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 26, 2024
 6pm to 8pm
 Guest Artist: Ted Head
 "Preview Portraits from the Heart"
 Cypress Village, Egret Room


Join us on March 26th for a preview of the April 5th Workshop. In this demonstration, Ted will explore improving our portrait painting skills by using brushstrokes and techniques painting a monotone image.  

Ted’s work has been published in American Artist magazine, SPLASH 11 and SPLASH 16, the Best of America Watercolor Artists & Artisans. He has also won over 85 awards, including dozens of “Best of” and 1st place awards, and has become a popular workshop instructor and show judge. Ted believes that when his brush dances between imagination and reality, something magical can happen. When it does, the emotional connection between him and his subject says it all. Design, values and color are the means to express a moment in time, captured in dramatic watercolor or oils. An avid kayaker, his paintings show a fascination with light and color, depicting nature’s beauty, wildlife, pets, and people, especially his grandkids. www.tedheadfineart.com

Please note: Our general monthly meetings are in a new location- 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.

Shows 


2024 Spring Show
February 2 - February 25

 
Was exhibited at the St Augustine Art Association South Gallery during February, 2024.  Click on image to see full size page of award winners in 2024 Spring show.

Click to see more about this show and past shows in the Gallery


Non-Juried Members' Show
at Cypress Village, Egret Room
March 1 - 26, 2024

Reminder: Pick up before or after meeting

Click to see more about this show, location, dates. 


2024 Student Show

JWS is excited to be hosting the student art show with Pine Forest Elementary School again this year.  Click here to see more about this show and the gallery with paintings from last year's show.

     Publications & Events


One-Day Workshop - Ted Head
"Portraits from the Heart"

Explore simplifying a portrait into its basic components. Use techniques such as feathering, lifting, wet-into-wet, lost and found edges, and more! Join us to improve your portrait painting skills and capture loved ones in watercolor. Come have some fun!

CURRENTLY FULL 
 
April 5, 2024 9:30am to 4:30pm 
Jacksonville Gem and Mineral Society
$95 members $125 non-members
To join waiting list and learn more about the workshop


Newsletter

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. 

Donations

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.