Welcome to the Washington Water Color Association

Formerly called the Washington Water Color Club, the Washington Water Color Association is one of the oldest societies of professional artists and can trace its beginnings to the late 19th century.

Washington watercolorist and teacher, Marietta W. Andrews, originated the idea for such a society. The first meeting, March 28, 1896, was attended by 15 professional artists. The first exhibition, December 1896, had 134 works displayed at the Cosmos Club of Washington. Between 1897 and 1899, the Water Color Club exhibited at the Connecticut Avenue Gallery. More History »

What's New?

Bonny Lundy

Bonny Lundy will exhibit new watercolors and oil landscapes in her show, Open Spaces, Beautiful Places at Sandy Spring Museum, Oct 28-Nov 21.

The opening reception is Sat, Nov 7, from 1-3 in the Dr. Bird room. Carole Bergman from Parks and Planning will offer a talk on local natural areas at 1:00 pm. and Bonny will do a walk through talk.

For more information call 301-774-0022 or 301-466-6344

Bonny will also offer Expressive Colors of Nature Watercolor Workshop at Sandy Spring Museum, Sat & Sun Nov 14 & 15, 10-4 each day. For information and to register visit SandySpringmuseum.org.

Jurying for New Members
Spring jurying for new members is complete and we are happy to welcome two new WWCA members, Marcia McBride and Jean Davis!

Membership Dues
2015 Dues are overdue. If you haven't paid yours yet, please, send your $25 check or money order to: Janet Hansen Martinet, 7006 Kodiak Court Manassas, VA. 20111.

Kittie Beyer
Kittie Beyer exhibited at The National Gallery Staff Show, the Strathmore Artist Members Show, the Reston Community Center and the Washington Water Color Association Spring Exhibit, where she won the Sylvia Jackson prize. Kittie says "I sell notebook sketches and flower studies on Etsy, under the name Etsy/CatherineFrickBeyer and I will take a Jackie Saunders workshop called Gestural Flowers this summer."

Elizabeth (Beth) Dugan
Elizabeth Dugan had paintings in four shows this winter/spring. Her painting "Surf's Up" was in the WWCA show at Friendship Center; "Studio Window" was in the Laurel Art Guild show, as well as the annual show at the Chevy Chase Women's Club, where it won an honorable mention. This spring "Red Beets" was hung at the art show at Art at the Mill in Clarke County, Virginia—and it sold!

Pat Leibowitz
Pat Leibowitz taught two watercolor classes a week from January to May. She won first place in oil painting at the Chevy Chase Women's Club show and is juried into the Maryland Federation of Art exhibition at the University of Maryland. She also will be teaching art this summer in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania as well as participating in their Plein air Festival in July.

Bonita Tabakin
Bonita Tabakin through her Color for Health program has been answering questions from health professionals on using art in the recovery from head traumas, Lyme disease, intestinal challenges and other health issues. She also participated in the Smithsonian affiliates Renwick Holiday Gala and has been firming up details on several local and international exhibitions.

Nar Steel
Nar Steel won a second prize in the Washington Water Color Association exhibit at the Friendship Village Center art show and a third prize at the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase exhibit, where she sold two water colors.

Carol Porter

Carol Porter decided to take a two-week trip to Morocco in February. She and 9 others rode around Morocco in a minibus from Casablanca to Fes to Marakech, and points in between. She says the high point was … being in the Atlas Mountains riding on a camel!

David R. Daniels

This is one of two paintings (Koi Pond) Dave Daniels listed on Ebay to raise funds for the American Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. 100% of the more than $3000 generated was donated to the Red Cross. In addition, Dave will be teaching at Hudson River Valley workshops in upstate New York.The class will be at the historic Greenville Arms B&B in Greenville, New York, From July 26- August 1. "The class will be different from other workshops I have taught. The focus of this class will be combining watercolor with other media, such as pastel and various papers. Participants will also be introduced to new painting surfaces." Workshop details »

David Cook
David Cook is among the artists selected to exhibit at the Friendship Heights Village Show, August Art 2015, curated by photographer Llewellyn Berry. The opening reception for the show will be August 9, 2015, from 11:30 to 1:30 and the exhibition will run until October 3, 2015. The Center is at 4433 South Park Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.

Become a Member

To become a member, applicants must submit three framed paintings that have been in three juried shows within the past two or three years, accompanied with a biography which includes education and participation in other professinal organizations. The membership year begins the first of each year. More Membership Details »

2015 WWCA Calendar


Spring Exhibition
Members of The Washington Water Color Association exhibited at the Friendship Village Center Art Show, March 4-28, 2015. The show featured a special activities for recently passed WWCA members Sylvia Jackson and Margaret Kranking. More »


Andrew Bucci Rediscovered

Belhaven University is hosting an exhibition of works by Mississippi artist, Andrew Bucci, who was president of the Washington Water Color Association from 1963-1965. "Andrew Bucci: Rediscovered" will run through Aug. 29 at Belhaven's Bitsy Irby Visual Arts & Dance Center. Bucci, one Mississippi's most celebrated visual artists, lived in the Washington area until a few months before his death in November 2014.

Membership Dues
2015 Dues are overdue. If you haven't paid yours yet, please, send your $25 check or money order to: Janet Hansen Martinet, 7006 Kodiak Court Manassas, VA. 20111.

For complete details on these events, please see WWCA Calendar.