Thursday, December 30, 2010

Shirley Nachtrieb at St. Peter's Cultural Arts Center - new location

You’re invited!
Colors of Provence
Shirley Nachtrieb
Vineyard in Cassis by Shirley Nachtrieb

Friday, January 7, 2011 – 6-8pm
St. Peters Cultural Arts Center, #1 St. Peters Centre Blvd, (off of Mexico Road, inside City Hall) This new location is on Mexico Rd between Cave Springs Rd. to the east and Mid Rivers Mall Rd to the west
St. Peters, MO 63376
(636) 397-6903

Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, Closed
The exhibited art will be on display through February 28, 2011.
***Check out Shirley’s display case for additional artwork.

Great food and door prizes donated by the artist will be available.  Be sure and sign in on the numbered guest list!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Linda J. Green/Metzler Class

February/March Class 2011 at Chesterfield Arts


Linda J. Green/Metzler
 Apples in French Town, St. Charles
Claire's Piano at the Wiegand Museum
Watercolor - Evening Session
Join artist Linda J. Green-Metzler to de-mystify the process of 
watercolor painting.  Learn to draw, compose, and apply water-based 
media for exciting presentation of a wide range of subject matter.  
Solve the fascinating puzzle of transforming a white sheet of paper 
into your unique perception of the world around you. Fundamentals of 
design, color and line will be taught according to each student’s 
unique vision though group exercises, individual subject selection, 
and strategies to create finished paintings. Experience the joy.
Fee: $135
Thursdays, February 3 - March 10     6:30 - 9 pm
Registration Online (coming soon) class-schedule/adult

OR, Contact: Annie Spiller

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Chesterfield arts
444 Chesterfield Center, Suite 130
Chesterfield, MO 63017
636-519-1955 p
636-519-1773 f

Monday, December 27, 2010

Linda Wilmes Classes

Spring 2011 Art Classes
Linda S. Wilmes, Instructor
Wilmes Fine Art Studio, 1151 Hancock Rd., Wentzville, MO 63385
636 639 0020,
Beginning to Intermediate Watercolor, Mondays Jan. 10 - 31, Feb. 7 -28, March 7 - 28, April 4 - 25th. 9 - 12 a.m. Not only learn the basics, but how and when to use various techniques, and learn to discover “why not”, and “how far can I take watercolors”. Discover the creative side, by including that extra ingredient for dynamic richness that the media has to offer.
Oil/Acrylic, Mondays, 1:30 - 4:30p.m. Jan. 10 - 31, Feb. 7 - 28, March 7 - 28, April 4 - 25th. Your choice of media, or both. Learn the basics along with many extra bits of information to create very rich and creative paintings. Applications include all prima to transparent glazes.

Pastels. Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Jan.6 - 27th, Feb. 3 - 24, March 3 - 24, and March 31 - April 21st. Discover the beauty of pastels, and the vibrant colors, whether in skins tones, or that beautiful autumn scene. Use layering, over toned surface, paint with pastels to cover the surface completely, then highlight with the softest buttery pastels.
Linda will demonstrate in all of the classes. A variety of subject matter will be used, along with many techniques. Various color schemes will be used to create vibrant and dynamic finished work. Discussions will include basic composition, value, color and temperature balance.
Classes are in four week sessions at a fee of $125.00 per session, payable at the first class in each session. The classes are on going and each class will add building blocks of information and techniques to advance your painting.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Handel's Messiah

A bit of editorial license here.  This is not related to art or SLWS, but I want to share with you this uplifting piece, that spans all religious persuasions and may give you a boost of heart during this busy time.  Enjoy Handel's Messiah in a "Flash Mob" setting.  (A flash mob is just what you will see here; an unexpected explosion of song or other actions.)  Turn up your volume.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Congratulations to Mary Mosblech!

Mary has had 2 paintings accepted into the Art St. Louis exhibition, "Eye of the Beholder". 
 The show runs from Jan 17 - Feb 24 with an opening on Jan 22  
from 6 - 8 pm.
The works are "Three Geisha" and "Four Japanese Maple Leaf Prints"

Monday, November 29, 2010

Art St. Louis Exhibit Opportunity

Get the details and the entry form here.  Deadline, this Friday!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Big Red Box Sale at the Foundry

See the work of Linda Green/Metzler, Robert McClellan and 18 other artists at this great holiday event!  

