Geneva Patterson

A brief bio of Geneva Patterson

G at home on Maryland Ave ca 1940

Geneva was born in Commerce, Missouri, a Mississippi river town that merited its name in the steamship era. The family moved up to St. Louis when she was two, and she grew up in the Central West End. G was graduated from Marquette School and then attended Central High : destroyed in the tornado of 1927. Although that meant commuting to another school, her class apparently retained its identity.

G was already recognized for her art in high school. Her yearbook entry reads, "In Central they are an essential part - Geneva Abbott and her art." She was selected to make a drawing for the yearbook of what St. Louis would be in future; see the Psychic Artist section below! After being graduated from Central in the January Class of 1933 - early, at 16 - she studied Commercial Art at Hadley Vocational School for two and a half years ("one of the finest, most elaborate, and most luxurious vocational schools for whites," recalls Judge Theodore McMillian). She took evening classes in Fine Arts at Washington University. She then worked nine years in commercial art and advertising for the International Shoe Company.

Geneva and her two sisters attended Giddings-Boyle Presbyterian Church, and G was active in the youth group, responsible for putting out the weekly church bulleting. That is where she met Donald Patterson, whom she wed in 1939.

Geneva became active in the Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis while she worked to qualify for the Artists' Section of the St. Louis Artists' Guild, which she was invited to join in 1957. After leaving International Shoe, Geneva had turned her efforts entirely to fine arts. G was a valued officer of the clubs and societies she joined; she kept good minutes, good accounts, and ran meetings according to Roberts' Rules of Order in a very businesslike way. She always showed initiative in fostering new art events, to give more artists the opportunity to show, and to involve the community, and to encourage high standards in art. While she worked hard for many art fairs, juried shows were her personal preference. She organized and served as juror on outdoor art exhibitions, and was active with the Ruth Kelso Renfrow Club, the Monday Club, and the Craft Alliance Gallery.

Geneva was always an active artist, interested in experimentation and in expanding her range of skills and techniques. She participated in many professional workshops, such as: enameling, with Kenneth Bates in Gatlinburg; watercolor with George Post at Mendocino, with Tony Couch in Georgia, and with Millard Sheets, Jade Fon, and Jane Burnham at Asilomar. She studied oil painting under Val Vogel, enameling with Dorothy Farley, and portraiture with Fred Carpenter and with Virginia Schlueter.

One of the ways Geneva contributed to her community was to offer portrait sketches at school and church fairs. Many parents were delighted to get a charming portrait at the very modest cost these fund-raisers asked for. She also offered occasional art workshops and demonstrations to schools, children's camps, and scouting groups.

For many years, G and Don enjoyed the annual costume ball held by the Society of Independent Artists, always booking a table or more with non-artist friends who liked to join in the fun at the Chase.

G and her husband Don both loved to travel, and took several trips each year, providing scenes and inspiration for many paintings. They were also avid bridge players, and participated in many duplicate bridge tournaments. A life master, Geneva sometimes held the highest rank in her state.

Geneva and Don relocated to Hilton Head Island in 1980 when he retired. There, she served on the board of the Hilton Head Art League and was president of the Friends of the Library. She got art exhibits started at the library and continued to be the organizer for many years. She participated yearly in the island's charity auction Evening of the Arts, and was a member of the Beaufort Art Association and the Sea Pines Community Center. On Hilton Head, she held a solo and a two-artist exhibition, and showed annually with the Low Country Artists. Geneva attended Spring Made Beach watercolor workshops as well as workshops on the island. While in St. Louis, GG's work was accepted into all the juried exhibitions she entered, but once in SC, most of the exhibitions were non-competitive. She did, however, receive many commissions which kept her as active for private clients as she was for the group shows.

In 2002, Geneva and Don moved to Vero Beach, Florida. The move from Hilton Head took quite a toll on Geneva, who had wanted to pack up her own studio. After arriving in Vero, she suffered from shingles for months. She was never up to joining the artist commununity in Florida, and had no studio to work in. During summer visits to Pat in Virginia, Geneva could make use of a studio set up, and produced some more watercolors, a few small oils, and some sketches. Then, having broken her hip in the early hours of her 93rd birthday, Geneva agreed after being discharged from rehab to return to Virginia with Pat. Don followed in May, and the move became permanent. G did not show art in Virginia, but some of her paintings have been sold to people who have viewed them at Heaven Scent B&B.

Geneva's works are in many private collections - and anyone who can supply a photograph of her work, for this site, is asked to do so.

Geneva passed away peacefully at home with Pat and Don on March 19, 2011, a month after her 95th birthday. Don lived on (with Pat) to July 2012; Don and G had celebrated 71 years of marriage together.

The Psychic Artist

Art Works

Pat Patterson's own collection, along with what remains from what G gave her to sell at the bed and breakfast.
Shown as well as possible from old photographs, which exist for too few paintings. G's art is in collections across the US an well as in Japan, Italy, and who knows where. Would love to have photos of works not shown here.
Many of these are notecards G had made; others are originals from sketchbooks. There are more to be scanned.
A little liberty taken in what's called a portrait. Geneva produced hundreds of portraits, mostly of schoolchildren, but no photos were kept. Would love to have a photo from anyone who can provide one.
Many of Geneva's enamels sold, as she exhibited regularly in a local gallery; but many were lost as well when that gallery folded without returning (or paying for) her work left there. Ron Patterson has a collection of which only a few pieces are seen here.

Exhibits, Awards, ... and Travel

Apr 2009
Moved to Virginia to live with Pat
2003
vacation: Panama Canal Cruise

Oct 2002
Moved to Vero Beach
Oct 2002
Note of works sold

Enamel on copper "Minor Prophets", watercolor-collage "Pink Floral", and watercolors "Basket of Orchids" and "Entry" sold to R. Wolfe.

Oct 2002
Contributing artist, benefit auction

Donated watercolor "French Sentinel" to An Evening of the Arts: 18th Annual Art Auction, Hilton Head. Sold for $325.

Oct 2002
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited watercolors "Near Carefree" and "Flower Stop" at the Fraser Gallery, Sea Pines SCA Building.

May 2002
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited watercolors "10th Century Tower, La Napoule, France" and "Riverside" at the Fraser Gallery, Sea Pines SCA Building.

May 2002
Exhibitor, Sea Pines Community Center

Exhibited watercolor "Colorado Trail" 18 x 26.

Spring 2002
Exhibitor, Beaufort Art Association

Exhibited watercolor-collage "Rock Garden" and watercolor "Flower Stop".

Feb 2002
Exhibitor, Sea Pines Community Center

Exhibited watercolor "Greenbriar Garden" (22 x 26).

Nov 2001
Exhibitor, Sea Pines Community Center

Exhibited watercolor "Entry" (21 x 25) (sold to R. Wolfe).

Oct 2001
Contributing artist, benefit auction

Donated watercolor "San Francisco Morning" to An Evening of the Arts: 18th Annual Art Auction, Hilton Head. Sale detail lost.

Open Modal

Oct 2001
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited watercolors "No Fare" and "Southern Comfort", which sold in March and was replaced by "Entry" at the Fraser Gallery, Sea Pines SCA Building.

Jul 2001
Exhibitor, Sea Pines Community Center

Exhibited oil painting "Forest Preserve".

June -21, 2001
vacation: Rhone River Cruise

Started out in Juan-les-Pins, ended up in Paris. A trip that inspired many works of art!

May 2001
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited watercolor-collage "Rock Garden" and watercolor "Entry" at the Fraser Gallery, Sea Pines SCA Building.

Apr 20 - Jun 24, 2001
24th Annual Exhibition, South Carolina Watercolor Society

Exhibited watercolor "Southern Comfort".

Apr 2001
Exhibitor, Sea Pines Community Center

Exhibited watercolor "Spring in Beaufort".

Feb 1-20, 2001
vacation: Patagonia cruise

Passports stamped in Falkland Islands and Puerto Punta Arenas, Chile. Flew home from Santiago, Chile

Jan 2001
Exhibitor, Sea Pines Community Center

Exhibited watercolor "Blossoms".

