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 Hawai`i Watercolor Society sponsors several shows each year. The juried Member's Show, the fall Open Show and other shows are usually held in the spring or summer, fall, and the holiday season. View info and recent show images below. Past show images here.

2019 Fall Open Show Information And Registration

The Chemistry of Water

Dates: October 28 - November 22, 2019.
Location: Honolulu Museum of Art School Gallery - 1111 Victoria St., Honolulu, HI 96814
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 am - 4:30 pm
Opening & Awards Friday October 18th, 5-8 pm, public invited

Juror: Paul Jackson www.pauljackson.com
Show Chairs: Dawn Yoshimura and Mari Macmillan

Entry Fees: Please pay your entry fee, catalog fee, or sitting fee here.

For your entry fee: You will also need to sign and mail the Entry Agreement form found in the Prospectus. Catalog and sitting fees (see Prospectus) are payable during drop off on October 12th.

Maximum Entries is FOUR
HWS Members: 1st entry $20, others $10 each.
Non-HWS Members: 1st entry $35, others $20 each.

Catalog Fee (per artist): $10
Sitting Fee (per four hour block of time): $25
One block per entry accepted. No charge if you sit 1 block per accepted work

You may pay with a credit card or your PayPal account.

Entry Fee:

Sitting and Catalog Fees:
Pay Fee

Click here for the Prospectus (PDF file)

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

Important Dates:

Please read the Prospectus for complete info on how to submit your artwork.

  • Friday, August 30, 2019: Deadline for Entries to be RECEIVED (jpegs, liability release, payment)

    Allow 4 working days for Oahu (USPS). Allow 7 working days for Maui, Hawaii, Kauai. Allow 10 working days for mainland.

  • Week of September 16-21: Notification of Acceptance by email

  • October 10, 2019: Last day for shipped accepted works to be received at Arts at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96817

  • October 12, 2019: Drop off and sign up. Hand delivery of accepted paintings at HoMAS Main Gallery and sign up for sitting. Hours: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  • October 18, 2019: Opening Reception, Art School Lobby, 5 to 8 p.m., public invited.

  • November 22, Friday: Take Down. The show ends 4:30 pm. You may come and pick up your piece AFTER 4:30 p.m. from 4:45-6:00 p.m. or Saturday November 23rd 9-11 a.m.