Ten watercolor artists living in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado founded the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society in 1986 to promote excellence in the watercolor painting medium and to encourage artistic achievement in the community. They held their first exhibit at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs in March of 1988. Subsequent exhibitions have been held at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, the Gallery of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and the Pikes Peak Library District, Library 21c.
Mary Ann Bransby and Nancy Baldrica co-founded the Society, organizing watercolor artists from the Colorado Pikes Peak area. The ten Charter Members were: Nancy Baldrica, Michael Baum, Joseph Bohler, Mary Ann Bransby, Marian Busey, Kurt Gabel, Dennis Linn, Penny Stewart, Don Van Horn and Richard E. Williams. It was incorporated as a nonprofit organization on May 29, 1991.
The purpose of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society is to promote, educate, and encourage artistic excellence in watercolor painting among members and within the community. It does so by its sponsorship of exhibitions, educational funding, workshops, and through its support of other local arts organizations and educational institutions.
Currently, the PPWS has over 150 Signature and Associate members. Associate Members can attain Signature Membership by being juried into three PPWS approved exihibitions. Associate Membership is open to any adult in the US by application submitted with yearly dues of $35.00. Information on membership can be obtained by sending a request to: PPWS Membership, P.O. Box 355, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Forms and more information about PPWS can be found here on our website.
Many PPWS members are active participants and show in local and national watercolor and art society exhibitions. Works by society members appear regularly in national and international exhibitions, galleries, books and publications. Numerous members teach art classes, organize show events and painting outings, and hold workshops locally, nationally and abroad.
We meet at 6:00 PM the third Wednesday of each month (except July), at The Catalyst Campus, at 555 East Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, in the Harvey House Room.
We invite you to be our guest at one of our monthly meetings, or join us as a member. If you would like to join PPWS, click here to Join.
Regional shows turned into national exhibitions called Watermedia through 1999. In 2000, the exhibition was extended internationally and became known as International Watermedia. After the 2001, International Watermedia became a biennial event and is our open, juried exhibition. The PPWS also holds an annual Signature Members’ Show. It is open to Associate Members through a juried process.