Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre Nationally Recognized by American Association of Community Theatre
Trudy and Enola have had their differences over the years, that’s for certain, with arguments about everything from religion to lifestyle to childhood resentments. And Lord knows that trying to keep the doors open to Graces’ Place, the run-down laundromat they own and operate in New Orleans, can’t be easy, either. Especially dealing with characters like Uncle Slack, the shell-shocked veteran and former POW, who occasionally stops by the laundromat to sit and watch the ladies’ underwear as it spins in the (sometimes working) dryers… when he’s not out holding up the local bank for booze money. Still, it’s a life they’ve come to accept.
When you think about your town and your community, what is it that you love about it? That was the question posed to elementary school children throughout the Duneland, Portage and Valparaiso school systems by Porter Health Care System in an engaging collaborative art project dubbed Children Helping Children.
Lubeznik Center for the Arts will host the opening reception for Yoonshin Park & Richard Shipps: Out of the Shadows (Hyndman Gallery), Doug Stapleton(Brincka/Cross Gallery), and Kass Copeland (Susan Block Gallery). Meet the artists and enjoy light bites catered by Shoreline Brewery. Admission is free and refreshments are available for a nominal fee. Exhibitions opened on April 16 and will be up through June 25, 2016.
Jay Weinberg is a graduate of the American Academy of Art and has been designing Artunity from his hometown of Valparaiso, Indiana since early 2015. The app Artunity (a clever spin on the word opportunity that replaces the o’s with a’s) is in development for release globally on iPhone and Android. Artists will utilize the social media platform to scale and take advantage of the audiences they grow to significantly increase their income. The magic really happens with Artunity’s unique spin on conventional crowdfunding. It will not only allow artists to leverage support from their followers, but will also reward the highly engaged community.
A stated by famous photographer Ansel Adams, “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” Members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s Valparaiso Club will have the opportunity not only view and study photographs, but to become the actual photographer taking creative images.
For thirty-four years Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) has held its annual festival on the third weekend in August at Michigan City's Washington Park. This year the festival is re-inventing itself for the thirty-fifth year as the Lubeznik Art and Artisan Festival (LAAF). One of the key changes to the festival is bringing it home to LCA's grounds and adding a special preview night with musical entertainment.
Mia Baker, a senior at Valparaiso High School, will present her original drawing of the Porter County Courthouse to the Indiana State Bar Association's (ISBA) Courthouse Art Project on Monday, March 28, at 1:30 p.m., at the Porter County Courthouse. Baker will attend Ball State University in the fall, where she plans to pursue a degree in architecture and Spanish, and continue her artwork as a hobby. Baker’s donation was supported by Indiana Dunes Tourism and the Porter County Bicentennial Committee.
Life-size fiberglass bison painted or adorned in a myriad of creative ways will soon be displayed throughout Porter County and the rest of Indiana as part of the Indiana Association of United Ways’ Bison-tennial Public Art initiative.