Gateway Decorative Artists meet in Maryland Heights Community Center. We are presently a group of approximately 50 members. Our chapter was formed in May, 1974. Like the National Society, Chapter members are dedicated to stimulating interest in and appreciation for the art of decorative painting. Members vary in experience from novice painters to accomplished teachers but all share a love of tole and decorative painting. Our chapter is composed of members from St. Louis and surrounding areas of Missouri and Illinois.

Meetings

Chapter meetings are usually held on the second Sunday of February, April, June, September and November at Maryland Heights Community Center,2344 McKelvey Rd, Maryland Heights, MO. at 1:00 p.m. Following a brief business meeting there is usually an educational program, demonstration or paint-in. We also have an Idea Exchange table, where members show items they have painted recently at home, seminars or conventions. Future seminars are also announced and registration for them begins.

Other Activities
The Chapter sponsors an annual painting retreat for a 3-4 day weekend in October held in conjunction with the National Tole & Decorative Painters week. Many talented teachers teach classes. Other activities at the retreat include demonstrations, make-it & take-its, trade show and theme parties.

Additionally, the Chapter plans Community Service Projects and charitable events throughout the year. We have:

  • painted two 50' hallways for the St. Louis Crisis Centers
  • made sizable donations of time, money and provided various sundry items for a local Women and Children's Abuse Center, Pals (Pets-A-Lone Sanctuary).
  • been involved with the restoration of the Forest Park Highlands Carousel Campaign
  • been a major contributor of funds to the Decorative Arts Collection (an organization to record and preserve the heritage of our art form for the benefit of all members of the Society of Decorative Painters and future generations.
  • Over 7000 memory boxes have been painted for bereavement programs in hospitals nationwide.

For several years Gateway Chapter sponsored an Artists Holiday House Boutique that was held in a local builder's display home. Participating chapter members filled the home with a wide variety of hand painted items for sale to the public. A portion of the proceeds was donated to our chosen charity for the year.

An annual Christmas party is held and members exchange hand-painted ornaments.

National Conventions

Painters from around the world gather to share ideas and study with many talented teachers who are dedicated to education and the promotion of Tole and Decorative painting. Mini conventions are also planned in several cities throughout the year.

Info on Conference for 2015
43rd Conference
Pheasant Run Resort
St. Charles,IL

The Decorative Painter
This is the official publication of the Society of Decorative Painters. This quality magazine is published 4 times a year and contains 40-50 lessons. A variety of ideas, techniques and mediums to fit the needs and likes of everyone are featured in each issue. The magazine is a benefit of membership in the Society of Decorative Painters.

Gateway Decorative Artists Newsletter

A benefit of local membership is an interesting and informative newsletter. It serves to keep chapter members informed of seminars and other activities.

National Membership

The $50 ($55 if paid after Dec. 1) annual membership in the Society of Decorative Painters entitles one to six issues of The Decorative Painter and the right to attend and participate in the annual National Convention.

To join the National Society, fill out the form under Membership Info and mail with a check (payable to SDP) to:

SDP
393 N. McLean Blvd.
Wichita, KS 67203

Local Membership
The $20.00 annual membership in Gateway Decorative Artists entitles one to receive five informative newsletters, the local membership directory and the right to participate in all local chapter activities. National Society membership is required of all local chapter members. To join the local chapter, fill out the form under Membership Info and mail with a check (payable to Gateway Decorative Artists) to:

Jean Lindsey
140 So. St-Charles St.
Florissant, Mo, 63031
membership@gatewaydecorativeartists.com


Accomplishments


Each year the Chapter gets better and better
. We have a number of accomplishments that the Board is proud of and that you as members should feel very good about it. They are briefly summarized below. In order to keep the list short, the names of members responsible for each of accomplishments were not included. They have been noted in previous meetings and printed in the newsletters.

The 2015 Chapter Year

Activities

  • March Retreat Sping Into Painting
  • 6 Chapter Meetings with paint-ins
    • February - Linda Nelson -Rosette
    • April - Gloria FAlk, Barb Ogden and Donna Wessel- Scarf
    • June- Paint in with Lynette Horn
    • September - Pastel's Demonstration by Lisa Ober
    • November - Paint in with Donna Wessel, Lorie Reece and Debbie Christenson
    • December -

Charitable Donation

  • We painted and donated 606 Memory Boxes in 2015. We donated 8582 to the program so far.
  • We collected and donated supplies and cash donations for:
    • Turning Point Women & Childrens Shelter for victims of domestic violence & sexual abuse $1943.41
    • USO for Soldiers donation totaled $416.50
    • Annie Austin's Rescue Group - a no kill animal Shelter $85
  • $100 to Society of Decorative Painters Foundation
  • $75 to Museum of Decorative Artists
  • $35 to DAC to honor the Gold Brush Award - Janie Parisi
  • $35 to Museum of Decorative Artists in memory of Judy Mayo.

Outstanding

We painted placemats and pins for the 2015 Conference

The 2014 Chapter Year

Activities

  • January - Learn to Paint with Cheryll Wilburn - watercolor
  • February - Lean to Paint with Nancy Falk and Debbie Finlang
  • April - Ellen Rohn Sharing Workshop - Roses
  • May - SDP Conference
  • May - Mark Polomchack - Watercolors seminar
  • June - Lorie Reece Sharing Workshop - Tote Bag
  • August - Hoot Convention in Columbus, Ohio
  • September - Sherry Nelson - Oils seminar
  • Memory Box Paint-in every month except November
  • 6 Chapter Meetings with paint-ins
    • February -
    • April - Barg Ogden - Cute Bunny Card
    • June- Gloria Falk - Hummingbird on Glass
    • September - Barb Ogden - Book-mark
    • November - Lorie Reece - Christmas Ornament
    • December - Christmas Party

Charitable Donation

  • We painted and donated over ___ Memory Boxes
  • We collected and donated supplies and cash donations for:
    • Turning Point Women & Childrens Shelter for victims of domestic violence & sexual abuse.
    • USO for Soldiers
    • Pals (Pets-A-Lone Sanctuary) - a no kill animal Shelter
    • $100 to Society of Decorative Painters Foundation
    • $75 to Museum of Decorative Artists
    • $35 to DAC to honor the Gold Brush Award - Ginger Lee German

     

Outstanding

The 2013 Chapter Year

Activities

  • January - Learn to Paint
  • May-13-18 - SDP Conference in Wichita, KS
    • These are the placemats and favors we made for the Banquet in St. Charles,IL
  • August - Hoot Convention in Columbus, Ohio
  • June - Tina Sue Norris - colored pencil
  • July - Sandra Reynold Sharing Workshop - Cardinals
  • August - Vada Glavan Sharing Workshop - Acrylics
  • September - Della Wetterman (Delta)
  • Octobre -4-6- Annual Retreat ''Pajama Party''
  • October-26 - Barbara Ogden Sharing Workshop - Snowflakes
  • Memory Box Paint-in every month except November
  • 6 Chapter Meetings with paint-ins
    • February - Cindy Connoley - demo on jewelry items
    • April - Ginger Lee German - Acrylic sun
    • June- Gloria Falk - paint your own name tag
    • September - Cheryl Tefft - Demo on Art Calligraphy
    • November - Lorie Reece - Snow Anger
    • December - Christmas Party

Charitable Donation

  • We painted and donated over 700 Memory Boxes
  • We collected and donated supplies and cash donations for:
    • Turning Point Women & Childrens Shelter for victims of domestic violence & sexual abuse.
    • River Bend Humane Society - a no kill animal shelter
    • USO for Soldiers
    • Pals (Pets-A-Lone Sanctuary) - a no kill animal Shelter
    • $125 to Society of Decorative Painters Foundation
    • $100 to Museum of Decorative Artists
    • $35 to DAC to honor the Gold Brush Award

     

Outstanding

 

The 2012 Chapter Year

Activities

  • January - Painted Walls at the pals Shelter in Troy, Mo
  • April - SDP Tags - ''Flights of Fancy''
  • April - Paint-in - ''Unkorked Wine Caf '' in Wentzville, MO
  • April - Paint-in - ''Rendezvous café'' and ''Girls night out'' in O'Fallon, MO
  • April - Karen Hubbard Seminar
  • May-14-19 - SDP Conference in Wichita, KS
  • August 14-18 - Hoot Convention in Columbus, Ohio
  • August - Vada Glavan Sharing Workshop - Acrylics
  • September 28-30 - Annual Retreat ''Pajama Party''
  • October - Ellen Rohne Sharing Workshop - Fabric paint
  • November - Mark Polomchak - Watercolor
  • November - second Paint-in @ ''Rendezvous Wine café''
  • December 13 - second paint-in @ Unkorked in Wentzville, Mo
  • December 15 - Painting at the MS Society
  • Memory Box Paint-in every month except November
  • 6 Chapter Meetings with paint-ins
    • February - Rose Wilde from Wook Icing demonstration
    • April - Vada Galvan Paint in with Acrylics
    • June- colored pencil with Debbie Christenson
    • September - Trunk sale and Auction
    • November - Zen Tangle Ornament taught by katie Waldron
    • December - Christmas Party

