River to River Visual Arts Association

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Unity Through the Arts 2013 Photo Gallery

The first Unity Through the Arts Tour was held Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Despite cloudy skies, Union County villages were alive with the bright colors of original art and the … Continue reading


Art Shows!

Having the opportunity to meet creative people and see them work is one of the reasons so many folks enjoy art shows in southern Illinois. Here are some photos from … Continue reading


Dayshift Boutique celebrates Small Business Saturday Nov. 30

We hope you will join us on Saturday, November 30th in celebrating Small Business Saturday by shopping locally and supporting small businesses like Dayshift Boutique in Carbondale. We will be serving … Continue reading

November 25, 2013

Moments of Clarity + Blinded Hope in SIC’s art gallery

“Moments of Clarity + Blinded Hope” will grace the Southeastern Illinois College Art Gallery in the George T. Dennis Visual and Performing Arts Center in Harrisburg on Dec. 6.  This … Continue reading

November 25, 2013

Kris Killman Photography Show at LEAA

Kris Killman is holding an exhibit of his photography through the month of November at the Little Egypt Arts Association in Marion. Images both locally and from around the country … Continue reading

November 17, 2013

Opening Reception Nov. 23 for anthill’s Fifth Annual Off the Wall Exhibit

anthill gallery & vintage curiosities in Cobden presents the Fifth Annual Off the Wall group artist holiday exhibition, a unique collection of artwork, fine crafts and jewelry by 75 artists from … Continue reading

November 16, 2013

VultureFest 2013 Photo Gallery

Saturday, Oct. 19 started with rain and chilly temperatures, but by mid-day the sun shone and the Makanda VultureFest was in full swing. Old friends and new visitors gathered in … Continue reading

October 18, 2013

Union County’s Splendid Arts Scene

Despite a rainy start to the Union County Colorfest activities on Saturday, Oct. 12, the first Unity Through the Arts self-guided tour drew visitors from all around southern Illinois and … Continue reading

October 18, 2013

Makanda Vulture Fest October 19-20

Makanda Vulture Fest will be held Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 11 am to 6 pm in Downtown Makanda. … Continue reading

October 18, 2013

Weird Places & Weird Faces

“Weird Place & Weird Faces,” the current art show at Little Egypt Arts Center, runs through Thursday, Oct. 31, when there will be a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 … Continue reading

October 10, 2013

‘Unity Through the Arts’ self-guided tour Oct. 12

Venues featuring local art, music, poetry and theater will be featured during this year’s “Unity Through the Arts” self-guided tour on Saturday, October 12 during Colorfest Weekend. Organizations that worked … Continue reading

September 27, 2013

17th Annual Southern Illinois Irish Festival October 4-6

The 17th annual Southern Illinois Irish Festival, October 4-6, will feature two days of Celtic Fair activities at Turley Park, and an opening night Irish concert in Carbondale. This year’s … Continue reading

September 27, 2013


Artists and artisans are leading the way for communities to develop environmentally responsible economies. They are offering creations and products that culturally enrich community life, provide economic advancement on a local level … Continue reading

September 26, 2013

Art Around the Square in Carbondale, Saturday, Sept. 21

Do you like Art, Music, Wine, Food and Fairs ?  If so, you should know about the ART AROUND THE SQUARE event this Saturday, September 21, 5:00 – 9:00 pm.  The Town Square … Continue reading

September 19, 2013

“Focus 4″ Exhibit at Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center

The Illinois State Museum Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center at Rend Lake will hold a reception Saturday, Sept, 21 from 2-4 p.m. for Focus 4 – Four Solo Exhibits … Continue reading

September 18, 2013

anthill announces two new exhibits

anthill gallery & vintage curiosities announces a forty-year retrospective exhibition of the paintings of Jan York, Alto Pass.  “Forty Years of Painting” is exhibited through October in Cobden at the Luna Gallery in The Yellow … Continue reading

September 12, 2013

Aug. 28 arts marketing workshop yielded fresh ideas

Artists, entrepreneurs and community leaders gathered at The Old Feed Store in Cobden Aug. 28 in round-table discussion about arts marketing. Panelists Aimee Wigfall, of the SIU Small Business Center, … Continue reading

August 31, 2013

“Unity Through the Arts” planned for Colorfest Weekend

More than two dozen venues featuring local art, music, poetry and theater will be featured during this year’s “Unity Through the Arts” self-guided tour taking place Saturday, October 12 and … Continue reading

August 7, 2013

Colorfest of Arts Show

All regional artists are invited to display their work at the “Colorfest of Arts” Show Oct. 11, 12, and 13 at the Anna Arts Center. As part of this year’s … Continue reading

August 7, 2013

Historic barn houses blacksmith shop

An old Union County barn will have new purpose as a center for blacksmithing, woodworking and stained glass studies. Tony Calabrese and his wife, Rhea, are converting their historic 1860s barn on Water Valley Road … Continue reading

August 6, 2013

Pack Rats Paradise

One of Cobden’s newest shops reminds me of Arlo Guthrie’s song “Alice’s Restaurant,” where you can get anything you want. Pack Rats Paradise owner Paul Frank spent the spring renovating … Continue reading

August 4, 2013

Yellow Rose Craft Boutique

If you’re looking for handcrafted gifts, specialty foods, or some of those sugary candies you enjoyed as a child, a new craft shop in Cobden may be the place for … Continue reading

August 3, 2013

Collaborative Art

Collaboration among local non-art related businesses and local artists is not new – restaurants and professional offices frequently display local art on their walls – but several businesses in southern Illinois … Continue reading

August 3, 2013

Southpass Beads

Husband and wife team J-Bird and LouAnn Elwell opened a bead business nearly two years ago at their Cobden residence, and share equally in the day-to-day operations of the cottage industry … Continue reading

August 2, 2013

Art at SIU Carbondale

It’s always enlightening to walk around the Student Center at SIU Carbondale and take in all the art on display. The Arts and Crafts Center, located in the basement, offers … Continue reading

August 2, 2013

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