| The Virginia Watercolor Society, organized in 1979 by
Roanoke artists John Will Creasy and Ernest Johnson, is an organization of artists and non-painters which seeks to
foster interest and participation in the exciting world of
watercolor through the active programming of publications, demonstrations,
annual jurored exhibitions and social activities. Its objectives are to
create opportunities for beginning as well as established artists to advance
their skills and professionalism, and to be educational for the public at large.
The IRS recognized VWS as a publicly supported organization and granted a
tax-exempt status to the Society in 1988.
The VWS Foundation was incorporated in March 1994. John Will Creasy
envisioned it as a way to establish a permanent fund, the proceeds of which
would be used for the charitable purposes of educating and encouraging deserving
artists, particularly students and beginning painters, and underwriting various
educational projects of the VWS. In 1996 the name was changed to Creasy/Johnson Fund to honor both of our founders. Because VWS is itself
incorporated, the Creasy/Johnson Fund will function as a committee within the
VWS Articles of Incorporation ·|· VWS Constitution and Bylaws: Revised 2017
2017 Addendum – Annual Exhibition Procedures
VWS publishes Waterlogue, a quarterly newsletter of activities of the
society and its members, thus networking information state-wide. The
annual jurored exhibition, culminating a week of activities, is the high point
of the year. It is held in a different location each year with top names
in the art world as jurors.