Monday, April 24, 2023

"Paint Decatur" Plein Air Event June 25-July 1, 2023

 This is an invitation to all Area Artists to join in "Paint Decatur." Here is a short description of the Event and the form to to sign up. Since we are limiting the event to 20 artists, the earlier you sign up the more you are assured you will be among the 20.


SUNDAY, 25 JUNE, TO JULY 1, 2023


This Plein Air Event is in support of Barn Colony Artists, Inc.  and Millikin Homestead who are cosponsoring it. It is a chance to meet other artists and have fun and enjoy the experience of this event. All levels of ability are welcome to participate. You will have a week to complete your work.

Paint the city of Decatur!

Suggested sites include, but are not limited to, Millikin Homestead, Oglesby Mansion, Fairview Park Dreamland Lake, Merchant St, and Central Park (maps will be available).

Artists need to bring their own equipment and medium.  A tent is available on July 1 to display finished art work at 1:00-2:00 p.m.. Judging and critique will be at 2:30-3:30 p.m., followed by a wine and cheese reception at 3:30-5:00 p.m.. Entertainment will be provided by Broken Broque.

Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Questions?: call George Virgil 217-877-1569 or email:

Complete and mail this form and send with $25 entry fee payable to: Millikin Homestead with note “Barn Colony Artists, Inc.”

Mail to: Doug Warren, Millikin Homestead, 125 N Pine St. Decatur, IL 62522

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Plein Air (Outdoor) Painting Event

“Paint Decatur”


Dates: June 25 through July 1, 2023

June 25 -1:00 pm to 2:00 p.m. – Painting demonstration followed          by Millikin Homestead tour—2:00-4:00 p.m.

July 1-1:00 p.m. Hanging finished art; 3:00 pm Judging; 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. social hour/refreshments.

Location: 125 N. Pine St. (Millikin Homestead), Decatur, IL 62522


All artist levels are invited to bringing Decatur area sites to life. Barn Colony Artists, Inc. and Millikin Homestead are co-sponsoring the event.  It begins with Anthony Collins demonstrating oil techniques and approaches for this type of painting. There will be a list of potential interesting sites to consider. Artists will have the whole week to complete their work and then hang them for judging on July 1. On that day there will be entertainment (Broken Broque) and refreshments back at Millikin Homestead. Mediums include Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastel, Oil and Photography.

Entry fee: $25 (Limited to 20 artists)

Contact phone number: 217-877-1569

Artists --18 years+

Reservations required Fill out entry form (Limited Number) available at Millikin Homestead, Madden Art Center, Gallery 510 and Art Farm. It will also be posted on-line at:  or

   Return to address on the entry form by June 25 with entry fee.


Fees will be for Support of Barn Colony Artists, Inc. and Millikin Homestead.



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