2013 Plein Air Art Auction & Fair

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Artist Marilynne Bradley paints the Lincoln Theatre at the 2012 Plein Air Art Auction.

The Belleville Historical Society will host the city’s second annual Plein Air Art Auction on Saturday, September 21. The public is invited to watch artists painting some of Belleville’s favorite historic sites. Events also include a street fair and art auction.

Join us for a celebration of history and art!

See art in the making at our 2nd annual “Paint Historic Belleville” Plein Air Art Auction and fair! On Saturday, September 21,* twelve regional artists will paint en plein air (French for “in the open air”) at some of Belleville’s most beloved historic sites. Their original paintings will be auctioned to raise money for the Belleville Historical Society at the Historic Garfield Street Saloon at 1 p.m.; the artists and their works will be introduced at that time.

You are invited to visit the sites to watch the artists as they paint. Each artist will be accompanied by a fifth or sixth grade student from Belleville District 118. Chosen by their art teachers, the students will create paintings of their own, with help from the plein air artists.

A family-friendly street fair with food, crafts and live music will fill the street near the Garfield’s building starting at 10 a.m.

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Event Details

What: 2nd Annual “Paint Historic Belleville” Plein Air Art Auction and fair
Date:  Saturday, September 21, 2013  (Rain date: Saturday, October 5)

  • 8 a.m. –  12 p.m. Artists paint at 12 historic sites throughout Belleville (listed below)
  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Street Fair at Garfield Street and Mascoutah Avenue with live music by Dade Farrar, crafts, face painting, refreshments and more
  • 1 p.m. Auction of paintings at the Historic Garfield Street Saloon (633 E. Garfield St.); proceeds benefit the Belleville Historical Society

Artists and Locations (see list below map):
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1. Signal Hill Boulevard Street Scene (near Signal Hill School)
40 Signal Hill Place | Belleville, IL 62223
Artist: Susan Rogers | Site and artist information »

2. Lindenwood University Main Building
2600 W. Main St. | Belleville, IL 62226
Artist: Nancy Frederich | Site and artist information »

3. 10th Street Baking Company
1021 W. Main St. | Belleville, IL 62220
Artist: Marilynne Bradley | Site and artist information »

4. St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Façade
211 S. 3rd St | Belleville, IL 62220
Artist: Carolyn Karasek | Site and artist information »

5. Firestone Auto Center
232 W. Main St. | Belleville, IL 62220
Artist: Brad Eilering | Site and artist information »

6. Old Washington Theatre
228 W. Main St. | Belleville, IL 62220
Artist: Susan Winters | Site and artist information »

7. Turner Hall / Old YMCA North Façade
15 N. 1st St. | Belleville, IL 62220
1st St. at corner of W. A St.
Artist: Gary Karasek | Site and artist information »

8. Weyhaupt Brothers Meat Packing Company Sign
1510 Lebanon Ave. | Belleville, IL 62221
Artist: Bill Evans | Site and artist information »

9. Old Bell City Battery Store
1030 Freeburg Ave. | Belleville, IL 62220
Artist: Joyce Neutzling | Site and artist information »

10. Historic Garfield Street Saloon
633 E. Garfield St. | Belleville, IL 62220
Artist: Michael Anderson | Site and artist information »

Due to an out-of-town engagement, artists at the following locations will not be on-site painting on September 21. Their paintings will, however, be available for sale at the auction at 1 p.m.

Old Lincoln Hotel / Original Oddfellows Hall
100 N. High St. | Belleville, IL 62220
Artist: David Cornell | Site and artist information »

Renner Funeral Home / Adam Gintz Mansion
120 N. Illinois St. | Belleville, IL 62220
Artist: Shawn Cornell | Site and artist information »

For more information, please email bellevillehistoricalsociety@gmail.com. The rain date for this event is Saturday, October 5th. In case of inclement weather, updates will be posted to the Belleville Historical Society’s Facebook page.