Begins this Friday with a fun reception and all day Saturday.
A great time to visit St. Charles for their wonderful Christmas  
festivities also.

Our kiosk will also have a new display.  A good opportunity for  
members to check that out and see if they would like to sign up for  
Showboat 2011.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Jessen Kirkwood Workshop to be on TV

This is a great spot!  I recognize Carol Jessen, Jane Hogg and Rosie Phillips.  If you know others in the video, please leave a comment.  I can't determine the schedule that it will air, but check out the link to see the video.

Here is the message from the photographer, Aaron Mermelstein.

I shot the story of you and your class painting the Kirkwood depot in May, I think, and it's been "on the shelf" for so long we had to chop the dust off of it with a pick axe.  But it's finally online and will start to air on HEC-TV (channel 989 on Charter, 98 on U-Verse), next week.
I not only have to apologize for the delay (the place works at an absolutely glacial pace), but also for my photography...this was the first one of these I shot with that teeny-tiny camera and it taught me that you CAN'T hold it in your hand without it looking like the New Madrid Fault was going crazy.  It taught me to use a tripod for later stories.
Anyway, I think it turned out pretty well and I hope you enjoy it.
Aaron Mermelstein

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Good News

Gloria Goellner is at her home in St. Charles managing with a walker. I am visiting her this afternoon. Shirley Nachtrieb

We are so pleased to hear that Gloria is recovering!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Invitation to submit to a publication

Submission of work for The Artistic Touch 5

       We are the publishers of The Artistic Touch series of fine art books.  We recently published The Artistic Touch 4 and have begun to prepare The Artistic Touch 5 for publication.

        At this time we are inviting artists to submit their work for possible inclusion in The Artistic Touch 5.  There is no submission fee charged to artists to be considered.  If an artist's work is accepted the artist is required to purchase 20 copies of the book at 50% of the retail price of $35.

You can obtain complete submission information on our website.  Simply click on: 

(Note: Sandra Schaffer, our Big Splash judge from '06 has been in this book and made very favorable comments on their web site.)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Save the Date for Norton's Holiday Show

Join us and 25 amazing, local artists on the opening night of our annual holiday show.

                    - Own an original at a great price.
                    - Small artwork makes a great gift.
                    - Small artwork is easy to wrap.
                    - Small artwork is easy on the wallet.
                    - Support local artists and business 
Finger food, home-made desserts, wine and a fun time,
we hope to see you!

Participating SLWS members:
Suzanne Koenen
Marilyn Mackris
Barbara McCormack
Nikki's Designs
Betty Jo Ruble
Deb Stroh
Jeanne Thomas
Barbara Wagamon

The Holiday show will run through Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Christmas Open House in Webster Groves

An Invitation:
Christmas Open House in  
Webster Groves! 
Sunday November 14th, 
10 A.M. - 5 P.M.

PLEASE COME:  Rolling Ridge Nursery at 60 NORTH GORE

Those who participated in "Watercolor Wednesdays at Rolling Ridge" will be there selling their paintings.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Webster Groves Art Fair

Art & Air Call to Artists!

Now Accepting Applications for Art & Air 2011, held June 3-5, 2011

Apply via  !

    *   According to Sunshine Artists Magazine, Art & Air is “known around the show circuit for its unbelievable artist treatment".
          o  Complimentary Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, Sunday brunch, and ongoing water and snacks.
          o  Unload at your booth space.
          o Artist Only Parking
          o Booth sitters
          o Electricity for all booths
          o Dorm rooms available on site
          o $7500 in artist awards
    * Over 110 juried artists and 20,000 visitors
    *  Spacious yet intimate, oak-shaded setting in the heart of historic Webster Groves, MO, an “America in Bloom” designated city just 10 minutes from Downtown St. Louis.
    *  High-quality art in a warm, friendly environment with knowledgeable patrons who really want to know the artists and their work.
    * Supported by the Webster Community Arts Foundation.

