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Welcome to Southwestern Watercolor Society

Southwestern Watercolor Society (SWS) is a nonprofit organization and is open to anyone interested in promoting Watercolor and Watermedia – artists and non-artists and we invite all levels of experience to participate. The society currently has around 400 active members.

The first organizational meetings were held in 1963 and the first official meeting was in January 1964. The Society was granted a charter by the State of Texas in May of 1964. SWS will be celebrating its golden 50 years in 2013.

In 50 years SWS has grown to be one of the largest watercolor societies in the nation. Many of its members have earned national signature status in other watercolor societies. Many SWS members have paintings accepted in open juried competitions throughout the United States each year. The cherished “SWS Signature” status is earned by having paintings accepted in five SWS sponsored juried competitions which include the SWS Annual Membership Show and the yearly Western Federation Show.

SWS Membership meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month and run from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Dallas, TX (except June, July, August and December.) Membership meetings are attended by 100 to 150 artists and feature a guest lecture-demonstration. This is a good place to learn some new techniques and meet other artists and make friends for life. We are always looking for volunteers to help with running the society. Meetings are held at Lovers Lane Methodist Church is located at 9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas in Asbury Hall. There is plenty of free parking. The board of directors meets on the last Wednesday of each month.

SWS activities include the Painting of the Month competition, Annual Membership Exhibition, Annual Western Federation Show, Weekend Paint-outs all around Texas, Workshops, Special Signature Events, the yearly December Christmas Party and various other opportunities to exhibit work, network with other artists, serve SWS and serve the community. SWS awards two free workshops yearly in the Stepping Stones program. We offer an online free painting critique by one of our signature members. SWS has an active and up-to-date Facebook page. Members have website access to the monthly “Scene” newsletter, which is packed full of SWS news and announcements. SWS sends out email blast via constant contact, keeping the membership informed of breaking news and events.

SWS encourages watermedia training in area schools and colleges and SWS Members are available for lecture-demonstrations. Student scholarships are offered for some SWS sponsored workshops during the year. Students are invited to attend all SWS meetings for free. SWS Members are available for lecture-demonstrations.

Holiday Party Great Fun!

SWS’ annual Holiday Party hosted by MC Jonesy “the Funny Guy” McConnell, was held at the Community Room at Valley View Mall Sunday afternoon, December 7th. Members brought their favorite finger foods along with a small painting to share in the traditional painting exchange. There was lots of dealing between members to get their hands on some …

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Exhibit at UTD Jindal School of Management

The University of Texas at Dallas is planning a “ribbon-cutting” ceremony for the new wing to the Jindal School of Management on Monday, December 1st. and Dean Diane McNulty has invited SWS to hang an exhibit of work to celebrate the event.  The ceremony is from 1:00PM to 3:00PM and the public is invited. Robert …

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