“The International Watercolor Society has come a long way since its inception back in 2012. We have successfully integrated more than 80 branches worldwide and we are still growing with more applications coming in. It has proven that art can bring people together despite differences in race, religion, culture and distance. Though our activities centered on watercolor promotion, our mission of promoting brotherhood and peace was being accomplished too. We see a stronger bond forming between member countries and we see camaraderie as well between member artists. We thank you all for these accomplishments and hope for your continued support in the years to come. The IWS theme would center around peace, harmony, love and understanding as reflected in the upcoming festivals, contests and exhibitions lineup. We will also focus on helping our IWS branches develop affordable strategies for promoting art and watercolor in their own countries. Striving hard to build a better society.”
~ Atanur Dogan, IWS Founder & President
The International Watercolour Society (IWS) is the largest community where watercolour artists can exchange ideas and showcase their talents. Over the years, it has played a crucial role in popularizing watercolour painting. As an IWS Vice President, I hope to serve the society by organizing international events for artists to connect, welcome more members into our family, and to provide a platform for young artists to fulfill their creative ambitions. We hope that IWS will embody the universal values of solidarity, friendship, peace and progress!
Liu Yi, Vice President
The international watercolour society gathers together one of the largest and most diverse group of watercolour artists and art lovers alike. Being one of many nations, cultures, and backgrounds, it provides a great platform for the continual development, learning, and passing of the art of watercolour. In addition to the exchange of ideas between artists in the field and industry, it advocates and supports the next generation of artists with the events and exhibitions that are difficult to come by for many.
~ Ze Ze Lai, Vice President
After almost five years , I am proud to say IWS has become one of the biggest art societies in the world. Where in the past, artists run into many obstacles before they get a break, IWS provides a platform where exceptional watercolor artists may shine. We hope IWS would become an instrument in reaching and passing on to the younger generation, the appreciation for watercolor painting.