Hawai`i Watercolor Society


The Hawai`i Watercolor Society was founded in 1962 by Hawai`i Artist Hon Chew Hee. Our aim as an organization is to nurture and stimulate interest in water media through education, exhibits, and collaboration with other organizations, associations and individuals.

The Hawai`i Watercolor Society sponsors two juried exhibits every year as well as a biennial curated show highlighting the work of our signature members. In addition, we host periodic sales, themed shows and community events.

In conjunction with our exhibits we offer two week long workshops each year featuring nationally recognized teaching artists. On an intermittent basis we sponsor shorter duration workshops on a variety of art-related topics.


The 2017 Members Show

The entry process is now closed

You can see show selections and winners here.

Sponsored by the Hawai’i Watercolor Society This annual juried exhibition is open to all members and showcases the best in watercolor painting with diverse techniques from traditional to experimental. HWS strives to present water media as a vital, enduring, and expressive medium, through education and exhibition.

The 2017 Members Show June 3 - June 24, 2017

Click here for the show prospectus.
Click here for a PDF file of Labels to submit your artwork.

Location: Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens.
Juror and workshop instructor:  Sandra Duran Wilson
Show Chair: Susan Phillips

Things to remember:

  • All forms, digital files, and payments need to be submitted by April 14, 2017. Forms and fees mailed on this date will not be on time. Please allow 2-5 business days for delivery. Entry form to Susan Phillips, images to Robin Sagara. Please see the show prospectus for their contact info.
  • You will be notified in early May by phone or email if your painting(s) are accepted.
  • All shipped paintings must be received by May 26, 2017. Artwork is to be shipped to the attention of:
    Susan Phillips
    148 Kuupua Street
    Kailua, HI 96734

  • Framed and mounted work must be ready to hang with wire and screw mounts.
  • All shipped art must be prepaid for return shipping. All shipping containers must be in good condition. No Styrofoam peanuts.
  • June 3, 2017: Painting take in - 9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • June 4, 2017: Reception - 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • June 24, 2017: Show take down - 9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • Sales: All sales will be handled by Susan Phillips. When sales occur, she will contact you via phone or email.
  • Questions? Call Susan 808-262-9626


Click here for the show prospectus.
Click here for a PDF file of Labels to submit your artwork.


View past show submissions and winners here.