Exciting New Female Artists at Art on the Square

May 9, 2013 

In its 12th year, Art on the Square is once again enjoying accolades nationally by garnering the distinction of being the # 2 Art Show in the Nation for 2013.

Having the distinction of being ranked 1st in the nation 4 of the past 6 years, has established Art on the Square as one of the most sought after shows, as 949 artists from 12 foreign countries and 49 states applied this year. The professional jurying process has narrowed the artists down to 105 of the Best in the World to showcase their creations in the heart of downtown Belleville.

The Art on the Square committee and the over 600 volunteers who work tirelessly each year to make three days in May “the Best that Belleville has to offer”, welcome you to come enjoy all the fantastic components that make up Art on the Square.

While visiting downtown to view the exquisite art available for purchase and to meet the gifted Artists that created it, you can also enjoy the live entertainment taking place on the Commerce Bank Main Stage, the fantastic cuisine at the US Bank Food Court, or enjoy the live stage plays and entertainment especially for the little ones on the Eckert’s Country Store and Farms Children’s Stage in Garden of Art. You can also enjoy learning from professional local interior, floral, landscape and clothing designers as they transform the Bank of Edwardsville Living With Art Design stage on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday throughout the show. And a trip to the Show wouldn’t be complete without viewing the Southern Illinois University Glass Blowers and the Illinois American Water High School Artists exhibitions being held throughout the weekend.

Art on the Square is proud to be bringing 61 new artists to the Show this year, including the following new female artists whose artistic creations will definitely catch your eye:

Ella Richards
Scissor Drawings -New York, New York

Ella was born in the former USSR, and has lived in both Estonia and Siberia. She, like her mother, completed medical school at Tartu University in Estonia. Ella and her Mother immigrated to New York City in 1989 and have lived in The Village ever since. Ella’s art is created from thin black art paper and her micro scissors. The forms are actually cut in one continuous formation, changing the black paper into an actual “drawing”. Ella’s art over the years has progressed from watercolors, to working only in black and white, exploring the line and movement of her subjects. For more information about Ella and her scissor drawings please visit dancingscissors.com.

Marian Steen
Mixed Media -St. Louis, Missouri

Marian received her Bachelors in Fine Arts from Washington University, and after raising her family, turned her focus to creating mixed media artwork and enjoying the outdoor art scene. Her creations reflect her day to day experiences and the joy she receives from combining color, line and texture. Marian has also taught at Washington University and has served as a visiting artist at various schools and organizations. Marian’s work is included on numerous book covers, including The Well-Tempered Teacher by Elise March and numerous gallery exhibitions, including the St. Louis University Museum of Art in June of 2012. For more information about Marian and her art work, please visit mariansteen.com. Mary Watson
Jewelry -Chicago, Illinois

Both Mary Watson, along with her partner in life and art, her husband Spencer, have created jewelry that is not only unique, but functional, like her urns for pets and memorial pieces to wear. Mary’s previous career was in industrial design, before she decided to take a few community college courses in jewelry making and became hooked on the process, thus starting her new career path. When Mary’s husband decided to get involved with her new career after leaving the business world - they began a new life - sharing their hand crafted wearable art sculpture pieces. For more information about Mary and her jewelry, please visit silverstonehandcrafted.com.

And for more information about the over 105 artists that will be in attendance this year, please visit artonthesquare.com artonthesquare.com

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