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The Northwest Watercolor Society

was founded 1939 in Seattle, Washington when a group of eight artists came together to form an organization dedicated to the celebration of watercolor. With a goal to inspire both a lasting interest in the art of watercolor painting and an appreciation for watercolor as an artful, imaginative medium, the history of NWWS began.



Daniel Smith Artists Materials

“Art is a gift,” says John Cogley, owner of DANIEL SMITH Artists’ Materials and Manufacturing. Even though his mother and sister are artists in the traditional sense, John’s art is manufacturing and the production of artists’ materials.

Six months out of the year John is traveling the world telling the story of how paint is made. In his demonstrations to artists, they get to actually hold the minerals in their hands, the minerals that become the pigments squeezed from tubes onto a palette and brushed onto paper where artists create their own story.

The story begins by sourcing for material. Pigment comes from two sources: minerals from all over the world and the laboratory – which would be synthetics like the Quinacridones. Minerals are found in nature. Paints created in the lab are high performance pigments designed and used in the automobile and other industries.

Recently John was in Tasmania to pick up serpentine, a beautiful luminous green color. The town of the serpentine mine had a population of 2,000 until it was shut down and now there are five people. “It’s almost like being in Oz when walking down the road because of the veins of serpentine. ”Mike, the miner, one of the five remaining people, sells serpentine to sculptors, who turn out to be another source for minerals.

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In 1976 Daniel Smith began manufacturing inks to meet artist’s needs. Today, Daniel Smith Artists' Materials is a leading designer and manufacturer of thousands of art products, substrates and unique items found nowhere else. Please visit Daniel Smith Artists' Materials.

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"NWWS Members" Call for Entries for Waterworks 2017 - The NWWS Annual Members Exhibition - Entry is now open to NWWS members for Waterworks 2017. The exhibition will be held at Tsuga Fine Art & Framing at 10101 Main Street, Bothell, WA 98011 from October 24 through November 22, 2017.
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FALL PAINT OUT: The next Samish Island Paint out is September 20-24, 2017.  Click here for details.

NWWS MEMBERS ONLY: The next NWWS Overlake Hospital Display is Sunday, July 30, 2017. Entry deadline is JULY 16, 2017Click here for details.

GENERAL MEETING: The next general meeting is Tuesday, September 26, 2017. General meetings are not held in June, July, August, or December.  
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NWWS Artist Websites  Click here to see some great artwork by NWWS artists

NWWS Gold Medal Fellowship: Click here to learn more about this new signature membership status.

ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES: Click here to view Artist Opportunities. New postings added as received.

Now Available to Everyone! NWWS announces our retrospective book, "A Fluid Tradition: Northwest Watercolor Society… The First 75 Years". This book is an important chronicle of water media painting in the Northwest, and particularly the founding of NWWS 75 years ago. Log in to the NWWS website and select the "Products" link from the menu above to purchase your copy. 



Our newest Gold Medal Fellowship members:
 Laurie Goldstein-Warren  June 2016
 Bev Jozwiak  June 2017
 Carla O'Connor  February 2017

Our newest Signature members:
 Jessica Bryant
 Sandy Kay
 Tia Kratter
 Ze Ze Lai
 Mark McDermott
 Mary Schumaker
 Amanda Schuster
 Renee St. Peter
 June 2017
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Congratulations on your outstanding achievement!

Click here to see a list of all our Signature members.