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60th annual Chesterton Art Fair at Dogwood Park August 4 and 5

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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 mediums.

Local glassblower 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.

"Glassblowing is 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 of Valparaiso.

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, or at

Along with a full roster of artists, the Art Fair will feature two days of local food and entertainment. The Golden Fingers Ukulele band and The Flashbacks will perform both days. Saturday's musical lineup will also include the Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony, and Sunday's will include The German Band. As for food, the Art Fair will host a variety of businesses and local organizations. Ivy's Bohemia House, the Women of the Moose, St. Elizabeth's Orthodox Church, and Redamak's Patty Wagon will all be offering meal options. Plus, the Chesterton Art Center will be selling beverages and ice cream.

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 that can be created onsite and taken home. Also, there will be face painting by Lauren each day. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the art fair, event totes will be sold and a photographic retrospective of the Art Fair will be on display at the hospitality tent. Also at the hospitality tent will be discounted Art After Dark Gala tickets and other various raffles.

To purchase tickets to the Chesterton Art Fair, see the listing in EventBrite under

Proceeds from the Chesterton Art Fair are vital to the operation of the Art Center, which helps provide art education programming for the coming year. Over 1,000 children participate in art classes each year, creating projects and learning to appreciate and enjoy art in its many forms. The Chesterton Art Center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton, IN 46304.

For more information, please see the website at



Posted 7/31/2018




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