Philadelphia Water Color Society


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.


The Society produces at least two exhibitions each year.

The International Exhibition of Works on Paper, now in its 122nd year, is now accepting entries. This exhibition will be on display from November 1 through 30, 2022. 

This year's Members Show will be presented online from April 29 to July 29, 2022.

2022 Members Show

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painting of a back street in New York City

Walker and Cortland Alley (detail) by Tim Satternow
This work is one of the award winners from the 2022 Members Show

Stephen Quiller presents a slide-show talk on composition

Stephen Quiller presenting his talk about composition and learning to see abstractly at the Community Art Center in April 2022.


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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  • No upcoming events have been finalized, but several are in the planning stage.

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