THE ORIGINAL “MADE IN AMERICA” SHOPPING EXPERIENCE – LOCAL ART GALLERIES
In the past several years, there’s been an increasing awareness of the positive impact that “buying local” has on our communities. Many Southernmost Illinois local art galleries and boutiques offer a mix of locally produced,
original, one-of-a-kind fine art, fine craft, and functional art in a wide range of price points. Shopping at these establishments is a win-win for all – the shopper acquires a unique piece of art or craft, and the money spent is recycled into the local economy.
Dayshift Boutique Grand Openingth at 4:00 p.m.
On March 1st of this year, Chris McKinley became the new owner of Dayshift Boutique and has been revamping the Carbondale shop ever since in preparation for its grand opening. She is currently representing over 50 regional artists, some of whom are well established and others who are new to the art world. In her shop, one can find a wide range of merchandise, including handbags, clothing, jewelry, fine art, photography, blown glass, kitchen and dining room decor, metalwork, ceramics, rugs, pet items, wine racks, greeting cards, and children’s accessories in the kid’s section. And the best part is -it’s all one-of-a-kind, original, and handmade by a Southern Illinois artist.
One of Chris’s goals is to dispel the myth that specialty shops such as hers only sell pricey art or high-end gifts. Items for sale at Dayshift range from $1.00 to several hundred dollars with plenty of products priced to fit smaller budgets. She is creating an environment where her customers can relax and enjoy the esthetics while shopping for that unique gift. Chris welcomes custom orders and offers gift-wrapping for even greater customer convenience.
Dayshift is located in downtown Carbondale next to the old train depot where the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and Carbondale Main Street offices are located. The shop is currently open Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Friday from noon to 8:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and is closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information, call (618) 529-DAYS (3297), email email@example.com
BEAT THE HEAT – Carbondale Community Friday Night Fair
Where: Downtown Carbondale, On the Town Square, corner of 51N and 13W
Description: Described as a Back to Basics event, this event features local home-grown produce, hand-made products, information about local services and organizations, a kid’s corner, food court, and free live music each Friday eveningth. This sounds like a great way for vendors to sell their arts and crafts and beat the summer heat! Artists wishing to participate in this event can find more information at www.carbondalemainstreet.com.
Southpass Beads welcomes Vickie Muich, a teaching bead artist from St. Louis for another visit to Cobden. Vickie taught several bead weaving classes at Southpass Beads to teach “Capturing a Cabochon Bead Weaving”. Class fee is $50 – supplies vary as some will be available in the class price. Participants may bring some of their own bead supplies and will learn to use Peyote stitch to encase their cabochons. The class will also discuss design elements and the part color can play in a piece. For more information, contactLouAnn Elwell at 618-893-6170 or visitwww.southpassbeads.com.
John F Boyd: A Retrospective Exhibit
Where: anthill gallery & vintage curiosities, 102 Front St., Cobden, IL
Description: anthill gallery & vintage curiosities is pleased to announce that due to its popularity, the retrospective exhibition and sale of work by the late John F. Boyd, formerly of Cobden, Illinois will continue into August. The collection contains a wide range of John’s original artwork including watercolors, pen and inks, etchings, and mixed media. During his career, John was the recipient of an Emmy Award for a children’s art program which he created for public television. Larger works by this artist are displayed for exhibition and sale at The Yellow Moon Cafe, 110 North Front Street, Cobden, Illinois.
Cobden artist and teacher, Paulette Aronson, will lead a 3-week art class at anthill gallery. The title of the class is “Altered Portraits.” The class size will be limited to 8 and the $50 cost will include some materials. Interested participants need to reserve a space in the class by making a deposit at the gallery during Wednesday through Sunday hours.
Cobden jewelry artist BeckiDielfield displaysZuna Jewelry and Designs at anthill gallery & vintage curiosities on Wednesdays.
anthill gallery & vintage curiosities is open Wednesday noon to 4:00 pm.; Thursday through Friday from noon to 6:00 pm; Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; and Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm. The Yellow Moon Cafe is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; Friday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 am to midnight. For more information contact anthill gallery at (618) 303-3183 or visit their webpage at www.anthillgallery.com.
HALLOWEEN AFICIONADOS - Ravens Bend Folk Art Gallery and Gift Shop Opened August 13th
Where: 5725 Wing Hill Rd. Cobden, IL
Ravens Bend Folk Art Gallery and Gift shop is nestled in the Shawnee Hills of Southernmost Illinois at 5725 Wing Hill Road, Cobden, Illinois, 62920 (approximately one mile east of Star View Vineyards). Ravens Bend specializes in fun, cheery, and functional Halloween folk art. Owner Sharon Wittke designs and hand paints trick-or-treat bowls, cupcake trays, cookie plates, candy containers, and other Halloween-themed useful (and some not-quite-so-useful) items. Commercially produced Halloween decor by Jim Shore, Willa Rae, Lang, and Department 56 is also available. Ravens Bend is open Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Aug. 13th through Oct. 29th, and other days by chance. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ravensbend.com.
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Fall FestivalWhere: Down Town Park, Cobden,IL
The 2013 Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Fall Festival is just around the corner and will feature more of the best that Southern Illinois has to offer, only bigger and better than ever before!
Join all thirteen Shawnee Hills Wine Trail wineries for fine wines, live music, a grape stomp, great food, local artisans and more!Bring a chair or bring a blanket and enjoy award-winning southern Illinois wines on a beautiful fall afternoon. Live music will include Blues Handle on Saturday and The Kevin Lucas Orchestra on Sunday. Entry Fee is $15 and includes 13 tasting coupons and a $5.00 coupon to use at any of the 13 Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Wineries. For more information, visit www.shawneewinetrail.com
Illinois needs you to show your Illinois Patronage!
Nothing can be more important to a state's spirit than to show off your patronage. Its good for local businesses when the citizens of Illinois show a friendly place for travelers to visit. Be sure to stock up from places selling Illinois apperal and post an Illinois flag where ever possible. Apparel - UOI
Murphysboro Apple Festival Arts & Crafts Fair
Where: North 13th Street, Murphysboro, IL
The Murphysboro Apple Festival is the oldest and largest alcohol free festival in southern Illinois. The Arts & Crafts Fair is a festival favorite each year and brings a wide mix of crafters from across the region. Hand-made items such as seasonal decorations, jewelry, personal and household accessories are among many items to catch your eye. Stroll the outdoor booths on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and enjoy the old fashioned flavor of the street fair atmosphere.
For more information, phone (618) 684-3200 or visit www.murphysboro.com.
Illinois Wine and Arts Festival at Rend Lake
Where: Southern Illinois Art and Artisan Center, Whittington, IL
Don’t miss the 12th Annual Art and Wine Festival on the grounds of the Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center, Rend Lake. Fifty Illinois artisans will demonstrate their craft and offer work for sale during this ever popular outdoor festival. Taste varietals from thirteen different wineries, enjoy local specialty foods and listen to local music as you “Shop Illinois” for functional and decorative art. Come and enjoy the fun. For more information, contact Mary Lou Galloway at (618) 629-2220 or visit www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/so-il/events.html.
Enjoy Southern Illinois!