2014 Plein Air Art Auction

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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 third annual Plein Air Art Auction on Saturday, September 20. The public is invited to watch artists painting at some of Belleville’s favorite historic sites.

Enjoy a celebration of art and history at the “Paint Historic Belleville” Plein Air Art Auction on the Square

On Saturday, September 20, twelve regional artists will set up their easels on the streets of downtown Belleville – painting en plein air (French for “in the open air”) – to create original paintings of historic buildings and sites in Belleville. At 1 p.m. their paintings will be available for sale at an auction at East Main and Jackson streets downtown. All proceeds will support preservation efforts in Belleville.

This year’s auction will be held downtown in conjunction with Belleville’s Bicentennial Oktoberfest Celebration. You are invited to visit the sites to watch the artists as they paint (locations are listed below).

Event Details

What: 3rd Annual “Paint Historic Belleville” Plein Air Art Auction and fair
Date:  Saturday, September 20, 2014

  • 8 a.m. –  12 p.m. Artists paint at 12 historic sites in and near downtown Belleville (listed below)
  • 1 p.m. Auction of paintings at intersection of East Main and South Jackson Streets (just north of the Belleville Public Library); proceeds benefit the Belleville Historical Society

Artists and Locations:

  1. Public Square, Northwest quadrant – Shawn Cornell
  2. Public Square, Northeast quadrant – Susan Rogers
  3. Public Square, Southwest quadrant – Gary Karasek
  4. Public Square, Southeast quadrant – Bill Evans
  5. Keil’s Antiques Shop – Carolyn Karasek
  6. Bridgeman Insurance Agency – Marilynne Bradley
  7. Blanquart’s Jewelry Store – Joyce Neutzling
  8. Tilley Building – Brad Eilering
  9. Governor French Academy – Cari Casper-Bassler
  10. Philharmonic Hall – Susan Winter
  11. Labor and Industry Museum – Mike Anderson
  12. North Jackson Street Scene – Dave Cornell