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Private Collection Showcases the Beauty of Glass

Lubeznik-Lino-RichterAdmirers of art glass have reason for excitement this summer.

Michigan City's Lubeznik Center for the Arts will join venues across the country in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the studio art glass movement with exhibitions and experiences showcasing the unique, and often luminous, medium.

Among Lubeznik Center's offerings is a rare opportunity to tour a private collection that includes works by easily recognized names like Lino Tagliapietra and Dale Chihuly, alongside an impressive list of internationally known glass artists.

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Panel Discussion to Address the Topic "What is Art Anyway?"

Southern-Shore-Art-AssociationAn engaging, perhaps perplexing, topic of “What is Art Anyway?” will be subjected to a critical, informed, opinionated debate by four regional artists at a panel discussion at the Southern Shore Art Association Gallery on Sunday, April 15, from 2 – 4 PM.

Neil Kienitz is a watercolorist, portrait artist and illustrator, well known for the subtle timelessness of emotions he captures in his paintings, posters and illustrations.

Gordon Ligocki is a sculptor and painter. Turning one's mind on, creating dialect and interactive feedback in verbal or art media is what keeps Gordon creative. "Art is breathing....

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Nationally Acclaimed Spoken Word Artist Will Host Local Poetry Slam

Lubeznik-JW-BasiloFirst Fridays @ 5 continue at Lubeznik Center for the Arts on April 6 with a Poetry Slam hosted by writer, performer and humorist, J.W. Basilo.

One of the most sought-after and compelling spoken word artists working today, "Baz" has hosted previous Slams at Lubeznik Center — presiding over an evening of friendly spoken word competition and boisterous audience participation. Past winners include Warsaw’s Stephen Henn and a 14 year old Michigan City High School student in his first performance.

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Jewelry Classes Coming to Chesterton Art Center

CAC-Chan-Luu-BraceletThe Chesterton Art Center is pleased to announce new jewelry classes coming to the Art Center, taught by Mara Wible, formerly of MegaBeads.

On Wednesday, March 21 at 7pm Mara 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 included to make one bracelet in a variety of colors to choose from.

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Eye of the Beholder at the Southern Shore Art Association

Southern-Shore-Art-AssociationSelect artist members of the Area Artists Association of the Lubeznik Center for the Arts will exhibit at the Southern Shore Art Association Gallery in April 2012. The exhibit entitled “Eye of the Beholder II” will include new work by eighteen artists in a range of 2-dimensional media including oil, acrylic, photography and pastel. The Area Artists Association is a group of juried fine artists who show together at the Lubeznik Center as well as off-site. “Eye of the Beholder II” highlights their exceptional talents as skilled innovators and craftsmen in their chosen art media.

The following artists will participate: Barbara Balis, Tom Brand, Carol Block, Laurie Schirmer Carpenter, Anneke Dekker, Kevin Firme, Kathy Gleser, Julia Holmaas, Laurel Izard, Connie Kassal, George Kassal, Rich Manalis, Brett Maniscalco, Patty Mershon Schaefer, Sara Scherberg, Ginny Scott, Carole Stodder and Gwynne Winsberg.

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Digital Painting, Poetry Slam and Live Music Make Up First Friday

Uptown-Arts-DistrictThe Michigan City Mainstreet Association is pleased to present the First Friday Artwalk in the Uptown Arts District on April 6, 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 First Friday Artwalk features the latest exhibits at some of the Uptown Arts District’s finest galleries. Galleries and businesses will be open, featuring local artists, offering refreshments and entertainment. Lubeznik Center for the Arts will feature the Poetry Slam, a collaborative and competitive spoken word performance. Haas & Associates at 526 Franklin Street will be hosting a demonstration in ‘digital painting’ with local illustrator Joe Condon.

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Porter Artist Among Those Participating in Indiana Artisan Marketplace

Indiana-Dunes-Tourism-LogoAn artist from the town of Porter is among the more than 100 artisans from across Indiana who will participate in the Indiana Artisan Marketplace, which is March 31 and April 1 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Lynn Retson will join artisans who make everything from fine chocolates, to specialty jewelry to stoneware pottery.

My work will be drawings in graphite and black pastel,” Retson said.

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