(July 8, 2016, Tualatin, Oregon.) The art association formerly known as WOMEN OF WATERCOLOR—GUILD OF ARTISTS has changed its name to WILD OVER WATERCOLOR—WOW! as of July 2016. The move came as a unanimous decision by the membership of this art group to be more inclusive in its name. While the group was previously open to male and female members alike, the new name is more encouraging of broader membership in the local art community.
Founded almost exactly seven years ago in July, 2009 by seven artists who met at an art retreat, WOW has grown in membership from a small group of watercolorist to at its height at over 50 members. Currently the membership is approximately 30 artists from emerging to award winning and nationally recognized for their work. The membership encourages the development of all its artists on a creative, technical, and career level while maintaining an environment that is cooperative and friendly.
WOW offers group painting sessions (GPS) often twice monthly at the Tualatin Heritage Center and also offers teachi learning opportunities that extend beyond its membership. WOW artists participate in art shows locally, regionally, and nationally. The group is run by volunteers and directed by a Board of elected officers.