STLWS Urban Sketchers Outing March 13th

On Wednesday, March 13th, the Saint Louis Watercolor Society Urban Sketchers gathered at The Daily Bread Bakery & Cafe, 11719 Manchester Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131. What a great place to sketch – so many different things to capture in a pleasant, comfortable environment with a wide variety of food and beverages to enjoy. It looks like a productive morning with so many wonderful sketches.

Here are some photos from the day.

Alicia Farris is Coming to the Green Door Gallery

Green Door Art Gallery,

21 N. Gore Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119

Fabric of Spring
March 6 – April 26, 2019
Reception – Friday, March 22 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Alicia Farris will be one of the guest artists at this exhibition.

Painting by Alicia Farris

Alicia Farris finds inspiration in all sorts of subject matter. The personalities and flavors of people that she encounters in day-to-day life definitely inspire her work. Farris enjoys interpreting her subject matter with a “loose” and lively style, trying to capture emotion, shapes and light that capture her imagination. She loves to share her knowledge and passion by teaching workshops and classes at home in Springfield, Mo and throughout the Midwest.

Suzanne Galli Koenen Volunteers at Powder Valley

This past Saturday, March 9th, Suzanne Galli Koenen took part in Powder Valley Conservation Center’s Nature Artisan Series. Suzanne demonstrated her unique approach to combining watercolor and fiber art into stitched tree art quilts. Interested adults came to learn about her approach to working with multiple media. With the help of Dave Anderson and other volunteers, kids of all ages enjoyed making a fabric mosaic coaster as part of this hands on art experience.

Suzanne demonstrating her fabric art.
Suzanne explaining her technique.
Suzanne helping a young lady.
Dave Anderson helping a boy with his coaster.
The fabric coaster in the works.

Call for Art

From Susan “Suzie” Sparks
Pittsburgh Watercolor Society President

Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Aqueous Open 2019 Registration is Now Available online!

The 2019 PWS Aqueous Open 2019 is open to any artist 18 or older working in water-based media. Works submitted for consideration to PWS Aqueous Open 2019 must be primarily water-based media on an unvarnished paper surface (YUPO and Tyvek are also permitted) no canvas. Two pieces may be submitted. Over $5,000 in cash and merchandise awards.

Mediums include: watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache, egg tempera, watercolor with ink, water soluble pencil, crayon or graphite and must be artist’s original work. Works cannot include digital images, any form of print or reproduction and must have been completed within the last two years.

Last year’s Aqueous Open included works from artists from 17 states and six countries.

Entry fee for one or two pieces is USD $40 for non-members and $30 for Pittsburgh Watercolor Society members.

Awards are selected from received work with more than $5,000 in total cash and merchandise awards. Awards will be announced at the opening reception, Oct 4, 2019.

Entry Deadline is July 1, 2019. For a prospectus and full exhibit information please go to

The Juror for the exhibit is Frank Eber, an AWS, NWS, and TWSA member.
Frank grew up in Europe and was mentored by Italian master painter Renato Casaro in 1994 -95. In the ’80s and ’90s, Frank worked as a professional illustrator for video cover sleeves and as a portrait artist by commission. He strives to create timeless art in both oil and water media and works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World Masters.
In addition to jurying the exhibit and selecting the awards, Mr. Eber will be a featured guest at the PWS Fall membership meeting and will conduct a demonstration of his process. The meeting will be held at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie, PA 15106 on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 1:00PM. The meeting is free and open to all PWS members, and, also open to the public for a charge of $5.

Also, Mr. Eber will be leading a four-day Watercolor Workshop Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, 2019.

Please visit our website at for more information on our organization. Click here for the page with all the information about the Aqueous Open (with link to the full prospectus and entry information.

Hope you enter!
The Aqueous Open Team

This Invitation Came to Us

Dear St Louis Watercolor Society Members:

My name is Lana Cease and I am the Missouri delegate for the International Watercolor Society, USA Chapter. I would like to introduce you to this amazing organization!

IWS USA is a wonderful group of volunteers gathered together to promote International Watercolor Society events to all US residents. Watercolor artists are invited via the FB page to discover opportunities to submit their work to competitions in about 80 other countries!

Membership is free and all you need to do to become a member go to the fb page and sign up using the messenger tab on the page.

Under the guidance of our new President, Gina Croce, our goal is to make IWS USA the largest and most active Watercolor Organization in the world. Plans are already being made for our first USA International show in 2020 as well as online contests, plein air events and many other exciting opportunities for watercolor artists!

We would be pleased and appreciative if you would share this information with your members so that they will have the same opportunities and help us to grow and thrive in the coming months and years!

If you have any questions or would like more information on how to get involved, please feel free to contact me and I would be happy to help!

