River to River Visual Arts Association

Promoting the visual art of southernmost Illinois

Day of the Dead Art Exhibit – Sept. 15 – Nov. 15, 2014

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Morris Library will recognize a worldwide tradition with special “Day of the Dead” festivities. The library’s Day of the Dead Art Exhibit, running … Continue reading


Community Supported Art

  Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy direct, buy … Continue reading


Call for Art – Visions of Southern Illinois Art Show

We need the help and talent of our wonderful artists to illustrate what Southern Illinois means to them. In your art you may want to emphasize the beautiful hills and hollows … Continue reading


Weaving demonstration by Susan Stokes at June 19 RRVAA meeting

Susan Stokes, owner of Suzzie’s Rugs in Anna, Ill., plans to demonstrate her weaving techniques at the Anna Arts Center at the June 19, 2014  meeting of the River to … Continue reading

June 3, 2014

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

October 19, 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

‘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

Aug. 28, 2013 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

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

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

August 1, 2013