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59th annual Chesterton Art Fair set for Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6

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The 59th Annual Chesterton Art Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 5-6 at Dogwood Park in Chesterton.

The hours of the fair are 10-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday, with an admission charge of $5 per person, or $7 for the whole weekend. Children ages 12 and under are free. Parking is free as well. Dogwood Park is located at the corner of 1100 N and 23rd St. in Chesterton.

Along with a full roster of artists, the Art Fair will feature two full days of local food and entertainment. On Saturday and Sunday at 12:30, the Golden Fingers ukelele group will perform classic ukelele songs, with a mix of the oldies and original music. On Saturday, from 11-12:30, the Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony will have a quartet and a trio entertaining the crowd. Also, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., the Duneland Early Music Consort will be playing their medieval instruments. On Sunday at 2:00 p.m., the German Band will be performing

The Art Fair will host a variety of food vendors, as well as local organizations. Ivy's Bohemia House will offer chicken salad on croissants, various wrap sandwiches and homemade falafel with hummus. The Women of the Moose will provide hot dogs and walking tacos. The Chesterton Dairy Queen will have frozen treats. St. Elizabeth's Orthodox Church will offer handcrafted desserts, and Redamak's Patty Wagon Food Truck will be selling their famous burgers and fries, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks and pulled pork sandwiches.

A Children's Art Experience Booth will be led by the Chesterton Art Center's children's art instructor, Jennifer Martin. Kids will be able to choose from a variety of arts and crafts (only a few dollars per activity) that can be created onsite and taken home. Also, there will be Face Painting by Lauren, and Caricatures by Nate Biancardi (on Saturday from 10-2).

Other groups with booths include the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club selling Babapaloosa Music Festival tickets. Babapaloosa will be held Sunday, August 6, from 1-9 p.m., at Sunset Hill County Park, at US Highway 6 and Meridian Rd., in Liberty Twp.

Frontline Foundations will provide information about the Hooked on Art Festival, set for September 23, as well as details about their substance abuse programming and art therapy options.

Finally, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, which is located right next to Dogwood Park at 2050 W 1100 N, will be offering their facility as a cooling center throughout the weekend, and they’ll host a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday from 8:00-11 a.m. The cost is only $5 for adults, and children ages 10 and under eat for free. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, fruit, juice, and coffee. The fundraiser will benefit their youth group.

To purchase tickets to the Chesterton Art Fair, see the listing in EventBrite under The Chesterton Art Fair has partnered with Babapaloosa to offer a joint ticket for both events at a discounted price. Those can be ordered online as well.

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.

The annual event will include over 85 juried artists from 11 states, including Peggy Davis of Crown Point, Steven Skinner of South Bend, and Laurie Schirmer Carpenter of Valparaiso.

Davis is a modern impressionist painter, focused on flowers and trees. She was recently awarded Best in Fair at the Griffith Park Full of Art. She is a self-taught artist living on a farm in NW Indiana where she is inspired by the nature all around her. She dabbles in mixed media, oil, texture and ink. Her work can be seen at

Newcomer Steven Skinner of New Carlisle, Indiana is an experienced potter with an impressive background. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1981, but didn't begin creating pottery until 2006 where he studied at the Lillstreet in Chicago. He has taught art for Columbia College Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Indiana University South Bend, and even spent time in Florence, Italy teaching for Columbia College. "I make functional and sculptural pottery using organic and geometric shapes, incorporating colored clay and textured surfaces with marbled and inlayed porcelain. It is important that the clay medium retains its identity and its plasticity while being visually exciting and expressive,” he said. “The interiors of my works are glazed, enhancing and often contrasting the appearance of the clay body. Ideally, surfaces, colors, and values compliment texture, form, and the aesthetic qualities of the clay in all my work. Much of my experience making art is founded upon and firmly grounded in spontaneity and expressiveness in thought and gesture during the art making process. Clay for me is a perfect medium for expressive spontaneity in thought and execution, and is especially well-suited for exploration of creative accidents during the art-making process." A collection of Skinner's work is found at

Returning artist, Laurie Schirmer Carpenter of Valparaiso is a landscape oil painter. She has been painting full-time since 1988 when she graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and a BA in Art History. Carpenter's intent is to, "depict the ephemeral quality of the atmosphere while maintaining the sense of the earth's solidity, resulting in a perception of the vastness, beauty, and stillness of the landscape. I am concerned with being true to the spirit of the place while creating my own personal vision of it. My oil paintings are a chronicle of the land as I see it, but they are also visual ideas of the land. Capturing in color and form that which cannot be captured in language is demanding and soul-searching. Painting, for me, begins with seeing and ends with seeing better. Most of my paintings result from sketches and photographs made during a walk or bike ride through the countryside. I look for the extraordinary in the ordinary - the beauty we tend to overlook while we're so busily involved with our daily lives. A painting works for me when it teaches me more about seeing and opens that gate to seeing better for the next walk through a landscape - and the next painting." Carpenter's work can be found on her website at

The Chesterton Art Center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton, IN 46304. For more information, visit


Posted 7/31/2017






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