Western Federation
of Watercolor Societies (WFWS) 

WFWS Signature Status is obtained by participating in 3 WFWS exhibitions.  Being accepted in WFWS also counts toward the UWS signature status requirement of being in eight Annual UWS Open exhibits.

Dianne Adams
Osral Allred *
Joyce Baron 
Terrece Beasley
Brienne Brown
Lynda Burruss
Kristi Grussendorf
Jeanne Hansen 
Laurel Hart
Kazuko Hill
Lola Kartchner
Paige Kimball 
Jossy Lownes 
Nancy Maxfield Lund
Sherry Meidell
Dottie Miles
Maura Naughton
Carl Purcell
Mary Pusey 
Irene Rampton 
Spike Ress
Steve Sheffield
Kathy Sutherland


The New Mexico Watercolor Society formed the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFWS) some 30 years ago, through the forsight and work of Dr. David Gale (1915-1980).  Today, the Federation includes over 4,500 artists in ten regional societies:

Arizona Watercolor Association

Colorado Watercolor Society

Idaho Watercolor Society

Nevada Watercolor Society

New Mexico Watercolor Society

San Diego Watercolor Society

Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild

Southwestern Watercolor Society

Utah Watercolor Society

Watercolor Society of Oregon

West Texas Watercolor Society

The Federation encourages and recognizes artistic excellence through annual exhibitions.  The yearly exhibition and delegates meeting is hosted by a regional member society on a rotating basis.  Each society pays annual dues of $200 to the hosting society to help defray expenses of the show.  Societies also use entr fees, fund raisers, solicitation of donations, grants, or a portion of their club monies to cover costs.  The expenses for these exhibits include such items as fees for a nationally recognized artist to jury the show, awards for winners, publication of a catalog of accepted paintings, publicity, refreshments for the reception, etc.

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFWS) 
43rd Annual WFWS Exhibition

Ted Nuttal
Ted NuttalJuror Ted Nuttal
Exhibition Dates
May 1 - June 24, 2018
Juror - Ted Nuttal 
Venue - The Gallery at Williams Center Plaza
Host Society - Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild (SAWG)
UWS Delegate - Colleen Reynolds, colleenreynoldsartist@gmail.com
Event details
View UWS winning entry paintings

Key Dates for Arists:
Dec. 1, 2017 – Entry deadline for completed form, digital image, and entry fee to your local delegate
Feb. 5, 2018 – Accepted notices and shipping instructions go out to artists
Mar. 26, 2018 – Accepted paintings and required information and handling fee due to SAWG
Mar. 30, 2018 – Deadline to register for convention and hospitality events
Apr. 30-May 4 – Ted Nu`all Workshop meets 9 AM to 4 PM daily
May 4, 2018 – 2:00 - 6:00 PM trip to Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and Artist Dinner following at 6:30 PM.
May 5, 2018 – 2:00 - 5:00 PM Exhibit Opening and Gallery Gala
May 5, 2018 – 7:00 - 9:30 PM – WFWS43 Awards Dinner at El Dorado Golf Course Club House
May 6, 2018 – 6:00 - 10:00 AM – Farewell Breakfast
No further activities planned, but suggestions available for those who wish to stay for a vacation!

Congratulations to the following UWS members who were selected for this year's Western Federation of Watercolor Socieites annual exhbition:
View UWS winning entry paintings

Shirley Bailey, Daydreamer
Joyce Baron, Celebration
Chariya Ernst, Capitol Reef
Kristi Grussendorf, Quilt Dreams
Rebecca Hartvigsen, Night Flight
Sue Martin, Smith House
Mary Pusey, She's Tenacious
Ian Ramsay, Tokyo Morning Rain
Sean Rowley, Gearing Up
Brian Thayne, A Good Day


Pour It On  

42nd Annual WFWS Exhibition

Pour It On!
April 7 - June 20, 2017
Juror - Jeannie McGuire

Congratulations to the following artists for being juried into the 42nd Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies by juror, Jeannie McGuire:


  • Brienne BrownManayunk Bridge
  • Colleen ReynoldsAre You Listening
  • Gail AlgerSumme'rs End
  • Ian RamsayJessie's Ilwaco Dock
  • Irene RamptonOdds of Him Showing
  • Jeffrey JohnsonOne In Every Meeting
  • Kathy SutherlandSolstice
  • Kristi GrussendorfUmbrellas
  • Lola KartchnerSilver Lake
  • Lori BurchinalHorsepower
  • Maura NaughtonMixologists

