Our Congratulations to Alicia Farris and Janine Helton

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.  

Santa Fee Square by Janine Helton

Jim Einspanier featured in the Feb 2021 Kirkwood Lifestyle magazine

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.

Click here to open the article.

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.

Shirley Nachtrieb’s Spring 2021 Classes & Workshops

Dear Artists, I hope this finds you all well and ready to paint again. Please find attached the Spring class schedule. Classes are limited to 10 students. Please continue to follow the CDC guidelines for safety: wear a mask that covers your nose, 6’ social distancing, don’t touch your face, wash your hands often. Sorry, no hugging yet!

I continue to hold private classes in my home in St. Charles.

I look forward to seeing you all again.


Shirley Nachtrieb, 636-947-1936, cell 314-520-9948, snachtrieb@charter.net

The following classes will be held at the Saint Peters Cultural Arts Centre, 1 St. Peters Centre Blvd, St. Peters, MO 63376; Office 636-477-6600, ext.1623.

  • Exploring Watercolor: Flower Power, Tuesdays, March 16-April 27, 2021, 1-3pm, 6 weeks, $120. The class will continue its study on flowers in watercolor. Shirley will lead you through drawing a sketch to a watercolor finish. A list of supplies will be sent on request. No class on April 6 due to elections.
  • Independent Study classes: Wednesdays, March 17 -April 22, 2020, 10am-12pm, 6 weeks, $120. Students will work in their favorite medium using their own art study brought into class. Shirley will assist and direct each student through the painting process. You may also bring artwork to class for positive critiques. All levels welcome.

***There will be no weekend workshops at this time.

            ****If you have credit vouchers from 2020, please bring them with you😉

Click here for Exploring Watercolor: Flower Power registration form

Click here for Independent Study registration form

STLWS Plein Air Paint Out January 13th

On January 13th the sun came out and the temperatures warmed into the mid 50s so the Saint Louis Watercolor Society invited their members to come out and paint plein air at The Muny. Thirteen painters came out and 3 visitors graced us with their greetings. Everyone enjoyed it and everyone said that they were up for another impromptu gathering.

Here are some photos from the day’s event: