Shows and Exhibitions
The Jacksonville Watercolor Society hosts two "members only" shows each year. The Fall and Spring Shows are juried and judged by a nationally recognized watercolor artist. These annual exhibitions are high points for the Jacksonville area communities as well as for JWS members. Non-juried shows may also be available for members to display their work.
*Scheduled Shows: This section below includes the times and places of upcoming shows for online take-in, delivery of paintings, exhibition, take-down, and awards announcement.
*Show Standards: All entries must comply with show standards and guidelines. Full entry requirements are in the Show Standards and Guidelines. Each entrant must certify that they have read and complied with the show standards and guidelines. Please note any changes for specific shows in the Scheduled Shows section.
A Special Show Flyer with details about key entry requirements in creative language and images has been updated for 2023.
*Online Entry: The process and forms for submitting a painting and paying the entry fee are described in the Online Entry section below. All online entries and fees must be completed by midnight on the last day of the online take-in period.
Until further notice all show entries (entry form and payment) will be done online. Photo of painting is still required to be uploaded, but it will not be used for jurying and judging. We need a good image of the painting for the online gallery. We are planning for future shows to be juried and judged in person.
By entering a painting online, the artist is committing to have the painting ready, framed and matted in accordance with Show Standards and Guidelines, and delivered to the gallery venue on the designated date.
Membership dues must have been paid by the deadline to enter the show. Eligible members may enter up to 2 paintings at $15 each. When pricing your artwork, please consider the commission requirements, if any, for the show venue.
Jurying will determine whether a painting is accepted in show and judging will select the award winners from the framed paintings submitted.
*Take-In/Deliver paintings to gallery: All paintings accepted in the show must meet the show standards and guidelines for framing and matting before they can be exhibited in the show. Important: Before delivering the painting, download the paper entry form and complete for physical take-in/receiving or attach copy of online entry form with artist's contact information and information about the painting. Attach the paper entry form to the back of the painting. Deliver framed and matted painting(s) to the gallery for hanging at the designated times.
*Gallery of Juried Shows: The section below at the end has links to current and past shows and their programs, award winners and all paintings exhibited, when available.
Scheduled Juried Shows
2023 Fall Show
The Fall Show will be on exhibit from October 20, 2023 through November 27 at Christ Episcopal Church in both Westbury Parish Hall and Formation & Arts buildings located at 400 San Juan Drive (see directions in October newsletter) in Ponte Vedra Beach, during their normal operating hours. Make sure to see the special exhibit by Geri Groenert, Artist of the Year for 2022 in Westbury Parish Hall, running concurrent with the Fall Show.
Take-down/pick-up at Christ Episcopal Church on Monday, November 27 from 10 am to 12 pm. Please make arrangements to pick up your painting.
2024 Spring Show
The Spring Show will be on exhibit from February 2 through February 25, 2024 at St. Augustine Art Association (SAAA), South Gallery, 22 Marine St., St Augustine, 32084. Open Tues-Sun 12 to 4 pm.
This venue is available through the generous donation of long time JWS member, Virginia Meadows. JWS Awards will be announced at a reception/awards ceremony during the First Friday Art Walk on February 2 at 7 pm. For more information about the First Friday Art Walk, parking, free shuttle, see Art Galleries of St Augustine (AGoSA) brochure.
Note: SAAA charges a commission for artwork sold through SAAA - 30% for STAAA members and 50% for non-members. STAAA membership is $60 annually. Price your artwork accordingly. There is a size limitation for this show - no longer than 28" on the longest side of the frame and no less than 12" on the shortest side.
Online entries will be accepted from January 22, 2024 through midnight January 28, 2024. Please see online entry instructions. If you would like help with entering online, please contact Tuni Weiss at 904-540-4040 or Barbara Holt at 904-874-4916.
Delivery/Take-in of framed and matted paintings to "remote" drop-off locations must be completed by January 29, 2024, where artwork will be inspected and delivered on January 30 from 11:00 am to 1 pm at St Augustine Art Association. Use of remote drop-off locations is encouraged due to the limited time frame on January 30th. Please call contact at remote drop-off locations to make arrangements for time and location before dropping off on January 29 from 10am to 12 pm.
--Barbara Holt - Westminster Woods at Julington Creek
--Fran Grandy - Jax Beaches area
--Barbara Holt - Jax Beaches area
--Dee Roberts - Orange Park area
--Geri Groenert - Saint Augustine area.
The paintings will be hung by Friday afternoon for the First Friday Art Walk . Jurying and judging by Linda Wokoun on January 30 right after take-in closes at 1 pm.
Take-down/pick-up at St Augustine Art Association on Sunday, February 25 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Please make arrangements to pick up your paintings during this time.
Online Show Entry
Submit Entry Form & Pay Entry Fee in Two Step Process
“Prepare” the image of your painting by taking a good quality photo, cropping to what you would see when matted, and name it before submitting: LastnameFirstinitial - title of painting.jpg. Example: GrandyF - Cute Dogs.jpg. Important: Please take photo before you frame your painting. For a helpful guide to photographing your painting and entering online, click here.
Step 1 - Online Entry Form & Image Upload
Click here for online entry form. Please complete the online show entry form for each painting submitted and upload the “prepared” digital image of your painting on the form.
This will send the entry form information and image to our shows email address and you will receive a confirmation that your entry was received for online take-in.
Repeat for each painting entered and then go to step 2 for online payment.
Step 2 - Online Payment
Online entry fee must be paid to complete processing of your entry in the show. Please pay entry fees online, by selecting 1 entry or 2 entries from the buttons below, then press the “Pay Now” button and complete your payment.
Please review the shopping cart to ensure your selection is recorded correctly - with "1" in the quantity.
You may pay with your own PayPal account or by credit card and fill out the requested information as a PayPal guest.
A small convenience fee of $2.00 is added for online payments to offset charges to JWS for PayPal's payment processing services.
You will receive confirmation that your entry is being processed.
Gallery of Juried Shows
JWS has two juried shows per year in the Spring and Fall. Some years, JWS has a non-juried Summer Show for members. Click on the show below to see past shows. The Gold Award/1st Place painting is featured for each show. "Program" link is the pdf document with information about the show. "Paintings" is the link to a Google Photos Album for paintings in the exhibit, the show card (if available), the award winners and other images for that show. Paintings will appear full size when navigating through the gallery with arrow button. (i) will show name of artist and title of painting and number assigned (in program). The archives are a "work in process" as earlier years are scanned and added to the gallery.