Art Shows

Check here for information and photos about art shows, art walks, and other art events in the region.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Aunia Kahn at the Red Ear from June 5th

HeartlandArts.Net and the Red Ear present Aunia Kahn from June 5-21 in Alto Pass, Illinois. Kahn’s work has been shared with the public in over 175 showings, which include renowned locales such as The San Diego Art Institute, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, The Mitchell Museum, The St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Mills Pond Gallery, and ©POP Gallery amongst others. Aunia was chosen as the winner in February’s Bleeding Hearts Photo Contest in southern Illinois. Her solo exhibit at the Red Ear, "Our Immaculate Fall", will open with a reception on Friday, June 5th, from 6-9pm, and will be on display on the weekends from 1-6pm and by appointment. Visit www.HeartlandArts.Net for more information and a map to the Red Ear, or call (618) 713 2896.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Additions for this Weekend's Art/Wine Fair

We are happy to announce the addition of Dick and Doris Codding to the lineup of artists at Rustle Hill Winery this coming weekend. Dick is a wood-turner, and has a line of wood salad forks and bowls and some jewelry. He has been doing Art and Craft Show for about 20 years. Most recently he has done shows in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington with his work. Doris has shown her line of twisted wire work at the Rend Lake Show and SIU shows, and others locally.

For more information about the event and for the complete list of artists, click here.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Art Exhibits at Local Wineries will Add to the Celebrations this Weekend in Southern Illinois

May 4, 2009, Carbondale, Illinois – A feeling of inspiration will permeate the air this weekend with many celebrating Graduation and Mother’s Day. To add to the excitement, StarView Vineyards and Rustle Hill Winery will be featuring artists in outdoor exhibits this Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10. The art exhibits, presented by HeartlandArts.Net, will be starting by noon each day and running until at least 5pm, and admission is free. Both wineries are easily accessible down Route 51 from Carbondale (map). Musical acts include Larry Dillard & Blues Therapy at StarView, and Bruce Zimmerman Blues Duo, Ivas John Band, and Mixed Company at Rustle Hill.

The combination of being with family and friends in a spacious and picturesque outdoor atmosphere, sipping wine, and strolling through an art exhibit is a unique experience. Add to that the personal interaction with the artists, who aim to convey the passion they feel about their art, and the opportunity to take home a memento of the experience, and it’s a memory to cherish. A wide variety of artists will be on hand offering up an array of items and experiences.

Cheryl Owen, a resident of Ava, shows art in galleries on both sides of the Mississippi River. This past March, she was the Equestrian artist for the Illinois Horse Fair in Springfield. Horses have been an important subject matter in her art since age two and are still her passion. Her grandfather, an Iroquois Indian, gave her a first pony, and at age six she was given her first art lesson by her great aunt, an experienced and well known New England artist. In the past 20 years she has exhibited in many galleries and museums throughout the Midwest, won multiple awards and been commissioned by private collectors for equine portraits and genre murals.

Tom Horn, a southern Illinois coppersmith and art lover, fashions everything from giant sunbursts to wine racks to pendants with copper and fused glass. Each piece has its story, and he’s happy to share them, like the piece one man commissioned for the mother of his children, on which was included a secret engraving stating “Love You Forever.”

David Hammond is a professional photographer and resident of Goreville. His photography has been featured in shows, contests, and even in magazines such as Country, Birds and Bloom, and Outdoor Illinois.

Chad Goodpastor, resident of Carterville, has been creating glass-blown art for 13 years. He crafts amazing sculptures, oil bottles, pendants and more with his torch. His colorful wine bottle stoppers go perfectly with an open bottle of southern Illinois wine.

Brenda Cooley, a native southern Illinoisian and resident of Anna, makes pendants, earrings, and neck rings out of 14K gold filled and argentums sterling silver, and uses many different kinds of gem stones. She said, “I find it creative, challenging, and very rewarding to see the finished product.”

Located in Herrin, Paul Sanders is an accomplished gem-cutter, specializing in custom, one-of-a-kind cuts, on all types of color stones. Some of these designs have images visible inside the stone, such as a Butterfly and Black Widow Spider.

Lisa Smith is an ESL teacher in Carbondale District #95. Since high school, Lisa has been interested in jewelry making and finds it to be meditative, relaxing, and a way to tap into her creative side. The joy she feels in creating the pieces brings joy to others, and she says, “That's such an awesome connection!”

Diane Bremer will be showing pottery and will do a live demonstration of her paintings. Paul Johnson will be featuring his glass jewelry and will do live demonstrations of glass blowing. Al Morgan will show his jewelry made from natural materials such as shell and stone, as well as native-made Reservation items. Other exhibits include functional pottery by Rob Lorenz, fragrant soaps and lotions mixed by John and Ruth Lipe, quilted items by Lee Ann Grief, and glass-fused art and jewelry by Mary Patterson. A complete list of artists and their specialty is listed below.