For more information, see 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Miriam Krone Show Opening

You are cordially invited to the
Opening Reception at The American Bounty Restaurant

430 West Front Street, Washington, Missouri

Sunday, November 14th

from 1 to 5pm

Should you be unable to attend,
the show will hang from October 30th
to December 11th

For dinner reservations or further information,
you may call the restaurant at 636-390-2150

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Shirley Nachtrieb Classes

Shirley Nachtrieb Workshops
St. Peters Community and Arts Center, 1035 St. Peters Howell Road,  St. Peters, MO 63376, 636-947-1936

November 19 & 20, 9:30am-3:30pm, $110
Collage Workshop
The class will paint collage papers: unryu,
140 lb arches, gauze, etc. the first
day of the workshop and create from
them on the second day. Bring reference materials
 and ideas to share with the class if you have
something special in mind.  Golden fluid
acrylics will be used as the painting medium.
Some papers will be available for sale in
the class.

Classes for 2011:

Introduction to Watercolors, $110
Saturday, January 22 & Monday, January 24, 9:30 am-3:30 pm
All supplies will be provided but you may bring supplies from home if you wish.  The class will be doing watercolor greeting cards.  Subject matter will be provided. No experience necessary. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Introduction to Drawing & Pastels, $110
Saturday, February 26 & Monday February 28, 9:30am -3:30pm
All supplies are provided but you may bring supplies from home if you wish.  The class will start with “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” exercises and finish with a pastel painting.  Subject matter will be provided. No experience necessary. Class is limited to 10 students.

Landscape Collage Workshop $110
Saturday, March 26 & Monday March 28, 9:30am-3:30pm
The subject matter will be lighthouses.  The class will build up textures and paint a New England Light House in fluid acrylics. A supply list will be provided upon request. Pastel artists are welcome to attend.  Students will bring their own supplied. Class size is limited.

Watercolor Floral Workshop $110
Saturday May 14 & Monday, May 16, 2011 9:30 am-3:30 pm
The subject matter will be flowers of the season.  The instructor will bring in fresh flowers from her garden for the students to paint from.
All levels of learning will benefit from this class.  Pastel artists are welcome to attend.  Some collage work may be incorporated.  A supply sheet will be sent upon request. Class size is limited.

For more information, contact Shirley Nachtrieb at 636-947-1936 or email at  Visit her website at

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wednesday Self Help Painters

The fall session for the Wednesday Self Help Painters was a lot of fun!  Looks like some masterpieces may have been painted here.  The group meets from 7-9 PM at Lindbergh High School.  This session is over, but watch for news about a spring session.  Dave Anderson, Sandy Baker, Lee Walter, Jeanne Thomas, Doris Schwartz and Kathy Moore are pictured here.  Thanks to participant, Suzanne Galli Koenen for the pics. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Artstravaganza Coming to Crestwood ArtSpace

Visit Linda Green/Metzler and Shirley Nachtrieb at Artstravaganza

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Get Well Soon, Gloria

We have a dear artist friend, Gloria Goellner, who is currently at Parkside Meadows Retirement Community, 2150 Randolph St., Room # 107, St. Charles, MO 63301, receiving rehabilitation.  I’m sure it would raise her spirits to receive cards (Get Well) from her friends.  She is 91 years old.

Jerie Artz, Arvilla Friar and Loris Butterfield - Tour De France

You are invited to the last exhibit of the "Artz Tour de France" show at  the Art on the Square building in Belleville, Il.  We have enjoyed
showing our work from our trip in May, and this 4th exhibit will be the
last of the collection being shown together.  It will be on exhibit
until the end of December.  The AOTS building is open on Saturdays and  their "Unique Boutique"  will be open for Christmas shopping as well.

If you haven't had the opportunity to see this body of work, this is
your chance!  There will be an artists reception along with the City of
Belleville Wine Tasting, Saturday evening, November 20th.  It's all
marked on the attached post card.  The artists will be present for that
event along with their photo albums and hand painted travel journals.