Jan 2001
vacation: Carefree, AZ

Invited friends Betty & Conway Kuhlmann to join on this timeshare-exchange vacay. G took an air balloon ride!

Nov 2000
Exhibitor, Sea Pines Community Center

Exhibited watercolor "Sunlit Marsh" (20 x 24).

Nov 2000
Exhibitor, Art League Christmas Show

Exhibited oil paintings "Temptation" and "Pair of Pears" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Oct 2000
Contributing artist, benefit auction

Donated watercolor-collage "Old Country" to An Evening of the Arts: 18th Annual Art Auction, Hilton Head. Sold for $550.

Oct 2000
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited watercolor "Seaside" and watercolor-collage "Birds, Bees and Blossoms" at the Fraser Gallery, Sea Pines SCA Building.

Sep 2000
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League Members' Show

Exhibited watercolor "San Francisco Morning" at the Self Family Art Center.

Sep 6, 2000
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited oil on canvas "Spring in the Forest" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Aug 27 - Sep 4, 2000
Exhibitor, Labor Day Show

Exhibited oil "Sea Pines ", which sold during the show.

Aug 2000
Exhibitor, Sea Pines Community Center

Exhibited watercolor "Back to the Barn" (18 x 24).

July 24, 2000
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited oil paintings "Flower Market" (sold during show) and "Garden Shop " at Sea Pines Gallery.

Jun 2000
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited oil "Wildflowers" at Sea Pines Gallery. Sold during the show. Replaced Jul 11 with oil "Land's End" which also sold.

May 2000
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Dockside " at Sea Pines Gallery.

Apr 30, 2000
Participating artist, Art and Flower Festival

Displayed watercolor-collage "Birds, Bees and Flowers"Presented by the Hilton Head Art League at Windmill Yacht Club.

Spring 2000
Exhibitor, Beaufort Art Association

Exhibited watercolors "Boardwalk" and "Sunday Afternoon".

Mar 2000
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited watercolors "Surf" and "Sunlit Marsh" at the Fraser Gallery, Sea Pines SCA Building.

Mar 2000
Exhibitor, Sea Pines Community Center

Exhibited watercolor "Floral" (18 x 24).

Mar 2000
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Southwestern" at Sea Pines Gallery.

2000
vacation: Caribbean Cruise

Norwegian Cruise Lines from Fort Lauderdale. Went with friends Betty & Conway Kuhlmann, staying with them pre- and post-cruise.

Feb 2000
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Cliff Hanger" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Oct 1999
Contributing artist, benefit auction

Donated watercolor "Siena Scenery" to An Evening of the Arts: 17th Annual Art Auction, Hilton Head. Sold for $870.

Oct 1999
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Lapin Agile" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Oct 1999
Auction Donor, Boys and Girls Club

Contributed watercolor "Greenery".

Oct 1999
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited mixed media piece "Fantasia", and watercolor "Marsh Scene", which sold and was replace with watercolor "Local Color" at the Fraser Gallery, Sea Pines SCA Building.

Sep 1999
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League Members' Show

Exhibited watercolor "Sunlit Marsh" at the Self Family Arts Center.

Aug 1999
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Local Color" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Jul 1999
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited oil "Sweden, Lake Malaren" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Jun 1999
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Hibiscus" at Sea Pines Gallery.

May 22- , 1999
vacation: Puerto Vallarta

Stayed outside town in a condo with a view, rented a car to see all the area.

Apr 1999
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Mellow Marsh" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Mar 1999
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited watercolors "Boardwalk II" and "The Garden Gate" at the Fraser Gallery, Sea Pines SCA Building.

Mar 1999
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited "Greenery" at the Hilton Head Library.

Mar 1999
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Southern Exposure" at Sea Pines Gallery. Sold during the show.

Feb 1999
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Marsh Scene" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Nov-Dec 1998
vacation: Round the World Renaissance cruise

Or nearly! Stops in Yemen, Jordan, Mumbai, Phuket. Flew home from Singapore.

Nov 1998
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Bit of Low Country" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Sat, Oct 24, 1998
Contributing artist, benefit auction

Donated mixed media piece "Geishas" to An Evening of the Arts: 18th Annual Art Auction, Hilton Head. Purchaser: Clinton Laurer.

Oct 1998
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited watercolors "Wish You Were Here" and "Southern Exposure" at the Fraser Gallery, Sea Pines SCA Building.

Oct 1998
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "The Garden Gate" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Aug 1998
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League Members' Show

Exhibited "Swedish Florist" at the Self Family Arts Center

Aug 1998
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Azalea Time" at Sea Pines Gallery. Watercolor "Floral" sold this month from gallery stock.

Jul 1998
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited oil "Country Road" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Jun 1998
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Park Site" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Apr 1998
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Mixed Bouquet" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Mar 1998
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Daufuskie Lighthouse" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Feb 1998
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited watercolors "Floral" and "Boardwalk" at the Fraser Gallery, Sea Pines SCA Building.

Feb 1998
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited acrylic "Waterway" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Dec 1997
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Old Town" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Oct 25, 1997
Contributing artist, An Evening of the Arts

17th annual benefit on Hilton Head Island. At the Self Family Arts Center. Geneva contributed her painting "Rare Birds". Purchaser: Zoe Zecchione.

Oct 1997
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited watercolors "Tybee Island Beach" and "Calibogue", which sold and was then replaced by "Dolphin Head Point". At the Fraser Gallery, Sea Pines SCA Building.

Oct 1997
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Gulf Retreat" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Sep 14 - Oct 6, 1997
Hilton Head Art League Members Show

Exhibited her watercolor "Boardwalk" at the Walter Greer Gallery in the Self Family Arts Center.

Sep 1997
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League Members' Show

Exhibited watercolors "Bluffton House" and "Boardwalk".

Aug 16, 1997 -
vacation: Baltic Cruise

Flew into Copenhagen where Pat met G & Don, took them to meet her friends in Viby Sj who gave a party for them to meet their families. Then, the cruise to the Baltic countries and St. Petersburg along with stops in Scandinavia.

Aug 1997
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Harbor at Antigua" (sold during show) at Sea Pines Gallery.

Jun 1997
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Floral" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Apr 1997
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited oil "Life's a Beach" (sold during show) at Sea Pines Gallery.

Mar 1997
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited watercolors "Over the Garden Wall" (sold to R. Wolfe) and "Balcony Scene" at the Fraser Gallery, Sea Pines SCA Building.

Mar 1997
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Beach at Cancun" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Dec 1996
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Dolphin Head Point" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Oct 1996
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited watercolors "The Catch" (later given to Sue Belle) and "Let's Eat Out" at the Fraser Gallery, Sea Pines SCA Building.

Jul 22, 1996
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Mountain Trail" at Sea Pines Gallery. Also sold "I-99" from stock that month.

summer 1996
vacation: Baltic Cruise

2nd Renaissance Cruise, flying business class to Copenhagen with a stop in Iceland on Icelandic Air. Flew home business class from Stockholm to New York to stop off to visit Pat.

Jun 10, 1996
Exhibitor, Bluffton Artists Show

Exhibited watercolor "Spring in Beaufort" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Apr 28, 1996
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Calibogue" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Mar 19 - Apr 26, 1996
Exhibitor, A Celebration of the Arts

Geneva showed her 19"x26" watercolor "Over the Garden Wall" at the inaugural exhibition of the Walter Greer Gallery of the Self Family Arts Center, Hilton Head Island.

Mar 14, 1996
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Basket of Violets" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Feb 1996
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited watercolors "Coligny Fountain" and "Morning Mist" at the Fraser Gallery, Sea Pines SCA Building.

Feb 5, 1996
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Kuhlmann's Patio" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Nov 20, 1995
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Favorite Things" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Oct 16, 1995
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Still Life (Hydrangeas)" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Sat, Oct 14, 1995
Contributing artist, An Evening of the Arts

15th annual benefit on Hilton Head Island. At the Hyatt Regency, Palmetto Dunes. Geneva contributed her painting "Beaufort Remembrance". Program comment, "Watercolors provide the substance for her joy in painting although other media have lent variety. Her painting history goes from coast to coast and abroad, with career highlights in St. Louis, MO. She has exhibited in numerous shows and has won many awards and commissions. Geneva is presently showing with the Hilton Head Art League Gallery."

