Our History watercolor by John Pike
North East Watercolor Society was formed as the Orange County Watercolor Society
by Babette Roy of Warwick, NY and Don Selchow, of Monroe, NY under the
inspiration of internationally famous Illustrator, teacher and fine artist, John
Pike, N. A., A. W. S. The first meeting at Roy’s home included the fifteen
charter members who expressed the aim of the organization, “the promotion and
preservation of Watercolor painting.”
watercolor by Don Selchow
“Orange County Watercolor Society first exhibited at the Trotting Horse Museum
in Goshen, NY with an invitational show which was attended by both Bogimir
Bogdonivic, AWS, and John Pike, himself, who made a rare trip from his home
in Woodstock, NY.
Membership expanded and in 1976 the Orange County Watercolor Society sponsored it’s first Juried Exhibition at the Trotting Horse Museum. The By laws were revised and in response to the wider membership, the name of the organization was changed to North East Watercolor Society. The Annual Juried Show expanded the reputation of the organization and the Jurors and demonstrators at those shows reads like a “Who’s Who” of American watercolor painters.
Recently the Annual
Exhibition has become international in scope attracting entrants from as far as
Singapore, Greece, and Malaysia, and the Society inducted its first
International Member, Lorraine Dietrich from Trois Rivieres, Canada. The October
juried exhibition is held now at the Gallery of the Kent Art Association, Kent,
CT, and boasts over $ 8,000.00 in awards and some of today’s finest and most
renowned watercolorists. The Association sponsors two workshops with nationally
known artists and two demonstrations as well as at least one member show per
year. Membership is open to anyone interested in watercolor or in supporting the
art of watercolor painting.
Carrie Lou Fisher, Ethel
Goldblatt, Matilda Grech, Ingrid Large, Gus Lieberman, Gertrude Ochs, Richard
Ochs, Estelle Reger, Gordon Richardson, Babette Roy, Don Selchow, Janic Slocum,
Edith Vail, and Malcolm Yohannan.
Don Selchow 1973-76 Babette Roy 1977-83 Ingrid Large 1984-86 Joan M. Ross 1987-90
Friede Strobl 1991-92 Malcolm Yohannan 1993-96 Richard Ochs 1997-01 Winnie O'Dougherty 2002-04
Richard Ochs 2005-06 Richard Price 2006-
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