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:  studio@watercolorsmith.com (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 watercolorsmith.com

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
314-645-4040 Mary@NortonsFineArt.com

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 Mary@NortonsFineArt.com.

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 http://www.nortonsfineart.com/consignmentform.pdf 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:

Mary@NortonsFineArt.com , or 314.645.4040
(10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday)

Please feel free to share this Call for Art.

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 www.AltonMarketplace.com. 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.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Plein Air on the River

From Catherine Mahoney

Artists! Plan on attending the 
7th Annual "Artists Along the Missouri" en plein air PAINTOUT!
& Please e-mail me,  camahoney@ktis.net  , if you are planning on attending--before Thursday, September 2, 2010.

        Where: Hermann, Missouri and surrounding areas;
        When:  Labor Day weekend:  September 3-6, open to all artists & photographers.

        Cost:  Event, FREE!

                Event:  Artists Along the Missouri***

            This fall we will be exploring Hermann, Missouri, during the seventh annual "en plein air paint-out", Labor Day Weekend: September 3 - 6, 2010.
            Please note these dates and put them on your calendar-- Friday, September 3 through 6--
            THE "Along the Missouri" en plein air print-out event, held in Hermann, Missouri is scheduled, again, to take place. Hermann and surrounding areas are just beautiful during that time of year.  You will be inspired in what you see to paint in all directions!  This event is sanctioned by the Missouri Watercolor Society  & the Oil Painters of America!
    You may paint any time during the dates listed, previous to those dates if you prefer!  Contact the following site early to reserve your rooms, as they go quickly at that time of year.  E-mail at:    www.hermannmissouri.com
    Please give this information and dates to your friends.  All are invited to come, just have them e-mail me at camahoney@ktis.net ,so we can put them on any information forwarding list.
    Artists Along the Missouri--is FREE to all artists and is open to ANY age, using ANY media. It is designed as a working venue for artists to gather/meeting other artists from around the Midwest/nation that paint from life on location, en plein air.  This event is organized to create camaraderie among artists, to meet other artists, network, learn from others and explore the Midwest through their art.
    There is no cost to participate.  The meeting places are provided, complimentary and the events are put together by volunteers to promote the arts in the region.    
    We will be "signing-in":  Let others know where you are painting each day, pick up your packets and have your canvases and/or papers stamped at "Kunstler Haus", 207 1st Street, Hermann, MO
    This year, you are invited to bring 2-3 small other "en plein air pieces to show and sell" which were created in the past here in Hermann or failing that, else-where.  This opportunity is for every participating artist; especially, for those just arriving on Saturday who haven't yet had an opportunity to paint in Hermann before this year
    Saturday, September 4:  for those that would like to show some of your artworks created during the weekend of painting, there will be an opportunity to "show and sell"--located at the Hofgarten, corner of First & Gutenberg Streets--both during the DAY and EARLY EVENING this year,  for the Open Air Paint-Out Exhibition scheduled on-line and in the A-C, Hermann's newspaper.
    Again, Hermann is a lovely place during the fall.  You may paint anywhere within reasonable driving distance....maps of interesting view/places will be provided.
    Directions to Hermann, MO from the East.  I-44, West to 100 W, to Hermann, MO, which becomes 1st street to Kunstler Haus located at 207 E. 1st, which is on the right side of the street.
    Directions to Hermann, MO from the South and or Southwest.  I-44, East on 19 North to Hermann, MO, which becomes Market Street.  Turn right on First Street to Kunstler Haus located at 207 E. 1st, which is on the left side of the street.
    Directions to Hermann, MO from the West.  Hwy 50 to Jefferson City, North on Hwy 54, Right on 94.  Right on 19 S, which becomes Market Street.  Turn left on First Street.  Kunstler Haus is located at 207 E. 1st on the left side of the street.
    Directions to Hermann, MO from the North.  I-70 to l9 South, turn South on l9.  19 becomes Market Street.  Turn left on First Street.  Kunstler haus is located at 207 E. 1st on the left side of the street.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Watercolor Wednesdays in Webster Groves

Watercolor Wednesdays at Rolling Ridge Nursery
In Historic Webster Groves

Five Wednesdays from 2 P.M. - 5 P.M.

October  5,12,19,26 and November 3
Tuition $170

Facilitator: Barbara Martin Smith
Signature Member
The Saint Louis Watercolor Society

Sunday Christmas Open House
& Sales Opportunity November 14th

The exceptional inspiration of working within the historic Rolling Ridge Nursery will heighten the participant's sensual awareness of light, line, color, textures and shapes. Participants regardless of skill level will be encouraged to make a leap in skill and growth in content as a result of one on one instruction.

