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The mission of BWS is to promote a growing relationship with artists, to encourage one another, and provide opportunities for promoting and exhibiting our watercolor paintings in the community.

Marianne Glick, "Dream Big," Acrylic


BWS meets the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m., September through June. Meetings are held at the First Christian Church at the corner of Kirkwood and Washington in Bloomington, Indiana. After a short business meeting, members enjoy an educational program or a demonstration by BWS members or professional artists. The demos are often interactive and provide time to paint. (There are no Monday meetings in December, July, or August; however, other activities are scheduled.)

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A Fall 2016 Opportunity for Artists

The Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Inc. is inviting artists of all mediums and skill levels to bring their supplies to campus and downtown Bloomington to create new work that reflects the landscape of BloomingtonĀ in 2016. The artists will be working plein air between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8. Between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. the art created may be displayed and sold in a tent in Dunn Meadow. No judges to face other than the buying public. Artists who wish to participate must register via email with the T.C. Steele State Historic Site or call via telephone (see link below). There are also other activities on Friday, October 7, such as a tour focused on T.C. Steele's Days in Germany and demonstrations of plein air painting. All of the activities are free to the public. See more detail at the T.C. Steele website.


Member's Shows

The members of BWS are encouraged to show their art. Yearly, BWS sponsors a Gallery Show in which members may display and sell their work.

Our most recent show was The Vault at Gallery Mortgage (121 E 6th Street) with member works on the theme "The Art of Chocolate". The exhibit was up The Vault Gallery during February and March of 2016. Here are a couple of examples of the works shown.


Each year BWS contracts with recognized artist/teachers who provide a workshop within that artists specific field. Workshops are usually a day's worth of instruction and practice. The price of the workshop is based on its length (one or more days), the artist's compensation, the facilities required, and the supplies if included. Members are offered access to the workshop first and then the seats are opened to the public if the workshop is not filled.

WORKSHOP 2016 was held on April 2, 2016

Your art teacher told you that the best way to learn is to draw everyday. What better way to do so than to carry a journal with you and draw what you see and do. On April 2, 2016, BWS sponsored a workshop by Steve Dawson called "Art Journaling: Living the Illustrated Life". Steve is dedicated to Journaling and has dozens of journals to show off his work. You can read more here.

Programs and Paint outs

BWS is well represented at all times across the Bloomington area, not just by the quality of our art, but by the activities of our members! We offer classes, shows, and other events. See our Activities page.


Lynn DiamenteMembership is open to everyone!

Our membership levels include:

  • Active Member: $25 annual dues for artists.
  • Family Member: $40 per family duo.
  • Student Member: $10 annual dues.
  • Associate Member: $10 annual dues for non-residents.
  • Patron Member: A patron member makes a monetary contribution to BWS to further the objectives of the organization.
  • Lifetime Member: A lifetime member makes a $250 contribution to BWS and becomes an active member.
  • Signature Member: These members are admitted to “signature” status after completing the application process and then a BWS selected jury approval.



BWS email is delivered to active members automatically but if you would like to receive email about BWS activities without becoming a member of the society, you may send a note providing your email address to asking to join the ALL group.

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