Gold Coast Watercolor Society


Join for the Art - Stay for the Fun

GCWS welcomes everyone! Artists of all skill levels are welcome to become GCWS members. We strive to provide unique value to our members here in South Florida.

We invite creativity in watermedia. Watercolors, acrylics, gouache, casein, egg tempera, and mixed watermedia are accepted into our exhibitions. Read the prospectus for more details.

We accept watercolor paper, Clayboard, Aquaboard, Ampersand and synthetic surfaces ( YUPO, tiger rag), illustration board  and gallery wrapped canvas, and wood or canvas panels, encouraging a wide variety of artistic expression.

Benefits of a Membership

Your membership brings many advantages! If you are a lover of art and want to meet like-minded people, we are the right group for you. GCWS and its volunteers have been offering educational opportunities, exhibitions, and the largest cash prizes, attracting the top artists in South Florida for close to 50 years. Many benefits are available to everyone, while several are reserved just for our members.


GCWS host workshops taught by prominent, nationally known artists / instructors during our season from Oct – May. Members receive a discounted fee to attend these great learning experiences.


Our popular newsletter keeps you up to date and informed. E-news is filled with information on our workshops, exhibits, upcoming events, member accomplishments, and much more.  Distributed Sept-June each year.

Life Studies & Paint Outs

Our artists gather from October thru April for in-person Life Studies with unclothed and clothed models. You can join our outdoor painters throughout the year as we enjoy camaraderie and share the fulfillments of our paint outs.

General Meetings

October through May we feature well-known artists to demonstrate various forms of watermedia painting techniques, and materials at our general meeting.

Annual Flea Markets

Each season at one or two monthly meetings we offer our flea markets of new and used donated art supplies.  We use the money to support Young at Art Museum’s Summer Art Camp each season. It is a great way for the kids to get some art in their lives. We have become the group that families come to when they have their loved one’s studio supplies to donate. It is a fun way to try new products cheaply and then donate back what you don’t use anymore.  It is a very popular event and is anticipated each season by members and artists around town.

Teaching Members

Many GCWS members are also talented workshop instructors who regularly offer workshops and classes in a variety of locations. Links for Gold Coast Watercolor Society Members that offer classes and private instruction are listed below. Contact the Members directly for schedules, fees and location information. If you are a GCWS member that would like to be added to our list, please contact us.

Christine Landis

Jane Collin

Janet Davis

Karen Fletcher Braverman

Lynne Kroll

Marilyn Johansen

Rita Deutsch

Sally Cooper

Susan Convery

Teresa Kirk

Ways to Join

We’ve made it easier than ever to become a member! Simply click the link below, fill out your information, and make your payment! If you would still like to mail in your payment, we have a link to the payment form as well.

$45 individual

Free for full-time Students with School Photo ID

Leadership & Volunteers

Incorporated in 1976, GCWS will be celebrating its 50th  year in our 2026 -2027  season. We have many exciting plans to celebrate this momentous year.

Volunteers contribute their time and big thoughts to shaping GCWS both as you experience it today and what it will become. We welcome you to be a part of that, no matter how much time you have to give.  Join for the Art- Stay for the Fun!