Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Mr. Main Street' Joins Ranks of Local Artists

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Mr. Main Street' Joins Ranks of Local Artists

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South Main Street historian, preservationist and antique collector Archie Scott has donned another hat - that of primitive watercolor artist.

He will be exhibiting three original paintings this weekend in front of his home, 720 South Main Street, during the Festival of the Little Hills.

Scott - known by some as Mr. Main Street because of his long involvement with area restoration projects - started his new avocation three years ago with a series of four paintings he titled "Four Seasons of St. Charles."

Scott will sell copies of the those paintings for $30 a piece during the festival.

Scott said his painting career really took off when he was asked to do a commemorative poster for the 20th anniversary of the festival in 1991.

One of Scott's "Four Seasons" prints appears on the 1993 festival brochure.

Old Town landmarks such as the Mother-in-Law House, the MKT Depot, and the Blanchette Chouteau Mill appear in his paintings as they are today, with river activities in the background.

Historical scenes such as dirt covering Main Street, steam engines, horse and buggies, ice cutting and the departure of the Lewis and Clark expedition give the illustrations a storybook tone.

Two of Scott's trademarks appear in each of the "Four Seasons of St. Charles" paintings. The trademarks are: a graceful curl in the smoke rising from steamboats, trains or smokestacks; and his late dog - a Pomeranian named Sammie.

"It was walking Sammie that I got to know every brick in every home along South Main. Sammie knew every fire hydrant, gas light and tree pit, and he guarded his turf with gusto," Scott said.

According to Scott, the paintings have succeeded commercially beyond his expectations. They have appeared on the cover of two St. Charles historical books and with promotional pieces in Where and PD Magazine and in Riverport Amphitheatre programs.

A stylized depiction of one of the prints shares a spot on a Coca-cola glass sold at Riverport.

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