IPAPA event, Converse First Brush of Fall

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.) 2


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.

Sat – Mon closed
Tue – Fri 9 am–4 pm
 Hours subject to change
without notice.


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