WEBSTER ARTS PROGRAMS
The 15th Annual Webster Arts Fair is June 1-3, 2018!
Join us in the heart of historic Webster Groves, MO, at the corner of Lockwood & Bombart
Fine Arts & Fine Crafts - Free & open to the public.
The Webster Arts Fair is presented as the flagship program of Webster Arts. Ranking 77th nationwide in fine arts fairs by Sunshine Artists magazine in 2016, the Webster Arts Fair features up to 105 fine artists and fine craftspeople from all over the United States, on-site food from favorite local restaurants, non-stop live musical performances, art demonstrations, and creative family activities that draw over 20,000 visitors and buyers.
Paint Webster is a plein air outdoor painting competition held on the second Saturday in May. Open to both amateurs and professionals, the competition encourages artists of all ages to capture on canvas or paper the outdoor spaces of the charming Webster Groves community. At the end of the day, artists can submit their works to compete for more than $2,200 in awards. A reception is held for the community to meet the artists and view the paintings. Artists can have their works hung at the Old Orchard Gallery, in Webster Groves, for the week following the event.
The Saturday prior to Paint Webster is a free workshop and demonstration, open to both adults and children, who are new to painting or those who simply want to brush up and hone their painting skills. Click here for more information.
Each October, Webster Arts hosts the Autumn Music Series, an exploration and celebration of music genres. The concerts feature professional groups from the St. Louis region. Free and open to the public, the Autumn Music Series has hosted such diverse artists as the Soulard Blues Band, a St. Louis Symphony quartet, Songs of Africa, the St. Louis Jitterbugs, and Taiko Drumming.
October 4: Salt of the Earth
October 18: Bach to the Future
Small Works exhibitions are juried art shows featuring 25-30 pieces of art by St. Louis-area artists. Each piece must be no larger than 16 inches on the longest side, including framing, and can be created using any two-dimensional medium. Started in 2016, Small Works hosts four shows hosts four per year, each on display for one month at the Webster Groves Public Library Gallery. Webster Arts hosts an artists’ reception, free and open to the public, in which the artists in attendance to present their works. The artwork is for sale, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Webster Arts and Webster Groves Public Library, both nonprofit organizations.
See Webster Arts Small Works galleries here:
Webster Groves Community Days is an annual event to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. The Citizen's Committee for Community Days organizes all of the activities for the event. The Webster Groves Lions Club also holds its annual carnival and barbecue charity fundraiser during the celebration. All activities (aside from the carnival and barbecue) are free and are funded through donations from businesses, organizations, and the citizens of Webster Groves.
Each year the Webster Arts committee bands together to be a part of the community celebration by designing, creating, and driving their float in the parade. Extending beyond the arts, Webster Arts is a community program that strives to interact with Webster Groves as a part of their family.
Webster Arts Outreach and Art Education programming takes art out of the gallery and studio, and into the community through a variety of partnerships, programs and collaborations for all ages using all mediums.
Studios at the Webster Arts Fair: Studios allows fair goers of all ages and skill levels to experience making their own art. Studios has grown from one tent to a six-tent art experience at the Webster Arts Fair, and in 2016, more than 5,000 children, along with their families, participated in over a dozen hands-on art projects – most completely free. Children can learn calligraphy, make spin art canvases, try their hands at throwing a clay pot, paint original album jackets, create personal collages, weave cloth, and much more. Several of the projects use sustainable art methods and materials.
- Connecting Community through the Arts: Webster Arts joins The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Springboard to Learning, Nipher Middle School in Kirkwood, and the Meacham Park Neighborhood Improvement Association in bringing the history of Meacham Park to life on the stage and through visual art. Journalism students in 7th Grade are collecting oral histories of residences and friends of this historic African American suburban community. The oral histories will be used as source material by local writers and artists to create a stage presentation and visual art, to be presented in September 2017.
Outreach and Art Education to Refugees and Immigrants: In collaboration with the International Institute of St. Louis, Webster Arts is launching a program for refugees and immigrants in the St. Louis region who may be feeling especially stressed and uncertain. Webster Arts believes that art can elevate the human spirit, provide health benefits of stress reduction, and bridge communication gaps. Among other benefits, the creation of art to tell their stories and connect with their neighbors is intended to relieve stress and help them find their way in their new country.
Summer Camps: Webster Arts is committed to exposing kids to the beauty and power of art. Each summer Webster Arts brings art education and creative activities to the children's programs at Webster-Rock Hill Ministries and Meacham Park Neighborhood Improvement Association. These special partnerships nourish future artists and makes the communities stronger.