Valentine’s Day



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315-321 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO


Necklace by MAOM jeweler Donna Knox

St. Valentine is believed to have been a Roman priest who was martyred on February 14 around 270. How he became the patron saint of lovers remains a mystery, but one theory is that the Church used the day of St. Valentine’s martyrdom in an attempt to Christianize the old Roman Lupercallia, a pagan festival held around the middle of February.

In the late 1300s, we begin to find the first clear references to a tradition relating February 14, St. Valentine’s Day, to romantic love. Poems were composed for the event, the earliest being Chaucer’s Parliament of Fowls(c.1381), about rival bird-suitors quarreling on Valentine‘s Day. The first Valentine’s Day cards were handmade, but by the early nineteenth century, printed cards were common in England. When this fashion was exported to the United States in the 1840s, a veritable Valentine mania broke out.

Bowler, Gerry. “Valentine’s Day.” St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Ed. Thomas Riggs. 2nd ed. Vol. 5. Detroit: St. James Press, 2013. 222. Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Missouri Artist On Main offers a wonderful selection of gifts to celebrate the day.


Chain mail necklace by MAOM jewler Melanie Hancock

Joyce Rothermich scarf

Hand painted and dyed silk scarves by various MAOM artists.

Cloisonne Earrings

Earrings by MAOM jewler Kathryn Leventhal-Arnold

VicBarr Boxes by MAOM wood artist Vic Barr

drew_weaving Wearable art by MAOM master weaver / fiber artists Judith Drew

Perhaps the perfect gift would be a workshop or multi-week class at the gallery. Please visit for a list of all upcoming classes.




Success! Ornament making…


Missouri Artists On Main

321 S Main St, St Charles, MO 63301 (636) 724-1260 


Ornament making was a success! Glenn Sartori, president of the board of directors of Haven House, received a check for $550 from gallery owner, Jean McMullen. All of the proceeds went to HavenHouse St. Louis. Thanks to all who participated in making ornaments!

Come in from the COLD! Classes and workshops at the gallery

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Come in from the COLD!

Lots of new classes and workshops!

Call today at 636-724-1260 to sign up.

January 9 – Drawing with Master Artist, Adam Long!
Continue your drawing skills or learn the

basics!  All ability levels are welcome!  Adam
will advance your skills whatever your skill
level.  This 4 week course meets every Tues.
afternoon or evening for 2 hrs.  In each session
you will receive instruction, skills, tricks-of-the-
trade and encouragement as you make several
When:  Tuesday, January 9 – 30, 2018
Time:  Afternoon, 1- 3 pm
OR Evening, 6 – 8 pm
Cost:  $80 plus inexpensive supplies or $75 for returning students.
January  10 – “Pet Portraits in Watercolor” with Janine Helton
In this all-day workshop, you will paint an 8×10 portrait
of your favorite furry friend!  We will be working on 300 lb.

hot press paper.  The only thing you need to bring is a quality 8×10 printed image of your animal of choice.
When:  Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Time:  9am – 4pm
Cost:  $85 (All supplies included)
January 14 – Vision Board Workshop
 with Tamara Kulish

What is a Vision Board?  It is a tool where
we focus our thoughts and intentions on
making our dreams become reality.  Learn
more in Tamara’s all day workshop. Bring
supplies to create your own vision board!!
When:  Saturday, January 14 OR 21.
Time:  10 am – 4 pm
Cost:  $75 plus materials
January 18-19- “Watercolor Start to Finish” with Janine Helton
In this 2-day workshop, you will learn a variety of
techniques to take you from a simple idea to a
complete painting.
Day 1 will emphasize composition,
planning colors and creating unique quality of this fascinating medium!  You will learn direct painting and wet-in-wet techniques for painting your subject.
Day 2 – you will explore positive and negative shapes: what they are, how to paint them and when to use them.  Additional techniques covered will include
control of color and pigment, hard and soft edges,
lifting color and more!  You will have time to complete
at least one 11×15 painting from START to FINISH!
When:  Thursday and Friday, January 18-19, 2018
Time:  9 am – 4 pm
Cost:  $140
January 20 – Gallery Representation: A Conversation with Adam Long
Adam Long has been pursuing a career as

