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Message from Mark DeMos, President:

Welcome to the website of the New Jersey Water Color Society.  Formed in 1938, by a group of watercolorists and sculptors to buck the dominance of oil painting,
at the start of a great blossoming of interest in the medium of watercolor.

The New Jersey Water Color Society has focused on celebrating work of the highest quality in the state. Starting with original member, Lucille Hobbie (president 1955-6), we have included such nationally known luminaries as Henry Gasser (president ‘46-47), Kent Day Coes (1948), William Gorman (President NJWCS ‘57-59, AWS ‘86-93), Ray Ellis (president ’67-68), Arthur Barbour, Roberta Carter Clark (’79-81), Nicolas Reale, Pat San Soucie, etc. Our members have worked in many styles, realist and abstract and advanced the popularity and sweep of the medium. As we have over the years, we include many water-soluble media, watercolor, gouache, acrylic and inks under glass, not on canvas nor including a dominance of collage and no printed elements.  And like the American Watercolor Society we allow artists to use any “water color”, from whatever period, as long as they were original, not done under the assistance of an instructor.

We still pride ourselves on exhibiting watercolors of the highest quality of a wide variety of styles on into the 21st century. Like other Societies across the country we are modernizing, using online services to simplify jurying, and using artists of the highest standing to do fair unbiased jurying, while bringing in artists of high standing to come to judge the awards. 

It is time for new leadership and I’d like wish Susanna Anastasia well as she takes over the reigns of the NJWCS. 

We are pleased to hold our Annual Open Juried Exhibition for 2018 at the Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church Street, September 30-November 4, 2018. Our Juror of Selection this year will be Janet Rogers, AWS and Juror of Awards, Antonio Masi, AWS.  We will continue to have a top-notch artist complete our selection process via digital entries and another respected, recognized artist will judge the awards from the original paintings
Mark DeMos, President, NJWCS


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