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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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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. In 2014, the member works were on display at The Venue Fine Arts & Gifts, 114 S Grant St, Bloomington from November 7 to December 3.

In early 2015 BWS is honored to be invited to show member's work at the Wylie House Museum in Bloomington in tandem with its display of the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. The theme for the art show is "We Paint...Heirlooms". The works on exhibit are interpretations of things related to Wylie House or of an antique nature. The show will be on display from February 27 to April 29 at the Wylie House Barn and Education Center.

Members: The Prospectus with rules for the We Paint...Heirlooms show can be found here. Deliver your work(s) (unframed) for scanning on January 15, 2015; your work(s) will be returned on February 9th so that you can frame it. Then deliver it framed for the show on February 26. More detail is provided in the prospectus.


Each year BWS contracts with recognoized 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. The 2014 Spring Workshop was oriented toward the Eastern Asian form of ink brush work called Sumi-e. To see what the workshop was about, go to our pages about the Michel Samson workshop.

Programs and Paintouts

BWS is well represented at all times across the 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.

Art conferences and retreats

In the fall of 2012, we co-sponsored a watercolor conference that was held in French Lick/West Baden, IN, called 'We Paint... The Springs Watercolor Conference.' You can see selected photos from the 2012 conference on this page.

In 2013 we continued the tradition. In collaboration with Ivy Tech Bloomington's Center for Lifelong Learning, we held "We Paint...The Woods", a watercolor retreat at Indiana University's Bradford Woods on September 21 and 22, 2013. We had two talented Indiana artist/teachers, Sandy Ezell and Jeanne McLeish, who each offered a day long workshop on Saturday, September 21 oriented toward painting out-of-doors (plein air). On Sunday, we offered a plein air paint out and contest. All participants seemed to enjoy the lovely fall weather and the creative atmosphere.


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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