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The Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, founded in 1945 to develop, encourage and maintain interest in watercolor painting is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2020!

The original membership of 20 was one of the first groups to be affiliated with the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. The membership of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society has grown to over 250 artists who enjoy this opportunity to explore and share their broad range of styles and techniques.

As we begin this 75th anniversary year, we invite you to join us for any or all of the amazing exhibits and events that we will be presenting. A current list of exhibits, new member screenings, classes and other events can be seen on our Calendar by clicking here.

The Pittsburgh Watercolor Society presents two major exhibits per year, and others as opportunities become available. Waterworks is a members-only show with awards selected by a regional juror. Members choose their best piece to exhibit.

Aqueous Open is an international juried exhibition with entries open to artists from around the world. The show is selected by a nationally, and in some cases, internationally, known juror. The selected juror may also travel to Pittsburgh to teach a workshop. In some cases, the exhibit may have two jurors, such as a Juror of Selection and a Juror of Awards.

In addition to the Juror's workshop, PWS presents several one-day workshops and other member-related events throughout the year. General meetings are held twice a year to update members on group exhibits, workshops, activities and more.

Membership in the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society is a privilege, and an exciting way to meet artists who share a common interest in watermedia. New members are juried in twice a year, spring and fall, by a panel of Board members. Members have many opportunities to volunteer some time or talent to the group. It is a great way to get involved, meet other members and is always appreciated, big or small. For more information, see the Join Us page.

Upcoming events

We are honored to have three of our members featured in this exhibition. Bob Bowden, Sue Pollins, and recently deceased, Ruth Richardson all have been selected as Master Visual Artists and have works featured in this wonderful exhibit. Please take the time to support our fellow members and go see this exhibit!

