NWS Celebrates 100 Years

The National Watercolor Society (NWS) is celebrating its 100 year anniversary with an exhibition of more than 100 watercolors. “We are thrilled to celebrate our centennial year in 2020,” said Denise Willing-Booher President. “As artists, we look back with awe to the painters that came before us and ahead with aspiration, determination, and resolve to follow our own artistic paths to reach higher and create with courage.”

Showcasing the breadth and caliber possible with the medium, the 100th NWS International Open exhibition includes work from 107 artists from nine countries. Katherine Chang Liu, NWS, Dean Mitchell, NWS and John Salminen, NWS, served as selection jurors, while Judge of Awards Mary Whyte had the difficult task of choosing the best of the best. In the end, she chose paintings that spoke to the soul and rose above the rest with their technical mastery.

Hear from the jurors and view the exhibition.

Throughout history, the mission of NWS has focused on providing exhibition opportunities for artists and situating watermedia art so it is accessible to the general public, students, and collectors. NWS engages all artists from novice to professional. The society has recognized that mission with the theme of this year’s events: Celebrate and Elevate.

Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the paintings from the exhibition, which runs through January 30, 2021.

“Arrival” by Charles Rouse
“Autumn Thoughts” by Xie Qian
“Piazza Del Mercado” by Dan Burt
“Solid Foundation” by Jerry Smith
“What Once Was Home” by Cody Heichel
“Under Pressure” by Christine Rhodes
“What Tomorrow Brings” by Donnie Bitner
“Nest in the Old Red Barn” by Steve Morris

About the National Watercolor Society
The National Watercolor Society is one of the oldest nonprofit artist-led societies in the United States.  Its mission is to encourage innovation in water media through education, outreach, and exhibitions, to promote the advancement of water media, and to inspire the next generation of water media artists. For information, contact the Board of Directors.

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