PWS welcomes members of all artistic skill levels, from beginners to advanced. Beginning artists are encouraged and mentored by the group and invariably find their paintings improve over time.
At monthly meetings, members are invited to share things they’ve learned about all facets of painting; including composition and perspective, special watercolor techniques, characteristics of brands of paper and paint, and new art products.
Members volunteer to bring their paintings for critique. This is an excellent learning opportunity for all, and is one of the most informative and fun parts of the meeting. Afterwards, many of us have lunch together at a local restaurant.
PWS has annual exhibits at Artisans at the Dahmen Barn in Uniontown, and in Moscow's annual Artwalk events. In 2013, we co-sponsored a four-state regional show at the Prichard Gallery in Moscow, and are currently assisting the Center for Arts and History in Lewiston with a juried show and workshop scheduled for June 2017. See our Exhibits and Workshops page for more information.
Our members include award-winning artists who also exhibit individually at shows sponsored by other art groups and galleries throughout the region. In 2016, Peggy Conrad and John Kirkland both won awards at the Spokane Art Society’s juried show, and Peggy also won fourth place in the Idaho Watercolor Society’s show. A painting by Cheryll Root was featured this fall on the cover of an international magazine, Good Fruit Grower. Barney Saneholtz won first prize in watercolor and also in pastels at the Snake River Showcase in Clarkston. Visit our website’s members’ pages for photos of some of their work.
Plein air outings have become popular in the last few years, and PWS invites artists working in any media to join in weekly plein air painting (weather permitting). One of the founders of the plein air group is Nick Bode, pictured below.