhibiting artists include Kathleen Conover, Vera Dickerson, Rene Eisenbart, Ken Goldman, Stephanie Goldman, Bev Jozwiak, Kathleen Mooney, Michael Holter, Kristi Grussendorf, Valli Thayer McDougle, Louisa McHugh, Randy Hale, Nancy Swan, Beatrice Trautman, Bill Wassenberg, Lorraine Watry, Denise Willing Booher, and Judith Zailo.

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