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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.                                                                                           

April Newsletter

Member & Paintsites Photo Galleries                                                                                               View

At left: "From the Market" by Sarah Beekley - 1st Place Award - 55th 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.

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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!

Upcoming Demo at the Hoover Theatre
Artist: Nancy Grigsby

April 21st @ 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.  (Free & open to the public)

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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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Current Exhibits: 

56th Members Annual Show
"The Magic of Watercolor"
Exhibition Dates: April 1-30, 2024
Location: Addison/Penzak JCC
Juror: Jean Warren

Exhibits - home page




Upcoming Exhibits:


Call for Entries: 

Members June Show
"Small Wonders"
Exhibition Dates: June 1-30, 2024
First 25 paintings will be accepted - see size limitations in prospectus.

Exhibits - home page

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