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55th Chesterton Art Fair set for August 3 and 4

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The 55th annual Chesterton Art Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4 at Hawthorne Park in Porter, Ind. The hours of the fair are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission charge is $5 per person for the entire event. Parking is free.

First time participant Jayde Peterson will be showcasing her wire-wrapped, artisan jewelry, including pendants, necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

Peterson began her artistic career with a striking beach stone, "My desire to create a setting for that wonderful stone - to get it out of my pocket and around my neck - began my journey as a jewelry designer, and I haven't put the pliers down since!" When designing a piece, Peterson spends time "contemplating the color, shape and texture of the item before I begin crafting its final form".

Custom work a favorite assignment because of the personal connection to the customer. At her booth, Peterson will offer a variety of beach glass that can be custom wrapped and worn out the same day! "A woman chooses her jewelry to reflect who she is inside. To have someone ask me to craft a piece she will wear is the highest compliment someone can pay me."

Peterson finds many of her materials along the lakeshore and incorporates vintage beads and trinkets found while antiquing in the Duneland community. She is excited to be a part of the Chesterton Art Fair this year. "I am absolutely in love with Chesterton and the dunes. I think people who are from here get it. Our local artists share that love of our beautiful landscape, and I know that being amongst these wonderful people is so good for my soul!"

Other local participating artists from Chesterton include Chris Acton (weaver), Mary Acton (Pysanky eggs), Rita Jackson (ceramics), and MaryAnn Pals (pastels).

Porter artists include Stephanie Carnell (printmaking), Melinda Massette (jewelry), and Carol Shepherd (jewelry). These artists, along with 80 others from 11 states will be exhibiting artwork in a multitude of mediums - painting, drawing, photography, jewelry, sculpture, weaving, glass and pottery, to name just a few.

The Golden Fingers, a Chesterton-based ukulele band, will play music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and members of the South Shore Youth Orchestra will perform from 1 to 3 p.m. each day.

Volunteers from St. Patrick's Catholic Church and Augsburg Lutheran Church will be in charge of the food and beverage booths. A children's activity booth will allow kids the opportunity to create a piece of art.

Proceeds from the Chesterton Art Fair go to the Art Education Fund at the Chesterton Art Center. Over 1,000 children participate in art classes each year, creating projects and learning to appreciate and enjoy art in many forms.

Volunteers for the fair are always needed and appreciated. If interested in volunteering, please contact the Chesterton Art Center at 219-926-4711.

The Chesterton Art Center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton, Ind. For more information visit the website at


Posted 7/8/2013