2023 Soulard B3
Art Offerings​

For May 21st, 2023!


New for 2023, from 5:45 - 7:00

with Janet French

- To register, just sign up below!

Janet French – Winner of the 2022 Plein Air art contest!


Plein Air art contest

Here's the info

In conjunction with the Soulard Blues, Brews, and Bites Festival, we are hosting our Plein air art competition. The Soulard B3 Fest will take place on Sunday, May 21, 2023.

#1 – Get registered
Those interested in entering the Plein Air art contest must register with us below by April 30, 2023.

Plein Air artists - register here!

All artists are responsible for their own supplies. We will provide snacks and bottled water throughout the day.

All artists must check in at the B3 Fest between 11 and 11:30 a.m.

The artist cannot begin their artwork until 12:00 noon. Any size blank canvas or other medium will be accepted.

The B3 volunteer at the check in station will initial your canvas to confirm it was blank at the time of check in.

Artists will paint from 12 p.m. to 4 pm. All work will be turned into the judging station at 4 pm.

Viewing and Judging will take place from 4-5:00 p.m.

You may sell your artwork at any time during the day or after. But to compete for the prize, you will need to enter the piece for judging at 4:00 p.m. Should you sell your piece during or after the festival, you will receive the full sales price.  We hope that you will support the event by donating a portion of the sales price to Share, Inc.  He or she may elect to donate a portion of those proceeds to SHARE, Inc. to help support this event.

The winning piece will be announced at the conclusion of the R.J. Mischo show 5:45. The winner will receive a prize to include cash and merchandise. We are working on getting sponsors for this event. Once we have a sponsor, we will put a value on the prize.

Guidelines for judging –

• The art is original; Captures the spirit of Soulard; The love of music; Is consistent with the body of the artist’s work

• Shows some unique vision of this community

• Points for rich textures, harmonious colors, creative compositions, dynamic

• Shows mastery within the time limits given

Judges –

Our judges this year are Carol Boss, Rich Brooks (tentatively), and Phil Jarvis. You can see their bios and some of their art, just below!

Our Plein Air art contest judges!

Rich Brooks


Director of Soulard Art Gallery since 2015 supporting the areas local artists, voted and honored for the best art gallery in St. Louis.

Former cultural arts Director for the City Of St Peters, Rich envisioned and started the St. Peters Cultural Arts Center 33 years ago.

His background includes art degrees from Truman University and Masters work at Lindenwood University, along with an Arts administration certificate.

Rich’s personal artworks are in a variety of mediums including painting, fused glass, sculpture, assemblages, collage, and writing in a Not-So-Ordinary Style.

Carol Boss


“I was raised in a small town in south-central Missouri. After graduating college with a degree in Art and Business and a brief stint in Vegas, I moved to St. Louis and found work at a type shop. While freelancing on the side, I landed my first agency job at Busch Creative.

A couple years later, I joined some of my colleagues and went to work at Zipatoni, working in a department called Fotocelli as a retoucher and digital artist. This is where I found my people. The hours were long but very rewarding. Eventually, I left to freelance as a graphic artist for many agencies and still do to this day. In 2004 I started painting again and I have been painting ever since. Examples of my larger painting projects include the musician wall mural at Hwy 61 Roadhouse in Webster Groves as well as Big George Brock’s Blues Bus.

Inspired by music and the stories of the artists, my most recent painting focus is portraits on tin tiles, “Expressions of the Blues”.

Phil Jarvis


“I received my first oil painting set for Christmas at 10 years old and have been painting ever since. I graduated from Washington University School of Fine Art in 1979.

For the next 29 years, I worked at a small sign shop in St. Louis where I learned my sign painting skills, and also worked on fine art pieces in my spare time while also raising my two sons. In 2008, I started Phil Jarvis Studio LLC, where I handletter walls and windows in gold leaf and enamel paints, paint wall murals, and pursue my ideas of fine art. Through my art, I’ve had the privledge to paint signs and murals in 25 States in the USA, 10 cities in Italy, 3 in France, 1 in Germany, and at several businesses in Bogata, Colombia in South America.

My most exciting projects have been the 90 foot Clydesdale mural at Ballpark village, all of the interior murals for all 9 Sauce on the Side restaurants and 4 murals for HotBox Cookies.”

Celebrating music, culture and heritage

Thanks to our B3 Supporters

The Soulard Brews, Blues and Bites is an official SHARE event. The non-profit SHARE is a 501(c)(3) that was formed in 2021 when a group of individuals organized and filed papers with the Missouri Department of Revenue.

The SHARE mission is to promote, preserve, perpetuate, and encourage the music, culture, and heritage of Soulard and other communities in the Greater St Louis area through festivals; programs; and other cultural, educational, civic, and economic activities.