'A lot of fun': Art on the Square brings enthusiastic crowds

News-DemocratMay 17, 2014 

— Art lovers from throughout the region streamed into downtown Saturday for Art on the Square.

The 13th annual event, which concludes Sunday, features more than 100 artists from around the globe.

Mike Sicking, of O'Fallon, Mo., bought a photo featuring New Orleans landmark Pat O'Brien's.

"My wife and I have been to Pat O'Brien's a lot of times, so it has some special meaning," Sicking said.

It was his first time at the art fair. He brought his daughter, Katie White, and his 14-month granddaughter, Alexis White.

Later in the day, he was carrying a photo of Reverend Zombies House of VooDoo, also in New Orleans.

"I got a matching pair," he said.

Both photos were taken by artist Bob Decker, of Iowa, who said about 98 percent of his work features New Orleans.

"I'm having a lot of fun getting to share my work," Decker said.

He was surprised to only have two credit card transactions in the first day and a half of the show. "Everybody is paying cash," he said.

"I think it's a case of getting out and supporting artists," he said.

The skies were mostly cloudy midday Saturday with a high just below 60 degrees. But a steady flow of visitors headed downtown.

Beth Badgley, of Belleville, purchased a pink and green blown glass globe to put in her yard. She bought a purple globe two years ago from the same artist, Douglas and Renee Sigwarth.

"It's been wonderful, very durable," she said of the artwork.

She also purchased a glass perfume bottle and pyramid-style paper weight.

She said her husband, lawyer Brad L. Badgley, has an office on the Square in downtown Belleville. "He supports Art on the Square every year," she said.

Artists Mindy Rodman and Paul White traveled from Oakland, Calif., to sell their welded steel contemporary sculptures.

The work featured fun names, like "Fishing for Compliments," "House of Cards," and "My Head is Spinning."

It was their first time at the art show. Paul White said the community was "very nice."

Although Rodman said she had been underwhelmed by sales at the show, she was "staying optimistic."

Contact reporter Maria Hasenstab at mhasenstab@bnd.com or 618-239-2460.

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