Pour It On! WSO and WFWS in Eugene,
April 7, 8 & 9, 2017
By Ruth Armitage

It’s time to make your plans now for the biggest watercolor event yet in the state of Oregon. The Watercolor Society of Oregon is proud to welcome delegates, alternates and guests to the 42nd Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition. Preview some of the coming attractions on YouTube: https://youtu.be/uI1G8WM23qE or Google the phrase: YouTube – First Time in Oregon.


Both the WSO Spring Exhibition and the WFWS42 will be presented by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon campus and curated by Pennsylvania artist Jeannie McGuire, AWS.


Our home base for convention activities will be the recently remodeled Eugene Hilton. The location is convenient to downtown restaurants and shopping. The Hilton has undergone an extensive renovation, and they have a wonderful convention facility. You’ll love the delicious plated banquet and evening entertainment.

Reserve Your Room Now:

Reserve your room now at the special discounted rate of $124 per night plus tax. Rates will be honored for those attending the workshop.

To make reservations, use the reservation code WSO. You must call the hotel directly at: 1-800-937-6660 before Monday, March 20, 2017. Room rate is single or double occupancy, additional guests may be added for $20.00 per person.  Check In begins at 4 pm, Check out by 12 pm. Complimentary self-parking and wireless internet are available. Reserve early to ensure availability! You may also book online using this link: http://bit.ly/WSOWFWS17

The weekend will commence with the WSO Board meeting, Friday, April 6th at 1 pm. WFWS Delegate meetings will also be happening Friday morning.

Instead of beginning with a Meet & Greet, we’ll get right to the main event, with an Awards reception for the WFWS Exhibition on Friday evening from 5:00 – 6:00 at the JSMA. Both shows will be on view and open to the public from 6-8 pm. Afterward, you may want to join one of the self-hosted dining groups at various restaurants around Eugene, or dine on your own. Picture yourself there, receiving your award!

Saturday will be devoted to convention activities including a juror critique, trade show, and several large capacity lectures and demonstrations. We want to showcase as many of our talented artists as possible to our out of town visitors, and give you a chance to share. We’ve tried to bring back some of our most popular activities from past conventions, and added a few new ones! Registration will open on February 15, 2017. Look for complete details in your next issue of the Watermark.

Please see the following links for full information:

WFWS 42 Prospectus

WSO Spring 2017 Prospectus