Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society is a lively arts community based in and around the Bay Area. 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.

Thank you to all the members who submitted entries for 53rd Annual Show.  View the award-winning paintings.

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Next board meeting: May 10, 2021, 10 am, via ZOOM.  Members are welcome to attend.  Contact for an invite.

NEW Free items: picture frame materials, artists paper: see Classifieds - See June 19th SCVWS Donation Sale List

SCVWS Member Only Events


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** REGISTER For "A Fresh Set of Eyes" a Member's Only opportunity to receive a critique of your painting by Artist, Julie Gilbert Pollard.  10 members accepted each session.


No registration to watch the critique - Open to All to attend

Next Session: August 2, 2021 - 11:00 a.m

View past critique sessions. VIEW


Missed a past "Members Only" Zoom Session?  VIEW


Upcoming SCVWS Workshops and Demo

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 Image:"The Survivalist" by Carl Purcell

  Artist: Carl Purcell "Paint Patterns for Stronger Paintings"

  DATE CHANGE: Online Demo Date: June 27, @ 1:30 p.m.  JOIN

  Online Workshop Dates: June 28-30, 2021 Enroll

Learn how to extract the most important design features from your photos through patterns and other dominant elements to build a strong painting.

Missed a past demo?  Click here to view past Artist demo's on our Youtube Channel - View

Need help? Email: We'll have our tech squad help you. 

Note:  Please check for last-minute changes to workshop and demo schedules before you attend.

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Upcoming SCVWS Paintsites

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Paintsites 2021 Schedule:

Thursday, June 3 - Rengstorff House, Shoreline Park, MV

Thursday, June 17 - Frederick's Lavender Field, Almaden Valley

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Paintsites Blog You can view recent paintings on our blog. Members can post their painting to the blog as well, by following  the instructions on the members only page.
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SCVWS Exhibits

Summer Online Art Show: "Juxtaposition"

Simply stated, juxtaposition means placing two or more things side-by-side, often with the intention of comparing or contrasting the elements. It is commonly used in the visual arts to emphasize a concept, form unique compositions, and add intrigue to paintings, drawings, sculptures, or any other type of artwork.
Postcard                         Submissions are open!!!
  • Submit as many entries as you want celebrating the contrast concepts using warm/cool colors, textures, patterns and materials via email
  • Last date of submission : June 30, 2021
  • The entries will be posted on FB & IG as they are received.
  • All the entries will be available for viewing and voting for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners on July 5th. Voting will be closed on July 9th, 2021
  • An online show will be posted on Exhibits page and Facebook on July 11th, 2021 along with the winners!

 Featured Artist Of The Month

Starting June 2021, SCVWS Exhibit committee will be featuring one artist each month on the exhibits page. Artists can submit their recent paintings(No limit) by 25th of each month. There is no theme, as long as the painting is done in watermedia it will be accepted for consideration. Please submit your photo image(jpg) along with your painting. The featured artist's work will be posted on the exhibits page for a month. The artist will be featured on SCVWS's FB and IG pages as well. 

  • Accepting entries for 'Artist Of The Month - June'
  • Submit your painting(jpeg) and your photo(jpeg) via email to by May 25th , 2021
 ** Exhibit committee is looking for volunteers. Please reach out at exhibits@scvws.orgif you could spend 10 hours a month helping out the exhibits committee.**

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Dick has finished a new book of his cartoons.  Read about it at

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