We are deeply saddened to share with you that our beloved member, Elizabeth “Betty” Concannon, passed away on February 18th. Betty graced our membership with her knowledge, spirit and artwork, and will be sorely missed. Please click the link below for more information on her life, visitation and funeral mass.
Betty joined the STLWS in 1997 and became a Signature Member in 2001. She had artwork accepted in STLWS juried exhibitions from 1998 to 2019, winning awards in both the juried exhibitions and the all member Big Splash exhibitions. Betty served on the Saint Louis Watercolor Society’s Board as the Exhibits Co-Chair from 2011-2015, and continued on as a volunteer at many of our exhibitions. She gave presentations at our membership meetings on experimental art and keeping watercolor free of glass, expanding our thinking and creativity.
Betty was involved in many art organizations and her artwork won awards across the country. Never one to grow stagnant, she always pushed the envelope with her expressive artwork. Betty was an inspiration to all who had the good fortune to know her. Her lively spirit and intelligence served her well in all she endeavored and kept her engaged in life.
Our sympathy and prayers go out to Betty’s family and friends. We will honor Betty’s life with an Elizabeth Concannon Memorial Award at our upcoming 2021 Annual Juried Exhibition.
Marilynne Bradley’s painting Crowded Harbor and Rebecca Krutsinger’s painting Trellis were accepted by John Salminen, juror, in the Georgia Watercolor Society’s (42nd) 2021 National Exhibition, which will be displayed at the Carrollton Center for the Arts, 251 Alabama St, Carrollton, GA 30117. April 5 – May 14, 2021.
Rebecca shared her painting with us.
Alicia Farris’ painting Hesitation and Janine Helton’s painting Sante Fe Square were accepted into the 44th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Southern Watercolor Society, by juror David R. Smith, AWS, NWS, displayed at the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum, 13 N. Madison St., Quincy, FL 32351, April 23 – June 19, 2021.
Janine shared her painting with us.
If you have joined some of the recent Saint Louis Watercolor Society plein air events you have met Jim Einspanier and his friend, John Menousek, who brings Jim to the events and helps him set up his painting equipment. Both gentlemen enjoy plein air painting and the opportunity to paint in the company of other artists.
We just learned of Sam Waigand’s article, “Painting Memories,” with photographs by Sam Waigand, on the memorable works of Webster Groves artist, Jim Einspanier, which is featured in the February 2021 Kirkwood Lifestyle magazine. We wanted to share this uplifting article with you.
Jim, you inspire us all with your zest for life, your paintings and belief of how therapeutic painting can be. Through art, artist and viewers are transported to realms beyond the present, the imagination is expanded, and a permanent record of the experience is created.