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First Friday Bringing the Art and Leading Up to The Taste

Uptown-Arts-DistrictThe Michigan City Mainstreet Association is pleased to present the First Friday Artwalk in the Uptown Arts District on August 3, 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 August First Friday will warm the locals up for the huge Taste of Michigan City in the Uptown Arts District on Saturday August 4, 2012. The Taste will begin with a family-friendly Bike Cruise, registration at 9am and riding at 10:30am. The registration cost is $30 and goes to improvement funds for the Uptown Arts District.

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CHS Art Student Wins Downtown Banner Design Contest

Mae_Bass_Contest_WinnerThe Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce has announced the winner of its Downtown Beautification “Essence of Duneland” contest. From among fourteen Chesterton High School students from Mrs. Kristin Renehan’s art classes, the design of Mae Bass was chosen to adorn the banners that will line Broadway and Calumet in historic downtown Chesterton later this summer.

Each year, the Chamber partners with Reprographic Arts to coordinate this Downtown Beautification Banner project. “This year, we wanted to showcase the extraordinary artistic talent that is being nurtured within Duneland School Corporation. The students’ submissions were incredible, and I think our members and residents were very impressed with how the beauty and fellowship of the Duneland community is being internalized by these young artists.

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Mara Wible Jewelry Classes at the Chesterton Art Center

CAC-Bracelet-1Mara Wible will be offering 3 new jewelry classes at the Chesterton Art Center. The Box Chain Bracelet class is based on the European chain maille weave. The class is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Supplies are included. The class is offered on any of these dates – July 10 from 11-1, July 19 from 10-2, and July 26 from 1-3.

The Basic Peyote Bracelet class is a beginning “off-loom” bead-weaving class. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Supplies are included. The class is offered on any of these dates – July 12 from 10-12, July 20 from 2-4, and July 24 from 1-3.

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Calling All Photographers!

CameraAre you a fan of nature? Do you enjoy taking photos of plants, animals, or other scenic views? Come showcase your photography talents at the 2012 Porter County Fair! The 2012 Home Economics Open Class is now accepting pre-registration forms for all of your beautiful photographs. Open to non 4-H adults 18 years of age and older of both professional and non-professional status, Home Economics Open Class allows you to submit entries in the categories of Arts and Crafts, Clothing Construction, Food, Food Preservation (Canning), and Needlecraft. Exhibitors can enter one item per class per section, and as many sections as desired.

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Open Studio Night at Chesterton Art Center

Chesterton-Art-CenterThe Chesterton Art Center will offer an Open Studio Night on Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. All levels and all mediums are welcome, including drawing. The Open Studio Night will be an opportunity for comraderie, inspiration and artistic enrichment. Suzie Rosso will be on hand for guidance and instruction.

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Lubeznik Center Names New Marketing Director

lubeznik-center-for-the-artsCarolyn Saxton, Executive Director, is pleased to announce the addition of Becky Jascoviak as Marketing Director to the team of professionals at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts. “Becky brings an eclectic blend of education and experience to the Center including an extensive marketing background and years of non-profit work. We are excited to bring her on board at this important time,” said Saxton.

Jascoviak has over fifteen years of marketing experience including nearly ten as the Marketing Director for Indiana Dunes Tourism. In addition she has taught marketing at Purdue University Calumet. Becky will finish her MBA in August from Valparaiso University where she was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honor society. She received a Bachelors of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University Calumet and is a graduate of Leadership Northwest Indiana.

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Bookbinding Workshop with Bill Barrick

Chesterton-Art-CenterThe Chesterton Art Center will be hosting a Bookbinding Workshop with Bill Barrick on Saturday July 14 from 10-2:30. The workshop is $50 for members and $60 for non-members. People ages 16 to adult are invited to participate. Students will create their own hard bound sketch book or journal using reclaimed materials and ancient bookbinding techniques. A list of supplies necessary for the class can be obtained from the Chesterton Art Center.

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