Philadelphia Water Color Society

PWCS Members Show

The PWCS 2017 Members show will be held at the Hill School in Pottstown, PA 

(717 East High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464-5791) It will be one of our last shows juried for selection from actual paintings rather than from digital images. The show will run from March 24 to May 5th, 2017. Painting drop off is Monday, March 20 and unaccepted work needs to get picked up either Wednesday, March 22 from 10-2pm or at the opening reception.  There is a small fee to members for entering the exhibit and new members can join at the time of entry. 

On Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 1 pm, a product demo will be given by a representative of Martin F. Weber Company.  They are the makers of Mission Gold Watercolors and have roots in the Philadelphia region.  Directly after this event there will be an opening reception and awards ceremony for the PWCS 2017 Members Show.  On April 18th in the evening, Kass Morin Freeman will be giving a gallery talk with a focus of how to pick a painting to enter a juried exhibition. 

PWCS 2017 International Works on Paper

The 2017 International Works on Paper Exhibition will be held at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, PA from September 9, 2017 - October 13, 2017.  A call for entries will be sent out to members and the show will be advertised in various publications. Artists will be able to digitally enter the show from March 1 - May 28, 2017. The juror of selection is Mary Todd Beam and the juror of awards is Andy Evansen.  Andy Evansen will also be offering a three-day watercolor workshop and demonstration with a discounted rate to current PWCS members. The dates for this workshop are 09/07/2017-09/09/2017.  The demonstration will be on September 9th in the evening. As we get closer to this event more information will be available.

Our history

"Keeping Tradition Alive” …  PWCS Brandywine Museum and Conservancy Plein Air Special Event

Philadelphia Watercolor Society and the Brandywine Museum and Conservancy Present “Keeping the Tradition alive…  a weekend of Plein air painting at the Kuerner farm, NC Wyeth studio, Andrew Wyeth Studio and the Brandywine museum. So, in keeping with this 100th anniversary of Andrew Wyeth's birth, we will have a Plein air event on, August 18th - 20th, 2017jointly sponsored by both organizations.  Andrew Wyeth was a member of the PWCS.”

This special event will be open to the first thirty Signature members and board members who sign up when registration goes live. Unfortunately, Associate members are ineligible however there will be other Plein air opportunities made available for these members.  There are many details that are still being worked out about this event but if you are interested mark your calendars now, August 18th - 20th. Artists will need to paint all three days (regardless of the weather) Paintings need to be created exclusively outside.

The Philadelphia Water Color Society was founded in 1900 to offset the then common exhibition prejudice against watercolor. Chartered in 1922 as a corporation, it continued its mission of furthering works on paper (including all water media, pastel, charcoal, pencil, and hand pulled prints) by offering artists the opportunities to exhibit, and to offer the public a chance to learn about these media through professionally juried exhibitions. learn more

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