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, January 31, 2023 
Guest Artist: Lorraine Watry

 Join us on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 6pm to 8pm at the Mandarin Garden Club
Lorraine Watry is our Spring Workshop instructor and Spring Show Juror & Judge.  She is an award-winning artist focusing on waterscapes, wildlife, and reflective objects.  The demonstration will feature a water lily and reflections on water.  Lorraine has worked with watercolor for more than 28 years and is in her 14th year of teaching watercolor classes and workshops. Lorraine’s watercolor YouTube channel has over 26,000 subscribers. Lorraine earned her Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Lorraine is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the 2022/2023 Vice President and Newsletter Director. She is also a signature member of American Women Artists, the Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Society, the Colorado Watercolor Society and more. Lorraine’s paintings have been juried into many national and international exhibitions including NWS, AWS, AWA, Fabriano in Aquarello, Birds in Art, TWSA, Shenzhen Biennial, Splash 14, 20, & 23, and many more.

Lorraine says, “I paint a variety of subjects, but a theme of reflective, shiny objects runs throughout a lot of my watercolors. Reflective objects like water, glass and metal hold a fascination for me and I am drawn to the unusual, abstract shapes that are often in realistic subjects. These abstract shapes are a nice counterpoint to a bird, band instrument, or waterlily.” 

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

Upcoming Events

2023 Spring Show

 St Augustine Art Association
from February 3 to  February 26
Juror - Lorraine Watry
Special December Newsletter 
Click to See more about shows and how to enter online

2023 Spring Workshop

Lorraine Watry, Instructor
3-Day Watercolor Workshop
February 1-3, 2023
Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society Building

Click to Read more about instructor, workshops and registration

               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

2022 Fall Show

Juror - Pam Wenger
Click to See more about this show and past shows in the Gallery