2024 Soulard B3
Art Offerings​


Starts at 12:45AM

with Janet French

 The 2024 Brushes and Blues starting time is 12:45AM!

    >> Space is limited, be one of the 20 entries! <<
You’ll meet the 2022 Plein Air art contest winner Janet French (seen below) over at the main stage, as she leads this fun & interactive art session!

Your $25 entry fee includes pre-drawn wood with instrument theme, paints, brushes, pallets etc.


Once you purchase your tickets, your name will be at the artist check-in. Your receipt can serve as your ticket. Please let us know any questions at vendors@sharesoulard.org
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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 19th, 2024.

PRIZE TO WINNER: $300 + a $200 gift certificate to St. Louis Art Supply,  Art sponsor of the 2024 Soulard B3 Festival.

#1 – Get registered
Those interested in entering the Plein Air art contest must register with us below!

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.  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 at 5:45. The winner will receive $300 + a $200 gift certificate to St. Louis Art Supply,  Art sponsor of the 2024 Soulard B3 Festival.

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 2024 Plein Air art judges are TBD. Until then, please check out our 2023 judges & bios and enjoy some of their art, see below!

We'll see you on May 19th!

Our 2023 Plein Air art contest judges!

Carol Boss

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“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

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“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.”

Linda Kurdi

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“I have been an artist as long as I can remember.

I studied and received a BS in Art Education from Missouri State and began teaching Art in Elementary School.

After 12 years at Elementary level I taught Art at the High School for 15 years. During that time I painted in a small home studio and continued studying Art at Lindenwood University. I received a Masters of Art and a Masters of Fine Art.

When I retired from teaching we moved to Soulard where I got a wonderful 3rd floor Art studio in my home. Art is my thing and always will be!!”

Featured activities of the B3 Kids Zone

We’re keeping it fun and engaging in the Kids Zone, with Shaker Egg Decorating, Live Music, Story Telling, Balloon Sculpture, and more!

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.