Sep 1995
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Colgny Fountain" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Fall 1995
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited watercolors "Garden Spot" and "Beach, Eleuthera" at the Fraser Gallery, Sea Pines SCA Building.

Jul 1995
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Cloister Patio" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Jun 1995
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Lunch Break" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Mar 1995
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolors "Garden Spot" an "The Gate" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Spring 1995
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited abstract collage "Beach Scene" at the Fraser Gallery, Sea Pines SCA Building.

Nov 1994
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "The Store, Bluffton" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Oct 1994
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Moonstruck" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Aug 1994
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolors "Blooming" (sold during show) and "Morning Mist" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Jun 1994
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Harbour, Tangier" at Sea Pines Gallery.

May 1994
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Blue Vase & Veggies" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Apr 16- , 1994
Renaissance cruise from Antigua

Flew in to take a cruise across the Atlantic to the Canary Islands, Casablanca (saw Malcom Forbes's estate and museum with many of his Fabergé eggs), Cadiz and finally Lisbon. Had a top floor hotel room there with a large balcony overlooking the city that made room service dining irrestible. Took a local train up the coast along the beach for some independent sightseeing. Flying home, stopped off to visit Pat in NYC for a few days.

Apr 1994
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Isola Pescatori" at Sea Pines Gallery.

Feb 1994
Exhibitor, Hilton Head Art League

Exhibited watercolor "Tra La" at Sea Pines Gallery.

1994
Exhibitor, Low Country Artists

Exhibited watercolor "California Mission" at the Fraser Gallery, Sea Pines SCA Building.

Oct 1993
Contributing artist, An Evening of the Arts

annual benefit on Hilton Head Island. Geneva contributed her painting "" Purchaser: Jim Ferguson.

Sat-Sun Oct 24-25, probably 1992
Participating artist, Art and Flower Festival

Presented by the Hilton Head Art League at the Ball Room of the Port Royal Club. Preview party Saturday, Champagne Brunch and Show Sunday; program does not give year but 1992 seems likeliest. Flower arrangers worked to coordinate with paintings; pianists provided music.

Sat, Oct 10, 1992
Contributing artist, An Evening of the Arts

12th annual benefit on Hilton Head Island. At the Hyatt Regency, Palmetto Dunes. Geneva contributed her painting "Transcendence" with the program note, "Since the dawn of history, art has played an immensely important part in mankind's existence; the cave people left enduring impressions on their walls. The arts lend meaning and communication. This artist has spent half a century in pursuit of skill and understanding."

1992
vacation: Las Vegas - CO - St. Louis

Four nights and a show in Vegas, playing at several casinos. Went on to stay a week at the Hootmans' Keystone condo, touring in a rented Cadillac Seville. Next, St. Louis, visiting the Hootmans who supplied tickets for the PGA tournament. Saw Ron, Vera Bennett, and Don played golf at Westboro.

Feb 24 - Mar 24, 1992
Artist, Third Juried Exhibition

At the Hilton Head Art League. Geneva's watercolor "Riva del Garda" was in the show. Jurors: Kristy Deetz and Patrick McCay.

1992
vacation: Bahamas
Dec 1991
vacation: San Francisco & Monterrey Bay

Flew to SF (with Pat, using her air miles for all three) to enjoy the city for a few days, then rented a car to spend Christmas with widowed friend Betty Prior in the Del Monte Forest.

Sat, Oct 5, 1991
Contributing artist, An Evening of the Arts

11th annual benefit on Hilton Head Island. At the Hyatt Regency, Palmetto Dunes. Geneva contributed her painting "Divertissement" Purchasers: Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Evans.

Feb 24 - Mar 29, 1991
Artist, Second Juried Exhibition

At the Hilton Head Art League. Geneva's watercolor "Curb Service" was in the show. Jurors: Mary Whisonant and Roger L. Steele.

May 19-20, 1990
Participating artist, Art and Flower Festival

Gatsby-themed preview party Saturday, with dinner and dance music, displaying 36 works of art interpreted by as many flower arrangements. Presented by the Hilton Head Art League at the Ball Room of the Port Royal Club.

1990
bridge tournament: Savannah

Played in the Regional with the DeVeaux's and helped them won some gold points, wrote Don. Played in other tournaments this year, no details.

Sun, Oct 15, 1989
Contributing artist, An Evening of the Arts

Ninth annual benefit on Hilton Head Island. Geneva contributed her painting "Zymurgy" with the comment, "I broke away frmo a representational style again. Zymurgy, it's the last word!" Purchaser: C.H. Lambrecht.

July-Aug 1989
50th Anniversary trip to Italy

Traveling with Pat who was living in Milan and did the driving in her Mercedes. Anniversary on Isola dei Pescatori, Lago Maggiore. Stops in Bergamo, Venice, Florence, Gubbio, Monte Vibbiano and more.

May or Oct? 1989
Participating artist, Art and Flower Festival

Presented by the Hilton Head Art League at the Ball Room of the Port Royal Club.

Nov 1988
Solo Show, "There and Here, Then and Now"

Hilton Head. ... show info ...

Oct 22-23, 1988
Participating artist, Art and Flower Festival

Presented by the Hilton Head Art League at the Ball Room of the Port Royal Club. Preview party Saturday, presenting 35 works of art interpreted by as many flower arrangements. Four-course Broadway Musical dinner at the Overlook restaurant. Champagne Brunch Sunday with jazz entertainment.

1988
vacation: Eleuthera

Don wrote, "Flew to Eleuthera to spend a week with Betty and Conway who were back there for the winter. Swam, boated and watched Conway retrieve several lobsters from his traps and had a great time."

1987
Myrtle Beach Regional Duplicate Bridge Tournament

One of a number of Sectional tourneys in the SE that G & Don played in this year. Went to the Myrtle Beach tournament with Bill and Jeanne Haigh, and spent a night at their home near Charleston.

Dec 1986
Duplicate bridge tournament, Reno, NV

Achieved Life Master status. Then the Priors came for gambling and bridge until New Year.

spring 1986
Duplicate bridge tournament, Hollywood, FL

G and Don won the last gold points they needed. Stopped in Okeechobee to visit the Kuhlmanns.

Feb-Apr 1986
Moved from townhouse to full house in Sea Pines

The townhouse in South Beach was great when they wanted to travel, but it lacked a good studio space (and a fireplace, which G also missed). When 51 Deer Run Lane was on the market, the owner (Art Holstein) was insistent on selling it - with his wonderful studio - to G. The Holsteins moved to the historic Edgar Fripp House (Tidalholm) in Beaufort that was used in "The Great Santini" and "The Big Chill" - and Hilda invited us to come see it.

Sep 1985
bridge tournament: Quebec
Aug 1985
bridge tournament: Lake Geneva, WI
May 1985
bridge tournament: New Orleans

A ten-day tournament! Joined by friends the Priors to gamble some.

April 25 - May 9, 1985
vacation: Paris

An add-on ($1000) to the air passes, trip with hotel and 3 sightseeing tours. A colder and wetter spring than anticipated; no plein air painting, but some photographs to paint from later.

Apr 1985
bridge tournament: Gatlinburg, TN
Feb 1985
bridge tournament: Greenville, SC
Feb 1985
bridge tournament: Houston
Jan 1985
bridge tournament: Palm Springs

Don & G bought air passes from Eastern Airlines which allowed trips every two weeks for a year ($1200 each). This was the first trip with those passes. While in CA, went to visit the Hoffmans at their home in Pasadena.

1984
bridge tournament: Charlotte, NC

Won their first duplicate bridge gold points in a team game, which stoked their enthusiasm. Went to several more tournaments during the year.

Oct 1983
Contributing artist, An Evening of the Arts

annual benefit on Hilton Head Island. Geneva contributed her painting "". Purchaser: William Crowley.

1983
vacation: Greece

Two weeks cruising the islands plus a 6-day land tour. Met Chuck and Nancy Hoffman on this trip, who remained friends and visited in Hilton Head.

