The 61st Annual
Chesterton Art Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4, at Dogwood
Park in Chesterton. The hours of the fair are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and
10 a.m.-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 also
Dogwood Park is
located at the corner of 1100 N and 23rd St. The event will include over 80
juried artists from 13 states in 15 different mediums.
Mark VanderVinne, a
landscape painter from Porter, will return to the Chesterton Art Fair this
year. He describes his work as, "contemporary impressionism", capturing
urban and natural landscapes using loose strokes and a keen attention to
"I donít want
everything to be defined in order to allow the viewer to bring some of
themselves to the piece. But more important to me than style is to create a
mood,Ē VanderVinne said. ďI want people to feel the cool dappled shadows on
a bright sunny day, or the atmosphere on a rainy morning, or the quiet of
the late evening in autumn. I see things in artistic terms, but when someone
else is moved by what Iíve created, thatís where the real magic happens.
"When I first moved
to the Chesterton area, I did so to raise my children in a smaller town and
to get closer to nature so it was more readily available to paint. I still
remember going to my first Chesterton Art Fair and being surprised at the
quality of work. I was not an exhibitor then, but I knew it was something I
wanted to be a part of. Iíve been exhibiting as an artist for about 10 years
now at the art fair, and itís always been a great event,Ē VanderVinne said.
ďI love exhibiting locally and getting the chance to meet with art lovers -
both those I have known for a while, and those who have never seen my work.
As an artist, Iíve tried to build up a certain reputation in the local
community and the Chesterton Art Fair is a big part of making that happen."
VanderVinne's work can be found online at
Other Porter County
artists exhibiting include Mary Acton (Pysanky eggs), Jackie Gray (fiber),
Nancy Harrington (jewelry and wind chimes), Cynthia Hicks (jewelry), Jackie
Kalin (mixed media), Dave Lee (glass), Jayde McAloon (jewelry), Kathi Millet
(jewelry), George Millet (painting), Mary Ann Pals (pastels), Joel Pisowicz
(ceramics), and Candice Sexton (jewelry). Artists from Lake County include
Rita Anthony (photography), Ricardo Cortez (sculpture), Peggy Davis
(acrylic), Sally Hooker (watercolor), Joe Ladendorf (photography), Kelly
Meska (clay), Kathy Smith (2D mixed media), and Scott Smith (photography).
Along with a full
roster of artists, the Art Fair will feature local food and entertainment.
The Golden Fingers Ukulele band (11 a.m.-12 p.m.), and Ally Christian
(12:30-1:30 p.m.) will perform each day. The Salt Exchange will play
Saturday at 2:00 p.m., followed by the Flashbacks at 3:30. Sunday will
feature the music of the NWI Youth Symphony at 2:00 p.m.
A variety of
businesses and local organizations will be featured, including Ivy's Bohemia
House, The Women of the Moose, St. Elizabeth's Orthodox Church, Biggby
Coffee, and Dog Days Ice Cream Parlor will all offer culinary options. The
Chesterton Art Center will be selling cold beverages.
invited to get creative in the Children's Art Booth. Kids will be able to
choose from a variety of arts and crafts that can be created onsite and
taken home. Art Fair t-shirts (adult sizes for men and women) will be sold
beforehand at the Chesterton Art Center and during the event at the
hospitality tent. Anyone wearing an Art Fair t-shirt will be given free
admission. Folks who have their shirt decorated will receive a raffle ticket
good for prizes at the hospitality tent.
To purchase tickets
to the Chesterton Art Fair, visit
Proceeds from the Chesterton Art Fair are vital to the operation of the Art
Center, helping 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 at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton. For more information visit