IPAPA event, Converse First Brush of Fall

This event has passed.

September 25, 2021 (Early check-ins welcome).

Once again, it’s a free event with a free breakfast provided by the Masons lodge. Although its free, we need an RSVP with your email to send you directions to places, housing, etc, and for planning purposes.

  • Five judge’s choice awards, $500 each
  • Hosted by The Converse Historical Society and Avon Waters family
  • A Senna, Richeson backpack with tripod holder award, just added
  • CHS agrees to purchase 1-3 paintings for its public collection which includes works by Larry Rudolech, Mary Ann Davis, the Tom and Dan Woodson, Jeff Kinker and more who attended in past years
  • Art sale while judging, rain or shine event


Day 1 and 2 – Thursday, September 23 and Friday, September 24
  • Canvas stamping for artists arriving as early as Thursday, September 23 may get their canvases stamped at the library, direction packet, goodies—Indiana 18 and Jefferson Street
Day 2 – Friday Nocturnal, September 24 (7:00 pm)
  • Meet in the post office parking lot, Jefferson Street.
Day 3 – Saturday, September 25
  • 6:30 – 8:30 am –  free breakfast by  Masons Lodge # 601, 104 N. Madison Street, free will donation is appreciated.
  • 6:30 – 9:00 am – Canvas stamping, directions, and goodie bag, at the Masons lodge
  • Lunch – we encourage you to support the event sponsors listed in your registration materials
  • 3:30 pm – Music begins at Commons area, Jefferson and Brandon streets
  • 3:00 – 4:30 pm – Artist may set up sale items at the Converse Commons, Jefferson and Brandon streets—only works painted at the event please
  • 4:30 pm – Judging and sales will begin promptly,
  • Awards and photo of winners
  • After party at Waters home, 11296 S. 950 E., Converse, woodfired pizza, and more – BYOB—

(IN CASE OF RAIN, judging will be moved indoors.) 


Wabash, Kokomo, Peru, and Marion are all about equal distance from Converse. The DNR Mississinewa Lake campground is about 11 miles away.


We keep this event free from the bi-annual donations of sponsors – including IPAPA–and families donating all the money for the prizes and purchase awards to the community art collection and foods.