Oct 1982
Contributing artist, An Evening of the Arts

annual benefit on Hilton Head Island. Geneva contributed her painting "Fine Feathered Friend" Purchaser: William Hodde.

Oct 1981 (probably)
Contributing artist, An Evening of the Arts

Annual benefit on Hilton Head Island. Geneva contributed her painting "Hibiscus". Purchasers: Bill and Paula Bethea.

Jun 1981
travel: Greenbriar Resort > New York City

Helping out the company after retirement, Don attended a broker management seminar at Greenbriar; beautiful setting and ambiance for G to enjoy. After 3 days, drove up to NY to visit Pat, enjoying the scenic drive. Saw Amadeus and some off-Broadway shows, and once again Pat invited friends to visit with G & Don at her apartment.

summer 1980
vacation: European road trip

G & Don flew into Stuttgart (along with two friends) to pick up the Mercedes he had ordered, and then enjoyed a road trip, visiting Munich for Oktoberfest, the Italian Riviera (Ligure), and Switzerland.

Feb 1980
Moved to Hilton Head

Don retired as President of Bene-Patterson Co in January. Don & G sold their St. Louis house and moved to their property in Sea Pines on Hilton Head.

Dec 1979
travel: New York City

Don's farewell to some of his principal accounts, at the annual food broker convention. Saw Cats, enjoyed dining out, spent an evening at Pat's to meet her friends.

Nov 1979
Prize winner for copper enamel "Across the Bay"

Juried show judged by Prof. A. Doyle Moore, Univ. of IL
St. Louis Artists' Guild, 227 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves
97 of 183 entries accepted, reported the Post-Dispatch

Aug 1979
vacation: Vancouver, BC and Victoria Island

Four-day trip won from Green Giant.

Jul 1979
vacation: Bermuda

A bonus trip won from J.M. Smucker, made with the Hootmans, wound up on G & Don's 40th anniversary, so they stayed over two more days to celebrate.

Jun 1979
vacation: Maui

Don notes the trip was non-stop from St. Louis to Maui, where they stayed in an oceanfront hotel with a golf course, which Geneva played with Don - golf having become a rare activity for G. Invited to dinner by a former sales manager for Green Giant.

Apr 1979
vacation: Eleuthera

Spent a week visiting the Kuhlmanns at their island home.

Mar 1979
travel: Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Six days in an oceanfront hotel, with sightseeing, from Don's business with Tom-Boy.

Feb 1979
vacation: Costa Rica

Ten-day vacation with the Kuhlmanns, starting in San Juan and then Conway drove a rented Jeep for exploring, going to the Pacific coast.

Nov 1978
Solo Show

Water colors at Heritage House, 2800 Olive.

Jun 1978
Elected to the Board of Governors, St. Louis Artists' Guild.

Was on the board from 1978 to 1981. Chairman, Book of Hours, 1979-1980.

1978
First Prize winner

Statewide Eighth District Federation of Women's Clubs.

May 1978
travel: San Diego

Bonus trip from IGA and Wetterau. Enjoyed a trip to Santa Catalina Island for a dinner dance with Les Brown's Orchestra.

May 13-14, 1978
Demonstrating Artist

The St. Louis Artists' Guild Annual Festival, Super Artists in Action, at the Guild in Webster Groves.

Mar 1978
vacation: Montego Bay

Week-long bonus trip from General Grocer.

Sep 1977
vacation: Eleuthera

Spent a week with the Kuhlmanns at their home.

Sep 1977
Solo Show

Water colors and acrylics at Heritage House, 2800 Olive.

Jun 1977
Prize winner for copper enamel "Heavenly Streaker"

Crafts : Objects Exhibit, 1976-1977, in the Artists' Guild Galleries May 29-Jun 15. Geneva won the Lopata Prize. 103 items submitted, 94 accepted, 6 prizes. St. Louis Artists' Guild, 227 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves.

Apr 1977
vacation: Grand Bahama

6-day bonus trip from Tom-Boy Stores.

Mar 1977
Voted into The St. Louis Women Artists

Letter from Lillian (Mrs. Edward) Renshaw informing of unanimous decision and the next meeting, at the home of Olive Chaffee, 6107 Westminster.

Feb 1977
Caribbean cruise

9-day trip that Don won from General Grocer Co.

Nov 1, 1976
What is art, what is beauty?

Panel: Ed Karasek, Helen Koch, Victor Kunz, Geneva Patterson, Ollie Steidemann and Emily Tait
St. Louis Society of Independent Artists
Salad Bowl, 3949 Lindell Blvd.

May 1976
travel: Montreal

Added vacation days to Don's conference. Temps, surprisingly, were in the 80s.

May 1976
Chairman of the Watercolor Workshop Committee

Planned the Win Jones watercolor workshop for Guild members, held July 19-23. St. Louis Artists' Guild.

Jan 1976
Entry: "Westward Horizon"

Membership Exhibition
St. Louis Artists' Guild

Dec 7-21, 1975
5- Artist Show

St. Louis Artists' Guild members Shirley Clearly Bentley, Hazel Goetsch, Myrtle Kornblum, Donothy Kuni and Geneva Patterson showed paintings, enamels and drawings at the Guild, 227 E. Lockwood.

1975-1976
Committee member, Artists' Guild

Served on the Membership and Program Committees.

1975 or 1976
Honorable Mention for "Children among Trees"

In competition at the Prudential Savings &s Loan Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis, sometime during the presidency of Eleanor Zacher, who left the certificate undated. .

Dec 1975
travel: San Francisco & Las Vegas

Don's convention took them to SF's Mark Hopkins Hotel. Every California trip was a chance to meet up with Betty & Stan Prior and do some gambling, so they met at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino where they also enjoyed a couple of shows.

Jun 1975
Entry: "Dried Stuff", enamel on copper

Crafts : Objects Show 1974-1975, Juror: Robert F. Bussabarger. St. Louis Artists' Guild

1975
travel: Hawaii

A food broker convention took Don & G to Waikiki Beach. They later flew to Maui and the big island of Hawaii, staying at Mauna Kai Resort, run by Rockefeller Corp. All American plan and expensive, said Don, but they enjoyed themselves.

1975
travel: Puerto Rico

Added on vacation days at the beach hotel after a conference of Don's.

Sep 1974
vacation: Hilton Head

Rether a working vacation, taking care of their villa which was on Sea Pines's rental program.

July 8-12, 1974
Advanced Enameling taught by Kenneth Bates

Arrowmont School of Crafts
Gatlinburg, TN

May 1974
travel: Hawaii

After Don's convention in Waikiki, went to Maui, then stayed at the American-plan Mauna Kai Resort on Hawaii.

May 1974
travel: Puerto Rico

Don had a management seminar, to which they added vacation days at their beachfront hotel.

1974
Certificate of Appreciation

presented to Geneva H. Patterson
" in recognition of your creative accomplishments"
Festival of Missouri Women in the Arts
Coordinated by MO Division,
American Association of University Women

Sep 1973
travel: retirement exploration

Drove to Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Hilton Head; and bought a home in Sea Pines.

Mar 1973
vacation: El Tapatio, overlooking Guadalajara

Met up with the Kuhlmanns as he had just retired. Loved the area, food, pool and golf. Checked out a community of retired Americans but didn't see the appeal.

Reception Jun 18, 1972
Two-Woman Show

Geneva Patterson, Enamels, Dianne Claassen, Acrylics, at The Ark Gallery, 51 N. Gore.

Jun 1972
travel: Nassau

Added some vacation days after Don attended a management seminar. After Nassau they flew over to Eleuthera to explore the island for a couple of days.

Apr 23, 1972
Honorable Mention for "Rural"

In competition at the South County Center Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

Feb 1972
travel: Grand Bahama

Dec 5, 1971
Honorable Mention for "Portrait of a Young Man"

In competition at the Early Winter Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

Nov 7, 1971
Honorable Mention for "The Waiting Game"

In competition at the Clayton House Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

May 3, 1971
Honorable Mention for "Floral #1"

In competition at the South County Mall Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

Mar 1971
vacation: Mallorca

Two weeks over Pat's spring break, in Palma area and beachfront, with a rental car to tour the island. Iberia bumped us to First Class on the way over. Champagne and turtle soup ...

