Prior to the Civil War, watercolor painting was mainly done by women and a few commercial artists. But in 1866, the American Watercolor Society changed all that. They began yearly exhibits showcasing different aged male/female artists from diverse backgrounds. The Society also forged ties with established artists and enticed collectors to view new works. More than a hundred years later, watercolor painting remains a creative outlet for both professional artists and amateurs.
Note– Wish I could see this exhibit ‘American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent’
(Photo of Winslow Homer’s watercolor paint box)