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Valparaiso University Center for the Arts  Brauer Museum
New Neil Goodman sculpture Last week before winter break
Betty LaDuke: Social Justice Revisited: Remembering • Reliving • Resisting, curated by Gloria Ruff 
Su Kwak: The Cosmic Light Series, curated by Jungsil Jenny Lee

Mark Fletcher: Winking Turtle, Whispering Tree, curated by Seojeong Shin

The Village Gallery at Pines –  
The Village Gallery –Jeffrey Baumgartner oil paintings - Sun Nov 17 1:30pm thru Jan 9

 The Village Gallery 3303 Pines Village Circle Valparaiso, IN 46383

Chesterton Art Center 115 S. 4th St. Chesterton Call (219) 926-4711 for more information
In December Duneland Photography Club member exhibit opening Dec 7th 10s-2p

December 8 from 6-8 pm, the Chesterton Art Center will host the Indiana Arts Commission Grant Workshop

Stained Glass classes return  Mark VanderVinne, Critique Night at the Chesterton Art Center on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30. Monday Night Ceramics from 5:30-8:30



Holiday Gift Gallery. Nov 30 Treasure Box Workshop |  Friday, Dec 6, 2019 at 7-9pm Mom Night Out

Dec 14 & 15 from 2-5pm for a Holiday Ornament Party! Fourth Friday (Nov 22) Open Mic Night from 5pm-7pm.

Art Z Fine ArtZ and AntiqueZ 206 South Calumet Rd. Ste.E, Chesterton, Indiana 46304  Sat Dec 7 2nd Annual holiday event Holiday with the Artists and Wine Tasting! 6:30p

Mon Dec 16 Wire wrapping class 6pm

 The Ellen Firme Gallery – Exhibit by The Tutwiler Show this Friday at The Ellen Firme Gallery.
DT- CHASE WITH THE IRON HORSE 40 x 50 oil The opened, Dec 1, 5-8PM, at the Ellen Firme Gallery on W U S 12 in Beverly Shores.

 Memorial Opera House Presents the musical adaptation, Miracle on 34th Street  Nov 29-Dec15th

 Dig The Dunes  2020 Calendar Release Party –Dec 8, 2-5pm at Patina Vintage Goods 613 Franklin St, Michigan City, Indiana 46360

 Chicago Street Theatre – Santaland and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever opens Nov 22-Dec 15 on alternate nights  154 West Chicago Street Valparaiso, IN 46383 (219) 464-1636

4th Street Theater presents Nov 30th @ 7pm Christmas Favorite  Grant Fitch in the Charles Dickens holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.” 125 N. Fourth Street in Chesterton 219-926-7875 Auditions  for ART- Dec1 2-4pm & December 2 7-9pm Performances - March 13.-20, 2020   Dec 14th - 8pm - Naughty or Nice Improv show by Improductions at Carriage Court Pizza in Crown Point

 NW Indiana Rusty Strings will be holding a holiday concert on Sunday, December 8, @ 2 pm in the Youth Center at Valparaiso Nazarene Church, this event is hosted by Pines Village Retirement Communities, and the community is welcome to attend this free holiday concert.


Studio 659 – Call for Art An Arm & Leg opens Dec 7 runs thru Jan 4 e-mail 1413 119th Street in Whiting, IN. Thursday & Friday 12 – 7 pm and on Sat from 10 am – 2 pm. 

South Shore Arts  Donna Catalano 219 836-1839 email:

Bachman Gallery-  THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT Nov 19, 2019–Feb 2, 2020

Atrium Gallery: Mary Ann Trzyna: PATH TO THE BEACH thru Nov 24


SUBSTATION NO. 9 - JULIO GUERRA: GALLERY OF VOICE  435 Fayette Street, Hammond, IN 46320

Towle Theater -  5202 Hohman Hammond Judy Crawford – For Your Consideration

Cafe Freseco 611 North Indiana Avenue Crown Point– JOEY LAX SALINAS: PHOTOS OF THE REGION

Through November 23, 2019


Miller Beach Arts & Creative District –Thursdays and Fridays 12-6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 6-9 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. or Miller Beach Arts & Creative District on Facebook   Meg Roman Phone: (773) 822-8086  Email:

 South Lake Artists Cooperative (SLAC) –  Crackle Sip Coffee House 2 · Highland  and Word at the Sip Coffee House in Crown Point  through January. 10 Year Anniversary Show Invitational, opened Saturday, Nov 23rd, 2019  Portrait of the Artist thru mid Nov at Wild Rose Brewery in Griffith Call For Art

 Dyer Arts Visionaries (DAVe), art show called “Space. Energy. Time.” The deadline for submissions for that by the way is November 2nd    Wild Rose Brewery in Griffith

 Theatre at The Center 219 836-3255 The Center for Visual & Performing Arts in Munster

the musical White Christmas Nov 14-Dec 22  Dinner/Theatre Event December 5 & December 13 Dinner at 5:30PM | Show at 7:30PM  Almost Heaven Feb. 13 - March 22, 2020 Music by John Denver and others, Written and Adapted by Peter Glazer Directed by Linda Fortunato


The Promise You Art House in Highland #WinterCollection is the 2nd annual tradition of filling our gallery walls and shelves full of the creative artists and crafty artisans that make up our extended Promise You Family.

Lake Shore Community Concerts (formally Munster Community Concerts)

at 7pm at Munster Auditorium $75 for the whole season 219 923-7879

Northwest Indiana Symphony-Holiday Pops Dec 11, 12, 13 at 7:30pm  Featuring the Symphony Chorus,
Crown Point High School Choir, and Plum Grove Strings
  219/836-0525, ext. 200 or for tickets Living New Hope Church – Merrillville.

 M&M Productions Nov 29, Dec 6 & 7 Scrooge the Musical! Based on the 1970s movie this is a show that will get the entire family into the Christmas Spirit. Come for the beautiful sets, wonderful music, energetic cast, and enjoy our beautifully themed concession stand with the best most original Concession food in all of MWI theatre.
M&M, in conjunction with Ross Music Theatre and the Merrillville High School Choral Department,

Yuletide Favorites told by GRANT FITCH at Tom Lounge’s The Record Bin Dec 7 7-10pm

celebration of the season that includes dramatic readings of the original short stories that became the films "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Story." Plus, O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi," "The Night Before Christmas," and selections from David Sedaris' "SantaLand Diaries." This is truly a magical evening of storytelling!

Tom Lounges' Record Bin 218 Main Street, