Welcome to
 The Central New York
    Watercolor Society

                  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.

CNYWS members encourage the study of watercolor, and foster awareness and appreciation

of watercolor and water media, through regularly scheduled exhibits and educational opportunities.

This set of three ADK sealed and framed

paintings by Sarah Yeoman, AWS, was our 2022 Raffle Prize...and the lucky winner

was Kathleen Pfeifer! Congratulations!

Some photos from the workshop and annual meeting are on the Events page....


    Thanks to all Signatures who exhibited in our 2nd Signature Show at the Kirkland Art Center. Thanks also to co-chairs, Judy Levins and Jean Matuszewski, and all the volunteers who assisted.


The 1st Signature Show for CNYWS in the Foley Gallery at VIEW Arts Center in Old Forge, N.Y., has concluded.

We are happy to announce that our members sold 10 paintings from this show!

Thank you to co-chairs, Mary Murphy and Lorraine Van Hatten for their hard work and dedication to CNYWS. Thanks to all Signature members who displayed their beautiful paintings!

"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!!



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! 

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.

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Click on link above to learn more about the history of watercolor during its "Golden Age". Permission for link from Winsor Newton

Learn more about our Featured Member Artist,

 Amy Cunningham-Waltz

 in the

CNYWS newsletter August 2022.pdf

Newsletter in our NEWS section

Check out Blog posts 

by Signature Member, 


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