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About CWS

The Colorado Watercolor Society (CWS), based in Denver, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) fine arts organization. Our mission is to uphold the highest standards and principles of art and to promote, encourage, educate and foster an interest in fine art in all media, especially watercolor.

The CWS was first established as an art group in 1954, led by Walt and Olivia Green, and held its first public exhibition at the Mile High Center of Denver in 1957. In 1997, the CWS became a member of the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFWS). 

The CWS has grown over the decades and now counts over three hundred members. Our membership represents a wide range of experience levels, from beginners to experts, from amateurs and hobbyists to seasoned professionals, including nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Painting styles, subject matter and media are equally varied, encompassing traditional, representational transparent watercolor, more contemporary, experimental and abstract watercolor, as well as collage, mixed media, ink-resist, acrylics, casein and other media. Diverse in their approaches and cohesive in their love of art, CWS members make this a welcoming, vibrant and inspiring organization!

Benefits to Members and the Community

In the foothills and front-range communities, the CWS donates to Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado, to educational and scholastic programs, and to other worthy art-oriented projects in the State.

The CWS organizes workshops with nationally renowned artists. Get inspired with free artist demonstrations and presentations at our monthly meetings.

The CWS offers various opportunities to exhibit and sell artwork and compete for awards throughout the year, including the Members Show, the Explorations Exhibition, the State Watercolor Exhibition and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition.

Get informed: Read the quarterly newsletter, with articles and member news, make friends and network, socialize at our monthly meetings and events. There are also many volunteer opportunities, both large and small, to be an active part of CWS.

Please join us!

CWS President

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