Hope to see you there!
Jerie Artz
Arvilla Friar
and the other 8 artists

Monday, October 18, 2010

Something Small for the Holidays at Norton's

Reminder:  Your check for registration is due no later than 10/31/10 (so we know how many postcards to order).  Artwork is due no later than 11/27/10, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Below is the link for the consignment form to bring w/ the art:
Something Small for the Holidays
(Subject matter does not have to relate to the Holidays)
An All-Media Juried Group Show

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Marilynne Bradley at Componere Gallery

Exhibit of 27 national award winning watercolors by Marilynne Bradley
Opening, Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 2:00pm 
exhibit begins Oct 31 and ends Nov 27
Componere Gallery 6509 Delmar Blvd. U City 63130

 These are paintings that have been in National Competitions, many winning awards, many not seen in St Louis.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Linda S. Wilmes Fall Art Class

Painting Classes, Your Choice of Media
4 Week Sessions, 1st Session - Nov. 8 - 29th
Mondays, 9 - 12:00 p.m., Fee $100.00
Wilmes Fine Art Studio
1151 Hancock Rd., Wentzville, MO 63385,
Linda S. Wilmes, Instructor
636 639 0020
Bring Your Supplies and We Will Create Wonderful Art
No previous Experience Necessary

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Maggie McCarthy Show Opening

Maggie McCarthy is one of the invited artists at the Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson, in the Central West End. The opening is October 9, 5 - 9 PM and the work will hang for at least 6 weeks. The Vino Gallery offers fine art from emerging and established local artists, in a variety of mediums, at an obtainable price. The hours are 11am-7pm Monday-Wednesday, 11am-9pm Thursday-Saturday.

The Vino Gallery Presents:
"A Modern Landscape"
October the 9th (5pm-9pm)

Join us on October the 9th, from 5pm to 9pm, for the opening of "A Modern Landscape". "A Modern Landscape" will feature thirteen new cloudscape and abstract paintings by local artist Christian Draeger. There will also be new artwork from: Maggie McCarthy, Joseph farmer, Anukriti Sud Hittle, Omer Huremovic, Bob Rickert, and Mike Moran. There will be a wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres for the duration of the opening. At The Vino Gallery, we offer fine art from emerging and established local artists, in a variety of mediums, at an obtainable price.

Let us share our passion for wine and art with you! Hours 11am-7pm Monday-Wednesday, 11am-9pm Thursday-Saturday

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sketching at the Zoo!

Sketchers in St. Louis are invited to participate in the global drawing marathon known as World Wide SketchCrawl #29 on Saturday, October 16. Artists are going to meet up for a day of sketching the flora and fauna at the famous Saint Louis Zoo in Forest Park. The starting point will be 10am at the entrance near the parking lot on the Hwy 40/64 side of the zoo. We will sketch until about 4pm so drop in at anytime during the day and stay as long as you like. There is no charge to enter the Zoo or be in the SketchCrawl but participants might want to bring some cash for food and frosty beverages. We will try to gather for a group photo and to compare sketches at some point later in the day but it is all intended to be casual and fun. We will also upload some of the sketches to the SketchCrawl Forum. Artists in over 70 cities throughout the world are taking part in this event; from Jakarta to Denver, from Paris to Detroit and here in St. Louis too. Over a dozen sketchers from the St. Louis Drawing and Painting Meetup have already RSVPed for the event. Everyone is welcome. Just show up with your sketchbook and get your draw on.

Michael Anderson Studio 22 Howard Drive Belleville, IL 62223 Phone/Fax: 618 538 5622 email: web:

Friday, October 1, 2010

New CJ Muggs Exhibit - Word Play

Previous installation at CJ Muggs

The theme for the new exhibit is Word Play, paintings must incorporate printed or painted words.

More members are needed to sign up to display their paintings in this up-coming exhibition at CJ Muggs in Webster Groves. You can email exhibit chair, Barbara Martin Smith at or call at 314 961 6047 0r 314 580 6642, to sign up.  Paintings will be received Tuesday Oct 19, 9-10 PM (after our regular meeting 1 block away) or Wednesday, Oct 20, 9-10 AM.  Print out 2 copies of the entry form here on our web site to be prepared when you bring in your paintings. 

