Despite the fabulous weather Saturday, crowds were down for both
Chesterton’s European Market and ArTour 2009. Nevertheless, those who
visited the 16 stops in the tour had an opportunity to see how
photographers, painters, clay artists and even a blacksmith create their
respective arts and crafts.
Whether one began or ended the tour at the Westchester Township Historical
Musuem, that stop had to be the highlight of the Tour. There members of the
museum staff and volunteers presented a PowerPoint presentation about local
artists, many nationally known, all prominent in the history of the Duneland
The PowerPoint, presented by Joan Costello, was shorter than those at the
Art Institute in Chicago, but every bit on par with the famous institution.
Visitors learned about Earl Reed, one of the earliest artsts of note in this
area. Frank V. Dudley, considered one of America’s foremost landscare
artists,Tunis Ponsen, Muriel Reese, Evelyn Finnstrom, John Hawkinson, David
Sander, Tom Gasper, Wayne Cooper and David Tutwiler are among the Artists in
the Dunes, whose lives are noted and some of whose works are on display in
the ArTour that followed inside the museum.
Other artists of note in the grouping listed “Nature Artists” including John
James Audubon, Hazel Hannell, Harriet Rex Smith, and Peggy Jo Furness Dunn.
Artists noted for local historical places include Oral Haslett Thomas, Olaf
Polky, Lilian Hall, Eleanor Murray, Nathaniel Sears Wait and Konrad Juestell.
Some may recognize the names of the above mentioned artists, some may even
have known (or know those still living), but regardless how aware one is of
these art standouts, it is well worth a visit to acquaint oneself with the
artists who have left their mark here, and nationally.
“David Tutwiler’s paintings hang in some of the most prestigious collections
in the United States,” said Costello. “Trained at the Art Institute of
Chicago and the American Academy of Fine arts in Chicago, he is best known
for his railroad art.”
On the patio outside the east entrance to the museum house in the historic
Brown Mansion, Susan Nolan demonstrated her art and had a small gallery to
show and sell to visitors.
Nolan, a member of the Association of Artists and Craftsmen of Porter
County, chaired the event.
Dick Church, an AACPC Board member, painted a watercolor of a scarecrow as
he sat on the porch of Tonya’s Pastisserie. Although a big man, who could
have played on a major football league team, he has a very delicate touch in
producing his portrayals of blooming florals and landscapes.
Artists throughout the town were mentioned in Thursday and Friday’s issues
of the Chesterton Tribune. Each demonstration and/or exhibit was
worth following the “Red Dot” map to see. For those who missed the
opportunity, there is always next year.