Who We Are

 
 

Our Mission

Is dedicated to promoting the awareness and appreciation of watercolor to its membership at all levels of ability and to the community by providing opportunities and venues for participation, education, fellowship and exhibitions.

History

The Vermont Watercolor Society was founded by a small group of painters in 1995 and today we are well over 240 members strong. We are dedicated to promoting the awareness and appreciation of watercolor to our membership of all levels of ability and to the community by providing opportunities and venues for participation, education, fellowship, and exhibitions.

Membership

We have three levels of membership. 

  • Student Membership is free to anyone under 24 years of age.  

  • Associate Membership is our entry-level paid membership open interest in watercolor regardless of where they live. 

  • Signature Membership is achieved through juried acceptance into three Vermont Watercolor Society shows within a five year period. These members also have the privilege of adding VWS after their name.

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Governance

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are governed by an 11 member volunteer board of directors elected by the membership for a two year term renewable for two consecutive terms. Spiraling out from the board are special appointments and committees, all with the purpose of remaining true to our mission. Read our bylaws (PDF).

Communications

We keep our members informed about VWS happenings through a quarterly newsletter, regular news announcements on the website, and email communications.

Happenings

VWS provides many opportunities for interactions among our members. We hold an annual members meeting each fall, at least one member event, several educational programs, 2-3 annual exhibits, and various workshops. Check out our calendar to learn more about upcoming happenings.

Volunteering

We are a member driven organization. VWS is thriving because of the personal commitment of our members to be involved and participate in a volunteer opportunities. 

Community

In 2014, VWS developed the “I Can Paint” program which donates artist-grade watercolor kits to public school classrooms and afterschool programs. Along with the materials, students receive watercolor instruction from a VWS member in collaboration with the classroom teacher. Learn more about our outreach.

 
 

Our Board of Directors

 

OFFICERS

  • Tony Conner, President

  • Martin LaLonde, Vice-President

  • Adrienne Fisher, Secretary

  • Christine Sumner (CPA), Treasurer

DIRECTORS

  • Lauren Wooden, Membership

  • Jean Cannon, Exhibitions

  • Joey Bibeau, Education & Programs

  • Judith Selin, Communications

  • Jane Sandberg, Member Hubs