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Art on the Square poster highlights fountain

The 2015 Art on the Square poster by Nancy Beard, an artist from O'Fallon, was unveiled Friday night in Belleville.
The 2015 Art on the Square poster by Nancy Beard, an artist from O'Fallon, was unveiled Friday night in Belleville.

The poster for this year’s Art on the Square captures the anticipation of art fans looking forward to another festival and highlights the Public Square’s centerpiece – the Veterans Memorial Fountain.

That’s the description O’Fallon artist Nancy Beard gives for the poster she was asked to paint for the 14th annual art show scheduled for May 15-17.

The poster depicts a small group of people walking toward the fountain.

“I just like the idea of the awesomeness of the fountain,” Beard said. “It really is a beautiful fountain.

“I wanted to show the people anticipating the show and admiring the beauty of the fountain.”

The poster, which will be sold during the show for $10, was unveiled Friday night at the Schmitt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.

Beard, 78, has lived in the metro-east since the 1980s.

She primarily works with transparent watercolors but for the poster she used acrylic paints on watercolor paper.

Beard was selected to be in last year’s Art on the Square and was “overwhelmed and thrilled” to get the call to produce this year’s poster.

A University of Wisconsin at Madison graduate with a degree in history, Beard initially did not aspire to be an artist but always enjoyed the art classes she took, according to an Art on the Square news release.

She married and moved around the country with her husband who was serving in the Air Force. At one point, Beard was convinced by a friend to take an oil-painting class that paved the way to painting full time and participating in art shows across the country wherever her husband was stationed. She enjoys going to art fairs instead of working with galleries because she likes to interact with fair-goers.

For more information about the art show, go to artonthesquare.com/.

Contact reporter Mike Koziatek at mkoziatek@bnd.com or 618-239-2502. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeKoziatekBND.

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