1970-1971
Vice President,
Ruth Kelso Renfrow Art Club
Dec 1970
travel: NYC

Stayed on the 50th floor of the Americana, saw a Broadway show and the Johnny Carson show in the RCA building. Met up with friends Jen &l Wanda Jennings and Betty and Conway Kuhlmann, to go to a nightclub.

Apr 7, 1969
Honorable Mention for "Mexican Sabbath"

In competition at the Medal Award Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

1968 or 1969
Prize for "Mexican Sabbath"

In competition at the Projections in Art Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis, hanging at South County, sometime during the presidency of Virginia Bergfeld, who left the certificate undated.

Dec 1968
travel: NYC

Food brokers' annual convention was again in NYC, at the Americana. Always enjoyed restaurants and Broadway shows with friends, and brought back nice Christmas gifts!

Dec 1966
travel: NYC

Food brokers' convention in NYC, at the Americana. Always enjoyed restaurants and Broadway shows with friends, and brought back nice Christmas gifts!

1966
River Roads Exhibit '66

Presented by Northside Art Association.

Aug 13 - Sep 13 ....
Intuition: Women in Art

The Gallery Downstairs

Aug 1966
vacation: Lake of the Ozarks

Led to buying a lakefront vacation home on the Tan-Tar-A road, in October.

Apr 25-May 7, 1966
Member of Exhibit Committee

River Roads Association
Jurors: Jan Van der Marck, Dale Eldred

Apr 1966
vacation: Florida

Drove to Daytona Beach, enjoying G's new Ford Thunderbird. Stopped to see friends from the 1964 Europe trip in Fort Lauderdale

Feb 1966
travel: Mexico City

Hi-C trip. Started with 3 vacation nights at Las Brisas, Acapulco.

Sep 25, 1965
Prize for "Downtown"

In competition at the Northland Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

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Jade Eon Workshop

Asilomar
California State Park System
Tues nt - Sun morning stay

Jan 15, 1966
Prize for "St. Mark's"

In competition at the No-Jury Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

Dec 6, 1965
Certficate of Achievement

18 hours' instruction in Copper Enameling
Ferguson Florissant School District
Adult Education Division

Sep 25, 1965 or 1966
Prize for "Downtown"

The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

Apr 1965
Water Colors and Pastels Show

St. Louis Artists' Guild, 812 Union Blvd. The Post-Dispatch wrote (Apr. 2), '"St. Mark's" (Venice) by Geneva Patterson is ambitious, lively, and effective.'

Mar 28, 1965
Honorable Mention for "Old Court House"

In competition at the Medal Award Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

1965-1980
Member, Ruth Kelso Renfrow Art Club

Haven't found the date that Geneva joined RKR, but can see that her membership dates at least from 1965.

Dec 1964
travel: NYC

Food broker's convention was held every other year in NYC, at the Americana. Always enjoyed restaurants and Broadway shows with friends, and brought back nice Christmas gifts!

Jul 7 - mid-Aug 1964
25th Anniversary trip to Europe

NY-Southampton on the SS France as the start of a 9-country tour, returning from Paris. G was planning to go to Europe with a friend ca 1938-1939 but Don convinced her to forego travel and marry. The friend she would have gone with met her future husband on the ship home! At long last, Geneva got to Europe (with Don and Pat) - just the first of many visits to come, all obviously quite inspiring for her art.

Reception Wed, Mar 24
Exhibit of The Six

Plus two guest artists, at The Chantilly Gallery of Fine Art
The Montclair, 18 S. Kingshighway

bet Nov 17 & 29, 1963
travel

Don's list of their travels misses something out here, as Don & G were on a 5- to 8-day business trip of his when President Kennedy was assassinated.

Oct 3-4-5, 1963
Co-Chairman, Boulevard des Arts

With Mrs. Emil Lind. Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis
Northland Shopping Center

May 1963
Exhibitor

One of five noted local artists exhibiting in the Cinema Theatre, Grandview Shopping Center.

Apr 1, 1963
Honorable Mention for "Pat"

In competition at the Medal Award Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

Feb 1963
travel: Mountain Shadows, Scottsdale

Hi-C trip.

Feb 1963
Prize winner for watercolor "La Recherche"

One of six winners of US savings bonds. Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis, Kiel Auditorium Refectory

Feb 16, 1963
32nd Annual Artists' Ball

Theme: Charade Parade
Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis
Khorassan Room, Chase Hotel

Jan 25, 1963
Prize for "La Recherche"

In competition at the Modern Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

1962-1963
President
Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis
Dec 3, 1962
3rd Place, oil portrait of Pat

At the annual No-Jury Show, Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis, Kiel Auditorium Refectory.

Dec 16, 1962 - Jan 3, 1963
Exhibitor

Annual Art Section Exhibition, St. Louis Artists' Guild
Union Blvd.

Oct 13-14, 1962
Fall Sketch Trip

Black River Lodge The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis

Sep 1962
Honorable Mention for "Riverview"

In competition at the Art Museum Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

Aug 1962
Hawaii trip

Part business for Don with Dole Pineapple and Mauna Loa macadamia nuts. Vacation 2 nights on Kauai, 3 nights in Kona with a company car supplied in Hilo.

May 7, 1962
Prize for "Christo Chapel"

In competition at the Spring Petit Pigalle Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

Apr 1962
Prize winner for "Christo Chapel"

The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis at Kiel Auditorium

Summers 1961-1963
Water-skiing trips

Bought a ski boat, kept at Alton Lake, used it on jaunts up the Mississippi but also trailered it for skiing on Lake of the Ozarks, Kentucky Lake and near Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Sep 23-25, 1961
1st Prize ($100), Traditional Painting

Bicentennial Art Fair, sponsored by the Society of Independent Artists and Northland Shopping Center. More than 160 entrants, more than 600 items.

Aug 1961
California trip

Started as business, but allowed G to visit her father and his wife before going on to Las Vegas.

Jun 2, 1961
Honorable Mention for "View from Memorial Plaza"

In competition at the Spring Petit Pigalle Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

May 31, 1961
Planning Committee, Bicentennial Art Fair

Sponsored by the Society of Independent Artists. Mrs. Emil Lind, chairman, with Mrs. Donald Patterson, Bidwell C. Cranage and Vincent Scibetta.

Mar 13, 1961
Art Demonstation

The invitation reads, "ABC Club, Missouri Federation of Women's Clubs, takes great pleasure in presenting Geneva Patterson, St. Louis Artist. Mrs. Patterson will draw a sketch of one of the members in the audience chosen by lot. Some of Mrs. Patterson's works will also be on display. 1 pm at the home of Mrs. Walter J. Hunt, 601 Acorn Dr., Crestwood. Co-hostess: Lois (Mrs. Marshall B.) Conrad.

Jan 30, 1961
Prize for "Boson's Locker"

In competition at the Late Winter Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

Dec 1960
"Places, Far and Near"

Exhibit of scenic oils and watercolors by Geneva Patterson and Ruth Menendez
"included in her exhibit several paintings made on her recent trip to Puerto Rico"
Petit Pigalle on Whittier and Lindell

summer 1960
vacation: Route 66 to CA

Three-week road trip enjoying Don's new, air-conditioned Oldsmobile 88. Drove Route 66 out to California, visiting parks in New Mexico and Arizona. Went to San Diego and made a quick trip over to Tijuana. Had a great time in Disneyland with two nights at its hotel. Visited G's father and went to Knotts Berry Farm. Up California to visit the Priors living in Del Monte Forest on the 17-Mile-Drive, then to their cabin in Kibirz on a fork of the American River near Lake Tahoe. Drove home via Salt Lake City and Bryce Canyon, Estes Park and Colorado Springs.

May 1, 1960
Honorable Mention for "Benevento"

In competition at the Spring Petit Pigalle Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

Sundays, Feb 7, 13, 20, 1960
Exhibiton of Paintings by Geneva Patterson

The Art Section of The Monday Club of Webster Groves, S. Maple & Cedar
20 oils, 16 watercolors
including works loaned by Mr.& Mrs.: J. Pape, O. Waters, C. Catanzaro, R. Ryan, J. Scibetta, V, Childress. Two works were purchased by Hahne, one by Mrs. Walter Hunt; other sales without names.