All paintings must be framed in accordance with SLWS rules for exhibition.  See the rules by clicking here.  Basically, on wire hanger, under plexiglass, originals only. White and off-white mats are preferred for this location.  This has been a favorite venue for SLWS for many years with a nice record of sales.  In this venue, there is no entry fee or commission.  The prospective buyer will call you directly and you may remove the sold painting before the end of the show if you replace it with another comparable painting which fits the current theme.   Many of our members have met a buyer for lunch, sold their painting and hung another one in its place!

"I am looking forward to discoving how the theme WORD PLAY has inspired some creative thinking".  Barb

Previous installation at CJ Muggs

Plein Air Painting Opportunity

You deserve a lovely day or weekend, in all the Fall splendor, on October 16 - 17, 2010, in Hermann, Missouri!   The Artists of Wine Country are hosting the bi-annual "Art: Walks & Talks", (see below), an exhibition focused on the importance of the member artist's medium to the stories they are expressing.
Your own creative participation is requested this year to become part of the NEWEST event, PROJECT PEOPLE PAINT, where a four-sided post located out side of the Kunstlerhaus, 207 E. First Street, Hermann, MO. Whether you are a novice or advanced artist, an art appreciator or the parent/grandparent of an aspiring artist, ANYONE, any age, may grab paints and brushes; then, in real time, freely express themselves, along with all others in THE ONE-OF-A-KIND, 2-D, creation.  All events are scheduled for all hours of the tour, inclusive.  The 2010 tour events are free to all.  Maps are available at 311 Schiller Street. 
 Donations will be accepted for theAlice Jacobson Scholarship Fund. 
       Catherine A Mahoney, whs, MoWS, TWS, BOMH
                                      1058 Stone Hill, Hermann, MO
                                              Tele 573-486-2444     Fax 573-486-2164
ANNOUNCING:  upcoming Mahoney FINE ARTS EVENTS to add to your calendar. 
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
What:  Arts: Walks & Talks
Where:  Pick up map at 311 Schiller, Hermann, MO, 65041;  Tele: 573-486-2444. 
When:  October 16 - 17 - Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM  - Sun: 11 AM - 4 PM.
Cost: Admission, free.  Featuring Artists of Wine Country, and the first ever, Special PROJECT PEOPLE PAINT, along with the "Missouri-made" Arts in oils, watercolors, metal & free-formed scuptures, German targetrs, photography, woven baskets by nationally & regionally-known artists. 

What:  9th Annual "ARTstravaganza!"
Where: 109 Crestwood Plaza, St. Louis, MO, 63126;  Tele: 314-962-2395. 
When:  November 5 - 7,   Fri, 4 - 10 pm; Sat: 10 - 6 pm; Sun: 1 - 4 pm.
Cost: Admission, free.  Featuring the Best of MIssouri Hands juried Artists/Artisans Show which will be held at the Crestwood Courts Art space located at the corner of Watson Rd and Sappington Rd. 

What: Book Signing, "What Makes Ossie Special", by Kathy Meyer, illustrated by CA Mahoney
Where:  T-Charleston's Book Store, 2800 W 76 Country Blvd Ste 313, Branson, MO  Tele: 417-334-7931. 
When:  November 21 - 23 and November 18 -20 Add this new 'character-building'book, 2nd in the series, to Daisy & Digger, (1st book in the series), (scroll to the bottom of this e-mail for more details or to order via mail). 

What:  9th Annual Kristkindl Markts: Stonehill Winery--1st weekend & Festhalle--2nd weekend.
Where: Hermann, MO, 65041;  Tele: 573-486-2444. 
When:  December 4 -5 and 11 - 12 - Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM  - Sun: 11 AM - 4 PM.
Cost: Admission, free.  Featuring Weekend-long celebraton of the food, wine, art, music, other products made in Missouri, and the cultural lights and sounds of a seasonal 'Old-World' Christmas.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Linda Wilmes Workshop at the Foundry Art Centre

Positions Open - Sign Up Now
The Foundry Art Centre PRESENTS A
Beginning To Intermediate Watercolor Workshop,
Linda S. Wilmes, Instructor
Oct. 2nd and 3rd., 9 - 3 p.m. daily
Call Angela at 636 255 0270 OR ANGELA@FOUNDRYARTCENTRE.ORG
$80 for members, $85. For non-members
Learn the basics of watercolor applications, from clean transparent washes, to the overlays of color, and finally the dry brush application for fine details.
Also included are the basics of good design, composition, contrast of value for “punch.”
Additional information, call Linda 636 639 0020, or

