50 Miles of Art Recap

Saturday March 23rd was the beautiful day before the unusually late snow storm of March 24th. I hope you got a chance to get to Clarksville and visit the open studios and artist demonstrations held throughout town. Here are a few pictures I took on the Saturday morning I spent in Clarksville during this Spring’s 50 Miles of Art.

50 Miles of Art Festival Offers Marvels in Missouri Towns : STL Today

Sunday March 3rd’s St Louis Post Dispatch dedicated a full page to the upcoming 50 Miles of Art event March 23rd. The 50 Miles begins at Clarksville, MO, and continues on Highway 79 north through Louisiana, MO (10 miles north of Clarksville), and ends in Hannibal, MO (50 miles north of Clarksville).

Get a hold of the Sunday paper before it’s too late. Or read it online now: 50 Miles of Art festival offers marvels in Missouri towns : Stltoday.

Thanks a lot to the St Louis Post Dispatch and Jim Winnerman for the article and photos.

50 Miles of Art: Spring 2013

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Visit local artists from Hannibal to Clarksville and watch them as they work – studio tours and more!

  • Date: Saturday March 23 & Sunday March 24, 2013
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: Missouri Highway 79 – The Great River Road – between:
    • Clarksville, MO
    • Louisiana, MO
    • Hannibal, MO

Check out Clarksville’s local amenities for places to Hike, Bike, Shop, Eat & Sleep.

Inside Clarksville Glassworks

  • Glass work demonstrations at the Clarksville Glassworks Studio:
    All Day: December 15, 16; 2012

Recently, I was lucky enough to take photos of Lance, a local artist at the Clarksville Glassworks Studio. Lance is originally from Pittsfield Illinois and is currently a resident artist at Astral Glass Studios in New Haven Missouri. Astral Glass is the sister studio of our own Clarksville Glassworks Studio in Clarksville Missouri.

A few years ago, Lance was a resident artist in Clarksville and luckily he likes to return to our town to demonstrate his technique and love of glass work to Clarksville visitors and residents.

Check out the photos of the Lance at work. Then find a weekend to visit Clarksville for a live demonstration at Clarksville Glassworks. The next one I know of will be All Day: December 15, 16; 2012!

50 Miles of Art Starts in Clarksville this Weeeknd

The Clarksville Artist Guild Presents: 50 Miles of Art this Saturday, March 24 & Sunday, March 25.

Start your tour in Clarksville. Clarksville is the home of the largest concentration of working artisans in the region.

Cool Beans Cafe in downtown Clarksville is a good place to start with a cup of coffee, and a stroll around the Dawn of Creation boutique, conveniently located next to the cafe. Dawn of Creation has some great items on sale too:

  • 50% off all purses & wallets
  • 50% off all earrings
  • 50% off all glass art
  • 30% off prom and all other jewelry
  • Buy One Get One Free Scarve

Clarksville Glassworks and Massiglia Fine Art Studio are right up the street. Stop into the Clarksville Glassworks to watch live glass blowing. Browse their functional glass art, and jewelry. Be sure to take note of Mary Ostertag’s newly installed large format art.

The Bent Tree Gallery is right on the corner. They are celebrating their 30th year of creating rustic furnishings. Stop in to see the evolution in their work. They will be giving out origami packets of flower seeds to customers. The Bent Tree also shares space with Stacy Leigh, a local fashion designer. Be sure to check out her popular leather work.

Continue around the corner to visit the Pirate’s Cove for some unique styles at low prices; M & M Greenwell for exceptional woodworking; and the Biker Bayou for your motorbike goods.

Mike and Margie Greenwell‘s custom woodwork is amazing. A lot of their work is installed in a lot of local residences. They also have a variety of their woodworking on display in their shop. Stop in and take home a new hardwood cutting board or a turned Christmas ornament.

First Street is closer to the Mississippi River and has a number of interesting shops.

A trio of shops on First Street start with the Great River Road Pottery. Stop for some freshly wheeled kitchen and garden ware. Next door, Simpatico, the Artist Co-Op has a variety of handmade art from regional artists. Finally, stop in and say hello to DiAnne at Earth’s Heartbeat and see her hand painted Native American inspired pottery, drums, skulls, and gourds.

But wait, there’s more! Cross Howard Street on First to get to Bee Naturals for new fragrances, lotions, and potions to naturally care for your body. And just a little further down first The Windsor Chair Shop will be demonstrating steam bending techniques critical to their chair building. It’s always worth dropping in to see their handcrafted, heirloom quality colonial chairs and furnishings.

Finally head back toward Howard Street to visit Richard’s Great Stuff and BT Dove Antiques. Two amazingly unique shops that you shouldn’t leave Clarksville without visiting.

Save some time for the south side of town where you will find the Clarksville Station variety shop and critically acclaimed restaurant. The newly remodeled Clarksville Antique Center at the south end of town has 40,000 sq feet of antiques! The Eagles’ Bluff Golf Course might be a great place to let the golfers play while the more artistic explore the town.

After you’ve worked up an appetite. Have a great breakfast, lunch or dinner at any of the great eateries around town: