Valley Watercolor Society is a non-profit organization in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California dedicated to the enjoyment of watercolor and water media painting. We hold monthly meetings with demos, watercolor workshops, and plein air paint-outs from September to June (see our detailed event listing), and an Annual Exhibit each spring.


Summer 2019 Paint-Outs

Although we don’t hold monthly meetings, paint-outs continue through the summer at VWS. Here are our upcoming dates: Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa – Wed, July 9, 2019, 9am “Two threads of local history intertwine to establish the identity of Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. Ranch structures and introduced grasses represent over a century of ranching, while native plants …

2019 Annual Exhibit

Above: “Purple Haze,” by Gary Friedman, 2019 First Place

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Prize Gallery:

2019 Awards Gallery

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2019 Full Show Gallery

This Year’s Awards:

1st place: Gary Friedman, “Purple Haze” – $300
2nd place: Lori Pollack, “Feeling Grapeful” – $250
3rd place: Susan Gesundheit, “Requerdo” – $200

Special Honors:
Cathy Fickes, “Shoes on the Danube” – Jack Richeson Award
Veronica Stensby, “Floral Fantasy” – Winsor & Newton Award
Spencer Mackay, “Kobe Evening” – Jack Richeson Award
Phyllis Doyon, “Iris and Birds” – Holbein Award

Honorable Mentions:
Peter McDonald, “My Family Tree” – Jack Richeson Award
Janis Elias, “Aztec Cycle” – Cheap Joe’s Award
Debbi Saunders, “Elefantastic” – Holbein Award
Charlotte Mullich, “Swimming Quietly” – Holbein Award
Fatemeh Kian, “Still Together” – Golden Artist Award
Julie Stroh, “Goose Creek” – Golden Artist Award
Paulette Parker, “All Hands On” – Canson Award
Dorothy Lee, “Memories” – Graphaids Award
Deborah Swan-McDonald, “Dan at Tonga Hut” – Graphaids Award
Gwen Wetzler, “Forest River #1” – Carter Sexton Award
Karen Holly, “Homeless Not Hopeless” – Carter Sexton Award

This year’s juror was Joseph Stoddard.