Recently, a friend of mine introduced me to a magical place in Sullivan IL. I had no idea it was there! In this area of Illinois, there were several shoe factories in several towns. The Brown's shoe factories employed hundreds of people for many years, but have all closed down now. Those old brick factory buildings have typically become eyesores, but in Sullivan IL the local artisans have an idea, and are turning an old, deserted factory into a center for art and imagination. While the first floor is being used by the current owners for a small business space, the whole 2nd floor is being rented to artists, for an astonishingly low cost, who are then renovating the space they are renting into mini art galleries to showcase their work, to actually create art, and to sell art. I was in a daze as I wandered about with my camera!