Oct 17, 1959
Honorable Mention for "Tulips by Pond"

In competition at the annual No-Jury Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

Sep-Oct 1959
East St. Louis Public Library

Exhibition of works loaned by B. Copp Lotshaw & Will Wegener, E. St. Louis artists included Geneva's painting, "Christ Church Cathedral," owned by B. Copp Lotshaw.

1959
1959 Christmas Card Competition

sponsored by 1st National Bank in St. Louis in cooperation with St. Louis Artists' Guild
Geneva submitted four entries:
View from Memorial Plaza
St. Louis Yacht Harbor
Riverfront in Winter
The Old Cathedral

Sep 21, 1959
First Prize for "Rivertown"

In competition at the Petit Pigalle Show, The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

Jul 1959
Sketching trip: Martha's Vineyard

G took Pat with her for the 2-week trip led by Jim Harmon. Afterwards, Don and Ron joined them for a week's vacation. Flew on 707s, which TWA had just recently put into service.

Apr 30 - May 1, 1959
Greater St. Louis Art Fair

Sponsored by the St. Louis Artists' Guild

Mar 9, 1959
Honorable Mention for "Recessional"

The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

Nov 27, 1958
Prize winner for "Monterey Wharf"

The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis

1958
vacation: Indianapolis

Went with friends Bill and Audrey Hearst to visit Betty and Conway Kuhlmann. Bill piloted the group in a rented Cessna.

Mar 28. 1958
Honorable Mention for "Gulf Harbor"

The Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis.

Opened May 18, 1958
4-Woman Show

Carmen Bahr Kress, Ruth Menendez, Geneva Patterson and Alice Pearcy Ulbright. St. Louis Artists' Guild, 812 Union Blvd

Apr 5, 1958
Honorable Mention for "Gulf Harbor"

Annual Mid-Winter Show
Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis

1958
vacation: Florida

Spring trip driving through the southeast to Treasure Island, Silver Springs (enjoyed the glass-bottom boats) and Cypress Gardens (enjoyed the water-skiing show). Ron and Pat enjoyed feeding the animals at the Deer Farm.

Sep 19. 1957
Elected to membership in the Artist's Guild

Letter from Wayne L. Townsend, President, St. Louis Artists' Guild.

Jun 1957
Honorable Mention for "Hill Billy Bargain Store;

St. Louis Society of Independent Artists

Apr 1957
Elected as Recording secretary,
Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis
1957
vacation: Gulf Hills Dude Ranch, Biloxi

Repeat visit as everything was so enjoyable there

Feb 1957
1st Prize for oil & casein "White Pitcher & Fruit"

Judged by Mildred Bailey Carpenter and Virginia Moberly Schlueter
Baden Women's Club (First art exhibit)
Baden Public Library
231 entries, 115 selected for show

Feb 1957
Painting exhibited at St. Louis Artists' Guild purchased by W.J. Rogers (VP) for Gardner Advertising Co.,

New York & St. Louis, 815 Olive St.

Nov 1956
Prize winner for watercolor, "Old Red Barn"

St. Louis Society of Independent Artists
Kiel Auditorium Refectory

Sep 1956
Annual Fall Show

Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis, City Art Museum
Newspaper mention, "...Geneva Patterson, who uses an overhanging balcony with great effect in her watercolor, 'St. Charles Scene.'"

Opened Apr 15, 1956
Annual Watercolor and Pastel Show

St. Louis Artists' Guild

1955
vacation: Gulf Hills Dude Ranch, Biloxi

Drove down to enjoy golf and the beach for ten days, American plan.

Sep 8, 1952 reception
Exhibit by "The Six"

Petit Pigalle Galleries, 4207 Lindell bl.

1952
California trip

Business trip first, by train to San Jose (Sunsweet Prune and Pratt-Low Cannery), "stayed with cannery owner and wife overlooking Santa Clara Valley when it was all unspoiled and beautiful", wrote Don. On to Pacific Grove to visit the Priors and see their Grove Sportswear store. Don got poison oak, Geneva got appendicitis requiring a week in hospital, so they ended up being away four weeks - and had to wire Don's office for additional funds.

Aug 1951
Newspaper mention of G's "Betty"

"a rare study in serenity."
Society of Independent Artists

Nov 16, 1950
Prize winner (Government Savings Bond)
for "Grand Ave. Bridge"

Auditorium Exhibition Contest
Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis

Sep 1950
Exhibitor

One of six artists from the Society of Independent Artists in the September show at Town & Country, Congress Hotel cocktail lounge. G's painting mentioned in tne Globe-Democrat was "Refreshment Stand"

Sep 1949
vacation: Niagara Falls

Drove to NY en route to Cape Cod. Then to a Cardinals game in Boston before spending 2 days at Niagara Falls. Over to Canada, and home through Detroit.

Sep 1947
vacation: Grand Canyon

By train to the canyon, then on to LA to visit G's father and new wife Siddie. Last stop, Pacific Grove, visiting the Priors.

Feb-Mar 1946
vacation: Miami and Cuba

Flew to Cuba for 3 days, rest of the time enjoyed beach life in Miami.

Jan 1946
vacation: New Orleans

Start of their post-war extended vacation, meeting friends Betty & Stan Prior.

Apr 1943
travel: San Francisco

G went out to be able to see Don before he would be shipping out.

July 1942
vacation: Birds Nest Lodge, Steelville, Mo

Don and G went with friends Shirley and Cotton Childress

Jun 1941
vacation: Miramar Beach Resort, Daytona

Newspaper Clippings

Way Back in 1933 Schoolgirl Drew Picture of Arch in Yearbook

Fifteen years before the Gateway Arch was so much as a gleam in architect Eero Saarinen's eye, a St. Louis schoolgirl, asked to visualize the city of the future, drew a remarkably accurate picture of today's riverfront - complete with Arch.

The extraordinarily prophetic drawing adorned a center gatefold spread covering two pages in the 1933 Central High School yearbook, "The Red and the Black." It was signed by the artist, Geneva Abbott.

GENEVA, a member of that year's graduating class, made the drawing to illustrate the yearbook theme - "A Look into the Future."

She showed a St. Louis riverfront cleared of all structures but the Old Cathedral and the Old Courthouse, and framed by a great arch which any St. Louisan today would unhesitatingly identify as Saarinen's masterpiece - designed in 1948.

The arch in the 1933 drawing isn't just an arch. It is neither vague nor nondescript. It's the Gateway Arch as it stands today, to the life - even to the sharply triangular bases and leg conformation.

A further coincidence is that the drawing was made in the spring of 1933. It was in April, 1933, that the late Luther Ely Smith Sr. first publicly proposed that a riverfront development of some kind be launched - but 15 years before Eero Saarinen hit on the prize-winning idea of a stainless steel catenary arch as the central motif.

In the drawing's upper left corner, the youthful artist reproduced the lines from Tennyson's "Ulysses" that inspired her to choose an arch as the most prominent feature of her composition:

Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
Gleams that untraveled world whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move.

The 35-year-old yearbook was brought to the attention of the Globe-Democrat by another member of the class of '33, Mrs. William F. Koehler, 11056 Ayrshire dr., Maryland Heights, the former Miss Auralia Caran.

Mrs. Koehler notes that a fellow student was David Margulois, who left St. Louis to become famous in the theatrical world as the producer-actor David Merrick.

St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 25-26, 1966

Artist Geneva Patterson Wins First Prize at Show

Winners of the winter show, now on display at Kiel Auditorium, were announced yesterday. Geneva Patterson for "Bosun's Locker."

Fred Carpenter won second prize with his work entitled "Two of Us", and third prize went to Esther S. Reed for "Winter." The contest was judged by members of the organization. The exhibit includes 60 painting from 55 artists in the St. Louis area.

The paintings included oil and water colors, representational and modern styles. The show will continue through Feb. 23.