an artist for 15 yrs.  He has been successful
and unsuccessful getting into galleries and
has talked with many professionals about it.
Come have a conversation where he will share what he has learned and help you find your own path to gallery representation.  Come prepared to take notes and tips will be provided.  Start your year preparing your career.
When:  Saturday, January 20
Time:  9 am – 12 pm
Cost:  $20
January 23 – Calligraphy with Rosanne Sartori
During this 3 week beginner’s course, you
will learn the basics of the beautiful style of
writing call “Italics.”  With a little practice, you
will impress your family and friends with your
new skill.
When:  Tuesday, January 23, 30 & Feb. 6
Time:  9:30 am – 11:30 am
Cost:  $75 includes supplies!
January 26 – Intro to Oil Painting with award 

winning artist, Mary Berry Friedman.
During this beginners workshop, you
will learn  how to mix color on a palette,
paint with brushes, palette knife and
other objects, layering blending, plus
painting over a washed background
color.  All materials are included and
are safe.  Practice and final painting
maybe a still life.  Pictures are samples

of Mary’s work.
When: Friday, January 26, 2018
Time:  9 am – 4 pm
Cost:  $85 includes all supplies
February Classes and Workshops!
February 1 & 2- New Adventure in Watermedia with Alicia Farris!
Together we will explore the fabulous features of
watercolor while we celebrate the transparency,

spontaneity, and versatility of the medium!
We will experiment with a unique technique of
layering watercolor with acrylic medium to
produce intriguing and unique results!  Students
need only bring watercolor supplies including
watercolor paper.  Alicia will supply the acrylic
medium.  Supply list will be provided upon registration.
When:  Thursday and Friday, February 1 & 2
Time:  9 am – 3 pm
Cost:  $150
February 3 – Raku Pottery Workshop with Holly Deckard!

February 6 – Perspective Drawing with Adam Long
Learn many ways of creating the illusion of depth
while drawing.  Improve your ability to see the 
world around you clearly. All ability levels are welcome.  This 4 week course meets every Tuesday afternoon or evening for 2 hours.  In each session you will received instruction, skills, tricks-of-the-trade and encouragement as you make several
When:  Tuesday afternoon or evening, Feb. 6 – Feb. 27
Time:  Afternoon 1 – 3 pm
Evening 6 – 8 pm
Cost:  $80 plus inexpensive supplies or $75 for returning students.
March Classes and Workshops!
March 6 – Creating with Nature with Master Artist, Adam Long
Adam has been asked for years to share the techniques needed to
create his internationally collect “Forest Figure Sculptures”… and
now is your chance.  In this class, you
will learn how to think creatively about 
the nature objects you respond to and
collect.  You will develop ways to
assemble, use and preserve these items.
Adam cannot teach you all there is to know
about how to make his Forest Figures, but he can give you skills to start finding your own creative voice responding to the natural world.  All ability levels are welcome.  This 4 week course meets every Tuesday afternoon or evening.
When:  Tuesday, March 6 – March 27
Time:  Afternoon 1 – 3 pm OR
           Evening 6 – 8 pm
Cost:  $120 plus your collection of natural objects(Start collecting today!) or $100 for returning students.
Call 636 724-1260 to sign up for the workshops today!!

Ornament Making in the Gallery


Missouri Artist on Main 319 – 321 S. Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301

(636) 724-1260

Each year at Missouri Artists on Main, we support a charity by making ornaments!  This year we will be making 2 different ornaments with your donation going to support Haven House, building a new home.  Join us every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas, to create a beautiful ornament to keep, while enjoying hot cider and holiday cookies plus supporting a worthy cause.

orn making

The children are having a great time making holiday ornaments. One family said this is their 4th year making ornaments at the gallery.

Haven House of St. Louis is a very worthy cause they provide the comfort of home and a community of support to patients and families that travel to St. Louis for medical care.

Bring the family to the gallery weekends during the holiday season and spend quality time with one of the MRA artists making ornaments to take home with you.


while you are here please visit both floors of the gallery to see the work of over 40 Missouri artists.


