If you're not already an art lover, the incredible abundance of creativity around Belleville will quickly make you one. Our real estate agents share their favorite art displays and events that are within minutes of Belleville homes for sale.
- Art on the Square - Belleville Public Square, Hwy. 159 & Main St., Belleville, IL 62220
Founded in 2002, Art on the Square was already being recognized as one of the top shows in America within two years. A select group of approximately 100 artists is chosen to participate from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants. More than $30,000 in prize money is awarded to the winners of the juried competition. The art pieces, in media ranging from painting and photography to ceramics and jewelry, are displayed in the Square for the public to view. Enjoy food, beverage, and live entertainment that add to the festive atmosphere. Art on the Square 2022 takes place May 13-15. Hours are Friday from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free for all guests.
- Sculpture in the City
Sculpture in the City is an off-shoot of Art on the Square that began in 2007. More than 50 pieces have been donated by individuals, groups, and corporations for permanent installment around the city. Highlights include "Fair Winds," which can be seen outside Belleville's main police station, and "Magistrate," which is appropriately displayed at City Hall. Sculpture in the City's high school program benefits the next generation of artists by bringing working sculptors into Belleville classrooms for hands-on work with art students.
- The Belleville Mural Project
Murals in urban areas have become a popular way to add brightness while showcasing the talents of local artists. Residents, merchants, building owners, and city officials collaborate on The Belleville Mural Project, turning downtown into a major destination for out-of-town visitors. These charming, colorful artworks make perfect Instagram-ready photo opportunities. Have fun posing alongside the classic convertible in "Metro Retro" or the funky TV set in "News from Belleville."
- Rails, Trails, and Art
An ordinary ride became more exciting with the visual interest created through Rails, Trails, and Art. In 2018, 10 sculptures created by local architect and artist Gary Karasek were installed as mile markers along the Metro East Bike Trail. Spanning from the Memorial Hospital Metro Station to Scott Air Force Base, the trail is traveled by tens of thousands of riders each year. The bicycle-themed sculptures feature Karasek's signature "schtick people," made from steel with a powder-coated stainless-steel finish. These whimsical figures made their debut in "Marathon," a sculpture depicting 50 yellow "schticks" running in one direction and one red "schtick" running the opposite way.
- Belleville Ghost Paintings
While the term may inspire visions of haunted houses, Belleville Ghost Paintings are a more delightful link to the city's history. "Ghost paintings" refers to the faded images of hand-painted advertisements that remain on the sides of many buildings. One example is displayed on the back of a house on West A Street, where the train once ran, marking the site of the ticket office and waiting room. People are encouraged to take photos of their finds and share them on the Facebook page for others to see.
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