Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society is an IRS tax-exempt 501-C-3, not-for-profit organization; members reside on the west coast of Florida in the counties of Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee.
FSWS was formed in 1983 to foster the advancement of and promote excellence in the art of watercolor painting. Our intent is to inform and educate through exhibitions, lectures and painting demonstrations as to the best work currently being done in watercolor.
FSWS usually has at least three juried exhibitions a year at various art centers and galleries in the region. These exhibitions can be either transparent watercolor or aqueous water based media like acrylics.
Transparent Watercolor is defined as a painting executed in traditional watercolor paints, namely water-resoluble transparent medium without the addition of opaque white pigment, the white of the paper being the only white, on traditional watercolor paper, not Yupo, unvarnished, matted, and framed under Plexiglas.
Aqueous Watercolor is defined as a painting executed with any water-soluble medium, including gouache, acrylic, ink, egg tempera or watercolor collage, on such surfaces as paper, silk or Yupo, matted, and framed under Plexiglas.