Missouri Art Teachers Win Awards at WWU Art Show

Beverly Lake Hoffman of Meramec Community College took Best of Show at William Woods University’s exhibit of the works of Missouri art teachers. She captured the top award for her watercolor, “Ming Fling.”

Winning the Juror’s Award was Shirley Nachtrieb of the St. Louis Artists Guild, for a pair of floral watercolors (“Surprise Lilies” and “Rainbow Hydrangeas”).

Charlotte Middleton of Jefferson City High School won the William Woods Professors’ Choice Award for her “Carousel #3” and “Carousel #1” mixed media, handmade paper, entries.

Mid-Missouri art teachers receiving Creative Awards were Terry Luebbert of New Bloomfield for her acrylic abstract painting; Debbie Ripley of the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton for her untitled watercolor, and Jo Donati Shaw of Columbia Hickman High School for her fiber art, “Generations.”

Two St. Louis area artists also received Creative Awards: JoAnn Stremsterfer of Hazelwood School District for her monotype, “Transference,” and Grant Kniffen of Parkway School District for his acrylic collage, “Bird Woman and the Boys at 3 Forks.”

Honorable mentions went to mid-Missouri teachers Allan Richardson (retired) of Columbia’s Jefferson Junior High School, for his mixed media fiber art piece, and Janis Burgin of the Jefferson City Council for the Arts for her ink drawing, “Birds on a Wire.”

Three St. Louis area residents won honorable mention awards: Bettie Polites of the St. Louis Artists Guild for her watercolor pair, “Santorini Gold” and “Santorini Walk”; Jaclyn Lawson of the St. Louis Artists Guild for her pastel, “Country Lane,” and Adrienne Rosen of Adrienne’s Academy of Art for her oil painting, “The Fountain at Shaw’s Garden.”

The invitational exhibition of works by Missouri art teachers was created to recognize them for their artistry and service to the community.

The exhibit runs through March 17 in the Mildred M. Cox Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts. A reception, open to the public, will conclude the exhibit. It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. March 17.

The exhibit was judged by Jerry Thomas, an award-winning impressionism artist, instructor, author, lecturer and demonstrator. The section of the Cox Gallery at WWU contains a selection of his landscape paintings.

The St. Louis Watercolor Society has recognized Thomas as “Artist Laureate.” He has also served as president of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild and has taught classes there for more than 14 years. He has had more than 110 personal exhibitions, 35-sponsored shows and is represented extensively in fine art collections, both corporate and individual, on five continents.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (573) 592-4245.