2016 CVWS Annual Show & Sale


Coachella Valley Watercolor Society

27th Annual Membership Show

March 4 and 5, 2016 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Palm Springs Air Museum 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262

 TAKE-IN: Thursday, March 3, 2016 10-12:00 am

PICK-UP: Saturday, March 5, 2016 5-6 pm  (Work will not be released early. A handling fee for late pick up will be charged.)

GALA PREVIEW RECEPTION and Sale: March 3, 2016, 5-7 pm


With the Small Image and Plein Air Shows under way, we now turn our thoughts to the Annual Show which is only a month away. This is a great opportunity for us watercolor artists to showcase our paintings and have an opportunity to sell some of our work. Read the rest of this entry »




“Mendocino” by Ron Hanner

Plein Air Art Show & Sale


Small Image Art Show & Sale

Both shows at the same time and same location!

February 5-22, 2016

Historical Society of Palm Desert Museum

72-861 El Paseo, West of Monterey

Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat – 10 am to 3 pm

Phone: 760-346-6588

Artist’s Reception: Sat February 13, 2016, 12-2 pm


Information: www.cvws.org

 Artist Take-In: Wed. Feb. 3, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Artist Pick up: Mon. Feb.22, 2016, 2-3 p.m.

To Enter:  Be sure to read CVWS Exhibition Rules and the prospectus below.   Print and bring your Entry Form and Bin Painting List below.

2016 Plein Air Painting ENTRY                                                               2016 Plein Air Show PROSPECTUS                           2016 Plein Air Show BIN PAINTING LIST

2016 Small Image Painting ENTRY                                                        2016 Small Image Show PROSPECTUS                      2016 Small Image Show BIN PAINTING LIST






Jean Pederson’s imagery includes people, still life, landscape and abstraction. Although she is well-known for her mastery of watercolors, mixed media has become an important venue for her creative expression. The layering of a variety of media offers her an assortment of possibilities within her work; quality of edge, line and texture all play a role within her imagery.    Much of her work is portraits.  She feels that finding a way to express the human figure in a language that reflects the 21st century is perhaps the greatest challenge in figurative work today.

Pederson has exhibited her work internationally in the Royal Collection in Windsor, England, in China, London, Stockholm, at the United Nations in New York, in San Francisco, Mexico and across Canada. She is the author of Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People.  She has been painting for over 20 years, balancing her strong teaching abilities and writing with her continuing aspiration to convey her ideas in visual form.




Here’s the schedule for February . We are now in season and will see some of our out of towners returning to join in the fun.

As a rule we paint from 9 to 11:30 or 12, with some painters arriving before 9 to get the lighting right, and stay to share our work over lunch at noon. Search the Web for more on the sites.

February 2 Vintage Nursery.

78755  Darby Road , Bermuda Dunes


Open Monday through Friday:  6:30 am – 4 pm   This location is in Bermuda Dunes. They have other locations.


February 9  Wild Bird Center ,

46500 Van Buren, Indio

From Palm Desert: Take I-10 East to Golf Center Parkway, at top of off ramp, turn RIGHT

First stop light – Avenue 45, turn LEFT

You will pass Disposal area

Go down one mile (slow down when you get close to the one mile, get in left turn lane)

Turn LEFT at the white mailbox and signage over gate

There is a very large entrance driveway – no buildings are close to the street.

Once you turn left at the white mailbox you can’t miss it!

We suggest you make a donation for this location. They are non profit; please review their website.



February  16   La Quinta Civic Center and Park

78495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta

Near Library, City Hall, and Senior Center. There is plenty of parking at rear by Senior Center. The park is large with plenty of things to paint.


February  23rd   Corona Yacht Club

46600 Tyler St, Coachella, CA 92236     From Hwy 10 and Dillon, there is an immediate turn to Vista del Sol. Take it to Tyler and you should see signage.



Nancy Whelan, Del Lunde, Field Mice Co-Chairs




The Christina Davis Memorial Scholarship application process starts January  2016.

Christina Davis was a member of The Arts Student League in New York, The Association of Botanical Artists, The National Association of Women Artists, and Coachella Valley Watercolor Society.

SCHOLARSHIPS:              Two Awards will be granted May 2016

First Place:                       $600.               Second Place:           $400.


The scholarship committee will give these awards to artists who are working toward being better “ARTIST”s…not only as technicians, but who can demonstrate an understanding of the function of the ART and the ARTIST in society, and seeking to develop their ART to the highest point of their creative potential. Applications are open to CVWS members and non-members.

Each Award recipient is required to use the funds to enhance their art skills by participating in professional painting class(es), learning a desired technique with mentor(s): life drawing/painting skills; experimenting with abstract/collages…all in the mediums of your choice.

Criteria for Applicants: Applicants must be 18 years or older

The application must include:

1. Name; email address, (3)three images in jpeg files at 300dpi.

2. Brief Artist Statement in one paragraph or so.

3. Work done within the last 3 years ONLY.

4. Photoshop/other digital software may NOT be used to enhance the art.

5. NO sculpture, photographs or three dimensional art work.

Email entries to artscholarshipscvws12@gmail.com.

Deadline postmarked by April 10.

Questions: Dorcas Greene 760-301-5247 Please leave your name & phone # to be contacted .