Bloomington Watercolor Society

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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.



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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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.

We had two workshops in 2016.

A visiting artist from South Africa, Grant Wood, taught a 1-day workshop on November 5, 2016. Here is a sample of his work showing luminous skies. Read more here.

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.

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 at 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. Above are a couple of examples of the works shown.

Coming Soon: We will hold a membership show named "We Paint...The Bicentennial" from December 9, 2016, thrugh February 20, 2017 at the Monroe County History Center, 202 E Sixth Street. More details will be provided closer to the opening date.

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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