In the early 1970s, a group of plein air artists formed the nucleus of what became the Santa Cruz Watercolor Society when they began to create a bulletin that published where they planned to meet. The organization has grown and networked and now includes opportunities for all watercolorists whether or not their interest is focused on plein air painting.

The Watercolor Society itself meets once yearly for a business/social gathering. It hosts a yearly invitational show and occasional auxiliary shows. The Society also supports a monthly newsletter that provides information on member activity (where work is being shown); exhibit, workshop, paint/travel opportunities; and contact for plein air and critique group activity.

The Plein Air Group meets weekly for outdoor painting. This is a casual outing of dedicated painters.

The Critique Group meets on Tuesdays at one o’clock at the Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz. Its core consists of artists who have varying directions and goals. All levels of experience are welcome. The main objective is to give an immediate audience for new work and to provide helpful dialogue. The group also acts as a network of technical information and sponsors bulk ordering of supplies.

Collectively, we are a friendly group wishing to develop personal and professional opportunities in watercolor. We invite you to join us.