Alaska Watercolor Society, P. O. Box 90714, Anchorage, Alaska, 99509-0714

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The Alaska Watercolor Society was formed in 1974 as a not-for-profit organization to help promote the knowledge and understanding of professional watercolor painting in Alaska. The Society sponsors an annual juried watercolor exhibition that is open to all artists, 18 years and older living in the United States.

General Meeting Wednesday April 9th: V Rae

Sourdough Mining Co., 5200 Juneau St., Anchorage, 6:00 PM Social Hour & Dinner, Meeting at 7:00 PM. V Rae will talk with us about art as expression using her new book Expressions as a springboard and Yupo as an amazing substrate for achieving expressive art.  

V Rae says "I tell people that I paint expressions.  In truth, expressive art is a two way street.  Just because I express myself through my painting doesnít always mean that my painting will express itself to the viewer.  When Iím successful, I see and hear emotional reaction as the painting engages the viewer in reciprocal communication.  People enter into an emotional relationship with art that results in dialogue between the viewer and the art on a very personal level that differs from individual to individual.  Expression may not always be positive.  The flip side of warm ooos and ahhs and energized awesomes can be dark emotional response or quiet provocation.  The point is, I think, that successful art expresses itself and unsuccessful art does not."

AKWS 2014 Scholarship Award

AKWS is pleased to announce the opening of the application process for the AKWS 2014 Scholarship Award. A scholarship of $1000 will be awarded. Money can be used as needed by the winning applicant. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a visual arts program at the University of Alaska (any campus in the state) and must have completed at least one year of their program. Concentration on water media is not required. Photos of artwork are required among other things. Start preparing now!

Application Due Date: on or before April 1, 2014. The scholarship committee will review applications and notify the recipient of the award prior to May 14, 2014. Applications may be downloaded here. Questions? Contact Karen Crandall at

40th Annual AKWS Juried Exhibition Prospectus Now Available

The Alaska Watercolor Society's 40th Annual Juried Exhibition Prospectus is now available. The Exhibition will be held at the blue.holloman gallery September 5 - 29, 2014. Mark Mehaffey is our juror this year and approximately $4000 is expected to be awarded in prizes. Submissions will be managed through and are due by June 4, 2014. The prospectus can be viewed here.

The site will begin accepting entries February 1, 2014

39th AKWS Annual Juried Exhibition
2013 Winners

Best of Show
Hometown Holiday"
by Jean Watson

Mark Mehaffey Workshop: August 4 - 8, 2014

Mark Mehaffey is the instructor for our 2014 workshop at the First Congregational Church, 2610 East Northern Lights, Anchorage. Mark has good descriptions of his workshops at his website Also view videos of Mark at work from his website. Registration form can be downloaded here.

AKWS Sites for Sharing, Interaction, and More Information

AKWS Facebook - Join the Facebook page for regular updates to events, chat with members, view photos, and learn more about the Alaska Watercolor Society! Open to everyone, just follow the link or search for 'Alaska Watercolor Society' on Facebook.

AKWS Members Only Online Network (NING) - As a Watercolor Society Member you can contact Francine Dufour Jones and obtain an account to the AKWS social networking site on NING. AKWS artists that want to share their art and learn from each other now have an online community all their own. Our interactive artist community is a meeting place available as a free benefit to all current and paid members. The site is a place to interact with other members, read or create blogs, post comments, share ideas and paintings, or get more information.

Quick Links

Member's Online Community - Members only interactive community and meeting place
Facebook Site - Public site for current events, photos, and more
Member's Websites - Links to AKWS Member websites
Membership Form - Apply for membership to AKWS
Video Library - A selection of art instruction videos that can be borrowed by members

Contact Information

Monthly Membership Meetings
September to May - Second Wednesday of the Month
Sourdough Mining Co., 5200 Juneau St., Anchorage, Alaska
Social hour 6:00 PM, Business meeting 7:00 PM

President: Chris Zafren 346-2333
Vice President: Mark McDermott 345-6997
: Acting: Jean Watson
333-5799 H, 333-4678 Msg,
Newsletter Editor: Jean Watson
333-5799 H, 333-4678 Msg,

Postal address
Alaska Watercolor Society, P. O. Box 90714, Anchorage, Alaska, 99509-0714

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Last modified: 02/10/2014