The IWS Traveling Exhibition was destroyed in a Nov. 2021 fire that resulted from a tragic accident while the paintings were en route between venues.  All 21 paintings were destroyed. The paintings are presented here in tribute to the artists and their dedication to watercolor.

Click here to view all 50 paintings from the 2021 Juried Membership Exhibition


Betty Benson Memorial Award, IWS North Region: Backyard Lovely, Jackie Zumalt


Juror's Choice: A Tranquil Nature, Beth Trott


First Place: No Paper, No Mail, Scott Muscolo


Second Place: Winter Morning Trip to the Snake River Breaks, Don Belts


Third Place: Tibetan Mother Series: A Nursing Mother, Yidan Guo


Fourth Place: November Hike, Hugh Mossman


6. Roseberry Road, Sharon Herther


7. Pandemic Painting IWS Award: North Fork Virgin River, Zion National Park, Jessica Bryant


8. COVID-19 Art Stimulus IWS Award: Quiet Strength, Kerri Lindstrom


9. Roots Family History Will Nelson Memorial Award: Saddle Billed Stork, Karyn Dekramer


10. Ed Robinson IWS Award: Music is Medicine, Rachel Linquist


11. H Graham & Company Award: Cherries, Loretta Barra


12. Cheap Joes Art Stuff Award: Bitteroot In The Craters, Linda Carlson


13. HB Hobein Artist Materials Award: Stone Temple Pillars, Dennis Hayzlett


14. HB Hobein Artist Materials Award: Doe and Fawns on Fall River, Shelly Johnson


15. Blick Art Materials Award: This Luminous Pause (Alchemy and Talismans), Laurel


16. Blick Art Materials Award: An Offering, Nancy Inaba


17. Blick Art Materials Award: Basque Dancers Fixing Her Scarf, Joyce Green


18. Blick Art Materials Award: Tiger Charging, Lauren Johnson


19. Golden Artist Colors, Inc. Award: Lupine Meadow, Rehle Higham


20. Creative Catalyst Productions Award: Camas Blues, Helen Grainger Wilson



The Idaho Watercolor Society is a group of people who share friendship, encourage personal growth, give support to one another, and organize wonderful events. Anyone can join; you do not have to be an artist.

The Society sponsors a range of activities statewide: exhibitions, workshops, paint-togethers, social get-togethers, holiday parties, and educational programs where beginning artists can learn and grow. There is also the opportunity to just volunteer and be involved with a variety of activities. Get involved and start benefiting from membership in this creative community.

View the Rotunda Visitor’s Choice Awards Announcement


Our mission is to promote and support the use of watercolor media and to educate the public as to the significance of watercolor painting.

The Society advances the interests of painters in watercolor and water media through its programs, workshops, and exhibits.

Join Us

We would love to have you join us in our fun and supportive community of water media artists. Membership is $40 per year, or $45 per year if you would like to receive a paper copy of our newsletter rather than the emailed version.


The Society sponsors a wide range of activities across the state, including exhibitions, workshops, paint-togethers, social get-togethers, holiday parties, and educational programs where beginning artists can learn and grow, and seasoned artists can explore new techniques and contribute their talents to better the organization. Volunteer and get involved.


As a non-profit organization, we depend solely on membership dues and donations. Your contribution ensures that watercolor painting in Idaho continues to thrive.  Send your donation to: IWS Treasurer • PO Box 9093 • Boise, ID • 83707