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About the New Mexico Watercolor Society

The New Mexico Watercolor Society (NMWS) was developed after research and planning by Peter Walker. Feeling a real need for this kind of organization, he publicized the initial meeting in the Albuquerque Journal, inviting watercolorists and people interested in watercolor to attend the meeting. His insight and hard work were rewarded with a large turnout. 

NMWS was originally founded May 2, 1969 as a statewide chapter of the Southwestern Watercolor Society of Dallas, Texas. In January 1975 NMWS became an independent entity. The Southern Chapter (a component of NMWS) is based in Las Cruces, NM and serves the state’s southern counties. The Southern Chapter was formed in the fall of 2001.


The purpose of the New Mexico Watercolor Society is the elevation of the stature of watercolor as an art medium and the education of the public about the significance of watercolor as an important creative permanent painting medium. The ultimate goal is to make New Mexico known nationally for its watercolorists.

All individuals interested in watercolor media are invited to join the NM Watercolor Society and participate in our regularly scheduled educational and social events.

NMWS is based in Albuquerque.  Meetings are held monthly (except July) and include interesting and stimulating painting-related speakers.  A social time, where artists can chat and become acquainted with other members, precedes the meeting . Las Cruces Meetings are held monthly (other than June, July & August) with presentations by artists and art-related educators. There is a social time prior to each meeting.

NMWS members have the opportunity to participate in tri-annual juried exhibitions sponsored by the society, educational workshops conducted by nationally known artists, and enjoy the fellowship of other artists during the monthly meetings and paint-outs.  NMWS members are also eligible to enter the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies’ annual show (juried exhibition drawn from 12 western states/regions), as well as Masterworks of New Mexico.



New Mexico Watercolor Society

P.O. Box 11604
Albuquerque, NM 87192

New Mexico Watercolor Society - SC
PO Box 1571
Las Cruces, NM 88004-1571

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