Arts & Theater
Hermann is home to a vibrant community of working artists who find inspiration in the ever-changing beauty of Missouri Wine Country. These local artists create a wide variety of work, ranging from paintings, music, photography, sculpture, illustrations, and more. Many Hermann venues feature live performances, and many display, and sell, local and more distant works of art. Art and Theater events are listed at VisitHermann.com/events.
409 Market Street
The Blank Canvas Gallery & Studio is a fine arts gallery with a fully stocked studio. Visitors can view exhibitions of contemporary and fine art throughout the year, showcasing the work of regional, national, international artist as well as Hermann’s own artists. For visitors who want a more hands-on approach to art, the Studio is also a fine place to turn loose those creative juices , perhaps by creating personal souvenirs of a visit to Hermann.
Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater
Gutenberg Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets
The Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater hosts a wide range of open-air performances. The area includes lawn chair or picnic blanket seating, a concession stand, and a fenced-in park. The Amphitheater is available to individuals, organizations, and businesses (including to those from outside Hermann) to rent for concerts, movies, corporate and organization events, picnics, etc. Contact the city office at 573-486-5400 to reserve.
112 East Fourth Street
From movies and theatre performances to concerts and influential speakers, the Showboat Community Theatre hosts an array of events year-round. If the lights are blinking and the smell of popcorn is wafting, then something is happening at the Showboat! This historic theatre space is also available to rent for business meetings, lectures, seminars, concerts, theater performances, fundraisers, film premieres, receptions, and private events.
Hermann has several indoor and outdoor murals. Murals in the Gasconade County Courthouse on First Street depict the history of Gasconade County, and several businesses have indoor murals as well. Outdoor murals transport viewers back in time to the early to mid-1900s.
Missouri Valley Ice Cream
219 East First Street (View from adjacent parking lot)
In the 1950s, Berlener’s Pharmacy was the favorite Hermann spot for ice cream, shakes, and malts. The vintage-style sign was painted on the side of the former home of Berlener’s, evoking memories of a simpler time. .
220 East First Street (View from back alley)
On the alley behind Hermann’s Antique Attic Mall, which fronts on First Street, is a large portrait painting of George Husmann. Husmann is known for his active role in founding the Missouri wine industry. This painting recognizes Mr. Husmann for his efforts in putting Hermann on the map as an important wine-producing town in the 1840s.
209 Schiller Street (View from side alley)
This mural brings memories of old-fashioned shoe companies, with their shoe-fitting and repair services. Visitors will be reminded of handcrafted shoes and the cobblers that made them. This mural can be found on the side of The General Store at TypeStyles on Schiller Street.
407 Market Street (View from side alley)
In 1927, Nis Ewald, who had learned the bakery business in Germany, moved to Hermann. In 1938, Ewald Bakery was first opened to the public, offering “special bargains on pastries” to all in attendance. Ewald Bakery quickly became a cherished asset in the community. This mural, commemorating Ewald Bakery, is on the side of Sugar Momma’s on Market Street.
Founded in 1979, the Hermann Arts Council serves as an advisory body to the City of Hermann. The Council hosts First Friday Art Walks on the first Friday of each month from April through December. The Council also sponsors guest musicians, as well as many events for children and adults throughout the year.
Hermann Municipal Band
Reflecting the historical importance of music to the community, Hermann has a thriving city-funded band. Made up of over 40 local musicians, ranging from talented high school students to professional musicians, the city band brings the community together to listen to traditional band music, patriotic songs, and marches. In addition, the director usually selects a piece or two to surprise the audience and challenge the musicians. The City Band performs on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and the first Sunday in August. Performances are at the Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater. In case of inclement weather, performances move to the Hermann High School Auditorium.