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

Celebrating 40 years (1982—2022)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 

     You are invited to join us for our 40th Anniversary Celebration
  Tuesday, May 24, 2022 6pm to 8pm at the Mandarin Garden Center

         Refreshments, Gallery, Swap & Shop, Memories, Fun, and Fellowship

Gallery —bring unframed “light-weight” painting(s) to hang in our informal gallery by clothespins– no rules, no prizes—just share or sell; post-it notes will be available for contact information.
Recognizing JWS Past 40 Years— Past Presidents, Charter members, Artists of the Year and highlights of JWS 40 years will be displayed in photos and other memorabilia. Photos from the first 20 years of albums will be available to take home, as they have been digitized and will be available on the website.
Refreshments—sit down at tables with fellow artists and enjoy light refreshments—coffee, water, cake and ambrosia.
Swap & Shop/Silent auction—bring art related items that you would like to swap with other members or sell;—post-it notes will be available for price and contact information for owners and bidders.
Media/Library—DVDs & Books will be available to rent for the summer, book sales and donations too. Check out website for inventory & to request books. Art Education —learn which members offer art instructions —flyers, cards, and contact information. 40th Anniversary Video—TV monitor will play 40 years of JWS history continuously; if you have candid photos of the last 10 years (2012—2022) that you would like to include, please email them by May 20th to [email protected]

Volunteers, please arrive between 5:00 & 5:15 pm. More details available on the website - directions to Mandarin Garden Center, contact information for Karen Zelenkov, Tuni Weiss, Fran Grandy, and Carol Doyle.  

Upcoming Events

2022 Fall Workshop

Pam Wenger, Instructor
3-Day Watercolor Workshop
October 26-28, 2022
Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society Building

Click to Read more about instructor, workshops and registration

2022 Spring Show

  Jewish Community Alliance
from April 1 - to  April 27
Juror - Michael Holter
Click to See more about shows and how to enter online

               Publications & Events

Artist of the Year

Virginia Meadows was honored as 2021 Artist of the Year, a once-in-a-lifetime award, for her outstanding service to JWS as well as her award winning talent in JWS juried shows.  Her special show, plaque, and pin are planned for 2022.

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