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.

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International Exhibition

The International Exhibition of Works on Paper, now in its 122nd year, was on display in West Chester PA during November 2022.

122nd International Exhibition

Members Show

The 2023 Members Show will be on display online starting March 31, 2023. Submissions are now open.

2023 Members Show

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watercolor painting by Yvonne Mucci of a sailboat hauled onto land for the winter

Winter Respite by Yvonne Mucci, one of the award winners from the 2022 Members Show

watercolor paintingof a blues guitarist by Laurie Goldstein-Warren

Blues Guitarist (detail) by Laurie Goldstein-Warren. She demonstrated her techniques for paint pouring on November 2, 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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Upcoming Events

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

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