Charitable Donation

  • We painted and donated over 645 Memory Boxes
  • We collected and donated supplies and cash donations for:
    • Turning Point Women & Childrens Shelter for victims of domestic violence & sexual abuse.
    • River Bend Humane Society - a no kill animal shelter
    • USO for Soldiers
    • Pals (Pets-A-Lone Sanctuary) - a no kill animal Shelter
    • Donations to Society of Decorative Painters
    • Donations to Museum of Decorative Artists

     

Outstanding


 

The 2011 Chapter Year

Activities

  • January - Ginger Lee German Sharring workshop- Funkadelic
  • March - Gloria Falk Sharing Workshop - Rosemaling
  • June - Carol Spohn - Watercolor seminar
  • July - Annette Long - Oil seminar
  • September - Maryland Heights & 3 Library Displays
  • October - Annual Retreat "Movie Madness"
  • Memory Box Paint-in every month except November
  • 6 Chapter Meetings with paint-ins
    • February - Meeting cancelled due to bad weather
    • April - "Bee Mine" pin with Barb Ogden
    • June- Bear with Sandra Reynolds
    • September - Fall Door Hanger with Laura Mayo
    • November - Fall Pumpkins Hand Towel by Ellen Rohne CDA
    • December - Christmas Party

Charitable Donation

  • We donated $100 to the Museum of Decorative Painting
  • We donated $125 to Society of Decorative Painting
  • We painted and donated 520 Memory Boxe
  • We collected and donated supplies and cash donations for:
    • Turning Point Women & Childrens Shelter for victims of domestic violence & sexual abuse.
    • River Bend Humane Society - a no kill animal shelter
    • USO for Soldiers
    • Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital (Cuddle-ups/Frogs)

     

Outstanding

  • Several Members painted Paint for Freedom Cards for our Active and Veteran Soldiers.
  • Several members painted Memory Boxes to decorate the tables at Meetings.
  • We sold Opportunities of Ownership on a Cabinet painted by Ginger German - we earned $134 and Cheryll Wilburn won the cabinet.
  • Display for a local Library set up by Donna Wessel.
  • Wine Bar/Café's wine glass paint-in for "Girls Night Out".
  • Hand painted items donated for River Bend "Artadoptathon". ·
  • Donations of wood sold for the Memory Box Program.
  • Donations of crocks sold for the Memory Box Program

 

The 2010 Chapter Year

Activities

  • January - Maureen McNaughton Strokework Seminar
  • March - Karen Steiner painting on Tile - Sharing Workshop
  • May - Joann MacVey Rosemalling Seminar
  • July - Janelle Johnson color pencil Seminar
  • September - Gloria Falk, TDA- Roses on Mirror Sharing Workshop
  • October - Our Annual Retreat "Fall into Painting"
  • Memory Box Paint-in every month except Nov.
  • 6 Chapter Meetings with paint-ins
    • February - Santa Ornament with Ellen Rohne, CDA
    • April - Gift Box with Barb Ogden
    • June - Butterfly Pin with Vada Galvan
    • September - Tea Light holders with Judy and Laura Mayo
    • November - Marshmallow Snowman Ornament with Donna Wessel
    • December - Christmas Party

Charitable Donation

  • We donated $100 to the DAC (Decorative Arts Collection)
  • We donated $125 to SDP
  • We painted and donated 555 Memory Boxes
  • We collected and donated supplies and cash donations for:
    • Turning Point Women & Childrens Shelter for victims of domestic violence & sexual abuse.
    • River Bend Humane Society - a no kill animal shelter
    • USO for Soldiers

Outstanding

  • Several members painted PAINT FOR FREEDOM Cards for our Active and Veteran soldiers
  • Several members painted Memory Boxes to decorate the tables at meetings.
  • Several members painted pins to sell at the National Convention in Wichita, KS at the table we rented for the Chapters Marketplace.
  • We sold Opportunities of Ownership on 3 pieces that Maureen McNaughton painted on while she was teaching.
  • Gloria Falk, TDA was asked to do an article for the Decorative Painter and it was published in the last DP for 2010.

