Our Congratulations to Shirley Nachtrieb, Lee Walter and Linda Wilmes

You are invited to a juried exhibition, Unless, juried by Dail Chambers, May 28 – July 8, 2021, at Framations Custom Framing & Art Gallery, 218 North Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301, 636-724-8313, featuring artwork by STLWS members Shirley Nachtrieb, Lee Walter and Linda Wilmes, and other artists.

Here is more on the exhibition:

An all media juried exhibition about the impact of each and every one of us.


Most of us have read the book. The Lorax is an icon in children’s literature, but also beyond. The storyline discusses such heady topics as greed, consumerism and conserving the environment. One memorable quote from the text is “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”


We may not all be environmentalists, but many of us have a cause we believe firmly in. Perhaps we focus our attention on equal rights, or racial or cultural divides. We are all touched by different issues based on our life experiences. These are the things that affect us personally and affect our daily lives and our own personal attempts to achieve the American Dream. For our exhibit, Unless, we asked artists to share their voice, take a stand, develop their thought process, and delve into a conversation.


Featuring artwork by:

Becky Anderson Ainura Barron Pritz Bennett
Patrick Clark Kendra K. Coffey-Wolfgang Karen Hensley
Kalika Groaning Michael LaRue Christine Lohse
Christy Martin Shirley Nachtrieb Sherry Salant
Gayathri Seetharaman Lee Walter Andrew Weaver
Linda S. Wilmes    

STLWS Self Help Painters

On Monday, May 24th, the Saint Louis Watercolor Society Self Help Painters met again at Isabee’s Beekeeping Equipment and Supplies.  There was a great turn out and enough artists signed up to make the venue a go for the next two months.  Members interested in participating in the future should contact Gerry Klein and she will put you on a wait list.

Here are some photos from the day’s gathering.


Nancy Avodoian’s Iris
Julie Bantle’s Rose


Carol Carter Demonstration May 19, 2021

Today Saint Louis Watercolor Society members enjoyed Carol Carter’s painting demonstration of a Datura flower in Forest Park. It was a very informative presentation, and gave everyone a chance to see a master at work.  Visit Carol’s website for more information on her artwork and workshops.  Her studio is open by appointment.  Here are some photos from the event:

Pavilion 11 in Forest Park

Carol shared some of her paintings with us while she allowed the paint to dry on her demonstration before proceeding with her final passages.

Painting of Balloons by Carol Carter

We thank Carol for sharing her knowledge and techniques, learned through years of watercolor painting. She encouraged us to paint what inspires us, act on our own ideas rather than what the market wants, and to let go of paintings that are not working out and start anew.  She also reminded us not to be held hostage to our reference material.  Put the time in painting to improve your skills and measure your progress from year to year.

Watch for the write up of the demonstration in our August newsletter.


STLWS Self Help Painters

The Saint Louis Watercolor Society’s Self Help Painters are testing resuming live painting sessions, four times a month, on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Isabee’s Beekeeping Supplies, 765 Gravois Road, Fenton, MO 63026.  Gerry Klein’s son, Scott, and his partner Jane, own this beekeeping business located in the Fenton area near 141 and Hwy 30. (Southwest on old Gravois past Old Navy and Auto Zone). The space has a front wall of glass that lets in plenty of southwestern light and has overhead light also.  The climate-controlled space will be separated from the warehouse area.  Ten 6’ tables will be provided as needed.  There is access to restrooms and convenient parking just out the door.

Today, May 17, was their first gathering, free to all interested in joining the group.  Next Monday, May 24, will be another free session for those interested in coming to see if they would like to join the group.  The fee for participation will be $20 a month, per person, paid in advance on the last Monday of the month for the following month.  Fees are to be paid to Gerry Klein for rental of the Isabee’s space.  The fee is based on 15 to 20 painters participating.  After next week a decision will be made on whether the group can go forward meeting at Isabee’s based on the number of painters who commit to participating. If enough people join, paid sessions will start in June.

Here are some photos from today’s gathering.

Everyone was so happy to be together again, painting, visiting and encouraging each other.  Spirits lifted and enthusiasm rekindled.

And here is a photo of Isabee’s exterior (it is on the corner):