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Curtain Call Spotlight

Geneva Patterson, whose recent watercolors are currently on display at St. Luke's Hospital West is a painter and enamelist. Her activities in the St. Louis art scene have included Chairman of the Art Section of the St. Louis Artists' Guild and a former Board member, Past President of the Independent Artists of St. Louis, a member of the exclusive St. Louis Women Artists and the R.K.R. Club. She is represented in international, private and business collections and is the winner of numerous exhibition prizes.

May 1977

Final Gallery Exhibition by Women

Art created from a woman's perspective will be featured at an upcoming exhibit at The Gallery Downstairs. "Intuition: Woman in Art" will include paintings, drawings, enamels and jewelry by female artists from Southern Illinois and St. Louis. The dates for the show are August 13 to September 13.

Visitors will discover that each of these artists has a strong individual style. The airbrush paintings of Ann Metzger of St. Louis possess a light, airy quality. Mostly abstract in subject matter, they are executed in bold pastel hues which immediately capture the viewer's attention.

More traditional in form are the portraits by Jane Pettus, also of St. Louis. Her sensitive figure studies are quite warm and full of personality.

Ilah Fulton can also be considered a traditional painter, and yet she brings to her still life scenes none of the "heaviness" which is traditionally associated with oil painting. They seem to glow from within. Mrs. Fulton is from Greenup.

A third St. Louis artist, Geneva Patterson, will be exhibiting a stunning and unusual collection of copper enamel work. Also featured at this time will be line drawings by Kathy Ann Taylor of Greenville, and handcrafted silver jewelry by Sue Shrode of Mt. Vernon.

"Intuition" can be viewed at the Gallery, 214 North Third street, daily from 8 to 5 and on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 5. This is the final exhibition scheduled to appear at the Gallery Downstairs.

The Greenville Advocate (IL) likely 1966

Four-Woman Show is at Artists' Guild

Bright, Spirited Exhibit Marks End of Group's Current Season
by George McCue

For its closing exhibition of the current season, the Artists' Guild is showing works that seem to be asserting insistently, and convincingly, that women can, too, put oomph in painting.

The four-woman show by Carmen Bahr Kress, Ruth Menendez, Geneva Patterson and Alice Pearcy Ulbright fills both galleries of the hall at 812 Union boulevard. It is spirited and bright, with quiet interludes here and there. The first three artists are housewives, although Mrs. Menendez formerly taughtan adult education art class at University City High School. Mrs. Ulbright teaches art at Ferguson High School. The show runs through May 30.

Most of Mrs. Kress's works are in her characteristic heavily built-up paint surface style. Entering the large gallery, the visitor passes between her "Bouquet," which makes a rather massive construction project out of a vase of flowers, presenting them as bold designs in muted colors, and her "Calypso," a strident swirl of colors and textures.

Prominently in view across the room is her "Holiday," a deep-textured blur of banners, buildings and marching people that calls to mind the Monet "National Holiday, Rue Montorgueil," exhibited here last fall. The Kress banners are given prominence, and the point of view is at street level. Her "Gladiolas" shows dextrous palette knife work in the development of petals on long stalks.

Another commanding oil in the entranceway is Mrs. Patterson's "Circus Riders," with its performers standing on prancing horses in a vivid glare of red-orange light. Her "Abacus" treats the ancient counting device as a dramatic composition in black on white, a design as carefully considered as a Mondrian abstraction. "Parade," in watercolor, is another version of banners and marchers, this time in a fairly loose, flowing view of a broad front rank. "River Town" has buildings and water in a cool, twilight haze. "Intermission" is a small oil of a ballet dancer, seated on the floor and framing a background view of the stage door.

"Merry-Go-Round" is Mrs. Ulbright's most prominent work, with its scene of brilliant lights and animated confusion under a glittering canopy. Her "Neighborhood" is a partly abstract grouping of houses, outbuildings, fences and streets, and a more formal cityscape is in "Late Afternoon", with shafts of light falling across a facade of rowhouses.

The outstanding abstraction in the show is "Alone, Alone," by Mrs. Menendez, which places a white pyramidal shape in a subtly lighted vastness of deep purple. Her "Fast Track" is a watercolor snapshot of horses rounding a turn, and her "Sea Gulls" is a composition of black wingstrokes in watrcolor on very wet paper.

A print show of unusual interest is the display of French and Italian graphics at the Three Arts Shop, at 6501 Delmar boulevard. The prints range from Daumier to the present, and include Roualt, Degas, Derain, Maillol, Matisse, Leger, Campigli, Chagall, Florini and others.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 22, 1958

Geneva kept a record of her works in this show, which opened on May 18, 1958. Sadly, there is no photographic record of any.

Oils

  1. Circus Riders
  2. Abacus
  3. River Town
  4. Re
  5. Quarry
  6. Dancer Resting

Water Colors

  1. Aerial Suspension
  2. Bottles in a Window
  3. Dancer
  4. Parade
  5. Hill Billy Bargain Store
  6. Tulips by Pond
  7. Wharf Scene
  8. Onions & Artichoke
  9. Country Road

Hathaway-Riverview News

Mr. and Mrs. Don Patterson and children, 10 Quinton Hill Ct., have just returned from a spring vacation in Florida. Motoring on a tour of the northern part of Florida, the Pattersons spent some time on the beach at Pensacola, at Cyprus Gardens, spent three days at Daytona Beach, and three days on Treasure Island. Ronnie and Patti, who attend Riverview Elementary School, enjoyed sightseeing along the way. The family returned April 14.

Mrs. Patterson has just been re-elected first vice president of the Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis. Mr. Patterson's father, Edward Patterson, returned last week from a month's illness in the hospital. He is recuperating at the Patterson home.

May 10, 1961

Independent Artists Prize Winners Named

Prize-winners in the annual no-jury show of the St. Louis Society of Independent Artists, now current at Kiel Auditorium Refectory, are: Geneva Patterson for her watercolor, "Old Red Barn"; Charles A. Morgenthaler, oil, "Dinner Bell in the Ozarks"; Alice P. Ulbright, oil, "Horseweeds"; Virginia Moberly Schlueter, pastel, "Boat House"; Douglas Brown, watercolor, "Guitar Player"; Leona A.R. Ottofy, oil, "November"; Victor Joseph Kunz, watercolor, "Invasion".

Government bonds were the prizes. Honorable mentions went to Oliver Steidemann, Ruth Menendez, Paul G. Tirmenstein, Helen Koch, Edwin B. Gustavson and Margaret R. Kirchner.

published November 7, 1956

Art Show Saturday at Petit Pigalle

A six-woman art show will open Saturday at the Petit Pigalle Galleries, 4207 Lindell bl., and will continue through the month. Participating will be Laura LeMoine, Alice Ulbright, Carmen Bahr Kress, Jane Bakelor, Geneva Patterson and Ruth Menendez.

All are well-known St. Louis artists and each will have on view five examples of her work, in oils, watercolors, pastel and other media, painted especially for this exhibition.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Girls attending Polaris Brownie Day Camp, in Bellefontaine Neighbors, will observe "Christmas in July" on Tuesday. The Brownies will sing carols, decorate a living tree and exchange gifts which they have made.

Mrs. Geneva Patterson, a professional artist, is giving the campers lessons in charcoal sketching and tempera painting.

