Member Benefits

Whether you are an artist or an art appreciator (or both), you are invited to participate in a variety of art activities and opportunities:

It takes many volunteers to handle Jury Day every month.

Unique Benefits of SDWS Membership

Exhibition at the Gallery
Every month, members have the exclusive opportunity to submit their work (for a modest fee), in a new juried show at the SDWS gallery. Jurying is done by a different, highly respected artist each month.  Awards are given for each show, and four times a year monetary prizes are awarded by the juror.  This opportunity allows members to present their work to the public on a regular basis.  A modest 20% commission to SDWS will be taken on any sale.

First Friday receptions, which are open to the public, are held the first Friday of every month, often attended by many art-interested collectors and viewers.

Artist Demonstrations & Monthly Meetings
Demonstrations by well-known artists (usually workshop instructors) are featured at SDWS monthly member meetings.  These meetings give members a way to keep in touch with painting methodologies, current activities, and one another.

The Eunice Porte Library

Members may browse an extensive collection of art books, videos, DVDs, and slides and borrow from the library at no charge.

The Western Federation Show
Members of SDWS are eligible to submit entries to the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition, made up of eleven major art organizations in the Western states, including SDWS, and held yearly at different Western Federation member organizations. 

Each month our members enjoy a demonstration
social gathering.
Paint Out Crystal Pier
Monthly plein air demonstrations -
another good reason to join SDWS.

More than a dozen workshops and classes are offered annually by internationally known painting instructors who feature the latest trends and classic techniques in water media.  Workshops are held in the SDWS classroom adjacent to the SDWS gallery.  Members receive discounted rates for the workshops (see Workshops for current details).


Merchant Discounts
SDWS has relationships with a number of local vendors of interest to artists in San Diego. Special discounts available at the following merchants*: American Frame, Artist & Craftsman Supply, The Art Stash, CMI Moulding, Compos Photography, Da Viinci Paint, Dick Blick Art Materials, East West Art & Frame, Nainsook Framing + Art, Valley Moulding & Frame, and International Artist Magazine.

*subject to change

Enjoy the special pleasure of painting outdoors in favorite San Diego locations during the more than 60 opportunities offered each year. Saturday morning events with demonstrations and critiques are held monthly, and less formal paintouts are weekly on Wednesday mornings.

Volunteer Opportunities
Because we are an all-volunteer organization, SDWS needs participation from its members.  There are many areas to use your particular expertise, exercise your special interests, and benefit SDWS. (See Current Needs)

Membership Details

Individual Membership: (age 26 or above) $95 annually
Associate Membership (Non-Voting Member): (age 16-25) $40 annually

SDWS Membership Year runs from October 1st - Sept 30th. For NEW members joining after April 1st, a reduced $60 is available.