2016 Plein Air Art Auction

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Join us for the fifth annual Plein Air Art Auction on Saturday, September 17! This is a fundraising event for the Belleville Historical Society in which twelve regional artists are commissioned to create paintings of twelve historic sites in Belleville.

The artists will paint en plein air (outdoors) from 8am until noon, and the paintings will then be brought to the Garfield Street Historic Saloon. There the paintings will be on view until 1pm, when they will be auctioned to the public. The paintings are very generously donated to the BHS for this event.

This is your opportunity to purchase an original work by an established artist depicting a setting significant to Belleville, while also providing the Belleville Historical Society much-needed support.

Even if you don’t buy a painting, we hope you will come out to see these beautiful works and join the fun!

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Saturday, September 17

8am-12pm: Artists paint
Various historic sites in Belleville

11am-1pm: Food, drink, music
Garfield Street Historic Saloon

1pm: Paintings for sale by auction 
Garfield Street Historic Saloon

Rain date: October 8

Garfield Street Historic Saloon
633 East Garfield Street
Belleville, IL 62220

Artists and sites

  • Turkey Hill Grange (Rt. 15 and Green Mount Rd.): Dan Krause
  • Bel-Air Bowl Neon Sign (200 South Belt West): Cari Casper
  • Gehrs Dental Office (Corner of W. Main and S. 95th St.): Brad Eilering
  • 1935 Fire Truck (Historic Garfield Street Saloon): Michael Anderson 
  • Old Illinois Central RR Depot (700 S. Illinois St.): Marilynne Bradley
  • Voss Place Streetscape (W. C St. and Voss Pl.): Susan Rogers
  • Washington School (400 S. Charles St.): Susan Winter
  • OC Joseph Train: Dave Cornell
  • Jumbo Steam Engine (Labor and Industry Museum): Gary Karasek
  • Bernard Hartmann Mansion (118 S. Charles St.): Joyce Neutzling
  • Residence (523 Abend St.): Joe Carriel
  • Oak Knoll Entrance Streetscape (8501 W. Main St.): Shawn Cornell