Community Outreach

Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society (SCVWS) brings painting and the art of watermedia to the local community. Our aim is to help those with less resources to enjoy the benefits of creating art, and to extend the knowledge and appreciation of watermedia painting to everyone.

Workshops & Free Art Demonstrations

SCVWS brings the rock stars of the art world to teach workshops at Hoover Historic Theater. Thousands have thrilled to demonstrations by John Salmanin, Frank Francesi, Ted Nuttal, Mike Bailey, Mark Mehaffey, Myrna Wacknov and many others. These are open to both members and the general public. In addition, we also arrange a free afternoon demonstration by most of our workshop instructors, which is open to the general public. This allows any interested person to experience an introduction to the techniques and style of individual instructors without committing to a complete workshop.

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Art Exhibits

One of the most exciting ways we artists enhance the community is showing our art in SCVWS exhibits. Venues have included formal galleries, offices, cafes, and libraries. Our SCVWS Annual Show features over 100 participating artists. Smaller shows are organized during the year at a variety of local venues, such as cafes, libraries and art centers. Thousands of area residents visit these shows and attend receptions to appreciate fine art.

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Passing the Art Torch

University art students receive encouragement and support.  Since 2009 the Society has given an annual scholarship to a student enrolled in the Art and Design Program at San Jose State University in memory of long-time member Wayne Champion. Wayne taught in the Industrial Arts Department of SJSU for over 30 years. The student also receives a complimentary membership in the Society.  The artist can work in any medium.

The scholarship winner for 2019 is Alexander Werdmuller Von Elgg.

artiist portraitHe says "My art practice has existed as long as I can remember and has evolved through formal training which began at Cabrillo College in 2006 where I studied drawing. In 2009, I went to the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan for illustration/animation and continued in 2012 at California College of Arts. Currently, I live in Scotts Valley and go to San Jose State University for my undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Pictorial focus. The artworks I am currently developing include digital black and white photography and pencil, charcoal and ink on paper. In my artwork, I like to focus on rhythm, depth, and eye movement. I aim to be a college level art teacher because I have benefited considerably from my teachers; teaching art would be my best service to society and the most fulfilling life.



Terminal B, Watercolor 15x23 inches


Lazuli, White chalk on black paper

8x10 inches

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Elementary and High School Education

Each year SCVWS holds a raffle to raise money for art education in the Santa Clara Unified school district. Prizes include paintings donated by well-known artists, art DVD's and free Workshops. The money we raise supports The Village, a non-profit group within the school district that assists Emotionally Disturbed students with special needs which can range from depression and anxiety to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and other neurological impairments. The money helps offset some of the cost of basic supplies and art materials for the students.

Art Videos and DVDs in local libraries

Using funds provided by a generous donor and the Society, SCVWS  gave a selection of watermedia DVDs to the Santa Clara County Library and San Jose library systems. Members of the library systems have access to instruction without charge throughout the year. 

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Charitable Donations

SCVWS makes in-kind donations to non-profit groups. We recently purchased new chairs for Hoover Theater in San Jose, which are used for the people attending watercolor demonstrations and workshops throughout the year.

December 2017- March 2018 the SCVWS donated  tract lighting and new hanging rods and hooks for the hanging system at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center-of Silicon Valley on Oka Road in Los Gatos, where art exhibitions are held.  SCVWS hired the contractor and paid for the lights, labor to install them, and new metal hanging rods and hooks.