Art in Progress for the 2014 Salon


Ken Chapin of Kansas City, painting along the Illinois River, North of Tahlequah


Michele Wells of St. Louis, pastel-ing the sunset.

The 2014 Illinois River Salon is still three months away, but many artists are gathering reference from the swelling waters, lush landscapes, and amazing cloud shows. Don’t let the deadline of September 2nd catch you off guard! Remember, this show is not a plein air show necessarily. The organizers of the show want work “inspired” by the Illinois River Watershed, and it is assumed that you as the artist are gathering reference from the watershed. Many of the pieces last year were done or completed in the studio. To read more about the show, go to the prospectus here.

Founders Will Conduct the First Heart of America Art Workshop


We’re calling it the “Experimental Painting Workshop”. There will be dual instruction by both Todd A. Williams and John P. Lasater IV. This is a different kind of workshop…a chance to try things you maybe never have, in addition to some very important basics. If you come with an open mind and spirit, it should be a freeing environment to discover what excites you as an artist. All levels of skill are invited.

It will be held August 8-9, 2014 at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, in their beautiful new studios. Workshop cost is $225 for 2014 members of Heart of America Artists’ Association and $250 for non members. Lodging and meals at John Brown University can be provided at a VERY reasonable rate (Last year it was something like $18/night for lodging). Ask about it when you sign up. Contact Bob Martin at for more information.

[This workshop is part of the John Brown University Art Workshop Series, sponsored by the JBU Department of Visual Arts.]

“Day at The Museum” Coming Up


This is a members-only event. On February 28 from 1pm till 5pm, founders Todd and John will host “A Day at the Museum”, featuring a personal tour at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with artistic insight on some of our favorite masterful paintings from the early Colonial 19th century to the late 20th century collections. It will wrap up with a visit to the Crystal Bridges art studios by Lori Lincks, the Public Programs Museum Educator, who will tell us about upcoming educational opportunities. We will meet in the lobby at 12:45pm. Please RSVP at

2013 Illinois River Salon Book Available

Click the link on the sidebar to get your own copy of the 2013 Illinois River Salon Art Exhibition Catalog in book form. It’s a beautiful hardbound book, 8×10, with matte coated pages, proudly displaying the 50 outstanding artworks created for the exhibit.

Founder, Lasater, Accomplishes 24 Plein Air Paintings in 24 Hours

Photo by Brad Hampton

Photo by Brad Hampton

In a 24-hour period, from 5pm, November 2, 2013 through 4pm, November 3, 2013, John completed 24 paintings of Siloam Springs, his hometown. Read the rest of this entry »

Interesting Video from Disney on Plein Air Painting

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Disney Painting Techniques

Winners of the 2013 Illinois River Salon

Congratulations to this years winners announced last night before the crowd of about 200 artists and patrons. The winners are listed below, and were judged by Andy Thomas, of Carthage, Missouri:

$2,500 Best of Show went to Bill Garrison for “Sunrise at City Lake”, oil, $2,000.


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