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The New England Watercolor Society

The New England Watercolor Society (NEWS) is 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.

To view galleries of current and past shows, please see Exhibitions in the sidebar menu or click here for a list.

Continuing into October:
Watercolor Wednesdays!

NEWS is offering the opportunity for fellowship painting in the fresh air, and at some welcoming, scenic locations - just "plein" fun, no instruction – sharpen your skills and share your works.

Any member or associate member is welcome to participate free of charge. If you're not a member, but you'd like to take part, don't worry - you can join NEWS at any event. Take part in the fun! Download more details and the schedule of events.

The program will culminate in a Signature & Associate Members Plein Air Exhibit at the Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, MA from November 5th to December 10.

Pictured at right: participants and work done at the July 12 event - "It's all Happening at the Zoo." New England Watercolor Society members got free admission to the Franklin Park Zoo, where they had an exotic array of subjects to test their skills on. Scroll down for more on this event.

Painting of Strawbery BankeHistoric Immersion at Strawbery Banke

Wednesday, August 9th
9:30am - 4pm

By special arrangement with the directors, the famous Strawbery Banke historic site in Portsmouth NH will host the August NEWS Watercolor Wednesdays Plein Air session.

Only an hour from Boston, Strawbery Banke is an extensive varied environment of houses, gardens, parks, planting beds, and vistas to the southern bank of the Piscataqua River that will engage and/or challenge either beginner or advanced painters. In other words, there's plenty to paint. There are also some great restaurants in the scenic downtown or at Portsmouth Harbor that may provide some respite after the session.

Painting of Strawbery Banke

Our welcoming hosts are anticipating and promoting having NEWS artists and friends on site, which will generate mutual interest and good will for all parties.   

Even better, paintings created during Watercolor Wednesdays will be eligible for a month-long "clothesline" display and sale at the Plymouth Center for the Arts from November 5th to December 10th.

This offering is a rare opportunity for fellowship painting in historic, scenic location. Parking & Facilities are available. Strawbery Banke, 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth NH.

Please register with Wendy ( no later than Monday, August 7 to confirm a spot. You can also download the schedule of all 2017 Watercolor Wednesday events.

Not a member yet? You may join as an associate member of NEWS for $20 at any of our events or join online here.

It Happened At the Zoo – July 12, 2016

Frank Costantino,
NEWS Coordinator, Watercolor Wednesdays

Despite an iffy forecast, N.E.W.S.was fortunate to have eight members arrive ready to go for July’s Plein Air session at the Franklin Park Zoo - EJ Barnes, Nancy Walton, Tony Visco, Ivan Orlinsky, JoAnne Chittick, Julie Blanchard, Wendy Hale & myself.

Though there was sunny weather, muggy humidity and thunder-cloud rumbles, all the artists had a great experience; not only painting together, but also sharing backgrounds, stories and successes. Within a beautiful landscape, it was an exciting zoo environment, with giraffes, lions, gorillas, cranes, camels and other creatures to elicit the painters’ interest. Rachael Reints, the Zoo Director, welcomed us and enjoyed having artists on site; her helpful staff informed us about the names and details of many animals. These volunteers also took photos of the artists and their works.

On a very busy Park day, many people & lots of kids stopped by to see what we were all doing, asked questions, and enjoyed the production of the art. Many folks mentioned that they had seen the NEWS plein air notice on the Zoo’s web site too. Our event had also been posted by BU’s weekly news source. WBZ radio also aired a report the next morning about the NEWS painters.

Wendy has asked the painters for shots of their works for posting to the NEWS sites, and also to be provided to the venues; so all members can see the results of the day. Watercolor Wednesdays have happened through the initiative and coordination of Wendy and her contact with the directors of the various venues.

The participating members’ sketches and paintings created during this zoo session, and the Newport Art Museum, the Arnold Arboretum, and the upcoming Watercolor Wednesdays will be eligible for display and sale at the Plymouth Art Guild in a Nov/Dec. “clothesline” show.

NEWS looks forward to having some of its NH and southern Maine members joining us for a Watercolor Wednesdays at Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth next month, and in September at Mariginal Way, Ogunquit, ME, and lastly at historic Plimouth Plantation, MA in October for having fun while trying their hand at the plein air experience. So, get on out there with us, and Paint!

Thanks, and hope we will see you soon at your easels!

Upcoming/Ongoing Events:

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