HARTFORD — See the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower through the eyes of local artists from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5, during the first Artists By the River event at the Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive.
Gateway East Artists’ Guild members will set up their easels to showcase the area’s beauty and attract attention to the six-year-old landmark.
A brief reception at 1 p.m. will honor artist Suzanne Lowry, who will donate her copper sculpture “Confluence” to the tower. The piece will become part of the tower’s permanent art collection.
Guild artists may also bring finished river-themed art, which will be displayed inside the Visitor Center and may be available for sale.
“This event could be the first step in developing an art collection for the tower which depicts the confluence of the two great rivers and the surrounding area,” Lowry said.
The artists painting or drawing outside is part of the plein-air art movement. Plein-air means to paint or create art in the open.
The tower is open seven days per week from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Guided tours are available daily. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for active military and veterans, $3 for adults 62 and older, $2 for children 12 and younger and children 2 and younger are free. Group rates are available for 12 or more people and reservations can be made by calling the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (618) 465-6676.
Summer events are sponsored by Liberty Bank.