Classes Offered by Linda Wilmes Coming Soon

Using Color Schemes in Watercolor, Oct. 17 – Nov. 7, 9:30 – 12 noon,
Fee $125.00, with supplies furnished.
Learn the advantages of using various color schemes to add punch and harmony, by using the neutrals created with a controlled color scheme.  Simplify your color mixing with the basics,
for wonderful results.

Painting Water with Watercolor, Oct. 23 -Nov. 13, 6:00 -8:30 pm.
Fee $125.00 all supplies included.
Reflections in still water, crashing waves, to a waterfall, will be explored, capturing movement of the water.

Painting Clouds in Watercolor, Friday Nov. 3, 6:00-8:30 pm.
Fee $45.00 with supplies included and wine and snacks served.
Paint rolling clouds at sunset.

Painting Hard and Soft Edges with Watercolor, Friday Dec. 8, 2017 6:00-8:30 pm.
Fee $45.00 with all supplies included, and wine and snacks.

The above classes are held at Art Unleashed, 13379 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO.

To register call 314 628 1024 or online at

Linda will be demonstrating each application, and paint along with students.

She hopes to see you there.

Happy Painting!!!

In Appreciation for All Our Big Splash 2017 Corporate Sponsors

We give thanks to all our corporate sponsors who so generously donated our Big Splash 2017 awards.   We hope you will show your appreciation by purchasing their products when you need art supplies.  Links to their websites are shown on our website under the Links tab.

Again, we are very appreciative for the following companies’ participation in our event:

Distributed by Armadillo Art & Craft:  $106 of materials (Brush from Rekab Brush Co., Israel; 6 Tube Set of Watercolors from Old Holland, Netherlands; and Noblesse Watercolor Block from Schut Papier, Netherlands)

Artmart:  $110 Mop Brush

Blick Art Materials, St. Louis:  Two $100 Gift Certificates

Creative Catalyst Productions:  Two $60 Gift Certificates

 Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff:  $250 Gift Card

Golden Artists Colors, Inc.:  $100 Gift Certificate

HK Holbein, Inc.:  $239.50 Watercolor Set and $122.50 Watercolor Set

 Jack Richeson & Co.:  $150 Gift Certificate, $125 Gift Certificate, and $100 Gift Certificate

M Graham & Co.:  $200 Watercolor Set

Royal & Langnickel:  Two $50 Watercolor Studio Artist Sets

Winsor & Newton: $181 Watercolor Paint Set and Watercolor Block

Big Splash 2017 Opening

The Big Splash 2017 Opening Reception took place on October 6th and had a very nice turnout. This is a beautiful show, one not to be missed, so we hope you will take your family and friends to the gallery if you have not had a chance to see it.  We are so proud of all our artists and the quality of their work.

We would like to thank all those who made this event possible:  Janel Daum-Tegtmeier and Eric Barnes, owners of 1900 Park Creative Space, for hosting our show, their hands on assistance, and providing the opening reception refreshments; our Juror, Lisa Ober;  our Exhibits Co-Chairs, Fran Kempin and Carla Giller, for planning, booking, overseeing all preparations for the show and helping at receiving and hanging of the show; our Graphics and Design Chair, Françoise Olivier, for designing and creating our show catalog, invitation and  who photographed entries for members who were unable to do so; our Publicity Chair, Florine Porter, for soliciting all the awards from our corporate sponsors and for presenting them at the opening; our Secretary, Jane Hogg, for preparing the title cards and award certificates; our Event Chair, Barb Liebman, for recruiting volunteers and coordinating all aspect of the show and helping with receiving, hanging, and retrieval; our volunteers who worked at receiving: Ken Francis, Annette McGarrahan, Peggy Michalski, Mary Mosblech, Betty Siems and Jeanne Thomas;  our Data Entry volunteer, Janine Helton, for entering all the entries on our Entry Registration Form; our lead organizer of hanging the show, Suzanne Galli Koenen, and her group of volunteers: Kathy Dowd, Ken Francis, Fran and Dave Kempin, Michael Koenen, Barb Liebman, Karen Papin and Karl Zickler; our photographer, James Brauer, for photographing all the award winning paintings; and all the volunteers who are manning the gallery during the run of the show: Dave Anderson, Nancy Avdoian, Judy Brown, Carolyn Cleveland, Kathy Dowd, Susan Eveker, Jan Foulk, Ken Francis, Mary B. Friedman, Carla Giller, Janine Helton, Fran Kempin, Gerry Klein, Diana Leszcz, Kathleen Luepke, Kathleen McDowell, Annette McGarrahan, Peggy Michalski, Françoise Olivier, Karen Papin, Zaida Phillips, Betty Siems and Jeanne Thomas; and last but not least, all our members who entered artwork in the show.

We also want to congratulate all of the Award winners.  Their artwork, along with information about our Juror and the Juror’s Statement,  can be viewed on our website under the Exhibits tab (just click Exhibits on the opening page, then Big Splash Exhibition, then click the image for 2017 to open the posting).

Here are some photos of the show and Opening Reception for your enjoyment.

We wanted to share

Alicia Farris Shares Her News

Alicia Farris was thrilled to receive the prestigious Edgar A. Whitney Transparent Watercolor award for I Only Have Eyes for You in the recent 54 Annual exhibit of the Southwestern Watercolor Society in Richardson Texas.   She sends a huge thanks to juror, Keiko Kanabe.

“I Only Have Eyes for You” by Alicia Farris

Alicia was also hugely humbled and extremely honored to have been commissioned to paint nine large acrylic paintings for installation into hospitality rooms at the Museum of the Bible, Washington D.C.  These particular rooms will be available to scholars and heads of state from around the world when they come to visit the museum.  Each room will have a specific theme represented by each painting.  The 430,000 sq. ft. Museum of the Bible, which is set to open mid-November 2017, will focus on the historical impact of the Bible, and will be free to the public. The works have been completed and are scheduled to head to Washington D.C. by mid-October.

“Acacia” by Alicia Farris

“Sea of Galilee” by Alicia Farris


“Exploring Watercolor” with Janine Helton

This six week course will provide you with information and techniques to stimulate and guide your watercolor journey.  Janine will begin each class with a short demo followed by student practice and individual help.

When:    Monday evenings from 6-8:30 pm, October 9 through November 13, 2017
Where:   Missouri Artists on Main, 321 S. Main, St. Charles, 636-724-1260.
Cost:       $120

*Minimum 6 students with a maximum of 8
*All skill levels welcome
*Upon registration, contact instructor for supply list

Portrait by Janine Helton

Thank you!!

Janine Helton