Canton's Art on Main to welcome artists from across the Midwest
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Canton’s Art on Main to welcome artists from across the Midwest

Canton’s Art on Main is well-known in the Central Illinois arts community. Many local creators already have the first weekend of June marked on their calendars, and it should be on yours too.

On June 1 and 2, artwork and one-of-a-kind pieces will be on sale at Art on Main by 37 artists from across the Midwest, a fair number of whom are based in Central Illinois. Art on Main stands out as a juried arts festival, with a committee comprising artists, art patrons, designers and other volunteers reviewing work submitted for consideration.

Located just about a half hour south and west of Peoria, Canton boasts a historic downtown that hosts the annual festival, now in its sixth year, with the support of the Fulton County Arts Council and local businesses. As many as 3,000 visitors are expected over the two-day event, which is free and open to the public.

In addition to art, the festival will feature live music and a wine garden hosted by Native Trails Winery, with wine for sale by the glass or bottle, as well as a selection of beer. Food vendors will include Ellisville’s The Lunch Wagon, Canton’s own Deadwood BBQ, and Youngs Popcorn Heaven from Peoria.

Do we have your attention yet? Good. Here are more details and directions to the event, and here are some shots of last year’s festival, courtesy of Art on Main committee member Amanda Woodruff.

Art media represented at the festival will include painting/drawing, jewelry, glass, photography, clay/ceramics, textiles, sculpture, mixed media and wood. Here’s a a list of some of the area artists who will be setting up shop in Jones Park, which is lined by Canton’s quaint Main Street.


  • Jerry Rhoads, St. Joseph
  • Jeremy Williams, Shelbyville


  • John Bumgarner, Morton
  • Pegi McCarty, Adair
  • Stan Squires, Springfield



  • Susan Webb, Ottawa
  • Brooke Serbousek, Chatham
  • Kurt Salla, Topeka

Susan Barreto

Written by Susan Barreto

Susan is an award-winning journalist who has worked for a number of regional and global publications. Much of her career has been covering the global finance industry for publications published by Crains, Reuters and Euromoney/Institutional Investor. She also interned and later freelanced for Rockford Magazine as well as the Northwestern Illinois Farmer newspaper.

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