Art Shows

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

Thursday, December 10, 2009

For Kids' Sake Art Show and Fundraiser Starts Today

The 10th Annual Fundraiser For Kids’ Sake Art Show, a silent auction to support schools and orphanages in Bangladesh, is being held at the Longbranch Coffeehouse, 100 East Jackson St. The auction runs from November 10 through December 11, 2009. The auction ends at the Closing Reception, Friday December 11 from 6pm to 8pm, which will include live entertainment and delicious hors d’oeuvres. The fundraiser has over 140 pieces including artwork by children from Bangladesh and Southern Illinois, as well as professional artists. The silent auction also includes products and services donated by local businesses such as, weekend getaways and theatre tickets.

For Kids Sake sponsors fundraising events which support over 3,000 children in Bangladesh. 100% of all proceeds from the Art Show will benefit orphanages and schools in Bangladesh.
For more information, contact Shema Jamaluddin at (618) 529-5044 or

Friday, December 4, 2009

December Art Events

Happy Holidays from HeartlandArts.Net. Read on for a rundown of the Shopping in the Hills event that took place November 27-28, and all about December art events in the Heartland.

Shopping in the Hills 2009

We hope you were able to make it to the second annual Shopping in the Hills. It was a fun event with art and fine crafts and jewelry for sale in the relaxed atmosphere of the wineries. There was live music and open houses at the wineries. For shoppers looking for an alternative shopping experience on Black Friday, this was the place to be.

View pictures of Shopping in the Hills event.
View the Shopping in the Hills product catalog.

Thanks to all the artists and the event co-sponors: Blue Sky Vineyard, Von Jakob Vineyard, Anthill Gallery in Cobden, and the Southern Illinoisan.

December Art Events

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Anthill Galley and Vintage Curiosities - Off The Wall Group Artist Holiday Exhibition
When: Nov 21 – Dec 20, 2009
Where: Anthill Gallery and Vintage Curiosities, 102 N. Front St., Cobden, IL
Description: Unique Holiday-season gift ideas - artwork, fine crafts and jewelry by 32 southern Illinois artists. The shop will be open Thursdays through Sundays, from noon to 6:00P.M. More info:

SIU Holiday Craft Sale
When: Dec 3 – 5 2009
Where: SIU Student Center Hall of Fame and International Lounge, Carbondale, IL
Description: 75 Regional Craft Vendors Thursday-Friday :10am-5pm Saturday: 9am-4pm Cost: Free More info:

Art Reception for Wil Maring
When: Thu, December 3, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Rustle Hill Winery, Carbondale, IL
Description: Most people in Southern Illinois recognize the name Wil Maring as one of our most talented and successful musicians. She has toured internationally as a singer/songwrit er/instrumental ist and has a discography that includes three solo CD's and four with her former band Shady Mix. Now, having finished a BA in Fine Art, and an MA in Anthropology/Mu seum Studies at SIU, Maring returns to the visual arts after a 20 year hiatus. She will unveil 14 oil and watercolor paintings this Thursday, December 3rd at an opening reception for her show at Rustle Hill Winery.

Marings subject is the Southern Illinois landscape, primarily Union County. Maring spent her youth here and was inspired by the natural beauty of the forest, lakes, bluffs and hills. The evening's entertainment will be provided by renowned guitarist Robert Bowlin. Bowlin is a two-time National Fingerpicking and Flatpicking Guitar contest winner and has been a band member with legendary artists like Bill Monroe, Maura O Connell, Kathy Mattea, the Osborne Brothers, and many more. Maring and Bowlin have been recently combining talents to create beautiful original acoustic music which straddles the fence between bluegrass, folk and country music. Bowlin will play a short show from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, featuring pieces from his critically acclaimed solo CD “Six String Soliloquy”.

Please join us for an evening of art, music, nature, wine, food and kinship, for these are the things that make Southern Illinois special. More info:

Main Street Art Gallery - Deck Your Walls
When: Dec 4, 2009 – Jan 9, 2010
Where: 237/239 N. Main Street, Edwardsville, IL, 62025
Description: Main Street Art Gallery Presents Deck Your Walls . . . And Your Walls With Local Color! Opening Reception Friday, December 4th, 2009 6-8pm Exhibition December 4th - January 9th, 2009 Featuring Artists: Nancy Davis, Kathy Kamm, Jill Kettler, Liz Krinsky, Elizabeth Parris, Sarah Shoot, David Yates. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOURS! 618-655-9999

Art Over Easy 5 - Art Auction and Gala
When: Fri, December 4, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Where: Surplus Gallery, 432 S. Washington, Carbondale, IL
Description: The School of Art & Design Great Food, Drink, Music and Art. Featuring artwork by the School of Art and Design Faculty, emeritus, grad students and alumni, well as community artists and special work by the Landscape Alumni Connection's plein-air class.

St. Genevieve Christmas Walk Weekend
When: Dec 5 – 6 2009
Where: St. Genevieve, MO
Description: The Ste Genevieve Christmas Walk weekend is scheduled for December 5 and 6th with a holiday parade on Saturday at 11am; followed by free pictures with Santa and free horse drawn carriage rides; choral Christmas concert, strolling carolers, free classical guitar, free historical lecture, free string quartet, live nativity scene, Art Guild Art Show and sale and much more both days. For more information contact the Welcome Center at 573-883-7097.

Christmas Art & Wine Fair
When: Sun, December 6, 11am – 5pm
Where: 1602 Sioux Dr., Marion IL, 62959
Description: Over 5 unique crafters at the Williamson County Pavillion. Wine tasting and sales. There will also be giveaways, Christmas music and Santa. Cost: $1 admission More info:, 618 993 2657.

Sale at the Studio - Luca Cruzat
When: Dec 11 – 12 2009
Where: Studio 1001, 1001 Chestnut St., Murphysboro, IL
DescriptionArt work made by Luca Cruzat, artist printmaker. Friday 11th 12:00- 4:00pm and Saturday 12th 10:00am- 2:00pm or by appointment More info:, 618 521 5713, Cost: Free.

St. Genevieve Art Walk
When: Fri, December 18, 6pm – 9pm
Where: St. Genevieve, MO
Description: More info:

We wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2010.

Kind regards,