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High School Students Participate in 2012 Art Show

PHS-2012-Art-Show-1The annual Portage High School Art Show opened to the public on May 16 and runs through May 25. The public is invited to come and view this outstanding show. Each of the six art teachers selected 50 pieces from the works her students created this year.

Opening night included a lovely array of finger foods and punch. A large crowd was there to see the artwork and the Awards Ceremony. First-, second-, and third- place awards were selected in eleven different media. This year’s judge was Jane Lohmeyer, a member of the Education Department at Valparaiso University. Lohmeyer taught art at PHS for many years.

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Classes in Ceramics, Jewelry, and Kumihimo Weaving Coming to Chesterton Art Center

Chesterton-Art-CenterNew classes are starting soon at the Chesterton Art Center.

Beginning Monday, May 21, 2012, Dean Hultman will teach a 6 week session in ceramics. Learn the basics of slab building, or use a wheel if you like. Projects created will be glazed, fired and ready to take home at the end of the session. Class meets on Mondays from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm, through July 9. Class will not meet on Memorial Day. Cost is $75 for members and $85 for non-members, plus $15 for clay.

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Private Collection Showcases the Beauty of Glass

Lubeznik-Lino-TagliapietraSaturday, June 9, 2012
Light & Flow: Private Collection Tour
10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Complementing our upcoming exhibition, Light & Flow, this tour provides a rare opportunity to view works by easily recognized names like Lino Tagliapietra and Dale Chihuly, alongside an impressive list of internationally known glass artists.

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"Last Sunday" to Explore PNC Sculptures

SSAA-Last-Sunday-1“Last Sunday”
May 27, 2012, 3 – 5 pm
Open to the public
Southern Shore Art Association Gallery
724 Franklin, Michigan City, IN

When the May exhibit, “Color Concept,” closes on Sunday, May 27, the Southern Shore Art Association will initiate its first “Last Sunday”, an informal and informative social event with a short presentation, refreshments and a raffle.

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June First Friday All About Art 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 June 1, 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 June First Friday Artwalk is all about art this month, featuring a mix of jewelry, eclectic and fine art. See, taste, and enjoy all of the offerings at the businesses lining the Uptown Arts District. See the fine works at the Framing Station, Lakeside Gallery West, the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Threadbenders Quilt Shop, the Southern Shore Art Association and many more. Taste the Tiramisu cupcakes at Arturo’s Baked Goods, delectable cake pops at Urban Soles, and finish with dinner at Maxine’s or Ryan’s Irish Pub.

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Public Voting for Downtown Banner Design

duneland-chamberThe Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce has opened the selection of the design for its Downtown Beautification Banners to the voting public. While in the past the Chamber has selected the banner design, this year designs were solicited from Chesterton High School Students, who were asked to create images that embodied their visions of Duneland.

Voting on the 14 submitted designs is open to the public from Wednesday, May 9th to Friday, May 18th. The designs are available for viewing and voting at Zing Pizzeria, Third Coast Spice Café, George’s Gyros Spot and Red Cup Café, as well as online at under the event listing “Duneland Banner Voting.”

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Celebration of Art Glass Comes to Michigan City

Lubeznik-Powell_Blue-Licking-JitterlThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the development of studio art glass in America. This summer, Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City will join with museums, galleries, art centers and other venues across the country in presenting glass demonstrations, lectures and exhibitions marking this milestone.

The history of American Studio Glass art began with two glass workshops held at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962. The workshops were taught by Harvey K. Littleton, who, along with scientist Dominick Labino, introduced a small furnace built for glassworking that made it possible for individual artists to work in independent studios. Since 1962, the art of glass has been incorporated into art education, museums, personal collections and many indoor and outdoor installations. Glass is now accepted as an important medium within fine art.

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