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 Opening Set for Friday, August 19th 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 on August 19th. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 in July, and is returning on August 6th 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: June 18th – Mid-August
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. The class will meet from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays, August 18th, 25th and September 1st. 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.
Enjoy Southern Illinois!