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The first Unity Through the Arts Tour was held Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Despite cloudy skies, the towns were alive with the bright colors of original art and the vibrant sounds of local music.

southpass beads

LouAnn Elwell of Southpass Beads creates jewelry from glass beads made by her husband J-Bird.

A special exhibit paying tribute to Alto Pass artist Jan York was on display at the Yellow Moon Cafe in Cobden. jan york
jim goddard Woodcarvings by Jim Goddard of Anna were on display at the Anna Arts Center.
Nancy Young pauses to glance at artwork on display at the River to River Visual Arts Show at the Anna Arts Center. rrvaa
tony calabrese Tony Calabrese recently converted his 19th century barn into a workshop and educational center for blacksmithing, woodworking and stained glass.
Ruth Dougherty, co-owner of Ruth and John’, a local business featuring homemade beauty products and woodcrafts, demonstrates one of her lotions to Nancy Young. ruth dougherty
juana duran Sand paintings by Juana Duran of Cobden were on display in a special exhibit at the anthill gallery in Cobden.
Sam Stearns, longtime environmental activist and one of the organizers of this year’s Frack Free Fest sits beneath a painting by Jan York at the Yellow Moon Cafe in Cobden. jan york
ellen spalt Painting teacher Ellen Spalt looks over works created by her students at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall in Cobden.
A giant metal grasshopper graces the Rainmaker Garden, which is located behind Dave Dardis’ shop on the Makanda Boardwalk. dave dardis
bj exum BJ Exum, of the Cast Offs Machine Knitting Club, demonstrated how to operate a knitting machine at the Alligator and the Blue Fox in Cobden. She said she and other club members create knitted items for local charities and homeless shelters.
This year’s theme for the annual Pumpkin Town display at Choate Developmental Center in Anna was “A Salute to WWII Veterans.” choate