See what happened in 2016

Experience art everywhere you go in several venues throughout the Quincy community and surrounding region!

Blues In The District

Friday, June 24 | Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames

 drawn by John Heller

drawn by John Heller

The History Museum at the corner of 4th and Maine will feature an exhibit entitled “Unexpected Art from our Collections.”  This exhibit, featuring objects from the Historical Society collections will continue throughout the summer, and highlight seldom seen examples of some of the unique and traditional art genres produced in the 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as more contemporary examples of portraiture, magazine and landscape art by local and Quincy artists. Some examples of what will be exhibited include:

 cartoons drawn by John Heller

cartoons drawn by John Heller

“Scherenschnitte” or “scissor cut” art developed in Switzerland and Germany in the 16th Century and was a favored home art practiced by genteel immigrant ladies in the Quincy area. 

The art of calligraphy, as practiced in the Victorian era.  Some of the most spectacular examples of this art from were produced by the teachers and students the Gem City Business College.

Victorian hairwork going far beyond simple braided watch chains and necklaces to elaborate floral pieces encased in large gilded frames. 

A local businessman and character of the 19th and early 20th century, John Heller (1844-1925) was a self-taught artist who illustrated his hand copied “books” with scenes of his childhood in the Quincy area, as well as complex cosmological and political cartoons presenting his visions of the developing Bull Moose political party; his own views of America’s place in world peace and politics, and local commercial and social history. 

QSymphony String Quartet

Saturday, June 25 at 4p & 5p | Chamber Music by
QSymphony String Quartet

Located on the second floor of the History Museum across from Washing Park

Jeffrey Phillips – Violin I       
Jane Polett – Violin 2
Chad Ensinger – Viola
Rachel Czech – Cello

Mozart | Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
Haydn | String Quartet in C Major, Op.54 No.1

Refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Law Firm of Dempsey & Dempsey.

Quincy Preserves - Behind the Garden Gate Tour

Saturday, June 25
You are invited to join Quincy Preserves “Behind the Garden Gate” on Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees will enjoy the little pieces of heaven found in so many residential yards in Quincy. The 2016 tour is being held in conjunction with the Midsummer Arts Faire.

Cornell Garden

This year’s gardens are located in a 4-square block area, making the tour ideal for walking:
205 South 16th
307 South 16th
327 South 16th
1801 Maine
1680 Maine
1440 Kentucky

Most of the gardens are located in the backyards and are not visible to the public which creates a “secret garden” tour experience. This up close and personal tour features a wide variety of plants.

Advance tickets are $10 and may be purchased online by clicking here. Advance tickets may also be purchased starting June 1 at Adam Florist (522 S. 8th), Emerald City Jewelers (3236 Broadway), and Kirlin’s Hallmark (534 Maine) and Quincy Mall. Advance tickets will also be available the evening of Friday, June 24 at the Midsummer Arts Faire information tent in Washington Park. Tickets are $12 the day of the tour at any of the garden locations (credit cards accepted at 1680 Maine only).

Click here for more details about the gardens on this year’s Behind the Garden Gate Tour, and to view photographs of the gardens. For more information, call Deb Davis at 217-223-3306 or email

Hannibal, MO

Bluff City Theater presents "Alice in Wonderland"  the musical on Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25 at 7:30p. 
Tickets are $25; box office 212 Broadway in Hannibal, MO.

Music Under The Stars on the mall by the Mark Twain Boyhood Home on N. Main St. Thursday, June 23 at 7p.
Event is Free. Bring a lawn chair. Featured performance is the band BLEND.