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 corporation.

VWS Articles of Incorporation     ·|·     VWS Constitution and Bylaws:  Revised 2017
2017 Addendum – Annual Exhibition Procedures

The following documents include proposed amendments and revisions
to be voted on at the 2020 Annual Exhibition Meeting.

By-Laws – 2020 Amendments
Addendum – Annual Exhibition Procedures, 2020 Updates

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.

Annual Meeting Minutes Year       Exhibition Location Juror
  2021       Portsmouth  
  2020       Richmond Frederick C. Graff
 Annual Meeting Minutes (.pdf) 2019     Lorton John Salminen
Annual Meeting Minutes (.pdf) 2018     Salem Kathleen Conover
 Annual Meeting Minutes (.pdf) 2017     Winchester Mike Bailey
 Annual Meeting Minutes (.pdf) 2016     Gloucester Mel Stabin
 Annual Meeting Minutes (.pdf) 2015     Harrisonburg Mark Mehaffey
Annual Meeting Minutes (.pdf) 2014       Lynchburg Nicholas Simmons
Annual Meeting Minutes (.pdf) 2013       Hampton Carole Barnes
Annual Meeting Minutes (.pdf) 2012       Hampton Dan Smith
Annual Meeting Minutes (.pdf) 2011       Kilmarnock Ted Nuttall
Annual Meeting Minutes (.pdf) 2010       Glen Allen Gerald Brommer
Annual Meeting Minutes (.pdf) 2009       Lorton Tony van Hasselt
Annual Meeting Minutes (.pdf) 2008       Roanoke Donna Watson
Annual Meeting Minutes (.pdf) 2007       Hampton Christopher Schink
Annual Meeting Minutes (.pdf) 2006       Staunton William "Skip" Lawrence
Annual Meeting Minutes (.pdf) 2005       Charlottesville Carole Barnes
Annual Meeting Minutes (.pdf) 2004       Arlington Cheng-Khee Chee
Annual Meeting Minutes (.pdf) 2003       Newport News Alex Powers
2002       Abingdon Ray Kass
2001       Richmond Katherine Liu
2000       Martinsville Judi Betts
1999       Salem Arne Westerman
1998       Portsmouth Polly Hammett
1997       Charlottesville Margaret M. Martin
1996       Lynchburg Raymond Everett Kinstler
1995       Farmville Ann Salisbury
1994       Blacksburg Louise Cadillac
1993       Annandale William D. Gorman
1992       Abingdon Christopher Schink
1991       Verona Morris Shubin
1990       Virginia Beach Charles Reid
1989       Richmond Marbury Hill Brown
1988       Fredericksburg Domenic DiStefano
1987       Roanoke Jan Rothermel
1986       Lynchburg Betty Lou Schlemm
1985       Williamsburg Miles Batt
1984       Charlottesville Bogomir Bogdanovich
1983       Salem Al Brouillette
1982       Arlington Lee Weiss
1981       Richmond Edward Betts
1980       Roanoke Mario Cooper

All VWS exhibitions are open to the public.   Membership in the Society is open to all Virginia residents 18 years of age or older.  Student membership is open to any resident 18 years or older who is a full-time student at any recognized Virginia or out-of-state institution of higher education.


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