Happy Holidays! From all of us here at Missouri Artists on Main.



HAPPY HOLIDAYS! It is that time of year!


Missouri Artists On Main, 315 – 321 S. Main St. Charles, MO  63301

(636) 724-1260

The gallery is full of great items to fill every holiday shopping list.


Watercolors by MAOM artist Janine Helton

meet the artist

MAOM represents over 40 Missouri artists. And, we take turns staffing the building so come meet the artist. As you can see some are real characters.


Can’t decide? We offer gift certificates.

Don’t forget…


MAOM occupies the entire building. Much more work upstairs.

Think about it…

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take a class. MAOM offers classes in many different media. Bring a friend, great gift idea. Check out the webpage to find a complete listing of the upcoming offerings.



CLAY: Let’s talk pottery



Missouri Artist On Main 315 – 321 South Main St., St. Charles MO 63301

(636) 724-1260           

Types of Pottery

Pottery usually falls into three main classes—porous-bodied pottery, stoneware, and porcelain.  Raw clay is transformed into a porous pottery when it is heated to a temperature of about 500 degrees Celsius. This pottery, unlike sun-dried clay, retains a permanent shape and does not disintegrate in water. Porous bodied pottery is not waterproof, meaning that liquids will leak through the body of the pot. Stoneware is produced by raising the temperature, and porcelain is baked at still greater heat. In these two processes the clay becomes vitrified (able to hold liquid), or glassy, and the strength of the pottery is increased.

Pottery is one of the most enduring materials known to humankind. In most places it is the oldest and most widespread art; primitive peoples the world over have fashioned pots and bowls of baked clay for their daily use. Prehistoric (sometimes Neolithic) remains of pottery, e.g., in Scandinavia, England, France, Italy, Greece, and North and South America, have proved of great importance in archaeology and have often supplied a means of dating and establishing an early chronology. Some of the oldest pottery has been found in Japan and China, dated to at least 16,000 and 20,000 years old respectively. Pottery has also been of value as historical and literary records; ancient Assyrian and Babylonian writings have been inscribed upon clay tablets. Simple geometric patterns in monochrome, polychrome, or incised work are common to pottery of prehistoric and primitive cultures.

Firing of clay objects chemically and physically transforms the clay minerals to produce a hard object from what was plastic material. Up until the object was fired, objects made from clay will rehydrate when subjected to moisture and lose their form. Some low-fired objects, or what has been referred to as ‘soft ware’, may be highly susceptible to weathering and therefore not well preserved in the archaeological record. Earthenware is fired at between 600 and 1000 °C. Some low refractory clay cannot be fired at higher temperatures than this. Open firing was used throughout the world and can be highly efficient for firing ceramics in this range. Formal kilns became prominent parts of ceramic technology in many parts of the world. Kilns are necessary for high-fired ceramics, such as porcelains, which were fired at temperatures of between 1200 and 1400 °C.

American art pottery flourished in the first half of the 20th cent., with works created by a variety of artisans, many of whom were employed by companies such as the Rookwood Pottery and Cincinnati Art Pottery. Much collected in the decades that followed, this art pottery was created in such styles as art nouveau, arts and crafts, and art deco. In addition, many of the major artists of the 20th cent. created exquisite ceramic works. Especially notable are those by Picasso, Matisse, and Miro. In spite of the continuing development of mass-production techniques and synthetic materials, the demand for hand-crafted ware of fine quality has not diminished. A variety of artisans make utilitarian objects as well as works of art using many methods of pottery production.

Missouri Artist On Main exhibits several different techniques of modern American pottery. One way of differentiating between these is to define the work by the type of kiln  in which the pottery is fired.

American Raku

HollyD_raku American Raku by MAOM potter Holly Deckard

American-style raku differs in a number of ways from traditional Japanese Raku, notably the rich black surface produced by smoking the ware outside the kiln at the end of firing, and the fact that American raku remains porous. Other innovations include the quenching of the red-hot vessel in cold water, the production of brilliant and many-colored copper lustres, the forced crackling of the glaze with smoke penetration, the white line halo or ghost image surrounding a black metallic decoration, and the discovery of a copper slip that sometimes results in an unusual yellow matte surface.