Friday, September 24, 2010

LeRoy Fink Wins Award At NWS Exhibition

Super congratulations to member LeRoy Fink for his win of the Alice Leonard Memorial Award in the 90th Annual Exhibition of the National Watercolor Society.  The exhibit is on display at the NWS Gallery in San Pedro CA Oct 30 to Dec 11.  The juror for awards was Christopher Schink.   View all of the winners here at the NWS web site

Here is LeRoy's painting, Significant Others.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A message from Michael Anderson

Thank you to all members who attended the Sept meeting for their interest and very warm reception for my program on Sketch Journaling. I believe the turnout may have been the largest number of artists I have addressed at one time so far. I was really happy that several members told me they were now inspired to get out their sketchbooks and get to work. Also there was a lot interest in pens, colors, sketchbooks and the waterbrush. Artists can find more information about all these items by following the links on my website to various blogs and forums that pertain to sketching.  One of the best I can recommend is The Sketching Forum where there are links to dozens of sketch artists' sites and info about Moleskines, waterbrush, Urban Sketchers, etc. Much appreciation, Mike A

Image:Grooming, Artists' Day at Circus Flora, on location sketch, Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson Studio 22 Howard Drive Belleville, IL 62223 Phone/Fax: 618 538 5622 email: web: The art of Michael Anderson is now showing at Gateway Gallery.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Big Splash Winners

Check out this link to our website to see this year's winners at Big Splash and the Judge's statement. 

Here is our top prize winner, Margaret Schneider's If Only.

Botanicals at the Garden

Our member, Patricia Wittman, has this opportunity to share with us. 
(click for full-size)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Maggie McCarthy Art

Maggie McCarthy won the Art Mart Award at the Art Fair @ Queeny Park, Sept. 3,4,5, 2010. 

She is also an exhibiting artist at the Mosaics Festival for the Arts this weekend, Sept. 17, 18, and 19.

Congratulations, Maggie!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

St. Peters Art Sale

Here is the information about an art sale to be held at St. Peters Community Arts Center following Big Splash.  The receiving date for the sale is Oct 26, and our retrieval date is Oct 25. Cindy Dubois has agreed that SLWS members can bring their pieces for the sale on the 25th when they come out for our retrieval. 
(Click the image to see it full-size.)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Harry Richman News

Harry Richman's watercolor was accepted in this year's Southern Watercolor Society's annual exhibition in Madisonville, KY. 

Also, three of his watercolors will be in the exhibit by St. Louis artists and architects in the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Ebsworth Park from Sept. 10 through Jan. 2, 2011. This house is in Kirkwood at 120 North Ballas Road.

Congratulations, Harry!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Shirley Nachtrieb Show

Shirley Nachtrieb
Retrospective Exhibition

September 26- November 2, 2010
Opening reception: September 26, 2 - 4pm

Crystal Graphic Planes in Red

The Monday Club

37 S. Maple Ave.
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Office: 314-961-0200 Shirley 636-947-1936

Off Highway 44 and Elm Street

Feel free to bring a friend!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

REVISION - Watercolor Wednesdays in Webster Groves

Barbara Martin Smith has submitted this revision to her announcement.  The dates have been corrected.  Also there is now an opportunity to paint and sell plein air.

Watercolor Wednesdays
at Rolling Ridge Nursery
60 North Gore in Historic Webster Groves

Watercolor Workshop for 5-10 participants

Paint Out Opportunity for 5-10 participants

Sunday Christmas Open House
& Sales Opportunity November 14th

The exceptional inspiration of working within the historic two and a half acre Rolling Ridge Nursery and greenhouse will heighten the participant's sensual awareness of light, line, color, textures and shapes. Workshop participants, regardless of experience level, will be encouraged to make a leap in skill and growth in content as a result of one on one instruction. Paint Out participants will be able to work rain or shine and count on marketing help in partnership with Rolling Ridge.

