About the New Mexico Watercolor Society

The Society’s History

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. The NMWS is based in Albuquerque, and meets monthly, except July.

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


“Inspiring a Passion for NM Watercolor Art”


"The NMWS honors and celebrates the medium of Watercolor through: support of highest esthetic standards, education of the public, promotion of community engagement, and facilitation of member development."

Mailing Addresses:

New Mexico Watercolor Society
P.O. Box 11604
Albuquerque, NM 87192

(Southern Chapter)
New Mexico Watercolor Society - SC
PO Box 1571
Las Cruces, NM 88004-157

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