What you need to know about Art on the Square 2013

May 16, 2013 

Art on the Square returns to Belleville this weekend. Here's what you need to know about this year's show:

What: The 12th annual Art on the Square, ranked the No. 2 art show in the nation (Art Fair Sourcebook), features 105 artists from all over the world, who will display and sell their work.

When: 5-9 p.m. Friday, May 17; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, May 18; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 19.

Where: Belleville Public Square and the first blocks of East and West Main streets and North and South Illinois streets.

Admission: Free

Website: artonthesquare.com

Free shuttle: St. Clair County Transit bus picks up at the Scheel Street MetroLink station 10 minutes before the start of the fair each day and will transport fairgoers every 15 minutes. The final shuttle will leave East Main and Jackson 20 minutes after closing each day.

Main Stage entertainment


11 a.m-noon -- Shakespeare Film Festival St. Louis

12:30-1:15 p.m. -- Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra

1:30-3 p.m. -- Paddlewheel Six Dixieland Band

3:15-4 p.m. -- Metro East Community Chorale

4:30-6 p.m. -- The Failoni's House Band

6:30-8 p.m. -- West MacQueen Street Band


11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. -- Triple Play

1:15-2 p.m. -- St. Louis Sirens

2-2:45 p.m. -- High School Art Competition awards ceremony

3-5 p.m. -- Soul Shake

Wine Court entertainment


5-9 p.m. -- Louis Michael Trio


11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. -- Mark Biehl Group

2-4:45 p.m. -- Donna Marie and Friends

5:15-8 p.m. -- Beabout Jazz


11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. -- Don James Quartet

2:15-5 p.m. John Farrar Trio

Children's entertainment


11 a.m. -- Tinge Studio's Violins

noon -- Magical Story Time

1 p.m. -- Harvey the Juggler

2 p.m. -- Southwestern Illinois College Children's Theatre

3 p.m. -- Masterworks Children's Chorus and Youth Chorale


noon -- Nate Allen Bittner

1 p.m. -- Harvey the Juggler

2 p.m. -- SWIC Children's Theatre

3 p.m. -- Magical Story Time

4 p.m. -- WIL-AM Dance Group

Artists will be available to provide face painting.

Make It and Take It

Children's Garden

St. Elizabeth's Hospital: Children can create a paper plate mosaic masterpiece including their favorite healthy foods, while learning about healthy eating choices and exercise. A "My Plate" coloring page will be provided.

Masterworks Chorale and Children's Choruses: Create and paint your own maraca, complete with noisemakers to play along with the beat.

Southwestern Illinois College: Use an assortment of recycled items to create a one-of-a-kind work of art.

First Presbyterian Community Preschool: Make a bowler hat from newspapers and add fun decorations.

Hands-on painting

The Tourism Bureau of IllinoiSouth: A large, blank mural will be available for children to design and color.

Sips n Splatters: Join Belleville artist David Brandt in creating a canvas mosaic. Paint canvas squares; to contribute to a much larger painting made from these squares.

Puzzling Art

Belleville schools created art depictions of Belleville landmarks. The art works were collected and cut into large puzzle pieces that can be reassembled by children during the fair weekend. At the end of the fair, the pieces will be put together permanently and will be displayed as part of the city's 2014 celebration of the 200th anniversary of its founding.

Living with Art Design Stage


6-6:45 p.m. -- "Using Sculpture in Your Own Backyard" will be presented by Sandy Richter, landscape designer from Sandy's Back Porch.


11-11:30 a.m. -- "Florals Inspired by Art" by Jolene Feazel, floral designer and co-owner of Artiste De Fleurs

noon-12:40 -- "The Art of Lighting Art" by Carole Hiatt of Carole Hiatt Design Associates

12:45-1:30 p.m. -- "Florals Inspired by Art" by Jeff Bair, owner of Grimm & Gorly florist

2-2:40 p.m. -- "I Loved It, I Bought It, Now What Do I Do with It?" by Deb Bokemper of Interiors By Decorating Den

2:45-3:30 p.m. -- "Mix It Up -- Combining Traditional and Contemporary" by Gigi Lomrano of Frank Patton Interiors

4-4:40 p.m. -- "Sustainable Art & Green Design in the Home" by Diane Rosen of Diane Rosen Interiors

