***Western Fed News***

Get those entries ready for a "Southwest Splash" in Tucson at next year's Western Fed Show!

Announcing the 43rd Annual

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition

May 1 to June 24, 2018

Hosted by the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, Inc.

Celebrating their 50th Year Anniversary, the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild is hosting next year's Western Federation of Watercolor Societies  43rd Annual Exhibition in Tucson, Arizona.  The Exhibition will run from May 1 through June 24, 2018 at the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Gallery at 5420 East Broadway in Tucson, with a gala reception and awards ceremony to be held on May 5.  The juror is acclaimed watercolor artist Ted Nuttall, AWS, NWS, WFWS, TWSA.  The entry period for this exciting show will run from September 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017.  SDWS members may enter up to three pieces.

Please click here to see the 43rd WFWS Prospectus and remember to get your entries in before the Dec. 1 deadline.


This year 20 of our artists were chosen to represent SDWS at the 42nd Annual Western Fed Show in Eugene, Oregon which ran from April to June, 2017. Congratulations to....

Deena Altman, Mary Sue Compton, Kathleen Conover, Linda Doll, Roberta Dyer, Richard Glassman, Helen Hayes, Susan Hewitt, Betty Hock, Luis Juarez, Susan Keith, Ralph Kingery, Shuang Li, Ann Schwartzwald, Ann Slater, Carol Staub, Susan Weinberg-Harter, Bonnie Woods, Susan Wormsley, and Janet Wright.  

You can see their paintings on the Western Fed Gallery page on the SDWS website.  Thanks to all the above artists for representing SDWS so proudly at the 2017 Western Fed Show!


Western Federation of Watercolor Societies


The WFWS was formed in 1976 by the New Mexico Watercolor Society and included nine other watercolor societies.  The purpose was to make a large and prestigious watercolor exhibition available, at low cost to members for small and often isolated watercolor groups.

Visit the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies' web page at www.wfws.org.

Today, the WFWS includes over 4,500 artists in twelve regional watercolor societies and guilds. The WFWS encourages and recognizes artistic excellence and works to increase visibility of watercolor as an artistic medium through our annual juried exhibitions. The exhibitions are sponsored by WFWS and hosted by a regional member society.  Delegates meet annually (usually at the current show) to conduct general business and discuss the next year’s plans.  Each society hosts the show on a rotating basis. 

Our 2017/2018 Delegate to Western Fed is Ralph Kingery. Ann Schwartzwald is the Alternate Delegate.  

In preparation for SDWS hosting of Western Fed in 2019, the SDWS Board of Directors has establised a 2019 Western Federation Show Steering Committee. Marcella Martin is the Project Manager.

If you have questions, please contact Ralph or Ann at westernfed@sdws.org.