The seventh annual Downtown Marceline Art and Wine Stroll kicked off 4 p.m. Saturday with attendees ready to see art and try local beer, wine and spirits.

The same day, the NOMO Art Gallery in association with the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society held their annual art paint out.

After a week of mild temperatures and some much needed rain, Saturday Aug. 25, 2018 hit Linn County like a ton of bricks. The heat index was high, the humidity may have been even higher, but that didn’t deter any painters, or art enthusiasts from visiting downtown Marceline.

Thirty-seven artists from across the Midwest converged on Marceline to begin painting for the annual art paint out. Artists flocked to Marceline early to find inspiration for their works of art.

First year art paint out participant 17-year-old Jesse Smoot came from Jacksonville, Mo. Smoot was familiar with the event having had a grandmother and uncle participate previously.

Smoot took his time recreating the United Methodist Church on North Main Street USA with a sharpie. He prefers the expression of the permanent marker.

“I’m still exploring quite a lot, I like the perspective of architecture with the linear style of the sharpie,” Smoot said.

Another artist, John Preston visited Marceline again Saturday, having created artworks there several times before. Preston came from Fairfield, Iowa to participate in his fourth art paint out. The artist has done work previously with oils, but recently picked up watercolors this year.

Previously, Preston has won awards for his work at the paint out, this year being no different. Art judging concluded after 7 p.m. Saturday. The best in show artist was John Preston. First place was Kristie Harper, second place was Larry DeGraff and third place went to Tammie Dickerson. Harper also received a purchase award from the City of Marceline.

Although the event featured many pieces of art and artists, there was still plenty more to do on Main Street USA. Downtown Marceline brought eight wineries, three breweries, two distilleries and one wine drizzle vendor from around Missouri to the art and wine stroll. The event also featured two local music acts.

The previous six art and wine strolls attracted many local people and out-of-towners. Downtown Marceline uses the event as their main fundraiser for the year. The group works on ways to rejuvenate and improve Marceline’s historic main street.

Downtown Marceline brought local musician Tyler Shoemaker and local rockers The Katatonics to play at the event. Shoemaker has played five previous wine and art strolls. He graduated from Marceline High School and has been making music since he was little.

“I started singing when I was 4-years-old and I’ve been playing guitar for about the past 15 years,” Shoemaker said.

Shoemaker, along with his acoustic guitar belted out classic rock, alternative and some folk covers during his two-hour set. Although Shoemaker does not live permanently in Marceline now, he comes back often.

“I love seeing stuff like this,” Shoemaker said. “I like seeing downtown rejuvenated and bringing more people to Marceline.”

The Katatonics rockabilly trio took the stage just after Shoemaker at 6 p.m. The local rockers play music exclusively from the rockabilly twilight of 1953 through 1965. The guys play loud and fast and they don’t miss a beat.

Katatonics front man Zach Burk says the band plays the music they want to listen to.

“We have a short list of songs we play at the beginning, but after that we like to make it up as we go,” Burk said.

Burk has been playing music in the area with different bands for the past 40 years. He joined up with Mark Williams and Dan Keller about four years ago. Since then, the trio has played many car shows, festivals and fairs, but this was the first time they were able to play the wine and art stroll.

Many local residents and out-of-towners took time Saturday to brace the heat and sunshine to visit Main Street USA. Donna Moore and her two friends Kara and Marsha have been coming to the wine and art stroll for the past three years.

“Marceline does some good events and we hope more people are able to come visit,” Moore said.

The three gals love the art and trying the many different wines and spirits available. The three met as students in the Marceline School District. Even though Kara and Marsha don’t live in Marceline anymore, they still get together on Main Street at least once a year.

Christie Newton came with her friends and family from Marshall, Mo. Newton refers to herself as a professional wine stroller, having been to many such events in Marceline and across the state.

“We have a lot of fun at these types of events,” Newton said. “This is the fourth wine stroll I’ve been to this year.”

Newton could be spotted at the event with her signature accessory, which is her wine glass necklace. The necklace holds her wine glass so she can use both hands to high five, shake hands, applaud, appreciate art and most importantly hold two more wine glasses, if need be.

The Downtown Marceline Wine and Art Stroll went off without a hitch and allowed many people to reconnect with Main Street USA. Now in its seventh year, Sportsman says she wants to connect with Marceline.

“We’re not as worried about how many people show up, we want people to come to Marceline and enjoy the town,” Sportsman said.