Towards the back of the Branson Mill Craft Village most days you will find a quiet lady intently painting. Don’t let her quiet, peaceful, demeanor fool you…as you walk closer you’ll be greeted with a joyous “Hi, how are you today?” This is the work station of award winning watercolorist Amy Callaway.
Amy Callaway knew she wanted to be an artist at age eight. Amy was voted the most artistic of her high school classmates (Libertyville, Illinois). One of her etchings won a Congressional award and was displayed in the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. for one year. After high school Amy received an art scholarship while attending Northern Illinois University. After completing her B.F.A. Degree in Art she had many art related jobs to support her and her art. Some of her projects include: paintings featured in “Splash 6,” a book published by Northlight Books, paintings in the “Far Side Calendars” and working at a studio making botanical models for dioramas of Natural History Museums. Amy is also a Signature Member of the Missouri Watercolor Society. Amy has won various awards with her art since high school to the present.
The Branson Mill Craft Village is excited to have an artist of such a high caliber as Amy Callaway. Amy has been painting with watercolors for thirty-one years. How exactly did Amy get started in such an art medium?
“My mother was always creative, she was sewing, crafting or glazing ceramics,” said Amy. “My dad would help her to make frames or other wooden structures too. Then one of my high school art teachers was a great influence with watercolor painting, his name was Ross Shellenberger. After high school I continued art schooling at Northern Illinois University. While attending NIU I had a summer apprenticeship with NIU Watercolor Painting Art Instructor Win Jones.”
Amy’s studio inside the Branson Mill allows you watch her create her latest masterpiece. She is always happy to answer any questions you may have.
“I hope all can enjoy my visions of favorite moods, places, things, and shapes,” said Amy. “Watercolor painting has given me a great deal of pleasure over the years and I hope the demonstrations at the Branson Mill will help you appreciate the Art of Painting too.”
Come by the Branson Mill Craft Village and visit Amy Callaway’s shop. You’ll find her shop filled with a gallery of originals, prints, greeting cards, painted gourds, and gift products. Amy is available for commissions of paintings and drawings.