Sierra Watercolor Society is a nonprofit organization serving the Arts in Northern Nevada and Eastern California.


SWS presents painting exhibits in public spaces throughout the year, including one annual show judged by a professional juror. Meetings for members include educational lectures and demonstrations by well-known artists. SWS's Art Angels program sends volunteers to teach art in regional elementary schools. SWS awards a scholarship to a college-bound art student.


SWS offers workshops taught by nationally recognized artists in a wide range of fields including watercolor technique, landscape, human figure, collage, design, and color theory. SWS maintains a large lending library of DVDs about painting. Members also may meet in small drawing and critique groups.

At our next meeting on January 9, 2016, at 1 pm noted local artist and fellow SWS member Valerie P.Cohen will give a talk and slideshow of her paintings. This will be a visual autobiography of her 35-year career as an artist: why she started painting, how and why her work has evolved over time.

To see examples of her art, go to her website Her watercolors appear in national and international exhibitions, and she is a Signature Member of California Watercolor Association and San Diego Watercolor Society.

We welcome members of the public to all our meetings, demos and exhibits. See Meetings and Exhibits tabs on this site for dates. Note that we are holding our annual Christmas party on December 5 from 10 - noon. This is a potluck, which is also open to the public and provides an opportunity to meet the artists and view our Winter Exhibit, "Magical Moments."

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Please join!  You can contact us by mail at SWS, P.O. Box 70564, Reno, NV, 89570 or
You may phone or email President Kay Tietz at (775) 626 2965 or or Membership Chairman Jane Chapman at (775) 329 9886 or

Mary Ann Quaglieri
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