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“Earth and Ice” Works in Ceramics by Derek Walter at the Chesterton Art Center

CAC-Derek-Walter-1Derek Walter, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University Northwest will be exhibiting ceramic work at the Chesterton Art Center in March.

Derek has traveled extensively, teaching both in China and Japan. He has also taught at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. At IU Northwest he teaches wheel throwing and hand building techniques to beginning, intermediate and advanced students. Derek will be demonstrating some ceramic work at the opening reception of his show on Sunday, March 4. The reception begins at 2 pm, with the demonstration taking place at 3 p.m.

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Youth Art Month Opening Reception at the Portage Library

Celebrate the creativity of youth at the Youth Art Month Opening Reception at the Portage Library. More than 200 Portage Township students will be exhibiting paintings, drawings and other multi-media pieces in the Youth Services Department and display cases. The art pieces will be displayed throughout the month.

Join us at an opening reception to meet and mingle with the artists and their teachers. Cookies and punch provided by the Portage Kiwanis Club, Portage Rotary Club, Portage Township Art teachers, Portage Town and Country Grocery and Portage Tri-Kappa.

Contact the Library for more information.

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Ides of March Exhibit at the Southern Shore Art Association

SSAA-Ides-of-March-Exhibit“The Ides of March”
March 2 – April 1, 2012
Opening Reception First Friday March 2, 5-8pm
Southern Shore Art Association Gallery
724 Franklin, Michigan City, IN
Hours: First Friday 12-8pm, Fri, Sat, Sun 12-5pm

You’ve seen the movie…now see the exciting show at the Southern Shore Art Association. “THE IDES OF MARCH”, a members only show, will usher in exciting work from new and current members alike and leave you with a lasting impression of “WOW!!” Curated by long time members Kathleen Farley and Staara, this show promises to amaze and delight you, and acquaint you with the many talented members of the Southern Shore Art Association.

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Rug Hookers Exhibit at the Chesterton Art Center

NWI-Rug-HookersThe Chesterton Art Center is exhibiting the works of the Northwest Indiana Rug Hookers during the month of February. Members of the group include area residents Barbara Coulter, Sandi Church, Kathy Bryant, Jill Hicks, Marian Sykes, Judy Lanoue, and Deanna Bergslein.

Included in the show are wall hangings, pillows, and footstool coverings, among other items. Designs range from floral to whimsical animals and street scenes. This group does primitive rug hooking, using wool fabric which is cut into strips and then hooked into a backing material. The artist designs on the backing material and the fabric strips are hooked in by color to form the design. Some artists dye their wool fabric to get just the colors they want, and many use fabric that is already dyed, or that is actually cut from an existing garment. The designs are usually simple outlines, sometimes even childlike, with little attention to scale or perspective. Many rugs hooked today are adaptations of the early patterns, and each artist adds her own twist to the design, a personal signature.

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Senior Art Exhibit at the Portage Library

2012-Portage-Senior-Art-1The 12th annual Senior Art Exhibit opened February 1, 2012, at the Portage Library with its biggest year yet featuring 60 artists and 150 pieces of art! Sponsored by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Senior Services, Mayor James Snyder and Chairperson Sue Lynch Council-At-Large, and hosted by the Portage Library, the art exhibit is open to those 55 and older. Now in its 12th year, the Senior Art Exhibit continues to draw a wide variety of art and artists and they were celebrated and recognized at a Reception on February 4th which brought over 100 guests, including 38 of the featured artists.

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South Haven Boys & Girls Club Youth Wins Regional Club Tech Digital Arts Festival

BGC-Photo-Tech-1Boys & Girls Club Member to Compete for National Prize in Photo Tech Category

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) named Tyler Goodman the regional winner in its 10th Annual Club Tech Digital Arts Festivals competition for his entry in the Photo Tech category. As a regional winner, Goodman will move on to represent the Midwest region at the national level of competition for the 13-15 age group.

For the Photo Tech category, Boys & Girls Club members were asked to create a poster that showcased citizens engaged in activities that give back to their community or depicts someone who models good character. Goodman’s poster creation, entitled Building a Safe Place, showcased his creativity and tech skills learned at The Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County-South Haven Club. The entry will be judged by a panel of national experts.

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Unique Exhibit to Come to Southern Shore Art Association

SSAA-Room-for-InnovationFor the February Exhibit, step into “Room for Innovations”, something totally unique for the Southern Shore Art Association, and get inspired by 3-dimensional design! You will find an artistically provocative room filled with exciting work consisting of handcrafted furniture surrounded by sculptures of bronze, ceramic and wood. Any of these uniquely designed pieces of art would be the perfect accent for any home.

The featured artists are Gary Plunk with his extraordinary furniture designs, Linde Hansen-Lukas with her sculptural bronzes, Jon Hook with his wood fired, unique ceramics, and Larry Jensen, who not only turns wood, but turns wood into objects of art.

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