Watercolor Art Society-Houston

Art Gallery, Classes and Artistic Enrichment

The Annual Members Exhibit is coming up!

• Entries will be accepted from 10 am to 3 pm on Thursday, October 6, and Friday, October 7.

• Juror Mary Whyte will give a presentation at the WAS-H Monthly Members Meeting on Sunday, October 9 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm.

• The Annual Members Exhibit Reception and Awards Presentation will immediately follow the Monthly Members Meeting on Sunday, October 9 starting at 4 pm.

• The Annual Members Exhibit will be available for viewing in the WASH Gallery from October 9th through November 4th.

See 2015 Annual Members winners to the right. Click HERE for more information and the prospectus.

39th Annual InternationalExhibition Award Winners

1st Place, Karen Lindeman "Irish Spring"

2nd Place, Mark McDermott "Tattoo Guy"

3rd Place, Denise Athanas "Within Bounds III"

Board of Director's Award,  Judy Bush,“First Light”

Lloyd Albers Memorial Award, Brenda Cretney,“Shy Penny”

Jack Bowen Award, Kristi Grussendorf,“Working Girl”

Merit Awards
Lynda Jung,“The Eye of The Spider”; Tamara Kontrimas,“Sash”; Dongfeng Li,“Out of the Darkness, Into The Light”; Susenne Telage,“Art & Wine”; Daniela Werneck,“The Imaginary Rainbow Rain”

Honorable Mention Awards
Mohammad Ali Bhatti,“Malang Baba”; 
Ken Call,“Peace Of Mind”; Carol Creel,“Banana Leaf 3”; Tom Francesconi, “Sunday Brunch, Tavern on Rush”; Dawna Hasara,“Point Reyes”; Ashish Irap,“In Thought”;  Teresa Kirk,“Ladies In Waiting II”

Welcome to WAS-H

Promoting watercolor art through our gallery exhibits, painting classes and artistic enrichment.

Our state of the art gallery and classroom is nestled in the heart of Houston's Museum District.

Membership is open to the beginner, professional, and art enthusiast.  Learn more about benefits HERE


Parking is available in our parking lot and on surrounding neighborhood streets. Please do not park at the Menil Collection parking lot, it is reserved for their visitors.

Street Parking Tips for Neighborhood to Avoid a Ticket:

1. Fire hydrant = 1 car
2. Crosswalk at intersection = 1-1/2 cars
3. Stoplight or traffic control sign = 2 cars
4. Firestation Driveway
—Next to the Driveway = 1-1/2 cars
—Across the street from Driveway = 3 cars

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Welcome to Watercolor Art Society-Houston

Founded in 1975, the Watercolor Art Society – Houston (WAS-H) is a non-profit organization with over 600 members. For over 40 years, WAS-H has brought the excitement of water-media to the greater Houston area with outstanding exhibitions, world-class instruction and dedicated community outreach. Year-round opportunities are provided to every level of painter, from novice to the seasoned expert. Art lovers are invited to enjoy year-round exhibitions in our gallery in the Museum District. 

The purpose of the Watercolor Art Society-Houston is to further the cause and interest in watermedia art through teaching, programs, demonstrations, outreach and exhibitions.

Upcoming Artist Demos

These wonderful artists are scheduled to give demos at the WAS-H General Meetings as follows:

September 11: Carol Rensink

Blog Posts

The WAS-H Blog offers up-to-date news and more. Click on a link below to read the posting or just visit our Blog page by clicking HERE.

Paint Out Schedule At a Glance

See full details here.

  • Off for the Summer, check back in the Fall 

Life Painting Lab

Join in the fun of the Life Lab each Wednesday from 12:30 - 3:30pm. The cost is $10 for members and $14 for non-members, exact change appreciated.

Volunteers Wanted

  • Photographers
  • Videographer
  • Washrag Reporter
  • Crating/Uncrating Team, IE
  • Reception Team, IE

For more information, click HERE

Paint-In Schedule at a Glance

Paint-Ins are a single day class taught each second Saturday of the month (*or third Saturday as indicated), from 9:00am - 3:30pm. It's a great opportunity to learn a new technique or squeeze in a class with your busy schedule. Registration is required. Click here to Register.

  • September 10 - Mark Stewart
  • October 15* - TBA
  • November 12 - TBA
  • January 14 - Nancy Stephenson
  • February 11 - Mary Wilbanks
  • March 18* - Janet Hassinger
  • April 8 - Erik Sprohge
  • May 13 - Shirl Ricetti
  • June 10 - TBA
  • July 8 - TBA

Friday Open Studio

Come paint together from 10:30 am-2:30 pm on Fridays when no class is scheduled. We will watch and  discuss an art video, paint our own compositions, and share in a group critique. No teacher. No charge. Bring your lunch. 

September 9, 23, 30

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Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm

Parking is available in our parking lot and on surrounding neighborhood streets. Please do not park at the Menil Collection parking lot, it is reserved for their visitors.

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