Register via email:  studio@watercolorsmith.com

Tuition will be due at the first class. A complete materials list will be forwarded to you upon registration.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fall Classes at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Judy Seyfert's Garden Classes Fall 2010
Watercolor:  Painting With An Artist’s Eye
It is never enough to just copy the images around us.  To make a painting have impact, artists must enhance the ordinary to make it extraordinary.  Through design and expressive use of color, Judy will show you how to open your “artist” eye to visualize possibilities and creative interpretations in your own art work.  This class is intended for artists of all levels who have some experience in watercolor and would like to further explore the medium.   Intermediate to advanced.
Starts September 17, 2010   9:30-noon:  8 weeks

Exploring Watercolor
   Take time to indulge your creative side and join with other students exploring watercolor. Judy will demonstrate simple techniques for making impressive paintings.  She will guide students through group and individual instruction, emphasizing a new skill each week.  Students will learn how to design and paint their own paintings in a fun and encouraging environment.   Beginning to Intermediate
Starts Monday, September 13, 2010   Evenings 6 -8:30:  Five Weeks

Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor
Where ever you look there is a landscape just waiting to be painted.  It can be overwhelming to the artist.  This class is designed to give you the tools to confidently interpret the landscape in watercolor.  Students will learn to simplify, edit and design their own paintings. Some of the topics will include painting landforms such as rocks and mountains, atmospheric skies, and water such as lakes and rivers.  Basic watercolor techniques will be covered the first class.  All levels welcome. 
Starts Saturday, October 23, 2010:  9:30 – Noon:  No class Thanksgiving weekend.

Watercolor Rescue (January, 2011)
Lost interest and feeling uninspired about your art?  Are you in an “artistic slump”? Take a journey and make peace with your art and paintings.  This is a unique class for watercolor artists to engage in a little “art therapy” to jump start your creativity.  It is also a time to bring in your problem paintings and together we will try to pass the hurdles to fix them.  This class is for artists of all levels who have watercolor experience.
Starts Fridays, January 14, 2011: 10 am to 1:00pm 4 weeks

Other art classes offered at the Garden
Jaci Lawson is teaching “Why Sketch?”  It starts Wednesday September 15th from 9:30 to noon.  All Levels

Mary Dee Schmidt The Garden in Watercolor Starts Tuesday September 14th 9:30 to noon.  All Levels

Patricia Wittman is teaching a class in botanical drawing which starts Monday, November 1 from 1 to 3:30 and goes for six weeks.

Botanical Painting: Leaves and Acorns
Three day workshop with Marilyn Garber October 28, 29, 30
Time 9 am to 4pm
Marilyn Garber is the founder of the Minnesota School of Botanical Art.

The Missouri Botanical Garden will have all their classes up on their web site August 1.  Registration will begin then.  Their web site is
For more information on class call 314- 577-5140
You can register on line or over the phone.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Jerie Artz and Arvilla Friar present paintings from their trip to France

 Jerie and Arvila are participating in this show opening August 14 at Framations.
August 14 - September 5, 2010
Opening Reception August 14: 1-4pm

Featuring work by: Jerie Artz, David Cornell, Arvilla Friar, Kathy Gomric, and Suzanne Lowry
Heirloom Roses Jerie Artz,watercolorist and plein air painter, depicts a "joie de vivre" inspired by by the changing seasons wherever she lives, especially the French countryside. Having lived and traveled in France, painting for her own pleasure in a travel journal is one of her passions. In May of 2010 Jerie organized a 15 day painting trip to France for 10 artists. This trip inspired an exhibit of work called “Artz Tour de France” that is now travelling throught galleries in Illinois.

Arvilla Friar's  favorite subjects to paint are historic buildings. But she equally enjoys painting old weathered barns, flowers, hummingbirds, light houses, wildlife, and the country side. She has painted several of the 114 Michigan lighthouses from both the upper and lower peninsula. Arvilla’s greatest joy, however, is to see her artwork lovingly displayed on the walls of her children and grandchildren.

Framations Custom Framing and Art Gallery
218 North Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301

Additionally, they report info about the French shows they are having as a result of their trip to France in May. The 10 artists have quite a collection of work. They just finished an exhibit in Belleville at the Abbey, and they set up at a new wine/coffee bar in Breeze, Il. - "Flavors". They are having an exhibit at the Jacoby Art Gallery in late September/October and then they'll be at the Art on the Square building in Belleville in November.  They are having a terrific time continuing the French art experience!