Both wineries are big supporters of the arts, and regularly feature art exhibits. Kate Sensimeier, proprietor at StarView, said “We entertain guest from around the world and are thrilled when they discover that not only does the area produce world class wines, but the artists are of world class caliber too.” On permanent display at StarView Vineyards are mosaics by Janet Althoff, photography by Jurhee Veach, and copper and fused glass sculpture by Tom Horn. A photography exhibit at Rustle Hill Kevin Massiglia will feature recent photos of the local area.

Brenda Cooley - Jewelry
John Lipe - Soap/Lotion
Diane Bremer - Pottery/Painting
Cheryl Owen - Equine Art
David Hammond - Photography
Paul Johnson – Jewelry and Blown Glass Demonstrations
Al Morgan – Natural Jewelry and Native-made Reservation Items

Chad Goodpastor - Blown Glass Art
Lee Ann Grief – Quilted Items
Paul Sanders - Gemstones and Jewelry
Rob Lorenz - Pottery
Lisa Smith - Jewelry
Tom Horn - Copper and Fused Glass Sculpture
Mary Patterson – Glass-fused Art and Jewelry
Dick and Doris Codding - Wood-turned Items, Twisted Wire Work

Also this weekend, George Ions will be painting live for the closing of his exhibit on Saturday, May 9. Andrea LeBeau's paintings will be featured at Orlandini Vineyards starting May 9.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Newsletter: May Art Events and More

If you don't do anything else all year, don't miss the next two weekends of free HeartlandArts.Net events! Read on...

Art Around the Square

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 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. ...Read More
Art Around the Square website, with Map and Artist Information
Read about Art Around the Square Artist George Ions
Read about the Tree House Artist Studio on the Carbondale Town Square

Spring Art/Wine Fairs at StarView Vineyards and Rustle Hill Winery
Outdoor Art Exhibits on Display at Rustle Hill Winery and StarView Vineyard May 9-10

Enjoy a glass of wine surrounded by art in a relaxing outdoor atmosphere this May 9th-10th. HeartlandArts.Net, Rustle Hill Winery and StarView Vineyards present visitors for SIU Graduation and Mother’s Day with a lineup of artists including unique Equine Art by award-winning artist Cheryl Owen, Photography by David Hammond, Glass-blown and Copper Sculpture, Jewelry and more. At StarView, Pottery artist Diane Bremer will also be painting on-site. The art exhibits will start by noon each day, and admission is free.

Each winery will feature live musicians, including Larry Dillard & Blues Therapy at StarView, and Bruce Zimmerman Blues Duo, Ivas John Band, and Mixed Company at Rustle Hill (click links above for more information). Several of the artists at the show are new to the southern Illinois winery scene, so you can expect to see things you haven't seen before. For more information about the artists and the shows, stay tuned to HeartlandArts.Net over the coming week.

The wineries are both accessible down Illinois 51 and in close proximity to each other (click here for wine trail map). “This is a great opportunity for locals and visitors to experience what the area has to offer, and to take a sampling of southern Illinois art and wine home to mark the occasion,” said Chad Goodpastor, who is well-known for his blown glass wine stoppers, pendants and sculpture. Artist Lineup:

Starview Vineyards Rustle Hill Winery
Brenda Cooley - Jewelry Chad Goodpastor - Blown Glass Art
John Lipe - Soap/Lotion Lee Ann Grief – Quilted Items
Diane Bremer - Pottery/Painting on site Paul Sanders - Gemstones and Jewelry
Cheryl Owen - Equine Art Rob Lorenz - Pottery
David Hammond - Photography Lisa Smith - Jewelry
Paul Johnson - Jewelry, and live blown glass demo Tom Horn - Copper and Fused Glass Sculpture
Al Morgan - Jewelry and Native-Made Reservation Items Mary Patterson – Glass-fused Art and Jewelry

George Ions will be painting live at Owl Creek Vineyard on Saturday, May 9. Sit with George, watch him paint, ask him about his art, and enjoy the exhibit of his work on display.

Alison Charles Prints Available
If you haven't seen it yet, the Alison Charles Photo Show is online at HeartlandArts.Net, and now you can also order prints. Alison was the winner of the popular vote for the first Bleeing Hearts Photo Contest. View the show!

Aunia Kahn Coming to the Red Ear in June
Mark your calendars! Aunia Kahn, the winner of the Bleeding Hearts Photo Contest vote by the panel of judges will be showing at the Red Ear from June 5-June 21. An opening reception where you can meet the artist is June 5. Stay tuned to HeartlandArts.Net for more information!

More Announcements
Congratulations to Bob Hageman and Linda Austin on the opening of their new "Anthill Gallery and Vintage Curiosities"! It's located on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, 102 North Front Street in Cobden. Find antiques, vintage toys, adornments for the home and garden, and more.

There is one more chance to experience Carbondale Community Arts' Artist's Workshop: Promoting Your Work 10 AM - 1 PM on May 2nd at the VCA. Presented by CCA & MCED.

Thanks, and we wish you a gorgeous May,
Sue, Lauren and Amy