Board Of Directors 2020-21

President: Jean Pederson

1st Vice-President: Vacant

2nd Vice-President: Jennifer Annesley

Past President: Rayne Tunley

Directors at Large:

Gill Cameron

Poppy Balser

Deanna Beaujot

Brittney Tough

Nadien Cole

Nora Gross

Wendy Hoffmann

Peter Marsh

Marlene Madole

Anthony Saldutto

Micheal Zarowsky

Regional Directors:

Eastern Ontario:  Vacant

Central Ontario: Vacant

Northern Ontario: Ellen Catherwood

Western Ontario: Anita Wood

British Columbia: Sam Boehner

Alberta/Prairies: Rex Beanland

Quebec: Murielle LeBlanc

Atlantic Canada: Helen Shideler

Administrator: Anita Cotter

Committee Chairs:

Diploma Collection Committee – Marlene Madole

AGM Committee – Anita Cotter and Jean Pederson

New Members Committee – Rex Beanland

Exhibitions and Open Water Chair – Rayne Tunley

Website Committee – Norman Choo

John B. Aird Gallery Representative – Gill Cameron


The Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC) was founded in 1925 by some of the most illustrious artists in Canadian art history who passionately believed in the importance of watercolour as a medium. The CSPWC encourages experimentation while honouring the transparent tradition of the medium.

With a strong base of volunteers, the CSPWC:

  • honours excellence in watercolour through Open Water an annual juried exhibition with major awards, open to all artists.
  • presents regional, national and international exhibitions of work by members.
  • organizes workshops and demonstrations across the country.
  • collects contemporary and historical Canadian watercolours.
  • Education is an important part of our mandate. Since 1991 we have been sponsoring Awards for Excellence in Watercolour at Colleges of Art & Design in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta. There is also the Ethel Racius Award available at the high school level.


CSPWC meeting in the Library of the Grange, Toronto c. 1932.

Left to right: Joachim Gauthier, Franklin Carmichael, A.J.Casson, Thomas W. MacLean and Conyers Barker.

Photograph by Charles Comfort.