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:
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.
39th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition
April 1st – April 30th, 2014 Fountain Hills Community Center
Fountain Hills, AZ
Hosted by AWA
Arizona Watercolor Association Cheng-Khee Chee, Juror
The winners are: Honorable Mention: Rebecca Hartvigsen Merchant Award: Kathy Sutherland Waterworks Artist Group: Kristi Grussendorf
Other juried artists: Brienne Brown
CONGRATULATIONS to these very fine artists.!
Iris by Rebecca Hartivigsen, Honorable Mention
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
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
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.