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Local Artist Group to Open Portraits Exhibit

18artists18Artists, a local cooperative of artists and artisans, would like to invite you to the opening reception for their latest art installation entitled "Portraits". The show will feature various media and styles - paintings, sculpture, drawings, porcelain and metal jewelry, all centered on portraits of people and animals.

The show will take place Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 6-9pm at the Community Arts Center, located at 13300 Lincoln Plaza in Cedar Lake. For more information call Suzy at (219) 545-5301 or visit online at

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Color Exhibit Explores Different Uses

Southern-Shore-Art-Color-ConceptColor is one of the great things in life and to artists it is all important. Every artist sees and uses color in a distinctive way. It is an individual choice and often very recognizable. Some artists like strong, brilliant colors; others choose subdued pastel colors or somber even monochromatic palettes. It’s still all about color.

This Exhibit “Color Concept” displays the work of some of the many talented Southern Shore Art Association Members. You will see how each artist, painter, photographer or sculptor, interprets and uses color in his or her own, unique way.

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New Things Launched at May First Friday in Downtown Michigan City

Uptown-Arts-DistrictThe Michigan City Mainstreet Association is pleased to present the First Friday Artwalk in the Uptown Arts District on May 4, 2012 from 5pm to 8pm. The Uptown Arts District is comprised of fine art galleries, retail and restaurants located in the area from 11th Street to the lake and Spring Street to Wabash Street in Michigan City, IN.

The May First Friday Artwalk is all about new things to the Uptown Arts District. Visit Ryan’s Pub to view artists and live performances of their new outdoor patio. Check out beauty and art at the latest clothing and accessory boutique, Darling at 518 Franklin Street. Other new things to the district include Joy of Flowers, the Trinity Church of Michigan City and Lakefront Salon and Day Spa. Each location features local artwork, refreshments and a unique ‘Take Back the Michigan City Mural’ interactive art in the Trinity courtyard.

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Chesterton Art Center Offers Saturday Children’s Classes

CAC-Wire-PendantsThe Chesterton Art Center has two one-time classes planned for kids on Saturday, May 5, 2012. The first class is Geode Felting with Elizabeth Kozlowski. Children will learn the art of felting, which combines warm water and soap to wool roving. They will then create a geode out of the felt, using a variety of colors. At the end of class they will split their felt ball in half and see the beautiful geode they have created. This class is open to children ages 6 and up. Class time is 10 am until 1 pm., and the cost is $10 for members of the Art Center and $15 for non-members plus a $6 materials fee.

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Junior Wins 2012 Cover Design Contest

CHS-2012-cover-design-contest-winnerChesterton High School junior Molly Brust is the winner of the cover design contest for the 2012-13 CHS Handbook.

Brust is a student in Kirsten Renehan’s Art Visual Communications class. Each year students in her class create a design for the student handbook as a class project. To determine the design to be used for the following school year, select student designs are voted on by faculty, staff, and students. This is the fifth year this class has spearheaded this task.

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April Adult Classes at the Chesterton Art Center

Chesterton-Art-Center-ClassesThe Chesterton Art Center will be hosting jewelry, card making, and Nuno felting classes during the month of April 2012.

On Wednesday, April 18 from 7-8:30 pm Mara Wible will teach a Chan Luu inspired bracelet. In this class you will learn a type of weaving called the ladder stitch. This bracelet is the latest trend. It is casual yet chic and infinitely customizable. All supplies are included to make one bracelet in a variety of colors to choose from. Cost of the class is $20.00 for Art Center members and $25.00 for non-members. This class will also be offered again on Friday, April 27 from noon until 1:30 pm.

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Student Creativity On Display at Chesterton High School

Step-Outside-the-FrameSTEP OUTSIDE THE FRAME Art Exhibit will be presented April 18th, 2012, from 6-8 PM as well as Thursday April 19th 6-8 PM. This special art exhibit is the result of the yearlong creative journey of thirteen Junior and Senior students in the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Art Senior Portfolio program at Chesterton High School. They invite you to celebrate their success by attending and seeing where this journey has taken them!

Each student has created their own gallery space and appointed it with their personal touches to showcase their body of work. Each work has been fueled by their independent research of topics such as abstraction, narrative, and ritual and tradition. They individually explore and experiment with media to expand their own interpretive expression. They record all processes, evidence and reflections in an Investigative Workbook which assists them in the actual creation of each artwork.

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