Painter Amy Schweig’s Artist Colony

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Painter Amy Schweig was trained at Washington University. She left St. Louis for life in an artists colony in the East.

In the 1930's she returned to Missouri and started an artist colony in Ste. Genevieve. Other residents included Joe jones and Thomas Hart Benton. Their work was extraordinary.

"They are all of local subjects and so these artists are painting things that they saw around them in St. Louis and in rural Missouri and places like Ste. Genevieve so its really top quality art.  It really depicts things that reflect our history as residents of the St. Louis region and of Missouri." said Dr. Robert Archibald.

Eventually the Ste. Genevieve colony faded. But the artists including Aimee Schweig continued to delight the world with their view of the world.

Aimee Schweig continued to paint commissioned portraits and give private lessons.  But she also spent 20 years teaching art at Mary Institute.  She died in 1987 at the age of 90.