The GFWC Chesterton Woman's Club 62nd annual Art Show will open Sunday, June 9, and continue through June 24 at the Chesterton Art Center. Wendy Marciniak, this year's cover artist for the CWC Art Show program, is a lifelong Chesterton resident.
She is a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago with degrees in Commercial Art and Watercolor Painting. She studied watercolor with Irving Shapiro, AWS, while a student at the American Academy. She has also studied with many well known local artists, as well as participating in mixed media workshops all over the country.
Marciniak has worked in the commercial art field as a graphic designer, and most recently was the publicist for the Chesterton Art Center. She currently volunteers with projects and events there. Wendy has co-chaired the Chesterton Art Fair, is chairman of this year's ArTour, and has been a docent at the Art Center for numerous children's groups that visit the Art Center.
Marciniak has taught encaustic painting, collage, and jewelry classes around the region. Wendy now enjoys spending her time making jewelry, painting in pastels, and creating mixed media art, clothing, and accessories.
"It was an honor and a privilege to be this year's cover artist," said Marciniak. "I love that the Woman's Club celebrates and supports local artists, and has done so for 62 years. That's why I chose the theme of this year's show to be "Artful Visions", because the Woman's Club had a vision 62 years ago. It also promotes the visions of local artists."
Entries must be brought in on Monday, June 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Original artwork in painting, drawing, pastel, sculpture, stained glass, and hand-pulled prints will be accepted. Artists must be a minimum of 18 years old to enter. Each artist is allowed only one large-sized entry and one of smaller size. Artwork must not exceed three feet by three feet in size, including frame.
No artwork will be accepted or hung unless properly framed and ready to hang with wire. No saw-tooth hangers are allowed. Sculptures must be free standing with dimensions limited to three feet by three feet by four feet with a maximum weight of 200 pounds and be of durable material. Artwork cannot exceed a value of $5,000 due to insurance regulations. Entries will be submitted at the owner's risk, and in no case shall the Chesterton Woman's Club or the The Association of Artists and Craftsmen of Porter County be held responsible if damage or loss should occur.
A fee of $15 must accompany the first entry and an additional $10 fee for the second entry. Artwork must remain in the Art Center throughout the show, June 9-23. The Chesterton Woman’s Club will receive a 20% commission on all sales. Entries must be picked up at the Art Center on Sunday, June 23, from 1 - 5 p.m. or Monday, June 24, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Neither the CWC nor the Art Center will be responsible for work not picked up during these times. For a full prospectus, please contact the Chesterton Art Center at 219-926-4711. The Chesterton Art Center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton, IN 46304.
Photo: Shown left to right are Judy Tyler, Chairman of this year's Chesterton Woman's Club Art Show, and Wendy Marciniak, cover artist. The pastel painting is called "Solidarity".