ALTON — The walls inside the Alton Visitor Center have become a virtual art gallery featuring photography by local artists thanks to a collaboration between Picture This & More, an Alton-based framing shop and gallery; and the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Quint Long and Dr. Tony Phillips, co-owners of Picture This & More, worked with CVB staff to frame and display photographs at the centrally located Visitor Center, 200 Piasa St. The artwork, some of which is for sale, features scenic vistas and wildlife found in the region.
“It’s all about this area,” Tony Phillips said. “We live in a beautiful region and we have artists here who have captured that beauty.”
Artists whose work is on display include Jeff Vaughn, Marty McKay, Pete Basola, David L. Bailey, Gene Kunz, Michael Weaver, Bill Ash, E.L. Karasek and Stephen Sands.
Putting the framed photographs at the Visitor Center is a great way to expose the artists’ work to visitors, both locally and those from out of town, Quint Long said.
“Our shop is a little bit out of the way and a lot more people are going to see the work at the Visitor Center,” Long said. “This is another great way to showcase our local photographers.”
Providing a second location for Picture This & More to display local artists was a win-win situation for the Alton Regional CVB and the business, said Brett Stawar, president and CEO of the CVB.
“We have always tried to feature artwork of the region on the walls of the Visitor Center,” Stawar said. “With Quint and Tony’s help, we were able to expand the number of pieces on display and create a nice gallery of local photographers’ work.”
The framed photographs include a montage of Lincoln-Douglas Square by David L. Bailey, trumpeter swans and white pelicans by Marty McKay, the new Miles Davis statue by Pete Basola and “Red Bud and Blue River Reflection” by Jeff Vaughn.
Additional artwork is also on display at Picture This & More, 520 W. Delmar Ave., Alton.