Sun., Jul 16, 1961

Geneva's Lecture on Copper Enamel

The enamels in this section are, of course, all works of Geneva's.

snow scene created in enamel on copper Thank you for the pleasure of being here today and the privilege of sharing a little knowledge of the art and craft of copper enameling. I readily admit to being not an expert, but an enthusiastic follower of this art form which has a history of over two thousand years, and has in the last few decades developed a tremendous interest in the U.S. In past centuries, enamels were thought of more as a precious stone or jewel and often used to embellish the house of God. And again today you will find many works by contemporary enamelists used as altar pieces, crosses and chalices. From the 6th century B.C. in Greece, enameling has been an art practiced on metals including gold, silver, copper and brass by all the great civilizations, and although it is older than the art of pottery, for some reason pottery is more widely understood. There are many works in our museums today that attest to the permanency and importance of enamels from all the magnificent periods in history. Each age contributed its own aesthetics and inventiveness. Limoges, in France, became famous for enamels done there in the 15th century. Cellini and Fabergé created fabulous works of unsurpassed craftsmanship. The enameling work being done today is certainly derived from the work of the past, but the experimental approach is a distinctly contemporary contribution and it is in this area that the important work of today is being done. This possibility for experimentation, the rich and pleasing color and design possibilities, has lured many artists from the paint and canvas realm to that of glass and metal. From the tiny enameled snuff-box made during the reign of Louis XIV for some Duchess of the French court, to one of our modern enameled murals covering many square feet, or a contemporary rough-textured, free-flowing, burned-edge abstraction is a long step, but this fascinating medium will no doubt remain a challenge to creative minds and pass through many more phases in centuries to come. Today it has become so popular a medium for expression that enameling has been made a part of the curriculum in many high schools and is a course offered in art schools, craft schools, universities and in evening adult education programs. While the artist-craftsman may decry the amateur's approach, yet enameling gives much satisfying experience to both the beginning dabbler and the experienced craftsman. The primary factors which make enameling pleasurable is the speed of firing time required, the appeal of color -- there are several hundred colors available from leading manufacturers -- and the simplicity of the basic technique, which can lead into an exciting area of exploration. Even those who have worked for years with this medium feel its possibilities have barely been touched, and this attests to its richness. So much for history and introduction, now let us examine the process itself.

harbor scene created in enamel on copperCopper enameling is basically the art of fusing glass, usually in granular form, sometimes liquid, to a copper shape. The enamel is composed of feldspar, quartz, silica, borax, lead and mineral oxides for color, all ground into fine particles. It comes in transparent, opaque and a few opalescent colors, and is applied in various ways to the article to be enameled, and then fired at a temperature of about 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat causes the enamel to melt and unite with the surface of the copper. Since glass melts at a lower temperature than copper, this seemingly impossible marriage takes place. Colors in enamels, when fired, are enduring. The enamelist may fire a piece many times before completion and end with many layers of enamels one on top of the other. The finest examples appear to be within the surface rather than on top of it and create a beautiful illusion. The more times transparent colors are fired, the richer they become. The enamelist must become familiar with his medium by testing and timing, in order to reproduce a chosen color scheme as he desires it to be. The firing process is always suspenseful. Overfiring or underfiring can make decided differences in the results. Some colors are harder or softer than others, and so take differing firing times to mature. Transparents may be mixed before firing, like blending paint, but opaques do not mix and would produce a salt and pepper effect when fired. Firing transparent color over opaque gives more depth to the overall effect. They are also most beautiful fired directly over the copper. The copper piece should be enameled on both front and back, for a thick coat of enamel on the front without counter enamel on the back would crack eventually.

abstract in enamel on copper Before it can be enameled, the copper piece is cleaned by annealing, which means it is placed on a rack and put into a 1400-degree or more heated kiln until it turns black. Removed from the kiln, it is cooled immediately in cold water and then immersed in an acid solution to remove the fire glaze. Some rubbing with steel wool may be necessary. Then rinsed and dried, it is ready for enameling, and should be handled only by the edges. First the piece is sprayed with a liquid adhesive called agar, and the enamel is sifted onto the dampened surface in an even, thin layer, sprayed again with agar and resifted at least once more. It must be dried thoroughly before firing and handled carefully. It is then placed on a firing rack, which is lifted with a fork and placed gently in the kiln heated to about 1500 degrees F -- at which temperature the heat will be a bright orange color. If too hot, the color is a golden orange or yellow. Most of the larger kilns, which are similar to ceramic kilns except with a front-opening door, come with a pyrometer which indicates the temperature. A tiny opening in the door allows the enamelist to peer into the chamber and watch the progress of the firing. When the enameled surface is smooth and shiny, rather like an orange peel, it is ready to be removed. Firing usually takes two to three minutes. The piece is removed on the rack with the fork and allowed to cool on a fireproof surface, away from drafts. As it cools from red-hot, the colors gradually appear and it is exciting to watch. Now with only one side enameled, the other must be cleaned in acid again, and the edges filed, before it is enameled. Most often two fired coats are best for good coverage of a base coat. Small pinholes in the fired enamel indicate the need for a second coat.

still life in enamel on copperNow with the base coat and the counter enamel fired, there are several ways to decorate the enameled surface. We'll touch briefly on the better-known of these, and illustrate these methods with a few examples of work. These examples are not outstanding works, and I would urge you to visit the Craft Alliance shop on McPherson just east of Euclid to see some really lovely and varied art objects in enamels. Or watch for enamels in exhibitions of art work and at the jewelers, Jaccards for example. There are enameled works appearing now even in the department stores, mass-produced but interesting.

  • One simple method of creating a pattern is by use of a stencil. A paper stencil is moistened, laid on the copper or fired base coat and the enamel sifted through the stencil.
  • Scraffito is the method of creating a soft line effect by scratching through an unfired base coat or a contrasting color over a fired base coat.
  • Lumps and threads, an easy and fun method of adding color and detail to the enameled base coat. Lumps are solid hunks of enamel, which melt into flat circles and the threads melt into lines of various widths. These can both be varied by scrolling through them. When they have arrived at the molten stage in the kiln, a long, pointed tool is used to swirl the colors around, creating a lovely, abstract pattern. It's a bit tricky, asbestos gloves are used and the work done through a barely-opened kiln door, but the results can be most effective.
  • Crackle colors, a commercially-prepared liquid enamel which is painted on in a solid layer, dried, and which then cracks into undetermined patterns when fired over a base coat at 1600 degrees. There are several ways of controlling the crackly effect for variations.
  • Jewels, which are similar to lumps of enamel but which do not flatten out as much when fired, are pre-formed glass which matures at 1800 degrees. They can be made from broken colored glass in the kiln by firing, shattering and refiring until mounded.
  • Separation enamel is an oily, black substance which is painted on the second or third coat of fired enamel and which will eat into the enamel and cause it to separate in a wide pattern when overfired, allowing the undercoat to show through. Again, thickness of application, manner and time allow production of different effects.
  • Gold and silver leaf, or foil, are used in combination with transparent enamels for rich and beautiful results, if handled tastefully. Gold, silver and copper lusters can be applied with pen or brush.
  • Cloissonné, a technique whereby color areas are separated by silver or copper wire bent into design shapes and fired into the enamel. Then the areas inside the wires are carefully filled with enamels and refired. This was one of the first procedures used by ancient enamelists.

Designs can be applied by wet inlay, using a spatula to spread moistened enamels in a pattern, or even sprinkled on with the fingers. There are endless ways of experimenting with the many enameling products available. These are but a few of the ways to proceed. I hope to have been able to impart some understanding of this art and craft which will enable you to identify and enjoy it.

cityscape in enamel on copperAs to my personal approach to enameling, learning and gaining some mastery of the various time-honored techniques and then trying a painter's approach within the limitations of the medium has been the goal. I do not seek to change, but rather, to use, the character of the enamel itself. It does not afford the greater flexibility of paint, but the richness of color, texture and design that can be achieved with enamels is a challenge and an inspiration. Not having the technical patience and skill of a true craftsmann, I prefer to not be inhibited by the established do's and don'ts of the purists in this medium. Quoting from author Kenneth Bates, author and internationally known enamelist for forty years, also a teacher and exhibitor, "The artist must know a recipe for art, and must have imagination, the one facet of the intellect without which he feels life is not worth living." So, agreeing with Mr. Bates, I have learned the recipe, and now I'm changing it by adding a pinch of this or that, and having a great time watching the results. If what comes out of the kiln leaves something to be desired, then something is added and back in it goes. Sometimes as simple a trick as firing a flat piece in a slanted position will bring a dull composition to life. See if you can find the one which had that treatment when you look at these on display later, as I hope you will do.

Enameling is not a process difficult to learn, and in only a few lessons one can produce very satisfying, if simple, attractive objects. In case you are ever tempted to try it, may I warn you before you start: enameling does exercise a strange fascination, and once having started, you may never be able to give it up, and so spend a good part of your life bending over a hot kiln in a basement workroom. But we who are "hooked" think it's exciting!

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