The 2009 Chapter Year

Activities

  • April - Debbie Slavin Calligraphy & Strokework Seminar
  • August - Kathie George Batik Watercolor Seminar
  • October - Our Annual Retreat "Rockin' to the 50's & 60's
  • Memory Box Paint-in every month except Nov.
  • Ordered Chapter patches with our Logo stitched on them
  • 6 Chapter Meetings with 4 paint-ins & 1 Pfancy Pflea Market Day.
    • February - Snowman Candle with Ellen Rohne, CDA
    • April - St. Louis Skyline Apron with Gloria Falk, TDA
    • June - Tote Bag, funk-di-fied with Ginger German
    • September - Pfancy Pflea Market o November - Ornaments with Donna Wessel and Lorie Reece
    • December - Christmas Party

Charitable Donation

  • We donated $100 to the DAC (Decorative Arts Collection)
  • We donated $50 to SDP
  • We painted and donated 658 Memory Boxes
  • We collected and donated supplies and cash donations for:
    • Turning Point Women & Childrens Shelter for victims of domestic violence & sexual abuse.
    • River Bend Humane Society - a no kill animal shelter
    • USO for Soldiers

Outstanding

  • Several members painted ornaments for the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery.
  • Several Members painted Memory Boxes to decorate the tables at a meeting

The 2008 Chapter Year

Activities

  • March - Karen Steiner sharing workshop
  • April - Cheri rol Oil Seminar
  • July - Mary Gibilisco genenis heat oil seminar
  • October - Our annual retreat "Winter Carnival"
  • October - Ellen Rohne sharing workshop
  • Memory Box paint-in every month.
  • 6 chapters meetings with 5 paint-ins or demonstrations:
    • February - Winter scene Scarf with Karen Steiner
    • April - Roses on Fabric with Gloria Falk
    • June - Domino Jewlery with Jeanette bishop
    • September - Auction and paint-in and embossed with Checkered Cottage and Barb Ogden.
    • November - Cute Ornament with Cindy Rupp and Donna Wessel
    • December - Christmas party

Charitable Donation

  • We donated $ 100 to the DAC (Decorative Arts Collection).
  • We painted and donated memory boxes.
  • We collected and donated supplies and cash donation for:
    • Turning Point Women Shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
    • River Bend Humane Society animal shelter.
    • USO for soldiers.

Outstanding

  • Gateway Decorative Artists won contests on Tolefriends.net for the Memory Boxes.

The 2007 Chapter Year

Activities

  • March - Lynne Deptula Acrylic Seminar
  • June - Janelle Johnson Colored Pencil Seminar
  • August - Linda Coulter Grisaille Seminar
  • October - Our annual retreat "Palette of Seasons"
  • 1289 Memory Boxes shipped to hospital.
  • 6 chapters meetings with 5 paint-ins or demonstrations:
    • February - Painting on Leaves with Karen Steiner
    • April - Grape on a Green Wine Bottle Taught by Ellen Rohne CDA
    • June - "Summer De-light" Oil rouging technique on watercolor taught by Cindy Rupp
    • September - Auction
    • November - Cute Ornament with Judy Dodson
    • December - Christmas party

Charitable Donation

  • We donated $ 100 to the DAC (Decorative Arts Collection).
  • We painted and donated memory boxes.
  • We collected and donated supplies and cash donation for Turning Point Women Shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Outstanding

  • Ellen Rohne won the Third Place at Hoot in the category "Professional Still Life"
  • Gateway Decorative Artists won contests on Tolefriends.net for the Memory Boxes.

