The seventh annual Downtown Marceline Wine and Art Stroll is coming up this Saturday taking place on Main Street USA.
The event is coupled with the annual NOMO Art Gallery Art Paint Out, which will be going on all day Aug. 25.
With a new executive director and more booths than ever before, the annual Downtown Marceline Wine and Art Stroll is looking to bring area residents to Marceline. The event works as the organization's annual fundraiser and allows many people to visit on Main Street USA.
According to Downtown Marceline member Chris Ankeney, come for the wine and art and stay for the entertainment.
“It’s a really fun evening, it’s unique not something you see around here very often,” Ankeney said.
The wine and art stroll will feature many artists, live entertainment and breweries, wineries and distilleries from around Missouri. Eight wineries, three breweries, two distilleries and one booth selling wine drizzles will be featured at the event. Additionally, many businesses on Main Street USA will be open on Saturday. The event will also feature live music throughout the day and evening. Tyler Shoemaker will take the stage from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the band The Catatronics will start at 6 p.m.
In conjunction with the wine and art stroll, the NOMO Gallery will be having their annual art paint out. The event has been going on in Marceline for the past decade attracting artists from across the Midwest for the biggest single-day art paint out in Missouri.
Historically the event has had about 30 artists come to Marceline, this year should be no different. Already, Darrell Gardner member of the NOMO Art Gallery has talked to many artists who are coming to the event.
At the event, artists have the opportunity to make a lot of money, with over $3,000 is prize money available. Five sponsors have pledged to purchase five paintings at the event for $500 each. The five art sponsors are the City of Marceline, Walsworth Publishing, Moore Fan, Chris and Dave Ankeney and Regional Missouri Bank. There are also prizes awarded for the art, each garnering a monetary award as well.
Gardner says the artists are top quality.
“We’ve been getting very good artists over the years,” Gardner said. “The artists will create about three, or four paintings in the style of their choice.”
The artists begin painting on Saturday morning across town. At 4 p.m., the artists move their paintings and unfinished work to Main Street USA and have to finish at 7 p.m. Awards and prize money will be given out after the artists finish painting.
Downtown Marceline is featuring a new event at the wine and art stroll this year. The event will also feature bingo, although not like the classic game. Attendees are encouraged to visit open businesses on Main Street USA to receive stamps. The more stamps that are collected the higher your chance is of winning bingo and receiving a basket with plenty of goodies.
Downtown Marceline executive director Toni Sportsman says she invites everyone to come to the event.
“I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the day and all of the events going on,” Sportsman said.
The Wine and Art Stroll admission is $15 and will allow you visit each of the participating booths and listen to music downtown. Bingo is free for anyone to play and enter, the art paint out is also free to view before 4 p.m.