Western Federation
of Watercolor Societies (WFWS)   

WFWS Signature Status is obtained by participating in 4 WFWS exhibitions.  Being accepted in WFWS also counts toward the UWS signature status requirement of being in eight Annual UWS Open exhibits.

Five Utah artists have achieved  WFWS Signature Members: Laurel Hart, Jossy Lownes, Nancy Maxfield Lund, Dottie Miles, Spike Ress and Steve Sheffield.

The New Mexico Watercolor Society formed the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFWS) some 30 years ago, through the forsight and work of Dr. David Gale (1915-1980).  Today, the Federation includes over 4,500 artists in ten regional societies:

Arizona Watercolor Association

Colorado Watercolor Society

Idaho Watercolor Society

Nevada Watercolor Society

New Mexico Watercolor Society

San Diego Watercolor Society

Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild

Southwestern Watercolor Society

Utah Watercolor Society

Watercolor Society of Oregon

West Texas Watercolor Society

The Federation encourages and recognizes artistic excellence through annual exhibitions.  The yearly exhibition and delegates meeting is hosted by a regional member society on a rotating basis.  Each society pays annual dues of $200 to the hosting society to help defray expenses of the show.  Societies also use entr fees, fund raisers, solicitation of donations, grants, or a portion of their club monies to cover costs.  The expenses for these exhibits include such items as fees for a nationally recognized artist to jury the show, awards for winners, publication of a catalog of accepted paintings, publicity, refreshments for the reception, etc.


Coming Soon!
39th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition


IMPORTANT: Mat Clarification
Minimum mat width: 3 ½ " each side.
The outside mat measurement MUST be in whole inches with NO fractions (easier to frame works consistently).
Maximum Outside mat size: 32" x 40"
Minimum image size 140 square inches
Accepted works must be matted with a single white or off-white mat...

April 1st – April 30th, 2014
Fountain Hills Community Center
Fountain Hills, AZ
Hosted by AWA
Arizona Watercolor Association
Cheng-Khee Chee, Juror

More Details www.wfws.org

     Everyone is invited to join us in Scottsdale Arizona for the WFWS exhibition!
The dates of the event are Thursday, April 24th through Sunday morning April 27th.
     Thursday afternoon we register, enjoy appetizers and refreshments, and participate in an Art Walk in Old Town Scottsdale.
     Friday you are free to enjoy Scottsdale until 5:30 pm  when we will meet at an awards banquet and view the WFWS exhibit.
     Saturday we can either participate in a sketching and painting event or we can travel together with other UWS members and Drive to  Sedona to see the many galleries there. Saturday evening we will meet back for a cocktail party at a penthouse.
     The costs include a $50 charge for Scottsdale transportation and $140 food package plus an additional charge for those who want to go to Sedona. We have a special rate of $129 per night at the hotel.  The hotel will pick up and deliver us to the airport.  The flight will be arranged on your own.
     If you are interested in joining us, please e-mail Joyce Baron at baronsbest@comcast.net  for more information. The deadline for reservation and money is February 12th.

WFWS 38th Annual Exhibition

June 1 - July 9, 2013
Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd Irving, TX 75062
Hosted by the Southwestern Watercolor Society
Juror: Mark Mehaffey

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     Congratulations to the ten UWS members whose paintings were selected by Juror Mark Mehaffey to appear in the 38th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition at the Irving Art Center in Irving, Texas, June 1 – July 7, 2013.
      The UWS artists whose paintings were selected for WFWF38 are: Joyce Baron, Terrece Beesley, Lynda Burruss, Kristi Grussendorf, Kazuko Hill, Sue Martin, Carl Purcell, Irene Rampton, Spike Ress,and Kathy Sutherland.
     Congratulations to our UWS artists for their WFWS cash and merchandise awards!
          Kathy Sutherland Crow
          Kazuko S. Hill Waka
          Irene Rampton Feline Fantasy
          Spike Ress Desert Corral 
          Linda Burruss Birds on a Wire
      An additional congratulations will go to three UWS artists who will also achieve WFWS Signature Member status this year.  With their acceptances in this current exhibit, as well as three  other WFWS exhibits in the past, they are:  Terrece Beesley, Kristi Grusendorf and Irene Rampton. 
     Plan a trip to Dallas, join in the Awards Opening Reception on Saturday, June 1, in Irving Texas, and see some of the most beautiful water based artwork in the West.  Our hosts this year are the members of the Southwestern Watercolor Society (SWS) of Dallas/Fort Worth. Congratulations to our UWS artists, and to all of the WFWS38 Accepted Artists.

2012 WFWS Show:                                    

April 13 - May 19, 2012
Marjorie Barrack Museum on the UNLV Campus, Las Vegas, NV
Hosted by the Nevada Watercolor Society


2011 WFWS Show:    

Hosted by the New Mexico Watercolor Society - Held in Albequerque, NM


2010 WFWS Show:                                     

Hosted by the Utah Watercolor Society - Held in Salt Lake City, UT

2009 WFWS Show:                                     

Hosted by the San Diego Watercolor Society - Held in San Diego, CA

The Utah Watercolor Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of art, especially water media, by holding monthly educational meetings, providing workshop opportunities from excellent artists, and by holding annual exhibitions of watercolor.
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