PWS is celebrating our 40th anniversary and we are excited to announce our upcoming exhibit in Lewiston, ID at the LCSC Center for Arts and History!
Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday June 19th from 5:00 to 6:30. More than 120 paintings by 21 of our members will be on display through July 26. The gallery is located at 415 Main Street in Lewiston, and hours are Tuesday - Saturday from 11 am - 4 pm.
The Palouse Watercolor Socius was formed in the spring of 1974 by seven artists who were students of Alfred Dunn at the University of Idaho. Of the original group, Kay Montgomery and Linda Wallace remain active members. PWS’ purpose is to give watercolorists the opportunity to learn from each other, exhibit their work, and promote an appreciation of watercolor painting within the community. Our members are a diverse group living in the Palouse region of northern Idaho and eastern Washington, as far away as Spokane.
In summer 2013, PWS coordinated a four-state juried competition and show in collaboration with the Inland Northwest Watercolor Society and the University of Idaho Prichard Art Gallery in Moscow, Idaho. Paintings by artists in the states of Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana were selected for the exhibit by juror Nancy Stonington.
The Avista Corporation, one of the show's major sponsors, contributed $1000 for the first place winner, and a total of $3,000 was awarded. Other generous sponsors were Archer Photography, Frontier Communications, Gritman Medical Center, Rex Cosgrove's State Farm Insurance and the Latah Federal Credit Union.
PWS holds monthly (first Wednesday) and quarterly (third Saturday) meetings. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss ongoing projects, critique members’ work and offer informal workshops. PWS has a lending library of art magazines and instructional books and DVDs. We sponsor an annual beginners’ watercolor workshop for community members as well as workshops by regional artists. When weather permits, our members gather for plein air outings around the Palouse.
PWS members maintain ongoing exhibits at several venues on the Palouse and in the Lewiston-Clarkston valley. Additionally, we participate in annual shows during Moscow’s ArtWalk and at the Dahmen Artisans’ Barn in Uniontown, Washington. Visit “Our Members” page to see biographies and examples of their work.
An innovative rental program featuring participating members’ framed paintings has mutually benefited artists and renters. Patrons may choose to rent a painting for $35 for a period of three months, or to purchase the work. Visit the “PWS Rental Program” page to view images of paintings that are currently available.
Each fall, in cooperation with the Latah Arts and Culture Committee, PWS offers a beginners’ workshop to members of the community. It is usually taught by a PWS member with years of experience as an artist and teacher. The workshop is provided for a nominal fee, and includes all materials, to encourage those without previous experience to give watercolor painting a try.
Our meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month in Moscow, Idaho at 10:00 a.m., and visitors are always welcome. For more information please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here for a membership form.
We hope to hear from you!