Mailing address: SCVWS, P.O. Box 237, Los Altos, CA 94023

The purpose of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society (SCVWS) is to further the interest and appreciation of the art of watercolors, and other watermedia, in the community. The aims of the society are to

SCVWS membership is open to all members of the public, and all skill levels from beginner to professional. The predecessor organization to SCVWS was established in 1967 as a group of artists who gathered together to paint outdoors. They initiated a short newsletter that showed maps to the painting sites. As interest in the society grew they started to invite well-known watercolorists to give demonstrations and workshops.

arrow Founding of SCVWS

Over the years, our interests and activities have grown, and SCVWS now offers workshops and demonstrations that are open to the public, given by nationally known artists in watermedia, lecture/discussions about art, art exhibits and various social functions. A monthly newletter includes details of the painting sites, announcements of upcoming workshops, notices of events and exhibits of special interest to artists in watermedia. A brief article in 1996 describes the purpose and history of the group at that time.  The SCVWS website was established as a communication between the organization, its members, and the general public. SCVWS rents panels to members to display their art at their personal shows. The Society has donated art videos to local public libraries and has made in-kind donations to non-profit groups.  SCVWS also offers an annual art scholarship - See Passing the Torch on our Outreach page.

Newspaper article about SCVWS
Our plein aire artists participated in a project to depict historical sites in Santa Clara.  Read about the project, and more about SCVWS in the "Paint the Town" article from the Santa Clara Weekly.  Learn more about our plein aire (outdoor painting) activities on the paintsites pages.

SCVWS Shows:
The SCVWS Annual Show has over 100 artists participating. Smaller shows are organized during the year at a variety of local venues, such as cafes, libraries and art centers. Members can enter their artwork in our shows, which are open to the public to view. For more information about membership, visit our membership page.

SCVWS Volunteer Opportunities:
We are a volunteer organization, and we encourage our members to get involved in running the various activities that we do. There are usually opportunities to get involved at board or committee level, or you can sign up to volunteer occasionally (a few hours) to help with last-minute needs. Please contact our leader, or any of the committee heads. In most areas, previous experience is not necessary -- bring your enthusiasm and be willing to learn!

arrow Board and Commitee Members
>> Job Descriptions for board and committee chairs

You need not be a watercolorist to join SCVWS, but only watermedia paintings may be entered in our exhibits. There are many avenues to bring us together to share the form of art we love.

SCVWS Activities Details
The SCVWS board meets monthly. Members are welcome to attend! You may download minutes and committee reports to see what the board does.

arrow 2020 Annual Report (PDF)

Previous years' Annual Reports

SCVWS Policies
The board has implemented certain policies on membership fees, workshop fees and privacy for the roster. To review the policies, download the document.

arrow SCVWS Policies (PDF)

Non-Profit Status:
Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit organization on April 16th, 2010. Your donations help to support the promotion of watermedia art and are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501 c(3), and the exemption ruling letter issued by the IRS are available for public inspection upon application to the Treasurer: finance email .

You can download the form 990 tax return document for tax-exempt organizations for SCVWS tax year 2018:
arrow Form 990ez 2019

arrow 501 (c) (3) status letter