Established in 1885, our mission is to encourage, educate, and promote professional excellence in the creation and development of original works of art, executed in aqueous media. We offer our members many opportunities to exhibit their work and develop professionally.

The Baltimore Watercolor Society was established in 1885 and is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to encourage, educate, and promote professional excellence in the creation and development of original works of art, executed in aqueous media. We offer our members many opportunities to exhibit their work and develop professionally.

Upcoming Events

See a list of upcoming BWS events with links to entry forms for each event.

Spring Signature Artist Jurying

The next jurying for Artist Members will be held March 12, 2016.

When: March 12, 2016, 12:30pm—3:30pm

Location: Howard County Center for the Arts
8510 High Ridge Road
Ellicott City, Maryland

Pick-up time: No earlier than 3:00 PM but no later than 3:30 PM

To join, go to http://bws.onefireplace.com. To see details and apply for signature membership in the next jurying event, click on “Public Events” and register for the March 12, 2016 jury event. Or use this link to go directly to the registration page.

Click here to download a pdf containing information about the jurying, plus the forms you will need.

Delaplaine Visual Arts Center Exhibit

Kline and F&M Galleries
40 South Carroll St.
Frederick MD, 21701

August 6—28, 2016

Reception: August 6

Registration closed.

“The Value of Three” Exhibit

Howard County Arts Center
8510 High Ridge Rd.
Ellicott City, MD 21043

September 2—October 14, 2016

Entry deadline, August 15, 2016
(Or until limited number is reached.)

Register here.

Negative Flower Painting

One Day Workshop with Stacy Lund Levy

Howard County Arts Center
8510 High Ridge Rd.
Ellicott City, MD 21043

September 24, 2016

10AM - 4PM

Register here.

Jurying for New Members

The next jurying for Artist Members will be held October 1, 2016.

Drop-off time: Between 12:30 and 1:00 PM
Location: Howard County Center for the Arts
8510 High Ridge Road
Ellicott City, Maryland

To join, go to http://bws.onefireplace.com. To see details and apply for signature membership in the next jurying event, click on “Public Events” and register for the October 1st, 2016 jury event. Or use this link to go directly to the registration page.

Pick-up time: No earlier than 3:00 PM but no later than 3:30 PM

Click here to download a pdf containing information about the jurying, plus the forms you will need.

Iain Stewart 4-Day Urban & Rural Landscape Workshop

4-Day Workshop—Sketchbook to Studio: Interpreting the Urban and Rural Landscapes

The Hawthorne Center
Columbia, MD
October 25—28, 2016

Event information.

Registration full.


Other Art Organization’s Call for Entries

We also keep a list of other upcoming events offered by other orgainizations. You can see them here.

Next Jurying for New Artist Members

The next jurying for Artist Members will be held in March 8, 2014.

Drop-off time: Between 12:30 and 1:00 PM
Location: Howard County Center for the Art
8510 High Ridge Road
Ellicott City, Maryland
Pick-up time: No earlier than 3:00 PM but no later than 3:30 PM

Click here to download a pdf containing information about the jurying, plus the forms you will need.

Current Newsletter

Download a pdf of the Summer 2016 BWS newsletter.
(Note, if the email pdf looks odd while viewing it in Firefox, download the file to your computer and open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

BWS on TV: Maryland Public Television helps promote us!

In these two short promotional “spots,” Rhea Feikin of Maryland Public Television interviews BWS member Susan Murphy about the society. These were shown last fall between regular programming as part of MPT’s community outreach program.

Thanks to member George Wills, our Publicity Co-chair and a good friend of MPT, for arranging this! Some excellent photos of BWS members in workshops are included—see if you can recognize anyone! The two clips look very similar, but contain different photos.

See them here.


Past shows

2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition

Juror of Selection and Awards: Joyce Hicks, AWS

BlackRock Center for the Arts
Germantown, MD

June 9—July 16, 2016

Download the show catalog. The catalog includes pictures of the entries as well as a list of the award winners.

Hoffberger Gallery Exhibition

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Baltimore, Maryland

Exhibition: March 3—April 25, 2016

See some of the award-winners...

Glenview Mansion Exhibition

603 Edmonston Dr, Rockville, MD 20851
Exhibition: January 10—29, 2016

See some of the award-winners...

Slayton House Exhibition

Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House
Columbia, MD
Exhibition: October 29—December 12

See some of the award-winners...

2015 “Hot Summer, Cool Watercolors” at The Galleries at Quiet Waters

600 Quiet Waters Park Road
Annapolis MD 21403
August 26—October 11, 2015

See some of the award-winners...

2015 Mid-Atlantic Exhibition

BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD 20874

June 3—July 1, 2015

Download the show catalog. The catalog includes pictures of the entries as well as a list of the award winners.

Brookside Gardens Exhibition

Wheaton, MD
August 9—September 21, 2014

See some of the award-winners...

2014 Mid-Atlantic Exhibition

The Arts Program Gallery at the University of Maryland University College
Adelphi, MD
June 15—August 24, 2014

To view a list of the artists whose paintings have been selected, click here.

Download the show catalog. The catalog includes pictures of the entries as well as a list of the award winners.

Ocean City Art League

April 28—June 1, 2014

See some of the award-winners...

The Gallery at Liriodendron

April 27—May 19, 2014

See some of the award-winners...

Towson Arts Collective Exhibition

September 22—October 31 2013

See some of the award-winners...

2013 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition

Here is a list of the artists and the paintings that were selected.

Download the show catalog. The catalog includes pictures of the entries as well as a list of the award winners. Note: for best viewing, download the pdf file to your computer. The built-in pdf viewer in the Firefox browser does not work correctly.

Click here to download the prospectus.

Frequently asked questions and instructions for submitting digital images on a CD.

You can enter the show here.

2012 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition

August 29—October 4, 2012

One hundred fantastic watercolor paintings selected by esteemed juror, Frank Webb.

To see a list of the artists whose paintings were selected, click here.

Download the show catalog. The catalog includes pictures of the entries as well as a list of the award winners.

Delaplaine Art Center Show

See some of the award-winners...

Baltimore Watercolor Society’s 2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition

April 9—May 21, 2011

The 2011 show is now over, but you can still download a copy of the show catalog here. In it you will find the names and images of the exihibitors.

WSSC Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

See some of the award-winners...

Assateague Channel

Bonita Glaser—“Assateague Channel”

Building the Basement

Susan Murphy—“Building the Basement”

Romanesque Road

Sabine Yeager—“Romanesque Road”

Girl in Yellow Coat

Lois Wolford—“Girl in Yellow Coat”

Stargazing

Joanna Barnum—“Stargazing”

Moonbeams Spill Into the Valley

Kathy Daywalt—“Moonbeams Spill Into the Valley”

I've Got the Blues

Jackie Dinora—“I’ve Got the Blues”

Anchor Chain

Marietta Schreiber—“Anchor Chain”

Enlightenment

Ardythe Jolliff—“Enlightenment”

Cypress Trees at Trap Pond

Nancy Mysak—“Cypress Trees at Trap Pond”

Join the Crowd

April Rimpo—“Join the Crowd”

Uplifted

Kathy Daywalt—“Uplifted”