WFWS website

Joyce Baron OutcropSpike Ress, Cool Silents

Congratulations to Spike Ress
Award of Merit for Cool Silents

41st Annual WFWS Exhibition

June 9 – August 28, 2016
Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
- Deadline for entries due to Tom Howard

JUROR: Sterling Edwards

Out of 87 entries for Western Fed 41, six were accepted into the exhibition.  They are: 

Susette Gertsch, for her painting entitled “Watercolor Works.”
Jeanne Hansen, for her painting,  “Over The Great Salt Lake.”
Kazuko Hill, for her painting entitled, “Shikibu.”
Barbara Kidd, for her painting entitled, “Budda Light.”
Jossy Lownes, with her painting, “Happy Group.”
Spike Ress, for his painting entitled, “Cool Silents.”
Click here to view paintings

We congratulate these folks, and wish them luck and success as they represent our organization in June at the Arvada Center in Colorado. 


40th Annual Western Federation 7of Watercolor Societies Exhibition
Click here to view paintings

WFWS Award Winners
Congratulations our UWS Artists!

  • Out Crop by Joyce Baron -  Award of Excellence
  • Hope by Carl Purcell - Award in memory of Margie Fowler, Della Leonard, Jimmy Lipps
  • Seedling Transitions by Linda Burruss - Merchandise Award from Golden Artist Colours Inc.
  • The Standing Stones of County Meath  by Kathy Sutherland - Merchandise Award from Chartpak Inc. and Jack Richeson and Co.
There were 937 paintings entered this year and 67 from UWS.   It must have been difficult for the juror to discount ANY of them!

UWS accepted entries:

Terrace Beesley
Joyce Baron
Gail Alger
Brienne Brown
Cindy Kambourian
Carl Purcell
Kathy Sutherland
Lynda Burruss
Paige Kimball

Your WF Delegates
Ann DeWeese
Tom Howard

West Texas Watercolor Society
Hosts the 40th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition
APRIL 16 - JULY 15, 2015

39th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition
April 1st – April 30th, 2014
Fountain Hills Community Center
Fountain Hills, AZ
Hosted by AWA
Arizona Watercolor Association
Cheng-Khee Chee, Juror

The winners are:
Honorable Mention: Rebecca Hartvigsen
Merchant Award: Kathy Sutherland
Waterworks Artist Group: Kristi Grussendorf

Other juried artists: 
Brienne Brown
Dianne Adams
Sherry Meidell
Spike Ress
Summer Borla

CONGRATULATIONS to these very fine artists.!


Rebecca HartivigsenIris by Rebecca Hartivigsen, Honorable Mention

WFWS 38th Annual Exhibition

June 1 - July 9, 2013
Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd Irving, TX 75062
Hosted by the Southwestern Watercolor Society
Juror: Mark Mehaffey

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     Congratulations to the ten UWS members whose paintings were selected by Juror Mark Mehaffey to appear in the 38th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition at the Irving Art Center in Irving, Texas, June 1 – July 7, 2013.
      The UWS artists whose paintings were selected for WFWF38 are: Joyce Baron, Terrece Beesley, Lynda Burruss, Kristi Grussendorf, Kazuko Hill, Sue Martin, Carl Purcell, Irene Rampton, Spike Ress,and Kathy Sutherland.
     Congratulations to our UWS artists for their WFWS cash and merchandise awards!
          Kathy Sutherland Crow
          Kazuko S. Hill Waka
          Irene Rampton Feline Fantasy
          Spike Ress Desert Corral 
          Linda Burruss Birds on a Wire
      An additional congratulations will go to three UWS artists who will also achieve WFWS Signature Member status this year.  With their acceptances in this current exhibit, as well as three  other WFWS exhibits in the past, they are:  Terrece Beesley, Kristi Grusendorf and Irene Rampton. 
     Plan a trip to Dallas, join in the Awards Opening Reception on Saturday, June 1, in Irving Texas, and see some of the most beautiful water based artwork in the West.  Our hosts this year are the members of the Southwestern Watercolor Society (SWS) of Dallas/Fort Worth. Congratulations to our UWS artists, and to all of the WFWS38 Accepted Artists.

2012 WFWS Show:                                    

April 13 - May 19, 2012
Marjorie Barrack Museum on the UNLV Campus, Las Vegas, NV
Hosted by the Nevada Watercolor Society


2011 WFWS Show:    

Hosted by the New Mexico Watercolor Society - Held in Albequerque, NM


2010 WFWS Show:                                     

Hosted by the Utah Watercolor Society - Held in Salt Lake City, UT

2009 WFWS Show:                                     

Hosted by the San Diego Watercolor Society - Held in San Diego, CA

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