Five Wednesdays from 2 P.M. - 5 P.M. 
October  6,13,20,27 and November 3

Facilitator: Barbara Martin Smith, Signature Member,
The Saint Louis Watercolor Society
Register via email: (fee due October 5)

Paint Out and Sales Opportunity ($35)

Workshop Tuition ($170)   A complete materials list will be forwarded to you upon registration. View Barbara's paintings on the web at

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Something Small for the Holidays at Norton's

 This is a popular exhibit every year!

Something Small for the Holidays
(Subject matter does not have to relate to the Holidays)
An All-Media Juried Group Show

2025 South Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63117

Dates of Exhibition: Friday, December 3, 2010 – Saturday, January 22, 2011. The gallery is closed between Christmas and January 4, 2011.

Juror: David Barth, Architectural Conceptualist.

Reception:  Friday, December 3, 2010, 6 – 9 p.m.  You are invited to bring a festive treat of food or drink for the reception table.

Regular Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. ­-- 6:00 p.m.; special Sunday hours, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. before Christmas only;   closed Mondays.

Commitment Deadline: Sunday, October 31, 2010.  Receipt of your entry fee indicates your commitment to participate.   Norton’s Fine Art & Framing, 2025 S. Big Bend, St. Louis, MO 63117.  314.645.4040 or

Publicity & Entry Fee:  $35.00 per artist, non-refundable and payable by October 31st.   Includes a quantity of color postcards, use of gallery space, mailing to the gallery’s list, and other publicity.

Prizes: The following gift certificates for framing at Norton’s will be awarded:
                 1st Place:  $100
                 2nd Place: $50
                 3rd Place:  $25
                 Additional prizes include:
               Bob Beck Prize:  $100
               Beth Greer Prize:  $100
               Jerry Thomas Prize:  $100
               Special gift from Mr. Wizard’s Christmas Trees & Frozen Custard
               A special “People’s Choice” gift to be awarded
Other worthwhile prizes, to be announced, will be available and awarded.

Gallery Commission: 40% of gallery sale price.

Receiving:   Please submit your works no later than Saturday, November 27, 2010, between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.   Absolutely no late entries allowed.  Please bring the Consignment Form when dropping off artwork.  Artists whose entries are not juried into the show will be notified to pick up their work on Saturday, December 4, 10:00 a.m. -- 6:00 p.m.

Accepted Artwork:  Entries (1 – 3 items) created within the last three years.  All accepted works must remain in exhibition until January 22, 2011.  Norton's Fine Art & Framing reserves the right to accept or reject any work for exhibition.

2-D Art, Framed or Unframed: Paintings, drawings, prints, or pastels:   maximum area, including outer dimensions of frame, 300 sq inches
Weavings, soft sculpture, wall hangings, bas reliefs:  maximum area, including any hanging devices, 300 sq inches
For instance, 300 sq inches might be a piece:
- 30” x 10” OUTSIDE frame, or art dimension (if unframed) or
- 15” x 20” OUTSIDE frame, or art dimension (if unframed) or
- 5” x 60” OUTSIDE frame, or art dimension (if unframed)
[Too large:  16 x 20]

Re: diptyches and triptychs:
These will be considered to be 1 entry if the total square inches of all pieces combined is less than or equal to 300 square inches.
If each part of a triptych is 300 sq inches, then the 1 triptych is 3 entries.
If each part of a diptych is 300 sq inches, then the 1 diptych is 2 entries.

3-D Sculpture and Carvings: 1800 cubic inches maximum cubic area, not including bases, pedestals or supports.

Do not submit artwork that exceeds the above dimensions.

All artwork must be prepared for professional presentation, properly framed and wired for hanging (no sawtooth hangers), under glass or plexiglass, on pedestals, bases or supports, etc.  Work done or completed under major instruction may not be submitted.


Insurance:   Norton's Fine Art & Framing will provide insurance for all artwork presented for the "Something Small for the Holidays” Show while it is on the premises of Norton's Gallery.

Pick Up:  Artwork not sold is to be picked up between Tuesday, January 25, 2011 and Saturday, January 29, 2011, 10 a.m. -- 6 p.m.

