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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.

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2014 Fall Paint Out in Corsicana

Mark your calendars now for the fall SWS paint out September 26-28 in Corsicana, Texas. Deb Miller at Warehouse Gallery in the downtown arts district will be our sponsor. We have a block of 20 rooms reserved at the Best Western, Corsicana (13 queen doubles and 7 kings). Call 903 872-0020 to make a reservation …

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Western Federation 2015 Exhibition

The Western Federation of Watercolor Societies was formed 39 years ago and includes 4,500 artist in eleven regional watercolor societies and guilds. The Juror for the 40th Annual WFWS competition is Linda Baker, AWS, NWS, a professional watercolor artist whose work presents a contemporary  approach to traditional subjects. To download prospectus click here: 2015 WFWS …

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