6-7 p.m. -- "Fashion Design" by Laura Kathleen Planyk, Project Runway/Project Runway Allstars Designer


noon-12:40 p.m. -- "Framing & Matting" by Jon Maurer of Arch Framing & Design

12:45-1:15 p.m. -- "Florals Inspired by Art" by Jeff Bair, owner of Grimm & Gorly florist

1:45-2:30 p.m. -- "Color & Art" by Steve George of Hallmark Stone

2:45-3:25 p.m. -- "Florals Inspired by Art" by Rita Eckert, owner of Eckert Florist

4-4:40 p.m. -- Students from Stevens Institute of Business & Arts

Question-and-answer sessions will follow the seminars.

Cafe on the Square

Participating restaurants will have food available for purchase during all fair hours. They include:

Applebee's Neighborhood Restaurant: Quesadillas, Pork Won Tacos and Bourbon Street Steak on a Stick

Royel Catering: Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast, Grilled Pub Burgers, Rib Eye Steak, gourmet cookies and brownies

Fletcher's Kitchen and Tap: Turkey Wrap, Chicken Caesar Wrap, Vegetarian Wrap

Domino's Pizza: Pizza by the Slice

Zapata's Mexican Restaurant: Beef Tacos, Nacho Supreme, Shredded Chicken Chimichangas, Chicken Fajita Nachos, Jalapeno Poppers

Pie Pantry/Bellecourt: Bratwursts, Sauerbraten, Potato Pancakes, Red Cabbage, Pies

Big Mama's: Sweet and Spicy Chicken Nachos, Pulled Pork Sammich, Pulled Pork Salad, Snoot Pieces, Side Salad, chips and slaw

Papa Vito's: Spring Salad with Fresh Fruit, Garden Salad, Chicken Wings, Pizza by the Slice

The Acropolis: Gyros, Greek Salads, Spinach Pie, Feta and Olives, Greek cookies and pastries, baklava, hummus and pita chips.

Olympic Restaurant: Stuffed Peppers, Greek Beef and Potato Mousaka, Greek Salad

10th Street Baking Co.: Baguettes and Signature Dips, Winery Boxes, Focaccia Sandwiches, Smoked Curried Chicken Salad, Mesquite Turkey Club, Smoked Cuban, Gooey Butter Cake, Red Velvet Peanut Squares, gourmet filled cookies

Cupcakes Too: Mini Muffins, Cheesecake Slices; Gooey Butter, Peanut and Chocolate Almond Squares; Cookie Bark; Rice Krispie Treats on a Stick; gourmet cupcakes

West End Creamery: 16 flavors of Edy's Ice Cream in homemade waffles, cones and bowls; sundaes, milkshakes, malts, fruit smoothies.

High School Exhibit

Students from more than 30 Southern Illinois High Schools participated in the High School Art Competition. Their artwork will be on display from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Clair County Atrium (lobby of Regions Bank, 19 Public Square). The awards ceremony will be under the Main Tent at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Gateway East Artists Guild Demonstration Tent

Members will demonstrate their art techniques at the Guild tent on West Main Street.


5-9 p.m. -- Lois Holthaus, artists' trading cards; Michael Anderson, digital painting; Steve Reich, photography


10 a.m. -1 p.m -- Tom Wodarczyk, portraits in oil; Kathy Hardin-Odle, scratchboard; Linda Rawson, watercolor

1-4 p.m. -- Chuck Ridler, cartooning; Beth Meier, pastel painting; Nancy Spence, clay

4-8 p.m. -- Marty Spears, watercolor; Ramah Alberts, oil painting; Greg Luttrell, leather


11 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Kathy Gomric, pencil drawing; Susan Winter, watercolor; Joyce Wells, drawing

2-5 p.m. -- Suzanne Lowry, copper sculpture; Maribeth Clancy, handpainted books; Suzy Kunz, pencil drawing

Other demonstrations

Belleville Holzschnitzers will demonstrate woodcarving on West Main Street.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Glassblowers will demonstrate their skills along West Main Street.

Festival rules

Bicycles, skateboards, roller blades and scooters are prohibited on the festival grounds

No pets. Only service animals will be allowed on the grounds.

Alcoholic beverages purchased at Art on the Square remain on the grounds.

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