The 2006 Chapter Year

Activities

  • January - Workshop with Gloria Falk
  • March - Peggy Harris seminar.
  • April - Workshop with Vada Galvan
  • June - Janelle Johnson colored pencil seminar
  • October - Our annual retreat "Boot Scootin".
  • 6 chapters meetings with 5 paint-ins or demonstrations:
    • February - GDA logo with Ellen Rohne.
    • April - ''paper-bag'' Memory book with Ginger German.
    • July - ''Doorknob dangler'' by Kay Vuichard with the help of Mary Jo Kumer.
    • September - Memory boxes with Gloria Falk and Suzanne Glidden.
    • November - Snowman Ornament with Judy Dodson.
    • December - Christmas party

Charitable Donation

  • We donated $ 100 to the DAC (Decorative Arts Collection).
  • We painted and donated 602 memory boxes.
  • We collected and donated around $ 3033.32 in supplies and cash donation for Turning Point Women Shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Outstanding

  • Ellen Rohne recieved her CDA (Certified Decorative Artist) certification at the SDP National convention in Nashville.
  • Jenny Ellision achieved her Girl Scout Gold Award with the memory box program.
  • Allison Bacon won the First place at ''Hoot'' in the category ''Fruit and Still Life''
  • We received 2006 Chapter Achievement Award from SDP.

The 2005 Chapter Year

Activities

  • January- Workshop with Bobbie Gray.
  • March - Maureen McNaughton seminar.
  • July - Mary Kingslan Gibilisco seminar.
  • August - Delta Fun Day won by Vada Galvan.
  • October - Our annual retreat "Gone with the Brush".
  • 5 chapters meetings with 4 paint-ins :
    • February - Hearts on fabric with Cheryll Wilburn.
    • April - Roses on picture frame with Gloria Falk.
    • June - Memory Boxes program with Debbie Christenson.
    • November - Ornaments with Jeanne Abraham and Mary Jane Jett.

Charitable Donation

  • We donated $ 500 to the DAC (Decorative Arts Collection).
  • We purchased a special brick as a donation to the DAC in memory of Marianne McLafferty, a former chapter member who had passed away.
  • We collected 277 books for the USO.
  • We painted and donated 175 memory boxes.
  • We collected and donated around $ 136 in cleaning supplies, $ 350 in other merchandise and $50 in cash/checks for Turning Point Shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
  • We donated $ 500 to Baptist benevolent fund to help people effected by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.

Outstanding

  • Gloria Falk, Vada Galvan, Marilyn McDonald and Joan love have been chosen to have their book ornament hung on the Christmas tree at the Library of Congress.
  • We received 2005 Chapter Achievement Award from SDP.



  • The 2004 Chapter Year

    Activities

    • April- Sherry Nelson Seminar October-
    • Our Retreat "Meet Me in St.Louis.
    • 5 excellent meetings with Paint-ins:
      • February - Glass Painting with Kay Waldron.
      • April - Gifts of Love (Gifts bags & Boxes) with Bobbie Gray CDA.
      • June - Garden Painting - Jan Rosenburg & Kathy Colter
      • September - Makes-It & Take-Its
      • December - Christmas Ornament with Barb Ogden.

    Donations

  • We painted filled with toys and donated around 100 Christmas Stockings.
  • $75.00 in school supplies was collected and donated to four charities.
  • We painted and donated more than 242 memory boxes
  • We donated $ 100 to the DAC (Decorative Arts Collection).
  • Outstanding

    • We received 2004 Chapter Achievement Award from SDP.
    • We received certificate in honor and recognition of our 30th years as an SDP affiliated chapter.
    • Carolyn Bacon and Gloria Falk had their painted ornaments selected for the White House Christmas tree.
    • Vada Galvan won First Place in her category for the Delta Painting Challenge

    Miscellaneous

    We made over $ 500 from the Auction at the convention.


    The 2003 Chapter Year

    Two outstanding seminars were sponsored:

    • Mary Kingslan Gibilisco seminar in March
    • Rosemary West seminar in August
    • Two sharing workshops with Barb Ogden & Deb Christenson
    • Four excellent Chapter meeting paint-in sessions were taught by various talented members.

    Charitable Donations

    • We donated $1463 to the Women’s Center.
    • We donated $100 to the DAC (Decorative Arts Collection).
    • We purchased a special brick as a donation to the National Society of Decorative Painters. One engraved for our Gold Brush Award Winner – Deb Christenson
    • We had suitcase paint-ins that yielded us with 101 to give away.
    • We painted and donated 106 Memory Boxes.
    • We collected 63 wonderful Easter Baskets for Shriners Hospital.
    • We collected 84 Teddy Bears for Shriners Hospital.
    Tole Month
    We had an outstanding October Tole Month Celebration that included our Annual Retreat.

    Miscellaneous

    • In 2003, we had a booth at the Working Woman's Survival Show in St. Louis.
    • We made $892 at the SDP convention's silent auction for chapter.