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Friday, April 3, 2009

Art Around the Square in Carbondale on May 2

April 3, 2009
Contact: Amy McMorrow, 618 713 2896,

“Art Around the Square” Featuring a Wide Variety of Art in Carbondale on May 2
Art Event Brings out the Vibrancy of the Town Square Community

Carbondale, Illinois – Art Around the Square on Saturday, May 2, 2009, from 7-10pm, will give southern Illinoisians a night of art, music and enjoyment on the Town Square in Carbondale. The event, sponsored by the Carbondale Historic Town Square Business Coalition and HeartlandArts.Net, will feature regional artists on display at downtown businesses and eateries, making for a pleasurable stroll through the charming Town Square community. After the first widely acclaimed “Art Around the Square” event that took place in October 2008, the participants look to offer another close-up view into the artistic community that flourishes in southern Illinois. The event is part of a “Weekend of Art,” taking place on the same weekend as Carbondale Main Street’s annual “Downtown Art and Wine Fair,” which takes place the night before. Admission to Art Around the Square on Saturday is free.

Twenty-six participating Town Square venues will be adorned with a wide variety of delights for the eyes, ears and taste buds. The Tree House, an artist studio above the Town Square Market, will feature six artists with a diverse collection of media, including painting, sculpture and photography. Art Lovers Trading Company will feature wearable art creations by Andrea LeBeau and Jamie White. Carbondale Trophy will display sculpture by glass artist Chad Goodpastor and sculptor Dan Johnson. Club Traz will feature Paducah artist Josh Ivey, and paintings by George Ions will be on display at Fusion Ultra Lounge. Musical acts include Lab Kids, JW Brown and Pan Hsin. A complete list of venues and artists, updated daily, including a printable map, is available at

The air is abuzz with excitement as everyone is working together to present the community with a quality entertainment experience. Artist Andrea LeBeau said, “I feel like there are endless possibilities to create a bridge between the art and the community, it’s just up to us to make it happen!” All of the Historic Town Square Coalition members, including Longbranch Coffeehouse, Carbondale Community Arts, Carbondale Main Street, 1187 Creative, Arthur Agency and several others, are providing support in various ways. Sue Mills, owner of Art Lovers Trading Company and partner in HeartlandArts.Net, said “’Art Around the Square’ is an event that not only promotes art and business in the Town Square, but also is helping to build a strong sense of community. I’m very excited to see this happen!”


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