Post Office Box 4631
Walnut Creek, CA 94596  USA

CWA Member Show - California Places and People

April 14 - June 21, 2024
Village Theater and Art Gallery, Danville




CWA Member Show - Smaller Paintings

January 4 - February 24, 2024
Main Street Arts, Martinez




February Newsletter

CWA January 2024 Newsletter


Plein Air News

Contra Costa Plein Air

Contra Costa Plein Air is a friendly group of artists who get together to paint at scenic locations around the Bay Area and beyond. The paint-out schedule is random, usually weekdays, with dates and locations inspired by the weather and members' suggestions. New artists are always welcome! There is no fee to participate.  

Click here for posts of upcoming paint-outs on their blog, or click here to visit Contra Costa Plein Air on Facebook.



Community Outreach Art Supplies Sale

at GREAT SAVINGS to our CWA Members!

Community Outreach Sale




Give the Gift of Creativity


Make this a special year of gifting with a one-year gift membership or workshop for your special someone.  



See the calendar for all the upcoming events

A message to you from CWA




We Need You

Now is your chance to be a CWA board member! The positions of President and Communications Director are open. Please contact former CWA President Carol Husslein for more information and say you want to volunteer. You can read the description of the positions in the CWA bylaws.

CWA Store

54th National Exhibition



Next General Meeting Zoom

February 21, 2024 at 6 pm PST with Andy Evansen

General Meeting - February 21, 2024 - Andy Evansen
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Next In-Person Workshops

Andy Evansen - A Valued Approach to Watercolor Zoom
February 7-9, 2024, All Skill Levels

There seems to be a never-endinq quest to loosen up in watercolor and it’s probably the most common goal of students. It’s easy to fall into the trap of putting too much into your paintings, and editing out the non-essential whether working from photo reference or painting on location is vital. As I tell my students, what you leave out of a painting is as important as what you put in.

2024 Andy Evansen - February 7-9, 2024 Workshop


Dongfeng Li - Painting Portraits and Landscapes with an Eye Towards the Emotional Experience of the Subject - LIVE
February 26-29, 2024, Intermediate to Advanced

I paint with the eye towards the emotional experience of my characters: I want to share my experience of an intimate relationship between the viewer and portrait subject. Through use of gestures, contrast of lighting and emotional expression, I want to focus my model's gaze so that it can allow their impression to communicate as much of their own feelings and life experiences to the audience as possible. Through the layering of setting, hair dress, clothing, and background story, a living, breathing, person emerges for the viewer.

2024 Dongfeng Li - February 26-29, 2024 Workshop