Programs and Education

JWS Monthly Meetings: There are eight (8) monthly meetings throughout the year with demonstrations and lectures by renowned national or prominent local artists - providing support and arts education for the beginner to the professional.  Scheduled programs are listed below.

JWS Media Library offers educational books and DVDs by prominent artists.  Details and inventory are listed below. 

JWS Outreach Program offers educational opportunities for volunteers as described below.
Additional art education and instructions are available from some JWS members. Go to Membership and check out the links to members’ websites for instructions they may be offering.

Monthly Meetings

Meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise specified, from September through May (except December) at the Mandarin Garden Club, 2892 Loretto Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32223.  Monthly programs are open to the public.

Directions to the meeting location  - South of I-295 on San Jose Blvd; right at Loretto Rd light and entrance is left off Loretto Rd. Additional parking in the back. 

Please note we follow CDC guidelines during the meetings; masks are encouraged, but not required; socially distanced seating and hand sanitizer will be available. 

Sep 27, 2022 - Elaine Bergstrom (cancelled due to hurricane Ian)
Oct 25, 2022 - Pam Wenger (Workshop Instructor)
Nov 22, 2022 - William McMahan

Winter Break

Jan  31, 2023 - Lorraine Watry (Workshop Instructor)
Feb  28, 2023 - Dee Roberts
Mar  28, 2023 - Elaine Bergstrom (rescheduled from 2022)
Apr  25, 2023 - Virginia Meadows (Artist of the Year 2021)
May  23, 2023 - Year-end Gathering 

2022 Fall Programs 

Contact Geri Groenert for suggestions and more information about monthly meetings. 

September 27, 2022

October 25, 2022
Pam Wenger

November 22, 2022
William McMahan

2023  Spring Programs 

Contact Geri Groenert for suggestions and more information about monthly meetings. 

January 31, 2023
Lorraine Watry

February 28, 2023
Dee Roberts

March 28, 2023
Elaine Bergstrom

April 25, 2023
Virginia Meadows
(AOTY 2021)

May  23, 2023
Year-End Gathering

Media Library

Other educational resources available to members include the media library with DVDs and books by nationally recognized artists.  Instructional books and DVDs are available to check out from meeting to meeting for a small fee.

JWS purchases books and DVDs and gratefully accepts donations of gently used media to share with members. Check out the inventories for all the new acquisitions!

           DVDS                    BOOKS

Due to the size of the inventory, not all DVDs and books will be at the meetings. Let Janet Killackey, our Media Chair, know if you would like her to bring a specific item to the meeting Contact Janet Killackey if you have questions, would like to request a new DVD or book for purchase, or would like to donate to the library. Look for special sales in the future as we make room for new inventory.

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Outreach Program

Join the JWS volunteers who provide support and education to the community through Outreach Programs.  More opportunities are available to help.

Westminster Woods Wednesdays: Members of JWS have been sharing our love of watercolor painting with a group of Westminster Woods residents on Wednesday mornings from 10 am to 11:30 am. Many in the group are now active members of JWS themselves - and attend meetings and workshops.  Outreach volunteers are needed to share their knowledge, talents and ideas in planning and demonstrating and working with others.
Volunteering and sharing our knowledge with others helps reinforce our understanding of art concepts.  If you would like to find out more about outreach contact Tuni Weiss, Barbara Holt or Rebecca Mentz.