50 Miles of Art from Clarksville, Hannibal, Louisiana, Missouri is an arts corridor where fine artists, craftspersons andartisans use their skill to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Route 79 offers breathtaking views of the Mississippi River, soaring rock cliffs, rolling hills and colorful landscape.
Studio tours are hosted twice each year by the artisans along the 50 Miles of Art. The tours are hosted the last weekend in April and the first weekend in November.
In Clarksville you’ll find Lock & Dam 24 where Bald Eagles migrate, fish and nest by the hundreds during the winter months. Clarksville is known as being one of the best Bald Eagle viewing areas in the United States. Many artists call Clarksville home. Visit the cluster of antique shops and galleries located on Second Street (Hwy. 79), Howard and Front Streets downtown. This entire district is on the National Historic Register.
Louisiana is home to some of the areas’ best known artists. The Louisiana Mural Organization has completed nine community murals and has plans for four more. Mural location maps are available at 304 Georgia St. in the Louisiana History Museum. A sculpture park featuring international and acclaimed American sculptors is located outside Louisiana. The project was started by Henry Lay, alumni of Saint Louis University, who wished to use his estate as a place to promote the arts in Northeast Missouri. The sculpture park features site specific works; Story Woods, a children’s interactive sculpture area and the Lay Center for Education and the Arts.
In Hannibal you will find some of the areas most creative artists using mediums from glass to paints. Although Hannibal is known for Mark Twain there is more to see and do than you ever imagined in this town of wonderment.