Best in Show, Robin St.Louis, "Nightcap"

Congratulations to all our talented winners of this year's Annual Show and Sale. And congratulations to Ian Cooke and Traci Davis for their creative work as show chairmen. The show was two times larger with members being able to enter 3 paintings in each of 3 categories, as well as the traditional offering of 10 bin paintings per artist. The Best in Show went to Robin St.Louis for her painting "Nightcap," and the blue ribbon winners for Traditional, Plein Air and Open Categories are shown below.





Now showing in full color! By the time you read this, our Mini Masterpieces Show will be up and running. Congratulations to all those who won ribbons. If you haven’t seen the show, do call in at the Historical Society in Palm Desert and tell your friends and neighbors. The show is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 10am to 3pm until February 13th. Don’t forget that pick-up is on Tuesday 14th from 12-2pm.

Be in it to win it!  Following in a few weeks’ time is our annual show which this year will be more extensive than ever with categories for Traditional and Open Presentation as well as Plein Air paintings.  Entries must be postmarked by March 2 and intake is on March 9. If you haven’t yet entered please do take part. In particular, we encourage those that haven’t entered a judged show before to give it a try, as there is a special ribbon and $50 prize for the best ‘Emerging Artist’. Full information on our website www.cvws.org.

You, you and YOU! - We are also in need of more volunteers. There are many opportunities both during the set-up and take-down as well as when the show is open to the public. If you haven’t been asked yet but are available, please call Traci or Ian, or sign up at the next meeting.

Lucky Draw - In addition, we need prizes suitable for our raffle  Last year we raised a very important $900.  Prizes in any category are needed. You can make an attractive basket or just  bring an item and the committee will put a basket together for you.  Please bring these to the meeting on February 13.

Show them your tricks!  This year we are replacing our formal demonstrations with a series of painting stations where visitors can see our members in action. If you are happy to spend an hour or so painting and chatting with our visitors about your work let us know. All very informal. Volunteers will be able to display extra work for sale.

Tell the world! There will be plenty of promotional cards at the February meeting, so do take some to invite your friends and leave a few in your local coffee shop. The show is at the Palm Springs Air Museum with an artist’s reception and sale 5-7pm Thursday March 9 and runs Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11, from 10am to 5pm.  The show is open to the public at all of those times.

Traci Davis 907 252 3227   tracikasilof@yahoo.com

Ian Cooke 760 408 3313 iankcooke@ntlworld.com

Forms are available below for the  MARCH 2017 ANNUAL SHOW 

Deadline for Entry, March 2, 2017


D'Anjou Pear
Sylvia Smith

2017 Mini Masterpieces

An Exhibition of Smaller Paintings by the Coachella Valley Watercolor Society (CVWS)

January 27-February 13, 2017

  Historical Society of Palm Desert Museum

72-861 El Paseo at Plaza Way (behind Staples)
Ph. 760-346-6588
Hours: Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon – 10 am to 3 pm
TAKE-IN: Thur, Jan 26, 2017, 10 am – 11:30 am
PICK-UP: Tue, Feb. 14, 12 pm – 2 pm
ARTIST RECEPTION: Fri, Jan 27, 2017, 12-2pm
PURPOSE and ELIGIBILITY of ARTISTS: To provide an exhibition opportunity for all current
CVWS members who enjoy creating smaller-sized masterpieces.



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

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

 Congratulations to all the wonderful painters who entered the show and all the great helpers who transformed the hangar at the PS Air Museum into another great event for CVWS. Here are the 2016 winners:

Best of Show-Robin St. Louis "Blindsided"


This year there were a number of new innovations. Once again we  were in the Palm Springs Air Museum, but this year in the Craven hanger and not the Pond as previously advertised. This gave us lots of space, so each member was invited to submit up to THREE paintings for judging and sale as well as ten bin paintings. This year we  also invited artists to enter our Open category as well as the Traditional. Whereas the Traditional requires paintings that are matted and framed, the Open category allows for wrapped canvasses and cradled painting panels.

The show was judged by Stan Goudey AMS. He expressed admiration for the high quality of the paintings he judged and said his decisions were on based  personal choice.

The Opening Night Gala Reception was a new feature for the show and was a terrific way to celebrate all the good art and the hard work of the show committee.

Thanks to all for a great effort.

Show Chairs Ian Cooke, Traci Davis





"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