Central Ohio Watercolor Society Membership
New member applications are accepted by the Central Ohio Watercolor Society in October or November of each year. Check this website for the date.
Each applicant is asked to submit three matted (not framed) transparent watercolors in white or neutral matts to the COWS Membership Committee for membership consideration. A current COWS member must submit a letter of recommendation to the chairperson of the membership committee, Bess Alexander, recommending you for membership. The paintings must conform to the totally transparent watercolor criterion of the organization.
Transparent watercolor only may be used as the painting medium. “Transparent watercolor” is defined as paint so marked and advertised as “watercolor” by the manufacturer. Thus all other water-based media and any white paint shall not be used. The paint may be applied directly as it comes from the tube or pan, or diluted with water. No other material shall be permanently added to the painting surface or mixed with the watercolor medium, except graphite pencil may be used for the initial structural drawing.
The surface on which the watercolor is applied shall be paper, sized only by the manufacturer. No additional substance shall be applied to the support material nor any other support surface used.
Paintings copied from photographs, other than your own, or during a workshop or classroom situation are not eligible.
Submission of names are to be made to
If you are not sure contact Bess.
Watercolor is unique in its unparalleled ability to portray light. Your style may be tight or loose, fast or slow, thick or thin, and bright or subtle. We celebrate its uniqueness!