The 60th Annual
Chesterton Art Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, at
Dogwood Park in Chesterton, IN. The hours of the fair are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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. The event will
include over 90 juried artists from 13 states, exhibiting in 15 different
Dave Lee will be returning as an artist this year. Lee has always loved
blown glass as an art form and eventually took a class at Water Street
Glassworks in Benton Harbor, Michigan, with his son, Bryan. They both fell
in love with glassblowing immediately. Glassblowing is a team art and “we
found we worked very well together," Dave said.
filled with adrenaline and those of us who do it, love it. Unlike other art
forms, glassblowing is urgent. In other words, once you start a piece you
must finish it. It either ends up in the gallery, or in a thousand pieces on
the floor. There are a lot of factors conspiring against the
glassblower-temperature, humidity, gravity-all of which have to be
controlled as you create a piece. Not to mention that you are working with
2,000 degree molten glass. Adrenaline makes it fun!," Dave said.
A little over four
years ago, Dave, Bryan, and Eli started Hot Shop Valpo with the intention of
giving them a place to work, as well as plant the seed of artistic growth
within their community. "We have great artists in NW Indiana, but people by
the thousands pass by us each weekend, leaving Chicago heading to art
communities east of here like Saugatuck and Grand Haven. Why not capture
their attention right here, 45 minutes from downtown Chicago?" Since they
opened their doors, they have seen great progress in making this area an
arts destination. Dave is part of the prestigious Indiana Artisan Guild, as
well as a member of the Valparaiso Creative Council, which is advancing the
growth and development of the creative arts community in and around the city
Hot Shop Valpo has
grown from simply creating art for the home, to doing much larger
installations, such as the 20' x 40' piece at Valparaiso University's Center
for the Sciences, Chemistry, and Bio-Chemistry building. They also teach
classes, host events, and have a thriving cremation ash art line called,
"Requiem in Glass".
As a returning
artist to the Chesterton Art Fair, Dave said he loves the Chesterton Art
Fair for many reasons. “First, it is close to home, and as a local artist,
the work is so well received. It is also a very well run show,” he said.
“From registration, to check in, to the volunteers - it is the smoothest
show I do each year. I also love the venue itself. Dogwood Park is
beautiful. I love being on the grass (which is way more friendly to glass
than pavement). It’s a peaceful setting with the many shade trees, plenty of
parking, and great artists from all over - it has it all." Preview Dave
Lee's work at