Welcome to
 The Central New York
    Watercolor Society

  How to navigate this website: Click on each page title in the horizontal menu to open each page.  Our Events/Exhibits page and the 2023 Signature Exhibit page have a white dot after the titles. If you "hover" over those titles, you will access drop-down menus with more items. There are several pages also included in the "parallel bars" symbol on the right. Enjoy scrolling!

(Painting image: Follow the Light by Signature Member, Loretta Lepkowski)


                  Our History          

     The Central New York Watercolor Society was formed in February 1982 with fourteen charter members from the central New York State region. The Society was organized with the assistance of Mario Cooper and his wife, Dale Meyers, both past presidents of the American Watercolor Society, as well as Clarence Say, and Dan Meyers, past presidents of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society.

         The first President of  CNYWS was Willard J. Sauter of Utica, N.Y.

The Central New York Watercolor Society promotes the joy of watercolor painting through annual exhibitions, workshops, watercolor and water media demonstrations, and other educational outreach.

"Pink Granite" Eric Shute JUROR'S CHOICE AWARD
"Moose River Contemplation" Millie Schmidt
"You'll Never Be Forgotten" Lee O'Connell JUROR'S CHOICE AWARD
"Waiting to Dance" Pamela Vogan Lynch
"Trees on Hill" Jeanne Lampson
"Tiger Stripes" Judith Levins JUROR'S CHOICE AWARD
"Thendara Threesome" Meg Harris
"Thee in Flight" Paulette Krakowski
"The Loss" Rebecca Krutsinger
"Summer on the Erie Canal Towpath, Camillus, NY" Kathleen Guthrie
"St. Andrews, New Brunswick" Kathleen Pfeifer
"Spring Bluets" Jeanne Lampson
"Smokey Summer" Amy Cunningham- Waltz
"Six Horse" Brenda Cretney
"She Drives While He Casts" Sally Stormon
"Rhododendron" Margaret Wilson
"Reflections in Chrome" Lynne Reichhart
"Rainy Day Car Wash" Sue Murphy
"Prince Edward Island" Kathleen Pfeifer
"Pretty in Pink" Carol Koziol Clark
"Oneonta Theater" Emily Falco
"Near the Shadows" Katie Turner
"Morning Serenity" Jean Matuszewski
"Jazz" Rebecca Krutsinger ARTISTIC MERIT AWARD
"Matin" Geraldine Meday
"Morning Peace" Lee O'Connell
"Exploration" Karen Harris ARTISTIC MERIT AWARD
"Lake Access" Maureen Heroux
"High Tide" Eric Shute
"Gervase" Martha Deming
"Irises" Mary P. Murphy
"Ethereal Vision" Karen Harris
"Diner Treat" Lynne Reichhart
"Diner Chess 3.1" Craig Anderson
"Dare to be Different" Lana Privitera BEST IN SHOW AWARD
"Cove Reflections" Donna Egan
"Button and Swallowtail" Bonnie Bergan
"Building a Fire" Amy Sopchak
"Ballerina at Rest" Karen Durston
"And the Wind Came Up" Katharine Kernan
"A Gray Day in County Cork" Cynthia Wells
"1:53 P.M.in West Village" Maya Bao ARTISTIC MERIT AWARD

Slideshow above features the member work from our recent Juried Exhibition at Cooperstown Art Association.

 Our appreciation to Janet Erway, her staff and volunteers at the Cooperstown Art Association for another wonderful exhibit and reception! Nine paintings were sold!! CNYWS members who submitted work, as well as those whose work was selected, are to be commended. It is a leap of faith to enter your art in a juried show.

We encourage you all to" keep your brushes dancin' " !

Many thanks to 2023 Juried Show co-chairs, Jeri Meday and Sue Murphy, and to Kathryn Wehrung for coordination with Online Juried Shows.

🌟The online gallery of our 2023 juried show is now also available for viewing! Go to the Events/Exhibitions Tab and "hover" to see the pull down menu. The gallery will be the first item listed.


 The 2023 CNYWS 2nd Signature Show Online Gallery

of the paintings shown at Wilson Gallery, Le Moyne College may be viewed by selecting 2023 Signature Exhibits in our horizontal site menu above/ click the pull down menu to access.

The gallery will open in a new page. Enjoy!!

 Many thanks to Co-chairs Karen Harris, Pamela Lynch, and Kathryn Wehrung, AND all member volunteers who helped hang and take down this show!


🌟You can also enjoy our 2023 1st Signature Show (exhibited at VIEW Arts Center in Old Forge, NY) by clicking on the heading 2023 Signature Exhibits in the site menu at the top of this page.

Many thanks to Lorraine Van Hatten and Mary Murphy  

for serving as our show co-chairs.


           Featured Member Art :   Falling For You by Patricia Hoffman

"Success in watercolor results from the partnership between artist and medium;

finding a balance within the knowledge, technique, and skill of the painter;

and leaving room for the magic that makes watercolor so distinctive."

Mick McAndrews

CNYWS MEMBERS :    Keep your brushes busy!!



We would like to now feature your paintings on our

home page!


Please send a high res jpg. to lynch1@twcny.rr.com.

Please include title! Can't wait to see what you have been

up to!


Do you love Watercolor?

Are you looking for opportunities to enhance your personal art journey?

We encourage watercolor enthusiasts at all levels to join us! 

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"Carpenter Falls, Skaneateles, N.Y."

by one of our new Associate Members,

Kathleen Guthrie


         Here is  an untitled image by 19th  century watercolorist, Fidelia Bridges. She was the only woman in the group of artists who organized the American Watercolor Society.


                              MEMBER WORKS

                         "Lacy Leaves"

   by featured artist, Jean Matuszewski


                 "Portrait of a Runaway"

                by Amy Cunningham- Waltz

Left: "Birch Trees" by Drayton Jones

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      For our plein air painters:

Simplon.Lesson, 1911


John Singer Sargent

 Learn more about our Featured Member Artist,

Jean Matuszewski

 in the

Fall 2023 CNYWS Newsletter.pdf

Newsletter in our NEWS section

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