The Toronto Watercolour Society (TWS) was founded
in 1985 by an enthusiastic group of watercolour artists
and their instructor, Margaret Roseman. They envisioned
creating an organization dedicated to promoting the interests
of painters in watercolour. The new society was launched
when 45 people signed up as members at the inaugural meeting
in May of that year. The first Annual Fall Juried Show was
unveiled in October 1985 and since that time the society
has mounted spring and fall juried shows each year.
The Toronto Watercolour Society is a strong,
active and innovative organization of some 275 members.
The society holds regular monthly meetings featuring notable
guest artists who discuss their work and give exciting demonstrations
of their techniques and methods. A number of weekend workshops
are set up throughout the year to provide members with valuable
learning sessions under the direction of knowledgeable,
experienced, professional watercolourists.
Through these and many other activities,
the society seeks to provide the nurturing strength of a
collective identity and to inspire and encourage its members
in the pursuit of personal expression through the exploration
of the creative potential of water-based media.
The Toronto Watercolour Society has earned
a reputation throughout Ontario for its continued commitment
to its mandate, the quality of its shows and exhibitions,
and the excellent work of its member artists. Membership
is open to anyone interested in painting in watercolours.
There is a waiting list for membership because of the difficulty
of finding a venue which can accommodate everyone wishing
to be a member.