The Saint Louis Watercolor Society Members Paint Sunflowers

The Saint Louis Watercolor Society is joining artists around the world to show our support for the people of Ukraine by posting and exhibiting paintings of sunflowers, their national flower.

Near the end of February, one of our members suggested that we challenge our group to paint sunflowers and post them on the Saint Louis Watercolor Society group Facebook page, and then exhibit them at CJ Muggs in Webster Groves from April 20 to July 20.

As Helen Mirren once said, “I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more trumpets life than the sunflower. That’s because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that’s such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life.”

Among other things, these flowers represent optimism, peace and longevity, which we all wish for the strong people of Ukraine.⁠​​​​​​​​

This exhibit represents our solidarity with the Ukrainian people and serves as hope for peace.

Here are some photos of the installation at CJ Muggs, 101 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119; Open Mon – Sat, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sun, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Our Congratulations!

We were thrilled with the news that the following STLWS members were honored with awards in the Missouri Watercolor Society’s 2022 Members’ Exhibition, judged by Janet Doll:

Special Award, Marilynne Bradley, Bridge Reconstruction, $230 – M Graham

Special Award, Terry Lay, Well It’s Out There Somewhere, $185 – Winsor and Newton

Special Award, Maggie McCarthy, Snow Blanket, $175 – Richeson

Special Award, Mirka Fetté, Fast Fowl, $100 – Blick

Honorable Mention, Young-Sook Friton, Shima Nishiki/Tree Peony, $50 – Blick

Honorable Mention, Shirley Nachtrieb, Sea of Green, $50 – Blick

Honorable Mention, Barbara Martin Smith, Poppies, $50

Honorable Mention, Gretchen Gackstatter, Child of the World, $50

Honorable Mention, Ward Gillespie, New York Street Scene, $50

Honorable Mention, Linda Wilmes, Garden Spot, $50

Honorable Mention, James Willmore, Ste Chappell Glow from Within, $50

The exhibition will be up & open to the public in the Missouri Watercolor Society gallery, 3526 Washington Blvd, #300, St. Louis, MO, until April 20th, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 am to 2 pm (excluding Easter weekend). Other times by appointment. If you find yourself in the neighborhood, please stop by.

Our Congratulations!

Alicia Farris and Janine Helton had their paintings juried into The 45th Annual Southern Watercolor Society Exhibit by juror, Ken Call, AWS, NWS, MTWS, MOWS, IWS.  The exhibition will be on display in all three galleries of ArtCenter Manatee, Bradenton, FL, from April 12th through May 13th, a fitting venue for a beautiful show. The Opening Reception was on Thursday, April 14th from 5:00-7:00pm. The exhibit is sponsored by Bradenton Arts and Culture and is free and open to the public.

Janine Helton attended the exhibit’s opening reception and shared some photos with us.

Juror, Ken Call, with Janine Helton and her painting “Don’t Let Go” at the 45th Annual Southern Watercolor Society Exhibit Opening Reception.


Juror, Ken Call, with Alicia Farris’s painting “Behind the Shades” at the 45th Annual Southern Watercolor Society Exhibit Opening Reception.


The STLWS 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition is Open

This year’s STLWS 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition opened at Norton’s Fine Art & Framing gallery, 2025 S. Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, MO, on April 9th and will run through May 7th.  Our juror, Yuki Hall, selected 76 paintings from 133 entries and judged the paintings in person at the gallery for the awards.  It is a beautiful exhibition, and we hope you, your friends and family will visit the gallery to view the amazing artwork.

We thank all the artists who entered the exhibition and all those who worked so hard to make the event possible. And we congratulate all our award winners and new Signature status members.  More details on the exhibition are shown under the Exhibits tab>>AJE 2022 on our website.

Visit the STLWS Shop tab on the website to purchase a catalog.  We will keep this option open for another week.  The fee for a catalog includes postage to mail the catalog to you.

Some photos from the Awards Ceremony which was held on Friday, April 8th, at the gallery.Our President, Mirka Fetté, presents the Awards and new Signature status members’ certificates.Our honored juror, Yuki Hall, comments on the paintings she selected for awards.Some of our new STLWS Signature status members.A candid shot of some of the Award winners and new Signature members attending the Awards Ceremony, April 8th at Norton’s Fine Art & Framing gallery.

Some shots of the gallery with the STLWS 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition hung after receiving

Our Congratulations!

Marilynne Bradley’s painting Harbor Reflections and Rebecca Krutsinger’s painting Just the State of Things have been selected by juror, Michael Holter, for inclusion in the Red River Watercolor Society’s 29th Annual National Juried Watermedia Exhibition.  The show runs from June 16 – August 20, 2022, at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND.

Rebecca shared her painting with us.

Just the State of Things by Rebecca Krutsinger