Philadelphia Water Color Society

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watercolor painting Brook among Rocks by John Singer Sargent

Brook among Rocks by John Singer Sargent,
one or our first members and a frequent exhibitor

A Long Tradition

Established in 1900, the Philadelphia Water Color Society has been supporting artists working with watercolors and other media on paper ever since.  We do this through exhibitions, workshops, demos, and other means of community support.

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The Society currently enjoys the participation of over 500 members from the greater Philadelphia area, elsewhere in the United States, and from around the world. Membership does have its benefits.

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International Exhibition

The 124th International Exhibition of Works on Paper opens for submissions on May 14, 2024.

Members Show

The 2024 Members Show will be presented online from April 1 through June 30.

2024 Members Show

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still life watercolor painting by Lana Privitera showing a vase full of peonies and two cups of chamomile tea

Peonies and Chamomile (detail) by Lana Privitera, an award winner in the 2024 Members Show


Pell Street Signs, Chinatown (detail) by Tim Saternow. He will present an online demo about his distinctive watercolor techniques on June 22 and run an in-person workshop on October 15 and 16.


We produce events throughout the year, including demos, multi-day workshops, plein air painting, and member meetings. Typically, our events are held in-person but many of these have been moved online during the pandemic.

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