***Western Fed News***

42nd Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition

April 7, to June 20, 2017

Hosted by   WSO LOGO     

The Watercolor Society of Oregon hosted the 42nd Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition in June of 2017.  The show ran from April 7 to June 20, 2017 and was held at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, located on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene. Jeannie McGuire was the Juror.


We are pleased and proud to announce that 20 of our artists were chosen to represent SDWS at the 42nd Annual Western Fed Show in Eugene, Oregon which opened on April 7, 2017.  They are:

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.


Award Winners:

Balboa Park Plaza
by Luis Juarez

Honorable Mention

Lines of Change: Industrial Evolution
by Kathleen Conover

Merit Award

 Congratulations to our WFWS Award winners and all of our participating artists!

In addition, Mary Sue Compton, Roberta Dyer, and Carol Staub have now qualified for Signature Membership Status in the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies with this year's acceptance.  Our congratulations to these newest WFWS Signature Members!


Coming soon! The 43rd Annual Western Fed show will be hosted by the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild and will take place in Tucson, Arizona in May-June of 2018.  All current SDWS members may enter.  Check back in early September for more information and to see the Prospectus.


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 2016/2017 Delegate to Western Fed is Sherry Roper. 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. Committee members include Marcella Martin- Chairperson, Elaine Harvey, Joan McKasson, Carol Mansfield, Risë Parberry and Charles Rouse (advisor).

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