I have recently become a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society. This is one of the most prestigious watercolor societies in the country. Once a year they have an international show. They receive entries from all over the world. Luckily, this year I was juried into the show.
Associate membership is available to anyone and signature membership requires a jurying in process. Excellent watercolor painting workshops are also held at the National Watercolor Society gallery in San Pedro, California.
It is so important remember the incredible sacrifices our veterans made for us. Last memorial day, I painted a portrait of a soldier who lost his life in Afghanistan. I did this for a project created by Sherry Moore called "Portraits of the Fallen Memorial." Basically, each of the artists was given a portrait to paint of a soldier who had lost his life serving in Afghanistan or Iraq. Remembering our soldiers is an extremely worthy cause and I am proud to be a part of it.
VWS is a delightful group of watercolor painters who meet once a month in Encino. They have a watercolor show once a year at VIVA gallery. They also have highly skilled watercolorists demonstrating their painting techniques at the monthly meeting. Wonderful painting workshops are available to members of VWS.
Watercolor West is a wonderful organization and has an international exhibit once a year. Artists painting in transparent watercolors may enter the show. I am the seminar coordinator this year. Please check out the Watercolor West website for information about the seminars. Anyone may attend and the fee is only 25$ per seminar. They will be held in Brea, California in the fall along with the Watercolor West International Exhibit. If you wish to enter this year's international show, the deadline is June 30.