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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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Circus Sideshow Banners Will Amaze and Delight

Lubeznik-Circus-Sideshow-BannersChildren of all ages will be amazed and delighted by the exhibition of original circus sideshow banners from the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, opening at Lubeznik Center for the Arts on Saturday March 17.

On loan from Chicago’s Carl Hammer Gallery and collector Col. Hunsley of LaPorte, Indiana (proprietor of Col. Hunsley's Freaks and Oddities), Ladies & Gentleman, Children Of All Ages, Step Right Up! consists of 16 colorful banners as large as 8’ wide. The exhibition also features taxidermied sideshow artifacts including a 2-headed calf and a 2’ wide by 3’ long snake.

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Art Classes at the Southern Shore

Southern-Shore-Art-AssociationDrawing the Right Brain Way: Instructor Neil Kienitz

12 sessions - Thursdays, March 8 - May 31, 1.30 – 3.30 pm
Fee: members $150, Non-members $180

This class will focus on a right brain approach to drawing. If you are not familiar with this approach, you will very likely be surprised at how much and how quickly your drawing skills will improve as you learn to "see" in a new way. I am totally convinced that those people who draw very well have a balance between right and left brain function. However, because our education system leans heavily toward left brain development which focuses on areas such as math, science, computers and other structured subjects, the right brain is usually left behind. The good news is that there are specific ways in which the right brain can be nurtured so that this imbalance can be "corrected". It is important to know that the right brain approach is limited to drawing from a reference. Come with an open mind, prepared to learn a very different approach to drawing.

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37th Annual Arts-a-Budding Opens March 2

Arts-a-Budding-2011-1The Thirty-seventh annual Porter County Arts-A-Budding student art show will be Friday, March 2, 2012, through Tuesday, March 13 at the Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University Campus. This exhibit is organized through volunteer efforts of these teachers and is sponsored by the Porter County Arts Commission in cooperation with the Bauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University.

This is an exhibit of the best artwork produced by students grades 1st-8th in Porter County. Visual Art teachers from across Porter County have selected the best art work done by their students during the past year. The art works done by these students include various media such as drawing, painting , print making, fiber art, sculpture, pottery, and computer graphics.

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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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