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, March 28, 2023 
Guest Artist: Elaine M. Bergstrom

 Join us on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 6pm to 8pm at the Mandarin Garden Club

Nature Drawing Pines and Painting with an Asian Influence

Do you love Traditional Sumi Painting and want to learn how to incorporate some Asian Techniques in your work? Elaine will share some brush strokes using a brush pen and watercolors that are used in her paintings and sketchbooks.
This demonstration is structured so you can join along and draw and paint a pine tree if you like. A suggested supply list follows, but you could probably just bring a waterproof ink pen and watercolors and still participate. Or just watch and learn. Either approach is fine with Elaine.

Suggested Supplies :
Permanent ink brush pen. Pentel Pocket Brush with black refill cartridges. Permanent ink does not smear with watercolors
Pencil, eraser, sharpener and ruler
Hot press watercolor paper or a sketchbook for Water media and Ink. Watercolors, brushes, small container for water
Paper towels
Micron pen for writing
Helix angle and circle maker or plastic lid to make a circle
Fine point calligraphy pen (Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen with a C-70 cartridge to fill with green Ink or a dip pen will work). 

Volunteers, please arrive between 5:15 & 5:30 pm to help set up and socialize with fellow artists before the meeting.    

               Publications & Events

Artist of the Year

Geri Groenert was honored as 2022 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 2023.

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

2023 Student Show

JWS is announcing a new outreach program with Pine Forest Elementary School for the Arts students. We will be hosting our first online art show for these young artists. This is a juried show open to students in 1st through 5th grade. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards will be presented. 
Click to See more about the first student show and how to enter