HollyD_raku3 American Raku by MAOM potter Holly Deckard with examples of copper luster.

In the spirit of raku, one must embrace the element of surprise. There can be no fear of losing what was once planned and there must be an urge to grow along with the discovery of the unknown. In the spirit of raku, make no demands, expect nothing, follow no absolute plan, be secure in change. Learn to accept another solution, and prefer to gamble on intuition. American raku  is still porous meaning that the object is not vitrified thus not able to hold liquid. American raku is prized for its decorative element rather than function.


Reduction Fired pottery

AngelBrameSet Reduction fired porcelain dinnerware by MAOM potter Angel Brame.

There are many factors to consider when it comes to firing your pottery in a kiln. The term reduction refer to how much oxygen is in the kiln’s atmosphere while the kiln is firing. An oxidation atmosphere has plenty of oxygen for the fuel to burn. A reduction atmosphere occurs when the amount of available oxygen is reduced.

AngelBrame Reduction fired porcelain baking dish by MAOM potter Angel Brame.

Fire requires oxygen to burn. When there is a lack of oxygen, the fuel does not burn completely and the kiln atmosphere becomes filled with free carbon. The free carbon atoms will aggressively grab up any oxygen atoms they can find. In fact, carbon atoms are so oxygen-hungry that they are able to break molecular bonds. The carbon literally robs the clay and glaze materials of their oxygen. When the carbon reduces the amount of oxygen in the clay and glaze molecules, the colors and textures of the clays and glazes can change. These changes can sometimes be quite dramatic. 

Atmospheric Firing 

Jar_woodsalt_CedarRapids2013 Jar by MAOM potter Clinton Berry fired in a wood fueled kiln. No glazes were applied on the exterior of the pot. The surface color and texture was created by the interaction of the ash from the wood as well as the path of the flame during the firing process.

Atmosphere, in regards to firing ceramics, has to do with the type and quality of the air in the kiln during the firing process.  The chemicals, compounds, and mixtures of elements present combine with the clays, slips and glazes on the work to create colors, textures, and surface depth.  Atmosphere affects the general surface of the work.

Today atmospheric firings refer to wood, soda, and salt firings that utilize both reduction and oxidation atmospheres but essentially create glaze in the kiln in a more interactive way. Different chemical elements are introduced to the kiln in process. The style and configuration of the kiln affects the possibilities of the surfaces.

Wood fired kilns deposit ash, calcium, salts and minerals from the different woods, which form their own natural ash glazes.

woodfired_teapot Wood fired teapot by MAOM potter Clinton Berry, natural ash glaze.

Sodium vapor kilns (soda and salt firings) deposit salts and vapors which combine with the clay, glazes and slips on the pots to produce vibrant color.  The color range of the two processes is very different.  One aspect similar to both wood and soda is their organic nature.  The work from these kilns can have a naturalness to the surface color and texture.

Soda fired drinks set by MAOM potter Clinton Berry. Not the crystals formed on the surface of this porcelain set which were the result of the introduction of soda ash solutions into the kiln.  

MAOM is open seven days a week. Please stop by to see the work of over forty Missouri artists working in many different mediums.

MOSAICS Fine Art Festival


Missouri Artist On Main

315 – 321 South Main St., St. Charles MO 63301


Please join MAOM in celebrating the 23rd Mosaics Fine Arts Festival this weekend.

Friday, September 15th: 4 – 9 PM

Saturday, September 16th: 11 AM – 9 PM

Sunday, September 17th: 11 AM – 5 PM

Drop by the MAOM booths and stop in the gallery to view even more work from over 40 Missouri artists.

The MAOM gallery will be staying open late on Friday and Saturday nights.

Functional pottery by MAOM artist Clinton Berry


Beautiful work by MAOM print maker Vary Mosblech

kathy-hat2  Beautiful wearable art by MAOM felter Kathy Shallow

Jean McMullen_casa-da-loco-winery Wine themed art by MAOM director Jean McMullen

…and many more wonderful Missouri artist.