The Watercolor Society of Alabama

Watercolor Society of Alabama began in 1939 with an exciting vision to promote, create and inspire painters in the art of watercolor media. We embrace that vision by holding juried watercolor competitions each year: WSA Annual National Exhibition, Statewide Alabama Members Showcase, and Online Showcase.

We offer workshops taught by nationally and internationally known artists. Vibrant Newsletters, published quarterly, keep members informed and connected.

83rd WSA National Exhibition

Award Winners

2024 Alabama Members’ Showcase

September 15, 2024 ~
October 25, 2024
Heritage Hall Museum
200 South St. E.

Talladega AL

Selection Juror: Shelly Prior, CSPWC
Awards Judge: Ellen Jean Diederich, RRWS, TWSA, WW, WSA
Contact: 256-761-1364


2024 Alabama Members’ Showcase

June 10th – Prospectus posted. Open for entries
July 19th – Deadline to submit entries.
July 26th – Juror selection begins.
Aug 5th – Accepted artist list and letter with instructions posted to website 
Sept 3rd thru 6th – Shipped entries due at Heritage Hall Museum.
Sept 7th – Hand carried entries due at Heritage Hall 10:00am-1:00pm.
Sept 12th thru 14th – Workshop at Heritage Hall 9:30am-4:00pm.
Sept 15th (Sun) – Awards ceremony, opening reception at HH 2:00-4:00.
Oct 25th – Last day the exhibit is open to the public.
Oct 26th (Sat) – Pick up for hand delivered paintings 10:00am-1:00pm.

Juror of Selection

Shelly Prior, CSPWC

Shelly Prior is a Burlington artist and art instructor. Her watercolor painting style has evolved into a highly realistic style covering a variety of subjects which may include birds & wildlife, nature, portraits, floral, still life & landscape. Subjects with reflective qualities like glass and metal are especially intriguing to her. She is a very active instructor teaching regular classes as well as travelling to teach workshops throughout Ontario, Canada and occasionally in the US which she has done for about 30 years. Although she paints in acrylic and oil as well, her main medium is watercolor.

Splash 25 finalist – newsstands July 2024
2nd place and member’s choice award – The Artist’s Mark competition, BFAA Oct 2023
Best of Show & 22 first place ribbons – Rockton World’s Fair, Oct 2023 Michael Harding Merchandise Award – CSPWC Open Water Comp. Sept 2023
Award of Merit – Society of Canadian Artists International Juried Exhibition Sept 2023
International Watercolor Masters – Honorable mention, Aug 2023
Best of Watercolor Magazine – Splash 23 winner, summer 2022
Finalist Highly Commended – International Watercolor Masters competition/show, Aug 2022.

Awards Judge

Ellen Jean Diederich, RRWS, TWSA, WW, WSA

Ellen Jean Diederich with studios in Rancho Mirage, CA & Fargo, ND is a National award winning artist creating Neo-Impressionistic paintings working primarily in watercolor and acrylic. Ellen’s rural and city backgrounds play a significant role in her choices of subject matters. She particularly enjoys painting landscape, flowers, architecture and domesticated animals. Proud of her Midwest heritage, Diederich brings sincerity and love to each painting.

Having earned a BA in Art Education and a BFA in Fine Art Ellen is an honored alumnus of Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Diederich has been painting professionally since 1985. She has exhibited widely and was featured in Fargo at the Plains Art Museum and the

Underbrush Gallery, The Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead, The Capital Gallery in Bismarck and Jean Stephen Galleries in Minneapolis and many more in the Dakotas and Minnesota.

Diederich is the author and illustrator of two award winning children’s books and her art book “Progressive Painting -Your Creative Journey” as well as a workshop instructor and juror.

You are invited to sign up for her “Painting of the Week” blog and see more of Ellen Jean Diederich’s work at


Ellen Jean Diederich, RRWS, TWSA, WW, WSA

All colors are beautiful and have infinite possibilities but some are more beautiful together. Would you like to gain experience at creating beautiful color palettes?   In this workshop, you will practice basic watercolor skills while warming up create a variety of color palettes by mixing them and choosing colors to enhance your paintings or support a concept.  As colors begin to magically work, we will study how to develop them and keep that going.

Color design helps creates mood. Bring photographs from magazines etc. with colors you love and bring your photographs of subjects that you want to paint.  The goal of this workshop is gain useful knowledge for making color choices. I will share many of my favorite color mixing secrets.  We will develop two paintings, one warm and one cool dominant. Let color strengthen, give mood and beautify your work.  

2024 Alabama Members’ Showcase

The 2024 Alabama Members’ Showcase is open for registration from June 10th to July 19th via ShowSubmit.

Don’t miss you chance to be part of the show!