Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society welcomes water media artists of all experience levels. Founded in 1983, our purpose is to foster the advancement of and promote excellence in the art of watermedia painting.

From our humble beginnings with 17 charter members, we have grown to about 200 members from a region spanning the southwest coast of Florida.

Opportunities to participate include 2 to 3 juried exhibitions per year, some virtual and some located at regional art venues. 

We support our artist community with networking and learning opportunities in centrally located meetings (Sarasota/Bradenton area). Because we are so spread out, we also encourage smaller satellite get togethers led by volunteers around the region. Check out our Happenings page and Workshops page for a list of upcoming gatherings. We'd love to meet you!

We are an IRS tax-exempt 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization. 

Tanya Davis, NWS, BWS, FWS, FSWS-M is the President of Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society through May 2025. A Florida native and military spouse, Tanya has been a professional artist since 1989. She maintained a working studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center for many years. She is a past President of the Torpedo Factory Artists Association and past board member of The Art League, both in Alexandria, VA. "I am profoundly grateful to all of the dedicated volunteers, leaders and organizers who have built and sustained FSWS. I look forward to a year of building community as we renew opportunities to gather in person and exchange ideas and techniques."

Linda Wokoun, FSWS is the immediate past President of FSWS 2022-2023. An award-winning artist and a frequent exhibitor with FSWS, FWS, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, she is also a popular workshop instructor throughout Florida. We are very fortunate to have Linda stay on as a Member at Large and Chair of our Planning Committee during the 2024-2025 term.

PAST PRESIDENTS - Over the last four decades, we are fortunate to count the following artists among our past Presidents. We are grateful for their lasting influence and dedicated service. 

1983 Frank Jennings

1983-1984 Dorothy Drum

1984-1986 Lucille Blankenship

1986-1988 John Crawford

1988-1989 John Chrisitiana

1989-1990 Jacqueline Clark

1990-1991 Nancy Fish Hawkins*

1991-1992 Winifred Long

1992-1993 James Archibald

1993-1995 Monty McMullan

1995-1996 Arthur Sarlin

1996-1997 Jaime Friedli

1997-1998 Herman Bek-Gran*

1998-1999 Jacqueline Clark

1999-2000 Rita Rust, Acting

2000-2001 Pat (Joy) Robertson

2001-2003     Lois Harper

2003-2004     Douglas Teller*

2004-2006     June Morse

2006-2007     Sherren Baughman*

2007-2008 Anne Abgott

2008-2010     Nancy Colby

2010-2011     Carole Dougherty

2011-2013 Roger H. Parent

2013-2014 Joanne Myers Warber

2014-2015 Mary Louise Ringers

2015-2016 Jerome Chesley

2016-2017 Gail Ribas

2017-2018 Diane G. Simon

2018-2019 Leda Palermo

2019-2020 Susan C. Tobin

2020-2021 Jenny Medved

2022-2023 Linda Wokoun

* Deceased

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Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society [FSWS] is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free 1-800-help-fla) or from the website:  Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State of Florida. Registration #CH73752

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