What you need to know about Art on the Square

May 16, 2014 

What: 13th annual Art on the Square, ranked the No. 2 art show in the nation (Art Fair Sourcebook). The juried competition features more than 100 artists from around the country and the world who will display and sell their work.

When: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

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 Belleville MetroLink station off Scheel Street 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. Tour guides will be on board to provide information and directions.

Main Stage entertainment

11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. The Dixie All Stars

1-1:45 p.m. Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra

2:15-3 p.m. Metro East Community Chorale

3:30-5:30 p.m. Soul Shake

6-8 p.m. Roscoe Beano Band


11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Anita Rosamond and Ron Sallee

12:30-1:45 p.m. Triple Play

2-2:45 p.m. High School Exhibition Awards

3-5 p.m. Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats

Wine Court Entertainment


5-9 p.m. Louis Michael Trio


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

2-4:45 p.m. The Convertibles

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

Living with Art Interior Design Stage

Location: West Main Street


10:30-11 a.m. Framing and Matting: Enhancing Your Artwork with Colin Shaw of Arch Framing in St. Louis

11:30 a.m-noon I Loved It! I Bought It! Now What Do I Do with It? with Deb Bokemper of Ageless Design in St. Louis

12:30-1 p.m. -- The Art of Lighting Art -- Making It Come Alive, with Carol Hiatt or Carol Hiatt Design Associates of Belleville.

1:15-1:45 -- Inside/Outside Show on KTRS-AM 550, with John Shea and Jim McMillan

2-2:20 p.m. Green Design -- The Fingerprints of Art in Your Environment with Diane Rosen of Diane Rosen Interiors in St. Louis.

3-3:30 -- Traditional-Contemporary -- You Can Mix It Up! with Gigi Lombrano of Gigi Lombrano Interiors in St. Louis.

4-4:30 p.m. -- Coloring Your Home with Kara Osthoff of Kara Osthoff Designs in Belleville.


Noon-1 p.m. -- Tiffany Brooks, designer and host of HGTV's 2014 "Smart Home Giveaway."

1:15-2 p.m. -- Coloring Your Home with Kara Osthoff of Kara Osthoff Designs of Belleville.

2:30-3:15 p.m. Tiffany Brooks

3:30-4:15 p.m. Tiffany Brooks

There will be question-and-answer sessions following all seminars.

Children's Garden

St. Elizabeth's Hospital: Design your own do-it-yourself fans to beat the heat. Wooden fans will be provided to decorate and cool off in style.

Masterworks Chorale and Children's Choruses: Make your own instrument and make music.

Southwestern Illinois College: "Crowns and Spectacles" -- In honor of Belleville's 200th anniversary, you can decorate "200" crowns and glasses.

First United Presbyterian Community Preschool: "Hats On" -- Make a unique hat out of a base of newspapers and a variety of fun decorations to show off your style.

Paper Mache Group Project: The St. Louis Zoo will open a painted dog preserve on June 7 to allow visitors to view this endangered canine. Visit the St. Louis Zoo's area at Art on the Square to help build a paper mache painted dog, which will be displayed at the zoo, learn more about painted dogs and other African animals, and learn what else is new at the zoo.

Hands-on Painting

Tourism Beaureau ILLINOISouth: A large blank mural will be available for children to design and color.

Splatter Mania: Join Belleville artists Zach Weinman in creating a canvas mosaic. Paint canvas squares to contribute to a large painting made entirely of these squares.

Faces in the Crowd Photo Opportunities

For the city's 200-year founding anniversary, schoolchildren were invited to create standup paintings where people can insert their own faces for a photo. Later in the year, the "Faces in the Crowd" will be used as part of the founding celebration.

Market and Cafe

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

The Acropolis Catering: Regular and chicken gyros, Greek salads and pastries, spinach pie, hummus and pita chips.

Papa Vito's: Wood-fired pizza, garden salad with Papa's special dressing.

Big Mama's: Sweet and spicy chicken nachos, pulled pork sandwiches and salads, snoot pieces.

Chick-Fil-A: Chick-fil-A sandwiches (Friday and Saturday), grilled chicken wraps.

Applebee's Neighborhood Restaurant: Quesadillas, pork wonton tacos, Bourbon Street steak on a stick

Domino's Pizza: Pizza by the slice.

Roy-el Catering: Cheddar cheese bratwurst, tomato basil brats, grilled chicken breasts, grilled pub burgers, rib-eye steak, gourmet cookies and brownies.

Pie Pantry/Bellecourt: Brats and hot dogs, sauerbraten, potato pancakes, pies.

Zapata's Mexican Restaurant: Beef tacos, Nacho Supreme, shredded chicken chimichangas, chicken fajita nachos, cream cheese-filled jalapenos.

Hank's Cheesecakes: Angel Wing (turtle cheesecake frozen on a stick), cheesecake with various sauces, carrot cake, chocolate Amaretto torte, brownies and cookies.

Bella Milano: Fresh salad, Chicken Milano, bruschetta.

Quintessential Nutrition Fresh Juices and Smoothies: Fresh fruit smoothies and juices, lemonade, fresh fruit.

High School Exhibit

Students from 31 Southern Illinois High Schools participated in the High School Art Competition. Their artwork will be on display Friday through Sunday at Bank of America, 23 Public Square. Forty awards totaling $4,350 will be presented at a ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday under the Main Tent.

Gateway East Artists Guild DemonstrationS

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


5-9 p.m. -- Lois Holthaus, Painting on the Yupo; Lendy Middendorf, glass bead making; Steve Reich, photography


10 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Linda Rawson, watercolor; Suzy Kunz, pencil drawing; Peggy Deerhake, mixed media

1-4 p.m. -- Kathy Gomric, pencil drawing; Kathy Hardin, scratchboard; Joyce Neutzling, ink drawing

4-8 p.m. -- Ramah Alberts, oil painting; Marty Spears, watercolor; Michael Anderson, iPad art


11 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Joyce Wells, drawing; Beth Meier, pastels; Nancy Young Spence, clay handbuilding

2-5 p.m. -- Kerry Hof, wire jewelry; Suzanne Lowry, sculpture; Maribeth Clancy, watercolor

Festival rules

Bicycles, skateboards, roller blades and scooters are prohibited from festival grounds.

No pets. Only service animals will be allowed.

Alcoholic beverages will be sold; beverages purchased at the fair must remain on the grounds of the fair.

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