The Society of Washington Artists (SWA) is an inclusive, all media, all level community of artists devoted to learning, educating and promoting the visual arts in Clark County and the State of Washington. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.
We meet once a month to learn from each other and from accomplished artists from the greater art community whom we invite to demonstrate their techniques. Our meetings are generally the third Wednesday of each month (with a break in August), and open to members, guests and visitors. We currently meet at the Vancouver Heights United Methodist Church (see directions on the home page).
We produce and organize an inclusive art show for the greater community each spring which showcases an astonishing amount of talent from area artists. We also produce an art show of our members’ work in the fall. We sponsor art workshops by accomplished artists on a variety of subjects, such as colored pencil art, drawing, and color theory in painting. In addition, we are able to offer our members occasional art showing opportunities from time to time in public and private venues around Clark County.
Membership is open to anyone age 18 and over and kept affordable so that everyone with the ambition to create art may participate. Members enjoy contributing to the vitality of the organization through volunteering a small amount of their time or talents.
In 2012 the Society of Washington Artists Celebrated 50 years!
The Society of Washington Artists began in 1962. At that time, there were a few groups in Vancouver, such as the Fine Arts Guild, which held luncheons and invited artists to speak, but there was little local encouragement for artists to gather together regularly to learn and share ideas about art and its many facets.
In 1962, Doris Clark and a group of friends founded the SWA. Meetings were originally held in each other’s homes.
Recognizing the need to expand the group, they put together a set of bylaws and the Society of Washington Artists was born. The group registered as a nonprofit corporation with the State of Washington in 1976.
In the intervening time the group has grown in number, prestige and value to the community. Over the past 20 years our membership and focus have fluctuated from time to time.
We continue, however, to keep the goals of our mission and the vision of the talented and dedicated artists that came before us.
Frederick (Rick) Jones
president @ swavancouver.com
tellsue @ earthlink.net
treasurer @ swavancouver.com
Members at Large
Pamela Richey Curtis