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Artful Offerings for Local Celebrations

Lubeznik-Holiday-Artisan-Market-1Art is at the center of a number of holiday events taking place at Michigan City's Lubeznik Center for the Arts this season.

The festivities begin on December 2 with a special "Holiday Artisan Market" edition of their popular First Friday after-hours open house from from 5:00 'til 8:00 p.m. A spectacular selection of gift-giving possibilities by some of the Midwest's finest craftspeople will be on display ─ among them, one-of-a-kind fish sculptures made from recycled sheet metal, copper and steel by "Fishmonger" Greg Summers of Indiana.

Those looking to support the community while they shop will be inspired by over 100 artist-made ornaments being sold as a fundraiser benefiting Lubeznik Center education outreach.

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Boys & Girls Club of Porter County to Participate in National Fine Arts Program

BGC-logo-newAnnual Search for Top Artists

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County is one of more than 4,000 Clubs across the country joining in a search to identify talented young artists. The competition is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) National Fine Arts Exhibit program. BGCA’s National Fine Arts Exhibit program is a comprehensive initiative promoting young people’s creativity and encouraging artistic skills and cultural enrichment.

As a participant in the National Fine Arts Exhibit program, the Boys & Girls Club of Porter County will submit members’ artwork in four age divisions and 10 categories, including watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylic and collage. Selected artwork will be screened at the regional level and a limited number will be sent to BGCA’s Atlanta headquarters for judging at the national level. Thirty-seven national winners will be named and their artwork displayed at special events throughout the year. Winning artists will also receive an engraved plaque and letter of congratulations from BGCA President Roxanne Spillett. Regional finalists will receive a certificate of participation.

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December First Friday Art Walk Kicks Off the Holidays!

Uptown-Arts-DistrictFirst Friday December 2nd, 2011, from 5 – 8 pm in Michigan City

Kick off the Holiday season with the Uptown Art Walk in the Uptown Arts District this First Friday! The art galleries, shops, boutiques, restaurants, and theatres of the Uptown Arts District will be open late to celebrate. Stop in any – or all – of the nineteen participating businesses to experience art, photography, architecture, fashion, music, good food, free refreshments and other surprises.

The Uptown Arts District is Michigan City’s eclectic enclave of galleries, creative businesses, boutiques and one-of-a-kind restaurants. Located a few blocks from Michigan City’s lakefront along Franklin and adjoining blocks, our unique and historic art and cultural center opens its doors for special events on the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Join us for a festive evening of art openings, music, shopping, dining, and more!

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“The Gift of Art” – Works Under $200

Gift-of-Art-Anneke-DekkerThroughout the month of December, Southern Shore Art Association will feature original artworks by regional artists for under $200. This year, find the perfect gift here, or just treat yourself! Jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, wood and more – these affordable unique pieces by member artists are sure to please.

During Michigan City’s Winter Wonderland, Saturday hours in the gallery will make it easy and convenient to shop. Stop by and take the chill off between 12 and 7 pm on Saturdays 3rd , 10th and 17th in December. The gallery is also open Fridays and Sundays 12 to 5 pm, and there’s plenty of free parking.

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Indiana Dunes Tourism, Artist Present Dunes Painting to Winner

Indiana-Dunes-Tourism-Painting-GiveawayIndiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer and Chesterton artist Holly Jackson on Friday, Nov. 4, presented one of Jackson’s dunes paintings to LaPorte resident Valerie Quadlin.

Quadlin won the painting, which was the giveaway prize at Indiana Dunes Tourism’s booth at the Oct. 27 Porter County Chamber Coalition Network Night. People who attended the network night could either fill out an entry form or drop off their business card for a chance to win the framed piece of art.

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Opportunity Enterprises to Host Fifth Annual ARTability Show and Sale

OE-Artibility-Lisa-and-paintingOpportunity Enterprises’ Fifth Annual ARTability Art Show and Sale will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 5:30 – 8:00 pm, at Framing Concepts, 219 Broadway, Chesterton. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature canvas art and ceramics completed by OE Client Artists in collaboration with Art Instructors through OE’s Art Enrichment Program. Sales proceeds will benefit OE’s Art Enrichment Program, and Client Artists will receive a commission on every sale.

Appetizers will be provided by Popolano’s of Chesterton, and wine will be provided by Butler Winery of Chesterton.

Visitors to the art show are encouraged to take advantage of an additional opportunity to support Opportunity Enterprises by also visiting Ashley’s Jewelry by Design, located at 221 Broadway, next to Framing Concepts. 10% of all fine jewelry purchases made between Thursday, November 17, and Saturday, November 19, may be donated to the OE Art Enrichment Program. See any sales associate at Ashley’s for details, or call owner Craig O’Brien at (219) 926-9039 with questions.

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"Pursuit of Visual Complexity" - Justin Vining's Third Solo Exhibit

Justin-Vining-100-Pages-of-PropertyJustin Vining's third solo exhibit, "Pursuit of Visual Complexity", opens this Friday night at 6 p.m. at the Community Art Center in Cedar Lake, Indiana. The exhibit will display a selection of recent work that contains a wide variety of subject matter, mediums and styles.

Opening Reception - Friday, November 4th at 6-9 pm
Closing Reception - Friday, December 9th at 6-9pm

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