Encore! Mt Morris

Painting Our Legacy on The Canvas of History
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Art on Fire 2021

Encore! Mt. Morris is pleased to bring back Art on Fire artistic hydrant painting. Interested artists (no residency requirements) will be encouraged to ‘Pick-a Plug’ to paint in Mt. Morris and submit a registration form, with your design concept. Registration is now open through July 23rd. Painting can not begin until your application has been approved and must be completed by August 8th, 2021. The goal of this program is to embrace local artistic talents while displaying creative artwork throughout the community. There is no specific theme, though artists are encouraged to incorporate the character of the surrounding environment and neighborhood into their artwork. Photos of each newly painted hydrant will be displayed online at EncoreMtMorris.com. The public will be asked to vote for their favorite ‘Painted Plug’.
There is no cost to enter. Artists are responsible for providing their own materials, brushes, etc. Participating artists will receive an Encore ‘Art on Fire’ tee shirt. Winners of the public voting will be announced on Straw-Fest day, Saturday, August 28th. Registration forms are available here
Art-on-Fire Registration and at the Mt. Morris Village Hall.
Our Artist-in-Residence is available to help with design ideas and answer questions, email
ArtFire@EncoreMtMorris.com with any questions or Call 815-734-6425.
Please note; existing hydrant artwork that is in good shape will not be painted over.

The historic Mt. Morris College campus contains the oldest building in Mt. Morris, a beautifully preserved sandstone building used for science classes at the College and later converted to Watt Publishing Company. Encore! Mt. Morris has been able to acquire the use of the first floor as a multi-purpose art gallery space. Refurbished, painted and equipped during the summer of 2016 for art displays by volunteers, it has served as the anchor space for Encore! Mt. Morris to host numerous shows.

Regular shows are scheduled throughout the summer months, during the December holiday season, and less frequently at other times during the school year. The gallery is open during the summer Jamboree music concert series (Friday evenings) and Kable Band concerts (Wednesday evenings) and during other community events and festivals, as publicized.