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

OA Gallery’s 2017 Small Works Invitational Third Annual MANYmini Extravartganza

Hello, we have two items of interest we thought we would share with you regarding the upcoming holiday season at OA Gallery.

  1. Please save the date of November 3rd, 2017 and join us for the opening reception (from 6 to 9 p.m.) of OA Gallery’s Third Annual MANYmini small works show sponsored by Dick Blick Art Materials. This is the biggest show of little wonders in the Midwest and we would love it if you would join us. Exhibit Open November 3 – January 6, 2017.

Show specifics:

  • “Comfortably sized” and affordable original paintings, drawings, photographs, and collages 
  • All mediums from watercolor to oil paintings
  • Every artistic style imaginable
  • All subject matter from landscapes and figures to still life and abstract
  • No taller or wider than 18” 
  • Lovingly created by regional artists
  • Professionally framed and/or ready to hang
  • Perfect for holiday gift-giving

Reception specifics:

  • Reception from 6-9PM on Friday, November 3rd
  • Food, drink, art, fun, music, and conversation with fabulous regional artists and art lovers
  • Awards for Best in Show, Second Place, Third Place and a chance to vote for our Peoples’ Choice Award
  1. ARE YOU AN ARTIST? We would like to extend an invitation to artists who wish to participate in this event and submit work for the show. If you are an artist interested in submitting work for this show or you know an artist who may be interested, please share the link below with them. It contains information about how to enter the show and have work exhibited in OA Gallery for this year’s MANYmini extravartganza. Thank you for helping us make the Third Annual MANYmini the biggest show of littles our area has ever seen!

Here is the link to the show prospectus:

We are looking forward to seeing you for our opening reception. Please feel free to share this email with your art-loving or art-making friends.

Best regards,
Shawn, Lisa, Marie, and Steve
OA Gallery, 101A W Argonne Dr., Kirkwood, MO  63122, 314-821-6241

Members’ News

Alicia Farris received the 3rd Place overall award at the 6th Annual Exhibition of the Missouri Valley Impressionists Society, July-Sept, 2017 at the  Rice Gallery, Overland Park, KS, with her watercolor, “Chuckle.”   Alicia was also accepted into the Southwestern Watercolor Society‘s 54th Annual Member exhibition in Richardson, TX. with her “I Only Have Eyes For You“.

“Chuckle” by Alicia Farris

“I Only Have Eyes for You” by Alicia Farris

Maggie McCarthy won a $500 Award of Recognition at the Mosaics Fine Art Festival for outstanding representation of her overall artwork displayed during the September 15-17, 2017, art festival weekend. The Festival is held on historic Main Street in St. Charles, MO.

Members of the Saint Louis Watercolor Society – Call for Art for Big Splash

It is that time of year again.  The Saint Louis Watercolor Society’s 20th Annual Membership Awards Exhibition – Big Splash 2017 is coming.  An all member email is going out today with all the particulars.  Our corporate sponsors were very generous this year so we have a nice collection of prizes to be awarded to artwork selected by our judge, Lisa Ober.  We hope to see you and your artwork in the exhibition.

We are asking our members to send a photo of their artwork entry to Francoise Olivier prior to receiving.  Francoise is going to include a small image of each exhibitor’s artwork next to their name in the exhibition catalog.  Please email your photos to her as soon as possible – no later than October 1st. 

To open a printable e-card to use as an invitation to your friends and family, click here.  This file can also be downloaded to your computer and used as an attachment for email invitations.