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Local Artists

Participants along Missouri’s first Scenic By-Way are excited about living and creating art along the beautiful Mississippi River and want to share their studios, galleries, art and unique shops with you.

This is done through the 50 Miles of Art and the semi-annual Gallery and Studio Tours. Here you will find over 40 artists and artisans in the communities of Hannibal, Louisiana and Clarksville along a fifty-mile stretch of beautiful Scenic Highway 79. Studio Tours are the first full weekend in November and the last full weekend in March.

A sculpture park featuring international and acclaimed American sculptors is located outside the city limits at the Henry Lay Sculpture Park. Henry Lay started the project. As an alumnus of Saint Louis University, he wished to use his estate as a place to promote the arts in Northeast Missouri. The sculpture park features site specific works of Story Woods, a children’s interactive sculpture area, and the Lay Center for Education and the Arts. This 20-acre park is surrounded by a 300-acre natural refuge with a well-maintained path that takes visitors on a 40-minute walk past approximately 20 sculptures by internationally known artists. The park is open every Thursday through Sunday from April through December, 10 am until dusk.

The Lay Center is one of the stops on the 50 Miles of Art Studio Tour.

Louisiana is home to some of the areas’ best known artists. The Louisiana Mural Organization was founded in 2000 to help revitalize the downtown area and to encourage visitors. Since that time more than 20 community murals have been completed.

Local artist John Stoeckley created a mural featuring the Delta Queen approaching Champ Clark Bridge.