About Us

The Saint Louis Watercolor Society was formed in 1996 by a small group of dedicated, visionary artists for the purpose of providing educational opportunities to artists interested in watermedia, and to exhibit watermedia artwork to the public. From the original charter group of seven members, the membership grew to 175 active members in less than two years. The membership now stands at over 250 members and ranges from full-time watercolorists, to hobbyists, educators, friends of artists, gallery owners, retailers, etc. If you want to know more about the Saint Louis Watercolor Society, you can send us an email at contact@stlws.org.

Regular monthly membership meetings are held on third Wednesdays at 7:00 PM at First Congregational Church in Webster Groves, MO. Meetings generally include an educational demonstration and or lecture by guest artists. Meetings are open to members, prospective members and guests. Meetings are held September through May, (except December). View the calendar

We have organized and sponsored workshops with 35+ internationally known watercolor instructors. View this year’s workshops

Workshops are open to members and nonmembers. Members are allowed to sign-up for workshops before registration is open to non-members. Workshops are usually three-days or five-days and held at the Maria Center, a beautiful facility on the Mississippi River in south Saint Louis.

Our annual Members’ Award Exhibit is Big Splash, held in August or September each year. There are usually about 150 – 200 paintings exhibited in this show – a wonderful diverse display of watermedia in all its thrilling personalities! Take a look at Big Splash! The exhibit is judged for awards by an area professional artist or professor of art. Up to 20 prizes are donated for this show by generous corporate sponsors. See our sponsors

A springtime juried show is generally held at Creative Art Gallery at 3232 Ivanhoe Ave, St. Louis, MO. Signature status is granted to members who are accepted into 2 juried shows within 10 years while maintaining continuous membership. This exhibit offers cash awards. Additional exhibits are held throughout the year and offer many opportunities for the experienced as well as the emerging artist.

A quarterly newsletter chock full of important updates about SLWS activities and articles written by award-winning artists and art writers is distributed to members as a benefit of membership, and to the public via select locations in the St. Louis area. A membership application is available in each issue. If you are interested in submitting an article for the newsletter, email the newsletter editor at: vivdimagination-13slws@yahoo.com at least one month before the edition dates of February, May, August, November. There is no payment for articles. Articles may be edited to fit, and inclusion is up to the discretion of the editors. Advertising space is also available in the newsletter.

Committee and Board Membership
There are many opportunities to serve on the Board of SLWS or on a Committee. You can help with Receiving or Retrieval at Exhibits, working with the Judge or group that hangs the Shows; you can help with Refreshments; or with Workshops. Board members are elected at the May meeting each year from the Membership. The Board meets once a month throughout the year, on the second Tuesday of the month. Board terms are for two years.
Some of the benefits of serving on the Board are:

  • You help determine policy
  • You have a great time networking with other outstanding artists
  • You get a free listing and the image of your choice on this web site
  • You are the first to find out about upcoming workshops
  • You get to make suggestions about who you want to have for demos and workshops
  • You help give back to the community some of the blessings you have received by being an artist
  • You know you are needed!

For more information about serving on the Board or on committees, contact any Board Member.

Board Positions
View the Duties Performed by Board Members