In the market for local artwork? How about some wine-making supplies? Or just a glass of wine?



All of that, and more, will be offered tonight and Saturday at Neosho ArtSquared.


In the market for local artwork? How about some wine-making supplies? Or just a glass of wine?

All of that, and more, will be offered tonight and Saturday at Neosho ArtSquared.

The free spring art celebration will be held at the Neosho Civic Auditorium and is hosted by the Neosho Arts Council as part of the ongoing Herman Jaeger Festival. Local art lovers can drop by anytime from 4 to 7 p.m. tonight and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

At least 25 area artists will be represented at the art show and sale, with booth space still available for any last-minute takers. Among the displayed artwork will be the winning pieces from the recent plein air paint out competition, as well as paintings sponsored by the Neosho Center for Seniors/Area Agency on Aging Region 10.
And if that isn't enough art for you, just down the street, The Grotto Gallery, on the south side of the Square at 127 E. Main St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

It's for good reason that event organizers are promoting it as an “art attack.”

Also on display at the Civic will be 45 winning photographs from the kids PhotoSquared contest, held March 31.
Everyone knows art and wine pair well together — this is, after all, the Herman Jaeger Festival, in honor of Newton County’s famous viticulturist. And so wine tasting will be part of the ArtSquared event, with three Missouri wineries present to offer a taste of their product.

Additionally, Barley Wine Supply, of Webb City, will be there to provide wine enthusiasts with everything they need to get started in making their own wine at home.

On top of that, Missouri State University School of Agriculture will have an informational booth set up, where they will also sell plants — so make room in the car.

“It’s a full house and hopefully we’ll have lots of turnout,” said Neosho Arts Council President John Mills.
And don’t forget that Saturday is also the last day to see the Herman Jaeger historical exhibit now displayed in the Civic. Jaeger is, of course, the man of the hour. Wine, art and music-centered activities have been taking place all week as part of the festival, which concludes Sunday with a wine in the garden event.

According to Mills, the Herman Jaeger Festival is being planned as an annual event that may hopefully spur lasting effects.

“We’re excited about the possibilities of not only learning the history, but perhaps also enticing a whole industry to again revert here,” Mills said recently. “There are a lot of slopes in Newton County that would be beautiful covered with vineyards. Certainly that might be a wonderful thing to see happen over the years.”

For more information, or to find out about reserving booth space, please call John Mills at 451-2885.

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Connected to the ArtSquared event and beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Boulevard Bank will host the third annual sidewalk chalk art contest in front of the Civic with $500 in prizes. No entry fee will be charged for ages 6 to 10 and 11 to 15. A $10 entry fee will be charges for ages 16 and over. A starter set of professional grade pastel chalks will be provided.