Thank you!
Lana Cease
Missouri Delegate

Spencer Meagher ” Nocturne” Workshop!

Moonlight Serenade by Spencer Meagher

Enjoy two days exploring the mysterious world of nocturnes with Illinois artist, Spencer Meagher. Because artificial and moonlight drastically alter our color perception, Spencer will help develop your understanding of color analysis in a night time setting. We will be working in the studio from photographs provided by Spencer and there will be plenty of demonstrations.

Special Opportunity: If weather permits we will do a plein aire nocturne the first evening. Artists interested in this will join me after dinner to paint downtown St. Charles. There is an additional $50 fee for participating in this aspect of the workshop. We will paint from approximately 6pm to 10pm. Minimum of 5 students required.

This will be an acrylic workshop (oil and watercolor welcome, just be aware of the different approaches). If you don’t have acrylic supplies, they can be purchased at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. Supply list is found on MAOM website:

When: March 22 & 23, 2019

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Cost: $150 (2 Day Workshop)

$50 Plein Aire Night Workshop

Where: Missouri Artists On Main

321 S. Main St. St. Charles, MO 63301


For more information on the workshop, click here.

Linda Wilmes is Offering Workshops at Framations Custom Framing and Art Gallery

Painting by Linda Wilmes demonstrating her Saturated Wet Watercolor technique.

Saturated Wet Watercolor 

Instructor: Linda Wilmes

Monday, March 11: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

$55 Workshop Fee

Basic knowledge of watercolor suggested.

See Supply List

Minimum: 3 students, Maximum: 5

Adults and Youths High School and older.   A fresh approach to painting with watercolors. The wet paper allows more time for lifting color out to create the design, whether abstract or realistic. The mixing of the colors gives beautiful combinations. Instructor will demonstrate the technique.

Twilight Magic by Linda Wilmes

Painting Sparkle and Shine with Watercolor

Instructor: Linda Wilmes

  Monday, April 15: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

$55 Workshop Fee

Basic knowledge of watercolor suggested.

See Supply List

Minimum: 3 students, Maximum: 5

Adults and Youths High School and older.  Students will be painting with a limited palette using complementary colors to neutralize and create glowing color harmony using hard and soft edges for depth. Lifting, glazing and painting dry brush will be included. Instructor will be demonstrating each application. 

Click here for more information on the gallery and to register. 

And, Linda is continuing her open studio classes at her home studio, in Wentzville, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 – 12:00, These are ongoing classes, any medium and payable at $20.00 per class.   Happy Painting!

News from Linda Wilmes

New Beginnings is the first show at the new Lillian Yahn Gallery, 3028 Winghaven Blvd., O’Fallon, MO (in the Lakeside Shoppes at Winghaven).  The St. Charles County Arts Council is happy to announce their new location and first show, with the Opening Reception on Feb. 9th, from 4 – 7 pm.  Linda Wilmes will have three paintings in the show.

Conversation with Grandpa by Linda Wilmes

The above painting is one of two paintings that Linda Wilmes will have in the Figurative Works II exhibition, at the Foundry Art Centre, 520 N. Main Center, St. Charles, MO.  The Opening Reception is February 22nd, 6 – 8 pm.  Show runs through April 5th.

Call for Art

The Saint Louis Watercolor Society’s 20th Annual Juried Exhibition, open to members and non-members, is coming up this spring in April at Missouri Artists on Main, 321 S Main St, St Charles, MO. 

This annual exhibit is an opportunity for Saint Louis Watercolor Society members to achieve Signature Status, which is awarded to a member who has been accepted into two juried shows within a ten-year period while still maintaining his or her continuous membership in the STLWS.  The exhibition is “juried” for acceptance as well as judged for awards, and the juror/judge will be the renowned artist, Fealing Lin.  

Show entry is by hand delivery.  Up to two paintings, completed within the last three years, may be submitted.  Notice of artwork not accepted in the show will be given by phone or email. Award winners will be notified by phone.  

The entry fees are $15 for 1 entry and $25 for 2 entries for members, and $65 for 1 entry and $75 for 2 entries for nonmembers. All paintings must be for sale and a commission will be retained by the gallery.  Note: the maximum framed dimensions on the longest side shall not exceed 32 1/4 inches.  Complete rules for exhibitions are on our website,, along with a newly revised exhibition entry form to download.

Our catalog will include a small image of the artwork accepted in the show so we ask that you email to a small jpg of each piece or artwork you will be entering along with your name, title, medium, and price of each piece. 

Receiving will be on Saturday, March 30th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Opening Reception will be Friday evening, April 5th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with awards announced at 7:30 p.m.  Retrieval will be on Sunday, April 28th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, April 29th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.