2015 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 fourth annual Plein Air Art Auction on Saturday, September 19. The public is invited to watch artists painting at historic sites throughout Belleville. Pictured: Artist Marilynne Bradley paints the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Belleville.

Join a celebration of art and history

On Saturday, September 19, 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 auctioned at the Historic Garfield Street Saloon. All proceeds support preservation efforts in Belleville.

This year’s auction coincides with the 35th annual Belleville Oktoberfest. We invite you to celebrate our town’s heritage through art – then head downtown to celebrate with food and drink!

Event details

What: 4th Annual “Paint Historic Belleville” Plein Air Art Auction and fair
Date:  Saturday, September 19, 2015 (rain date Oct. 3)

8am – 12pm:  Artists paint ‘en plein air’ (sites listed below; some artists may not be on-site Saturday morning)
11am – 1pm: Food, drink and live music at the Historic Garfield Street Saloon (633 E Garfield St., at corner of Mascoutah Ave.)
1pm: Auction of paintings at the Historic Garfield Street Saloon (open in Google Maps)

Artists and Locations
See our photo album on Facebook for more information about some of these sites.

  1. Adam Gintz Mansion: 1021 West E Street
    Artist: Carolyn Karasek (will paint early so will not be on-site Saturday)
  2. Stone Cottage at Bellevue Park: 401 Bellevue Park Drive
    Artist: Bill Evans
  3. Jackson Street Church: 219 South Jackson Street
    Artist: Susan Rogers
  4. Walnut Hill Cemetery Civil War Memorial: 1101 Mascoutah Avenue
    Artist: Brad Eilering
  5. Security Abstract and Title Company Building: 10 West Washington Street
    Artist: Shawn Cornell
  6. Belleville Exchange Club Building – ghost sign*: 404 Sycamore Street
    Artist: Michael Anderson (will paint early so will not be on-site Saturday)
  7. Ebeling-Maurer House: 1106 West Main Street
    Artist: David Cornell
  8. Reichling Saloon – ghost sign*: 1018 West Main Street
    Artist: Dan Krause
  9. Brite-Way Cleaners: 1811 West Main Street
    Artist: Marilynne Bradley (will paint early so will not be on-site Saturday)
  10. Associated Bank: 100 East Washington Street
    Artist: Joyce Nuetzling
  11. Bank of America Building: 23 Public Square
    Artist: Gary Karasek (will paint early so will not be on-site Saturday)
  12. Abend Street Scene: Corner of Mascoutah Avenue and Abend Street (200 block)
    Artist: Greta Pastorello

*A ghost sign is an old hand-painted advertising sign that has been preserved on a building.