Art Society profile:
National Watercolor Society 87th Annual Watercolor Exhibition
The Exhibit is open through the end of December 2007
Daniel Smith's new contact for art societies and associations - Connie Cagley, one of the many representatives of art supply companies present at the opening.
Originally named the California Water Color Society, the National Watercolor Society was founded in 1920. The Society was instrumental in the founding and developing of the innovative California Watercolor Style, a style with an emphasis on using the paper white in the composition and relying very little if at all on preliminary pencil sketches. The name of the society has been changed twice first in 1967, to California National Watercolor Society; then in 1975, to the National Watercolor Society.
The first exhibition was held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The first twenty-five annual exhibitions were held there. From 1946 through the early 1960's, they were often in Pasadena, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and the San Francisco. From the late 1960's through the 1970's, Laguna Beach Museum of Art was most often the host gallery, in addition to the Otis Art Institute and the Palm Springs Desert Museum. Throughout the 1980's to the present time, the annual shows have been held at, in alternate years, the Brea Civic Cultural Center and the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton. Regional invitational shows have been held in Colorado and Arizona.
Slides of its annual exhibitions are available through a rental program. Travel shows visit collegiate and public galleries and museums throughout the United States and Canada. Special written material are often prepared for these institutions, lectures and orientation programs are made available to docents of the host museums.
Artists interested in watercolor, or art in general, may become Associates and attend openings, shows, and Society events. They receive all the NWS publications and may submit work for the juried shows for the same fees as Signature Members. This membership provides an opportunity for involved patronage by those who wish to appreciate, encourage, and support the efforts of the society.
Today the NWS has over 8000 members all over the world, making it one of the largest, if not the largest, art organization in the world.
In 1999, the National Watercolor Society found and purchased a building at 915 South Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, California, 90731 - 3201. We hope to make this the Society's center for offices, gallery, workshops, and a place to house our growing permanent collection.
The National Watercolor Society