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President's Message

Who is this Che Lopez guy? Well I am a Chicano artist and teacher in the great Pacific Northwest. Some of you might have talked to me when entering the shows for the last few years. I was the Image Curator, a fancy title for making sure your images were ok for the shows. I got involved with NWWS in 2013 after I received my Signature Membership. I just wanted to hang a show, but ended up becoming a Co-Chair for 74th Open International in 2013 and then Waterworks in 2014. Let’s just say I learned a lot about all the hard work all of our volunteers put in. We have some of the best volunteers and I’m proud to call them my friends. PLEASE think about joining our team as a volunteer and get on board for the big win! 

We had a great 2016-2017 year of shows and some really exciting presenters for our monthly meetings. The 2017-2018 slate of presenters are all set and our juror like Iain Stewart for Waterworks and our 78th Annual Open Exhibition Juror Mark Mehaffey are both excited to get started. It’s going to be a great year of meetings. What an awesome job Theresa Goesling has done as our President this year. I have some big shoes to fill. I would also like to give a “tip of the hat” to our hard working Board and volunteers. 

And don’t forget membership dues are now due and our Members Only exhibition “Waterworks 2017” is now open for entries. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for your work to be shown at the fabulous Tsuga Gallery in Bothell, Washington and juried by Iain Stewart. Followed by our Signature Members Show in November at the Shack Art Center in Everett, Washington. 

Summer is just around the corner and the weather is warming up. Time to get out and paint and enjoy the beauty of the world around us. I for one am excited to get my students outdoors and paint around the beautiful northwest. Some of us have never stepped out of the studio, now is your chance to expand and grow as an artist. If you use Instagram #northwestwatercolorsociety to share your work.

I hope you’re all excited as much as I am for the upcoming year. Let’s not forget we can’t do it without you so please ask how you can help out this great organization. 


Che Lopez, President
Northwest Watercolor Society