The Jacoby Arts Center presents
Artz Tour de France
You are invited to enjoy a voyage with ten diverse artists
as they exhibit work produced through immersion in the culture of France.
September 21 through October 11
“Meet the Artists” Reception
Sunday, October 3, 2010
1 to 3 p.m.
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 East Broadway, Alton, IL
(618) 462-5222
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. To 4 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Closed Monday

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Maggie Bauman One Woman Show

Maggie Bauman is having a one-woman watercolor show at the Northside Art Gallery at 8182 Maryland, corner of Maryland and Forsyth, across from Schwabs, in the Region's Financial building on the 1st floor, for the months of August and September.

Maggie Bauman, NAA, SLWS (signature artist). MOWS

Maggie won an award in Big Splash '05 for this painting, The Stuff Drems Are Made Of

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Carol Jessen Fall Workshops

Here it is again….Autumn in St. Louis, and I’m ready for some plein air painting. 

Two Opportunities for Workshops:

       Tuesday, October 12th  --  Fenton
       Tuesday, October 19th–-    Kirkwood Train Station
Both locations have restaurants nearby.  But, of course, you may want to pack a lunch to maximize your painting time.

This season’s focus will be on overlapping values, silhouettes, and some drybrush techniques.

Morning Demonstration and warm up pep talk.  Individual Painting and Suggestions.  Afternoon Group Critique.

Time:  9:30 – 4:00
Tuition:      $45 per day 

If rain cancels a session, we will reschedule for another date.  All other cancellations must be made five days before a scheduled lesson to obtain a full refund.

Minimum class size: 5
Maximum class size: 15

To avoid class cancellations, sign up early!

To reserve your workshop date, please send checks and desired dates to:
                           Carol Jessen
                            P.O Box 254
                            East Boothbay, Maine  04544

Please include your phone number with your reservation.

I’m in Maine now, so you can email me at     caroljessen@yahoo.com

If you have questions, call me daytime at:   (314) – 706 – 6333
                     Or, evenings before October 1st  - (207)-633 - 6414

Check out my blogsite for more painting tips!


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

SLWS Members in Soulard Art Market Exhibit

 “Outside: IN” - A Juried Art Exhibition

WHAT:  “Outside: IN”

Opening Reception (public invited): Friday, August 6, 2010 - 7 to 10 pm
Exhibition:  Through Friday, August 27, 2010

Soulard Art Market & Contemporary Gallery
2028 S. 12th Street, Saint Louis, MO  63104
Corner of 12th and Russell, across from McGurk’s Pub
Admission is free.
Refreshments will be provided, featuring Schlafly beer.
Musical ntertainment by Courtney Loveless

Lisa Crisman
Katherine Cuba
Daniel Fishback
Jewel George
Linda J. Green-Metzler

Joanne Kluba
Jose R. Lopez
Ken Martin
Mary Mosblech
Lora Roberts
Mark Swain
Dan Wampler
Jennifer Weigel

Many of the above are award winning artists and have been painting for years in and around the St Louis area.

Exhibit Jurors-
Kathy Gomric, born and raised in the St. Louis Metro/Southern Illinois area, Kathy Gomric has a God given talent, drawing is her PASSION, it comes from her soul.  She creates surrealistic fantasies in black and white.  Kathy has been with the gallery since its inception in 2007.
Jane Martin is an artist  whose paintings capture both the vibrancy of  the modern world and the traditional aspects of our primitive past.  She too has been a resident artist at S.A.M. since 2007.

Soulard Art Market & Contemporary Gallery

The Soulard Art Market & Contemporary Gallery (S.A.M.) features monthly exhibitions in our main gallery that showcase a rotating selection of the area’s most talented artists. Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public, (unless otherwise noted) and most artwork is offered for sale.
Recently voted as one of the Top 5 local galleries, S.A.M. is operated by a core group of resident artists who each maintain a personal display space as well as coordinating the monthly main gallery exhibits.  They are home to some of the area’s most respected artists working in a variety of media including: drawing, painting, digital and traditional photography, mixed media, sculpture and jewelry. Located in the heart of Soulard on the corner of 12th and Russell, Soulard Art Market is a fantastic arts destination.

In partnership with the gallery is Youth Education and Health in Soulard. YEHS is a nonprofit community-based organization that was founded in 1972 to develop needed services in order to save the historic Soulard neighborhood from being torn down and to prevent the displacement of low and moderate income residents of the area. YEHS also hosts summer employment/training, tutoring, and recreation for disadvantaged St. Louis youths.

Soulard Art Market & Contemporary Gallery
2028 S. 12th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104
Corner of 12th and Russell, across from McGurk’s Pub


 (314) 258-4299