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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.                                                                                                                     

December Newsletter

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



Our Annual Members Potluck Luncheon
Location: Prince of Peace Church

The "Yard Bugs" ukelele band will dazzle us.
Slideshow, card painting exchange & plein aire exhibit.
January 13, 2024 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Note: Members need to login first to register to attend. 

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Students in the Carrie Waller 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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Members Fall Show - 
"California Color"
Location: Saratoga Library

September 1 - October 31, 2023 

See Slideshow of Exhibit at right

Members June Show - 
"Watermedia Unbound" - See the paintings!

Show was held for the month of June 2023 at the Los Altos Public Library.  Our members were asked to get very creative and use as much collage as they wished in their paintings.  See the award winners.

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"California Color" Fall 2023 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


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