The Watercolor Society of North
Carolina, Inc. (WSNC) is a professional nonprofit art organization. The
purpose of WSNC is to strengthen and promote watercolor throughout the
state. We strive to do this by: elevating the standards of excellence in
this medium, educating artists by hosting workshops by nationally
recognized artists, sponsoring juried exhibitions, and involving the
people of North Carolina in the arts.
A. Stuffer Myers, artist and businessman, from Lexington, began
organizing WSNC in 1972. He contacted artists, galleries, and at quilds
across the state, all of which gave support. The charter meeting was
held in Lexington on August 19, 1972. Our 18 charter members were: A.
Stuffer Myers, Dixie Browning, Jerry Fouts, W. E. Haltom, Odessa
Holshouser, Don King, Elizabeth Lawson, Curtis Leonard, Jr., Gertha
Love, Mary May, Connie McNeill, Katherine Montgomery, Gertrude Myers,
Norma Owen, Edith Saunders, Gerald Schoonover, Katherine Skipper, and
Bob Timberlake. In September of 1972, Dixie Browning a Winston-Salem
artist, became the first president of WSNC.
In September of 1972, Dixie Browning, a Winston-Salem artist, became the
first president of WSNC. Our first membership meeting, attended by 80
artist, was held in Greensboro with guest artist Barclay Sheaks. The
first exhibition, juried by Frank Getlein, was held at the University of
North Carolina at Wilmington in the spring of 1973. Incorporation of
WSNC occurred in 1979, and 1996 the first employee position was created.
1999 brought the idea of signature membership to the forefront. The
membership approved the following during their meeting on February 24,
1999: signature membership is merited by members who win two awards in
two separate shows. Only these members are entitled to use the initials
WSNC after their names on any painting in watermedia. Purchase awards
and honorable mentions may not be used to qualify. Once the artist has
obtained the first qualifying award, his membership with WSNC must be
continuous to be eligible for and retain signature status. The first
signature members should be awarded during the fall 1999 exhibition in
The Society ultimately grew from its 18 charter members to a membership
of nearly 500. Our activities are supervised by a volunteer Board of
Directors. We invite anyone interested in the arts to support WSNC by
becoming a member today.