Our Mission

We promote watercolor and water media as an important and recognized medium in the arts community and provides support as well as educational opportunities to watercolor artists - whether beginners or professionals.

We offer a variety of educational opportunities including eight (8) monthly meetings with demonstrations and lectures by renowned national or prominent local artists. In the Fall and Spring, we host three-day water media workshops with nationally recognized artists.

We recognize and encourage artistic excellence through juried exhibitions in the Fall and Spring.

Click to - Read more about JWS, Board and Committees, and History

 Next General Meeting
 Tuesday, September 24, 2024
 6pm to 8pm
Guest Artist:  Tuni Weiss
 Cypress Village, Egret Room

Join Tuni Weiss for "Do You Yupo?" demonstration
More details coming in August

Please note: Our general monthly meetings are now at Cypress Village, 4600 Middleton Park Cir E, Jacksonville, FL 32224 in the Egret Room.   

Come early at 5:30 to socialize with fellow artists. Refreshments will be served.
To see more about monthly meetings, locations and upcoming schedule, click here.


2024 Summer Members Non-Juried Show at Reddi-Arts
July 1 - 29

This is our second year for the Summer Members Show at Reddi-Arts, located at 1731 Main Street, Jacksonville.
Important Show Dates:
--Take down, Monday July 29 starting at 11:00 a.m.  Please be as early as possible
Click to see more about this show and past shows in the Gallery

2024 Fall Juried Show

The 2024 JWS Fall Juried Show will be here before you know it!  It will be at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra and  hangs from October 18 to December 2, so be sure to get some painting in during the summer.
Key dates to remember:
*Opening reception and awards-Sat, Oct 26 12:00 to 1:30 pm.
*Online entries , Oct 12 to 16, 2024.
*Jurying and judging by Robin Makowski, Oct 22. *Delivery/Take-in of framed and matted paintings, October 18, 10 am to 12 pm.
*Take-down/pick-up December 2, 10 am to 12 pm.
Click here to see more about this show and other shows including winners from past shows in the gallery.

2024 Student Show

We received 30 entries from students of Pine Forest Elementary School for the second Student Show sponsored by Jacksonville Watercolor Society. It is always a pleasure to see the talents of these students, and a privilege to display their work here on our site. Although all the participating students deserve to be awarded for their efforts and their talents, we were tasked with choosing four that would best represent the school. These paintings will be hung in the JWS Fall Show at Christ Episcopal School in October. Our thanks go out to the parents of these students and to Ms. Moser-McCrimon, their art teacher for their efforts in making this show a success. . 
Click here to see more about this show and the gallery with paintings from this year's show.

     Publications & Events

1 Day Workshop
with LuAnn Dunkinson
"You Gotta Start Somewhere"
July 20, 2024 - NOW FULL

All seats for this workshop have been filled. Do not register online. If you are interested in being on a waiting list, contact Danielle Helow 904-614-3465
Join LuAnn Dunkinson, JWS President and award winning artist for this one-day workshop. Designed for beginners, this workshop introduces the techniques, materials, and vocabulary of watercolor painting. The project will consist of painting from a colorful summer themed still life, and will explore the fundamentals of shape, line, and color. Students will learn about watercolor brushes, papers, and pigments, as well as learning basic techniques such as washes. From 9:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Jacksonville Gem and Mineral Society.   
Fees for members - $95 and for non-members $125. 
If you are a new watercolor artist or would like to brush up on your basic skills, please go to the workshop page for more information and to register for this workshop.

Fall 2 Day Workshop
With Robin Lee Makowski
"Kickin' Glass: Painting Glass & Shiny Stuff"
October 23 & 24, 2024

Join Robin Lee Makowski, NWS, FWS, FWS, NMWS-MP, WFWS, an award-winning professional artist specializing in watercolor, and an instructor, illustrator, and author, for this two-day workshop. The two-day workshop will focus on composition, set up your drawing for best results, avoiding issues and problem-solving, and painting believable clear & reflective objects. It will be held from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society, 3733 Crown Point Rd, Jacksonville. Fee is $250 for members and $285 for non members. This is a departure from our previous 3 day workshops for Fall and Spring. 
For more details and to register go to Workshop page.


Read the latest newsletter by clicking on the image of the cover to the right. 

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See more about our communications for members, the latest trifold and calendar of events, past newsletters, and links to websites of interest to members.

Artist of the Year - 2023

Pablo Rivera was honored as 2023 Artist of the Year, a once-in-a-lifetime award, for his service to JWS as well as his award winning talent in JWS juried shows.  His special show, plaque, and pin are planned for Fall 2024 show and reception in Westbury Parish Hall, Christ Episcopal Church.

Click to See more about Pablo, AOTY award, guidelines for nomination, and previous recipients. 


JWS recently received a generous donation in the name of a long term member who passed away.  Over years, we have received other donations as well as art materials and supplies that honor past and current members.  We appreciate the generous support of JWS and its mission.  To help with future donations, we have provided instructions and contacts on our membership page.  Please go to the bottom of the membership page for more information on donations.