The Newport Art Museum has announced that they will host the 2017 New England Watercolor Society’s Juried Exhibition.

Founded in 1885 as the Boston Watercolor Society, the New England Watercolor Society (or “NEWS”) is one of the oldest watercolor societies in America. Its past members include a roster of influential American artists, such as Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, and honorary member Andrew Wyeth.

Though it began with thirteen founding members, it has flourished and now has two hundred signature members from throughout New England.This year, the New England Watercolor Society is fortunate to have Kathleen Conover as its esteemed juror. A signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Conover has received many awards for her watercolor paintings and has had work featured in Splash and The Artistic Touch.

Playing an integral role in the growing international watercolor scene, Conover has judged, exhibited, and given demonstrations in China, Turkey, Italy, France, Mexico, Korea, Belgium, Thailand, and Greece. In 2014, the first watercolor museum, in Qingdao, China, honored Conover as one of the forty international master watercolorists and showcased her work in its Invitational Watercolor Salon Exhibition.

The Opening Reception for the Juried Exhibition, as well as four other shows opening this spring, will be Thursday, June 8 from 5 – 7 pm. The Museum will remain open for Art After Dark until 9 pm. Admission is free for Museum members, $10 suggested donation for non-members, cash bar. Visit or call 401-848-8200 for event details. To download the New England Watercolor Society’s prospectus for this show, please go to

In conjunction with this exhibition, juror Kathleen Conover will offer a workshop Saturday- Monday, May 20 – 22 from 9 am – 4 pm, led by the Museum’s school, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies. Students will start their paintings with color, texture, gestural marks and layers for a chaotic start, then use design and composition to turn their painting into an attention-getting and expressive finish. All levels are welcome. More information and registration is available at

The New England Watercolor Society will also present three drop-in Watercolor Demonstrations: Friday, May 19th at 1pm led by Kathleen Conover, Sunday, June 4th at 1pm led by Kurt Van Dexter, and Sunday, June 25th at 1pm led by Nancy Gaucher-Thomas. All demonstrations are free with Museum admission. More information is available at

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