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.

Upcoming Events

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

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

This show is open to both Associate and Signature members!

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

Reception: Sunday, August 30, 2015, 2-4p
(Free admission to QW park for reception)

Quiet Waters takes 25% commission.

Label for back of painting:
Artist name, mailing address, email address and telephone number, title of artwork, medium and selling price.

Plein Air Paint Out in Northern Baltimore County with Marshall Kinsley

Baltimore Agricultural Center
September 5, 2015

Register online.

Plein Air Paint Out in Baltimore County with Fritz Briggs

Stevenson Farm, Baltimore County, MD
September 19, 2015

Register is closed.

Indoor Plein Air Workshop with Mark Hiles

Howard County Center for the Arts, Columbia, MD
8510 High Ridge Road Ellicott City, MD 21043
October 10, 2015

Registration is closed.

Fall Signature Artist Jurying

The next jurying for Artist Members will be held October 17, 2015.

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

Registration deadline: Deadline for registration and Receipt of CD is October 15, 2015. Or register online.

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

Laurie Goldstein-Warren Workshop

Hawthorn Center, Columbia, MD
October 19-October 22

Registration is closed.

Slayton House Exhibition

Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House
Columbia, MD
Exhibition: October 29-December 12
Reception: November 1, 3-5pm

Luminous Portraits with Joanna Barnum

Howard County Center for the Arts, Columbia, MD
8510 High Ridge Road Ellicott City, MD 21043
November 14, 2015

Register online.

Michael Holter Portrait Workshop

Hawthorne Center
Columbia, MD
January 19-22, 2016

Registration closed.


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.

Jurying for New Members

The next jurying for Artist Members will be held October 25, 2014.

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

Register by: October 23, 2014 at http://bws.onefireplace.com. Or send the application.
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 September 2015 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

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...

Great Fall Rock Formation

Al Bishop, “Great Fall Rock Formation”

Smoking Barrels, Smoking Sticks

Susan Avis Murphy, “Smoking Barrels, Smoking Sticks”

Cornundrum

Janet Belich, “Cornundrum”

Don't Fade Away

Mick Williams, “Don’t Fade Away”

Raspberry Lime

Sharon Green, “Raspberry Lime”

On a Mission

Julie Smith, “On a Mission”

Twirling Hostas

Linda Sherman, “Twirling Hostas”

Back Creek

William Jaeger, “Back Creek”

Heading Home, Beijing

Susan Murphy, “Heading Home, Beijing”

Morning in NYC

April Rimpo, “Morning in NYC”