In 1977, a small group of twenty watercolor painters got together to meet in each others’ homes to share their interest in and knowledge of watercolor. For four years they held talks and demonstrations by members and they regularly painted outdoors together. Known as the “Unstructured Watercolor Group,” the membership increased and soon they needed a newsletter to inform members of various activities and meeting arrangements. Garden party shows for selling paintings were held at the home of one of the members.
By 1980, the “Watercolor Group” outgrew the living room space and moved to various community rooms at local banks. In 1983, the group applied for non-profit status and registration in the name of “Valley Watercolor Society”. By-laws, including dues and officers were adopted for the first time. Open membership was changed to Juried membership, and the category of Patron was established for members who do not exhibit or vote. Membership growth brought a big bonus: Valley Watercolor Society could now invite the best watercolor artists in the country for demonstrations and workshops.
In 2016, Juried membership was discontinued, opening full membership to all. Anyone who pays their membership before September 30th is eligible to submit works for consideration to the Annual Juried Exhibit. Otherwise, applications for membership are accepted throughout the year.