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View our members' artwork below or by clicking on Gallery!
Nadine Scandinaro (Jeff)
Red Bromeliad, lisa rasmussen
Bromeliad II, lisa rasmussen
Pitcher Plants, lisa rasmussen
Evening Approaches, lisa rasmussen
Yelena Lamm Autumn Lake
Yelena Lamm Red Leaves, Deep Creel Lake
Yelena Lamm Fallingwater
Yelena Lamm Masha
Yelena Lamm Victoria's Breakfast
Dix Barn
William Koch Along with traditional works of art I like contemporary art as well. This is a tribute to my father who worked the steel at Pittsburg Wheeling. It was hard, hot, and a dirty job.
William Koch A full sheet watercolor on my trip to the Southwest I visited the Grand Mesa and captured this scene.
William Koch Dolly Sods WV. In the high country in West Virginia is a must see for artist in the fall. The color can be outstanding and it makes for a great week trip.
Walter by Pamela Price
At the Louvre by Pamela Price
Two Peas in a Pod by Pamela Price
Dear Bella by Pamela Price
Aurora Motel #2 2015 (21x28in) Michael R. Jacques awkwardpenguin.com
Anne's Jacket 2015 (30x20in) Michael R. Jacques awkwardpenguin.com
Gliding Past the Wreckage #1 2018 (24x18in) Michael R. Jacques awkwardpenguin.com
Indiana, Nadine Scandinaro
Jeff, climbing bars, Nadine Scandinaro
Lannie, Nadine Scandinaro
Suzie Sparks - Naked Dutch Painter #4 Part of my newest series of still-life paintings using strong light, reflection, and shadow.
Suzie Sparks - Naked Dutch Painter #3 Part of my newest series of still-life paintings using strong light, reflection, and shadow.
Suzie Sparks - Naked Dutch Painter #2 Part of my newest series of still-life paintings using strong light, reflection, and shadow.
There goes the neighborhood
Three Houses
Keil_‘Tango-The Dip” Renee Keil
Keil_Les Filles du Carnavale Renee Keil
Keil_Bent Not Broken#Me Too” Renee Keil
Keil_‘The End of the Day” Renee Keil
Wild and Free Melissa Tai
Keen Milo Melissa Tai
Gina Judy, MA "Father-Daughter Dance" 2018 WEBSTER ARTS Int'l Open, St. Louis, MO; 10% of entries accepted; Steub. Art Assn. Spring Show; Cranberry Artist's Network &North Hills Art Center Member Show
Gina T.Judy, MA "Tree In The Garden" Mixed-media on aquaboard; 23rd Int'l ARTS IN HARMONY, Hopkins, MN, 2018. Fall 2017 Butler, PA Nature & Wildlife Show.
Gina Judy, MA "Life Cycle" Rice-paper and Watermedia collage; 2018 North Hills Art Center Winter Hues Show, Watercolor 1st Place; Bethany College Fall Annual Show 2017
Gina Judy, MA "Structures in the Concrete Jungle" Watermedia with printed relief. Zanesville Museum of Art 2018 Ohio Annual Show; 15% of entries accepted.
Gina Judy, MA; "Sunny San Antonio Riverwalk" Watercolor on Aquaboard; 2018 International WEBSTER ARTS Open St. Louis,MO; 10% of entries accepted;'18Cranberry Artist's League Show & Pittsburgh Aqueou
Gina Judy, MA "Laughter-Banquet" Watermedia on Board; North Hills Art Center Exhibit; 2018 Spokane Watercolor Society Exhibit
Gina Judy, MA "Cadillac Mountain-Pass, Maine" Watermedia and Rice-paper collage; Merit Awards in Steubenville Art Association & Bethany Fall Annual; Best in Category, MAL Spring Show; 2nd Pl Butler
Summer's Paintbrush
Bridge to Terabithia
First Snow
Poppies Melissa Tai
Lily through the Willow Melissa Tai
Phiria Kathryn Sickels, "Kiss the Lake"
Black Orchid - Phiris Kathryn Sickels
Check It - Phiris Kathryn Sickels
Abandoned Greenhouse - Phiris Kathryn Sickels
Arbor Awakenings Susan S. Johnston
Arbor Rhythms SusanS.Johnston
Susan(Suzie)Sparks- Fractured Iris - Transparent Watercolor
Susan(Suzie)Sparks- Succotash - Transparent Watercolor
Susan(Suzie)Sparks -"Ciotola de Funghi" - Transparent watercolor
Susan(Suzie)Sparks "Undici Carote in Ciotola" - Transparent Watercolor
Susan(Suzie)Sparks "Mandorel en Ciotola" - Transparent Watercolor
Susan(Suzie)Sparks "Naked Dutch Painter #001" - Watercolor
Manhattan Studio, 10" x 8.5"
Girl In White Hat, 14.5" x 11" Included in Splash 19: The Illusion of Light, North Light Books, available July 2018.
Sweet Dreams, 9.5" x 9.5" Included in Splash 19: The Illusion of Light, North Light Books, available July 2018.
Tina Lake, MFA Homage to Chagall Watercolor Private Collection Baltimore
Tina Lake, MFA Businessman and Toys, #2 Watercolor
Tina Lake, MFA Businessman and Toys, #1 Watercolor Collection of Hendrix College
Tina Lake, MFA Evolution Watercolor Cover for book of poetry, Walking Backward by Paul Lake Story Line Press ISBN: 1-885266-72-3
Tina Lake, MFA In the Beginning Watercolor
Tina Lake, MFA Still-life with American Flag Watercolor Collection of Henderson State University
Tina Lake, MFA Stilllife with Figurine Watercolor Collection of Central Library, Little Rock
Tina Lake, MFA Stilllife with Melon Watercolor Private Collection Baltimore
Tina Lake, MFA Stilllife with Gloxinia Watercolor
Tina Lake, MFA Homage to Wallace Stevens Watercolor Private Collection
Tina Lake, MFA Reflection in Silver Watercolor Private Collection Boston
Tina Lake, MFA Clytie's Fate Watercolor Private Collection Sacramento, California
Gina Judy,MA "Lacing Interlacement" 30" x 22" ---2017 Aqueous Open
Gina Judy, MA "Sunlit Exposure From The "Sure" Line" 30" x 22" 2017 Members Show; 2017 National West Virginia Aqueous Wheeling "ARTWORKS AROUND TOWN" Mar. 2018 Ind. Artists Group Show
Gina Judy, MA "The 'Sitter" '16 PWS at Three-Rivers Anniversary Show 2016 Best of Show, SE Ohio Watermedia Society, Zanesville Museum of Art;KWS National '17 2017 22nd Annual Int'l ARTS IN HARMONY,
Jan Pini "Crossroads"
Jan Pini "Steel Stacks Illuminated"
Jan Pini "Building Something Together"
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