Contact information: , or 314.645.4040
(10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday)

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Plein Air painting in Alton, IL

3rd Annual Mississippi Earthtones
 Plein Air Competition 
 in conjuntion with the Mississippi Earthtones Festival Sat., Sept. 18, 2010 
Celebrating our river through art, music, and conservation. The contest will consist of paintings or drawings done en plein air of the Mississippi River or surrounding scenery as viewed from the festival grounds of the Mississippi Earthtones Festival held and juried on Saturday, September 19th, 2009 (noon to 5pm) at the Alton Amphitheater at Riverfront Park, Alton, IL.  Completed paintings will be juried at the festival for cash prizes. Art will be exhibited and artists will have the opportunity to sell their work during the Mississippi Earthtones Festival, if desired.

 THE MISSISSIPPI EARTHTONES FESTIVAL: sponsored by Alton Marketplace and the Sierra Club, is a celebration of our river through art, music, and conservation - held annually on the 3rd Saturday in September – this year falling on 9/18/2010. This event, held from noon to 9pm, attracts hundreds of people to Riverfront Park for informational booths on ecology, native plants & animals, and recycling, as well as: fine arts, river-related crafts, food vendors, litter clean-ups, organized hikes & bike rides, and live music.

a) Entry into the contest and eligibility for cash prizes.
b) Entry to a Liquitex “acrylic materials & methods related to plein air painting” lecture given by Christine Ilewski from 11am-Noon on Saturday, September 18th in a covered pavilion at Riverfront Park, which officially kicks off the contest. (optional)
c) Attendees of the lecture will receive a primary mixing set of Liquitex acrylic paint that would be appropriate for use in the competition, if participants so choose. ($25 Value)

Artists will have their blank canvases to be used in the competition stamped at this time. The contest will start at Noon, and artists may choose to start painting at any time of day, but please note that the cost is the same if you paint for one hour or the full 5 hours.

 AWARDS: Cash prizes will be given for first, second, and third place overall as well as for a “Peoples’ Choice” category, with all votes to be cast on the day of the festival.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists 18 & over.

CATEGORIES: Oil Painting, Watercolor, Pastel, Acrylics, Drawing, & Mixed Media. Participating artists must paint from life - on location. Studiowork is not allowed.

FEES: $15.00 if registration is postmarked by September 13th or hand-delivered by September 17th. The walk-up fee is $20.00 to register on the day of the festival. Registration fee is non-refundable, and the cost is the same if you paint for one hour or the full five hours. Checks and money orders are accepted, made payable to Alton Marketplace OR you may pay online with PayPal at Please note that if you pay online, you still must mail in your signed entry form.

 JUROR / JUDGING: Jeff Vaughn, nationally acclaimed landscape artist and Alton native, will be the juror for this competition. Only art created in plein air of the Mississippi River or surrounding scenery during the competition will be considered for awards. No unstamped surfaces will be considered for jury. All artwork to be judged must be delivered to the River Art Village section of the festival by 5pm sharp; judging for the general competition will start promptly at 5:15, and awards will be given at 6pm. Each artist may submit up to two pieces for judging in the general competition, but only one monetary award will be given per artist. Competition winners will be announced at the festival, and publicized in Marketplace’s October newsletter as well as by press release to local media.

 REGISTRATION & CHECK-IN: The registration fee for the competition is $15.00 in advance or $20 on the day of the festival. All artists must have their blank painting surfaces stamped before starting the painting or drawing, and no canvases will be stamped prior to 11am on September 18th when the “acrylic materials & methods” lecture is to be held to kick off the competition.

 EXHIBITION BY ARTISTS: Artists will be required to show their plein air artwork created during the competition at the festival on Saturday, September 18th from 5pm – 7pm. All artists are required to provide an easel to show their juried work only.

 SALES: If desired, artists are also welcome (though not required) to show and sell work created at other locations and in their studio for an additional $35 fee. Display space will be limited to 10’ X 10’ per artist. All artists will be responsible for their display materials – tents, display racks, easels, tables, chairs, etc. Any original artwork or handmade items are welcome to be sold during the festival and will not be subject to a commission by the organizer; shared booth space is permitted.
 Please see the link at the top of this post for the official entry form.