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Winter Classes at rTrail Collective Edge

rTrail logo Check out these upcoming sessions at rTrail Collective Edge! All sessions require advance registration to have art materials ready for your creations, so stop in today!

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Christmas “Gallery Hop and Shop”

This First Friday December 3, could be the day you get all your Christmas shopping done! Uptown-Arts-District

Come “Gallery Hop and Shop” in Michigan City’s eclectic enclave of galleries, creative businesses, boutiques and one-of-a-kind restaurants. The Uptown Arts District, a unique and historic art and cultural center located just a few blocks from Michigan City’s lakefront, opens its doors on the first Friday of each month from 5 to 8 pm for a festive evening of art openings, shopping and dining. For this Holiday Season find a diverse variety of original artworks in all price points by local and other artists as well as other gifts. There...

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“The Gift of Art” – Works Under $200

Throughout the month of December, Southern Shore Art Association will feature original artworks under $200. This year give a gift as unique as you are. Find the perfect gift, or just treat yourself! Jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, wood and more – these affordable unique pieces by member artists are sure to please. Paint-brushes

During Michigan City’s Winter Wonderland, special Saturday hours in the gallery will make it easy and convenient to shop. Stop by and take the chill off between 10 am and 8 pm on Saturdays in December. The gallery is also open Fridays 3 to 7 pm, and Sundays 12 to 5 pm, and there’s plenty of free parking.

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Discussion on Beyond the Arches: Selected Works from McDonald's Corporate Art Collection

McDonalds-art-3Join us at Lubeznik Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 7:00 pm (CST) for an insightful talk entitled Visions of America by Joan Chesterton. Chesterton is Professor Emerita, Purdue University. Her extensive knowledge of American Art history will illuminate the works in LCA's current exhibition, Beyond the Arches: Selected Works from McDonald's Corporate Art Collection. These rarely-seen works include pieces by icons of American art such as Norman Rockwell, as well as significant works from regional and national artists.

Chesterton, who holds a Master of Arts degree in Literature and Art History from the University of Illinois,...

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Destiny Rescue Jewelry Party

Destiny-RescueYou, your girlfriends, and your families are all invited to come to Portage First United Methodist Church and help support Destiny Rescue. Destiny Rescue is an organization that helps rescue and rehabilitate girls from the sex trade.

The jewelry being sold is made by these girls! It is absolutely beautiful and you will be helping support a beautiful cause. You can visit for more information about the organization. Read more

2010 Youth Arts Award Winner

Youth-Arts-Award-Alexandra-ElishEvery year the Regional Arts Council holds auditions for the "Youth Arts Award." This is open to high school students throughout Lake, Porter and LaPorte County. The student can be nominated by any teacher, counselor, parent or arts instructor. This year's winner was Alexandra Elish, a junior from Portage H.S. She is a multi-talented singer/published composer and arranger.

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Chicago's O'Rourke's Pub in the '60s and '70s As Captured by Photographer Jack Lane

A cast of characters including neighborhood oddities, poets, painters, celebrities, and other notables populate Jack Lane's black and white photographs from O'Rourke's Pub. Located on North Ave., the bar was a Chicago institution in the 1960s and '70s. Jack-Lane-photographs

Lane's photographs include well-known faces such as Roger Ebert and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Wolfe, but more importantly evoke the sense of camaraderie, diversity, and personality that marked the era and the "Saloon Society" of Chicago.

The exhibit will be on view at Lubeznik Center for...

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Rarely Viewed McDonald's Art Collection Comes to Michigan City

Housed in their corporate offices in Oak Brook, IL, and throughout the United States, McDonald’s Corporate art collection spans decades and includes more than 3,700 pieces of 2- and 3-D art works by regional, national and international artists. Thanks to a unique arrangement, local residents will have a rare opportunity to view these distinguished works for a limited time at Lubeznik Center for the Arts. McDonalds-art-1

Opening on Saturday, November 13 with a fundraising preview and reception, Beyond the Arches: Selected Works from McDonald's Corporate Art Collection will feature 38 pieces from a remarkable collection of 20th century works by...

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Arts Commission Now Accepting Nominations for 2011 Governor's Arts Awards

The Indiana Arts Commission is currently accepting nominations for the 2011 Indiana Governor's Arts Awards. 10-10_Arts_92_GAA_recipients_and_Gov_copy

Guidelines and nomination form are available on the IAC website. Nominations will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. (ET) December 15, 2010. Nominators are encouraged to carefully read the awards application form before submitting their nomination.

Questions regarding the 2011 Governor's Arts Awards should be directed to Rex Van Zant at 317-232-1273 or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Indiana Poetry Out Loud Competition 2010-2011

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation has once again partnered with the Indiana Arts Commission to support Poetry Out Loud, a program which encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This exciting , FREE program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Classrooms, clubs, and groups from all over the nation will be participating in Poetry Out Loud. POLNationals_EliseWeb

Competitions will first be held at the school level to determine up to two students that will represent their school at the...

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Send Your Pumpkin Photos to Arnell and Win!

Arnell-Motors-Pumpkin-Carving-1Arnell Auto Group is having a Pumpkin Carving Contest!

We'd like to see everyone's creations, designed by kids or adults! Send a picture of your pumpkin to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post a picture on our Facebook page.

Winner will receive two free All Access passes to the County Line Orchard, a dozen pumpkin donuts, and cool PortageLife gear!

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