You’ve heard of the Cows on Parade exhibit of Chicago; Monticello is presenting a  similar event showcasing the Chairs for the Arts throughout Courthouse Square.

Courthouse Square has become synonymous with Friday nights in Monticello- there’s always something going on and always something to celebrate.  To kick off November, the Monticello Merchant Group has partnered with the Monticello Area Arts Council to sponsor the Moonlit Art Walk celebrating the artistic talents paralleled with the exceptional retailers and restaurants filling Courthouse Square in downtown Monticello.

From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, visitors to the downtown are invited and encouraged to participate in the Art Walk and visit 18 participating merchants.

The artists of the chairs will be present to answer questions and in some cases, display additional artwork.  For those interested in learning more about the Monticello Area Arts Council, a reception at their studio in the Livingston Center, 224 E. Livingston St., will be going during the same time.

In 2008, the Monticello Area Arts Council unveiled a unique and artsy fundraiser for the newly formed organization, inviting local artists to decorate a chair for each $250 received as a sponsorship.  Thirty themed chairs later, the Monticello Area Arts Council has become known for making its “seated” mark around town.  Of the sponsored chairs, spectators can find a barn-themed chair complete with animals created by Rudy Kottemann, a chair celebrating the cinema, from “Gone with the Wind” to “Forrest Gump,” and 28 other specific and unique chairs.  Some of the chairs have been on display at the Livingston Center, the Illinois State Fair, and around town.  In addition to the celebration of artistic merit, the chairs are used to equip the Arts Council studio.  More information can be found on the Chairs for the Arts program by visiting

For more information on this or other Monticello Main Street events, contact Heather Torrens 217.762.3252.