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Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society is a lively arts community based in and around the Bay Area in California. We offer a variety of art-related activities, including workshops & demos, exhibiting opportunities, plein-air painting, and other special events for members and the general public.


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The Society currently enjoys the participation of over 300 members from the greater Bay Area Region and elsewhere in the United States. Membership has many great benefits.  Read more..

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Monthly Newsletter

The newsletter is published toward the end of each month.                                                                                           

May Newsletter

Member & Paintsites Photo Galleries                                                                                               View

At left: "Buongiorno Firenze!" by Peter Carey- 1st Place - 56th Annual Members Show


SCVWS offers its members the opportunity to paint and/or sketch at outdoor sites in beautiful settings that have been researched for accessibility to encourage participation by all members.  As a group, we visit sites all over the Bay Area and sometimes include a "Hike and Sketch", which is optional.  It's a wonderful way to get out and enjoy nature, meet other members and improve your plein aire painting skills.  Read more about it and check out our current paintsites.

See Current Paintsites

At right: "Pumpkins" by Anne Foster


Students having fun in the Lynn Ferris 2024 Workshop

Workshops & Demonstrations

SCVWS sponsors workshops, demonstrations, educational classes and tutorials throughout the year by world class Instructors. We welcome members and non-members to participate. We offer members a reduced price, so if you are not a member, join now!

See Current Workshops
See Past Demos

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By becoming a member, you will receive a $50 discount on all workshops, just one of many benefits our membership receives.  See the complete list of Membership Benefits


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Upcoming Exhibits:


Entries Closed 
Members June Show

"Small Wonders"
Exhibition Dates: June 1-30, 2024
Reception: June 5th @ 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Show information


Past Exhibits: 

56th Members Annual Show
"The Magic of Watercolor"
See Award Winners & Slideshow
Location: Addison/Penzak JCC
Juror: Jean Warren

View Slideshow


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