Daven Anderson Receives Prestigious Award

Daven Anderson shares his news with us:

On March 24, 2017 the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library of the St. Louis Mercantile Library & Art Museum awarded me the Donald T. Wright Award at a luncheon.  What an honor!  I’m overwhelmed!



The Donald T. Wright Award is presented biennially in recognition of a body of work that contributes significantly to a better understanding of the American inland waterways.  It was first bestowed in 1975 and is named for Captain Donald T. Wright who served as editor and publisher of The Waterways Journal for 43 years.  Past recipients have included National Book Award Nominee Earl Swift; Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Powers; musician John Hartford; Post-Dispatch cartoonist Dan Martin and Pulitzer Prize winner David Grunfeld.

For those of you who do not know me, I’m Daven Anderson, US Naval Academy ’65, nuclear submariner, then on to the world of business for 35 years and presently a full time artist.  I am the Managing Director of the American Society of Marine Artists, a US Coast Guard artist, the Executive Director of the Missouri Watercolor Society and a member of the Watercolor Honor Society.  I have works in the collections of four museums including the St. Louis Mercantile Library and Art Museum and the Missouri History Museum, the US Coast Guard Collection (3), the US Naval Academy and numerous private, corporate and foundation collections.  

The body of work that qualified me for the honor is my series of paintings:  THE RIVERS: A Celebration of Life and Work on America’s Waterways.   The series is currently on exhibit through April 7th at the St. Louis Mercantile Library & Art Museum, the second of seven scheduled museum exhibitions.  In July, August and September the series can be seen at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Oxnard, CA (just north of LA) before returning to the Midwest and East in 2018.  The full schedule of exhibitions can be seen on the exhibition website:   www.TheRiversExhibition.com    Many of the paintings in the series can be viewed on my website  www.davenanderson.com    Click on ‘Paintings’ & then on ‘Rivers’ above the picture thumbnails.  

Daven Anderson Shares the Following

We have lost a legend!  A music legend, a Rock and Roll and Blues legend!  A great musician.

I painted Chuck Berry about 8 years ago after attending one of his concerts at Blueberry Hill.  Joe Edwards graciously gave me front row center seats so that I could clearly capture Chuck in concert. The painting was purchased shortly after completion by the St. Louis Mercantile Library & Art Museum and is in its permanent collection.

Daven Anderson


The St. Louis Mercantile Library & Art Museum is located on the University of Missouri St. Louis campus and is open seven days a week.

Saint Louis Watercolor Society’s 2017 Spring Retreat

Saint Louis Watercolor Society
Spring 2017 Retreat for Members

Have you ever wanted to get away with fellow artists to share ideas, materials, relax and enjoy some beautiful scenery?  This is your opportunity.

Join us at this year’s one-day retreat at the Toddhall Retreat & Conference Center, 320 Todd Center Drive, Columbia, IL  62236, (618) 281-8180, www.toddhallretreat.org.  Located on 45 acres, Toddhall is a people and wildlife sanctuary where the integrity of each of God’s creatures is respected. As you drive down the tree-laden road leading to the Toddhall campus you will feel the concerns of the hectic, secular world slipping away. This is truly a “get away” place…a haven for study, reflection and renewal for your next retreat or meeting.  Wild turkey, deer and wide variety of backyard birds are only some of the natural elements you will find here. Take time to meander our meditative labyrinth, visit our butterfly garden and natural prairie-grass preserve or walk the wilderness trail. Celebrate the beauty of each of the seasons as the landscape is transformed from summer lushness to winter scarcity. Marvel at the intricate rhythm of life; how it has persevered and flourished through seasons of generations here.

Bring your art supplies, water container to wash your brushes, chair, bug spray, sun screen, umbrella, camera, and anything else that will make you comfortable while you paint plein air.  We will be in Wilson Hall this year for those who prefer to paint inside.  A hearty home-cooked meal will be served cafeteria style in the communal dining room at noon.

DIRECTIONS:  Toddhall is located in the bluffs over-looking Columbia, Illinois… conveniently close to metropolitan St. Louis and only forty-five minutes from the airport. Bus and train terminals are twenty-five minutes away. Freeways I-55, I-70 and I-255 provide easy access to State Highway 3 and 158 off of which we are located, at 320 Todd Center Drive.

Registration for SLWS 2017 Spring Retreat, Tuesday, May 16,
9 am to 5 pm, at the Toddhall Retreat and Conference Center
320 Todd Center Drive, Columbia, IL  62236 (618) 281-8180

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Enclosed is my check for $25 made payable to the Saint Louis Watercolor Society.

Listed below are my food allergies/special needs or considerations:





Please send registration form and payment to:  Saint Louis Watercolor Society, P O Box 16893, St. Louis, MO  63105

For questions, contact Diana Leszcz

Registration Deadline is May 16, 2017

Click this link to open a PDF file of the above to register.

Spencer Meagher Workshop

Spencer Meagher One Day Workshop

Don’t miss it!!


Students will learn as Spencer demonstrates a variety of techniques for applying paint to paper
in a studio setting.  The class will focus on various components and aspects of painting watercolors, i.e. differences in brushes, papers, paint quality, as well as, application techniques including washes, splattering, dropping and pouring and dry brushing.  When, where and how to appropriately use each tool and techniques.  Class structure is appropriate for ALL skill levels. Students should anticipate completing two (2) 11″ x 15″ paintings!

When:  Thursday, March 23, 2017

Where:  Missouri Artists on Main, 315-321 S. Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301  636-724-1760 www.maomgallery.com

Time:  9 am- 4 pm

Cost:  $75 plus supplies!

Artist’s Website:  spencermeagher.com


We congratulate Elizabeth Concannon on her entry Moving Day and Janet Doll on her entry Doing My Best, judged by John Salminen, being accepted in the 2017 Watercolor Missouri International Exhibition, April 3 – 27, at the St. Louis CENTRAL LIBRARY, 1301 Olive Street,  St. Louis, MO  63103.