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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.

Ingrid Albrecht Best of Show

Best of Show: Ingrid Albrecht

“AND OFF to the PARK WE GO” All awards can be found by clicking the link below: 2017 SWS 54th Membership Exhibition Awards Catalog    

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SWS President's Award Winning watercolor by Cindy Daunis

SWS President’s Award

Congratulations to Cindy Daunis for winning the first SWS President’s Award for her painting “Zebra Gossip” presented  by the following SWS Presidents (past and present) Gaylord O’Con   2012-13   2017-18 Naomi Brotherton   1967-68 Gail Delger 2007-08 Bob Voges 1983-84 Joel Sampson 2009-10 Herb Reed    2008-09 Jones McConnell   1992-93  2002-03 Michael Borne  1989-90 Walt Davis   1991-92 Patti …

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SWS Membership Show Preview Party

54th – 2017 Membership Show Preview Party was a Huge Success

4th VP, Exhibitions, Laura Drumwright orchestrated a wonderful preview party last Sunday, July 9, 2017, where a good size crowd of SWS Members, family and friends met at the Royal Lane Baptist Church to view every image submitted to Café for the Membership Show. There were a total of 331 images submitted from 152 artist. …

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SWS Spring Paintout in Palestine

2017 Spring Paint Out in Palestine

  The spring paint out in Palestine, TX was a huge success! Special thank you to Bryce and Trish Weigand, for hosting the Saturday social at their ranch. Also thank you to Mary Raum, at the Palestine Visitors Center, for providing visitor bags and introduction to The Gallery at the Redlands to display SWS member’s …

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