Monday, April 20, 2015

AtoZ Challenge: Q - Quiet, Please

Newest addition to Hannibal-photography studio on Broadway Str.
Greetings from Hannibal, MO, Mark Twain's boyhood hometown, my theme for this year's AtoZ Challenge.

Quiet, please, artists at work. (I seriously had trouble thinking of a "Q" post!) Hannibal's artistic side includes more than just a famous author. This Artistic town is full of individual artists in every area: textiles, furniture, painting, photography, pottery.

Ayers pottery

Steve Ayers, the master potter, has been making his creations for over twenty years. Come visit Ayers Pottery or visit Java Jive, which sells his coveted pottery.

Our many art galleries feature local artists. The Hannibal Arts Council highlights local high school students on occasion. My oldest son won a photography contest a few years ago and had his pointillism drawing chosen for display.



I love this "smiley" mug.





















Join us every second Saturday for "Art Walk" all year long in Hannibal. In March we host "50 Miles of Art" along scenic highway 79. May 23-24 will be the "Twain on Main Festival." Lots of crafts, art, and food at this event. And be on the lookout for Twain walking the streets and greeting visitors. Last year was our first ever "Steampunk Festival" celebrating Hannibal's Gilded age. Come join us on September 5-7. My personal favorite is the "Autumn Folklife Festival." Join us on October 17-19 for a blast into Hannibal's past. Hannibal has enough festivals to keep you hopping throughout the year!

They really like to paint the whole town here.
Are you artistic? Love to paint, draw, take photos?

20 comments:

  1. I have to say - the smiley mug looks just a little possessed to me ;) It's lovely to see a town with so much art.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. Haha! I think of the mug as me, smiling as I wake up my teenagers on a Monday morning for school.

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  2. Sounds like a really cool town. I'm loving the artistic vibe. And a steampunk festival sounds like fun! :D

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    1. It does lend itself to a certain vibe:)

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  3. Nice Q post! I love small towns that embrace the arts and let artists do their thing.

    I want one of the those smiley face mugs! :D

    I do like to draw but mostly fashion designs. I like to paint too but I not that good at it.

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  4. Nice Q post! I love small towns that embrace the arts and let artists do their thing.

    I want one of the those smiley face mugs! :D

    I do like to draw but mostly fashion designs. I like to paint too but I not that good at it.

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  5. This is one of my favorite places to go when visiting a small town...a local artist shop. I love seeing what talents there are out there!
    Katie @TheCyborgMom

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    1. The local artists can say a lot about a town.

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  6. "Steampunk Festival?!?" That just bumped Hannibal up several more notches.

    I love small towns that have random weird festivals. Like the Elvis Festival in Collingwood, Ontario. Thousands of Elvis impersonators descend on a small town for fame and glory... it's mind bending.

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    1. I missed last years. We were out of town. I'm marking it on my calendar. Elvis in Canada?!!

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  7. That is quite an artistic town. Loved the fire hydrant, too!

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  8. Hannibal looks funner than it's name.
    Hello new friend. Found you thru Jeremy's blog.
    Happy week and A-Z'ing.

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  9. Art walks are always fun!
    Congratulations to your son.

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  10. I love art! Q is a tough one. My husband gave me a hard time about mine (Quiet Riot, then incorporating glam rock into it) but, come on, we're ALL stretching it with some of these letters! Q, X, Z... always toughies!

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  11. How fun. I love a good art festival.

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  12. That's a great fire hydrant! Nice to have so much art and talent in the town.

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  13. Hi, Jennifer.
    If you're willing, would you kindly return the follow? I'm hoping to reach 700 by Z.
    Thank you. =)

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  14. The pottery looks beautiful.

    I wish I was artistic. Even my photos go wrong, somehow :-/

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

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  15. Busy town!
    Where I live and the surrounding towns are all very artsy-fartsy but it brings in tourists.

    Heather

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