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The New England Watercolor Society

Welcome to the New England Watercolor Society (NEWS), one of the oldest and most prestigious watercolor societies in America. NEWS was founded in 1885 as the Boston Watercolor Society. Past members include Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, and honorary member Andrew Wyeth. Membership has grown from the thirteen founding members to nearly 200 signature members from every New England state. Please click on any link to learn more about our history, exhibitions, and membership opportunities.




Coming soon: The 2017 Signature Member Show

Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury St. Boston, MA
January 31 – February 26, 2017

Download the prospectus (only NEWS Signature members are eligible to submit work)
Click here for other important show information

Intent to submit a painting should be pre-registered on the 11th, the actual painting should be submitted at the Guild on the 25th, the judging will be done on the 26th and notification will be listed on the website on the 27th. Mark your calendar for these important show dates:

Registration due   January 11
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Shipped paintings due   January 20
Painting drop-off   January 25, 11am-2pm
Accepted work posted   January 27
Show opens   January 31
Reception   February 4, 2-4pm
Awards   February 4, 3pm
Show closes   February 26
Pick-up accepted work   February 26, 5:30-6:30pm
February 27, 12-2pm

Location: The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury St. Boston, MA 02116
Hours: Tues–Sat, 10:30 am–5:30 pm;  Sunday 1:00–4:00 pm;  closed Mondays

There will be demonstrations on the following Saturdays from 1:00-3:00:
2/11 - Gerard Doucette
2/18 - Raymond Andreotti
2/25 - Marla Greenfield

There will also be Sunday afternoon Gallery talks at 2:00 on February 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. The roughly 45 minute presentations will be given by Dawn Scaltreto (date to be decided), Wendy Hale (2/12), and two others yet to be determined.

Upcoming Events:

  • Andy Evansen Watercolor Workshop - January 27 - 29, 2017 - This workshop will be limited to 16 participants - register early! See the Workshops page for more details, or download the registration form
  • Boston Arts Weekend - January 26-29 - Paired with the Andy Evansen Workshop -
    Not limited to workshop participants
    Stay in Copley Square: The Charlesmark Hotel - one block from the Evansen Workshop (call 617-247-1212 for reservations)
    Mention Boston Arts Weekend for specially discounted prices: single $119 + tax per night, or double $139 + tax per night
    Thursday, January 26
    Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum
    6pm - Dinner at Café G (self pay)
    please bring cash for splitting bill
    7:30pm - Private Tour ($20)
    Friday, January 27
    Gibson House
    4:30pm - Private Tour of 1860 Back Bay Row-House: "Truly a time capsule of Victorian Boston" ($9)
    6pm - Dinner at Eataly (self pay)
    Saturday, January 28
    “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
    6pm - Dinner at Coda (self pay)
    8pm - Lyric Stage Theatre, center section seating ($55 - a 20% savings)

    Please send a check to the address below for the events you wish to attend, spouses welcome.
    NEWS, Wendy Hale, 160 Commonwealth Ave #709, Boston, MA 02116

    Download a flyer about this event

Also: New England Regional Juried Exhibition - Newport RI, May 2017
Linda Baker Workshop - paired with the 2017 Regional Show
Details will be posted as they become available.

Share news of your accomplishments with other NEWS members. See the NEWS News page for instructions on submitting your items of interest to be posted in this virtual newsletter.

Be sure to check the Bulletin Board page too for calls for art, upcoming workshops or art-related travel opportunities.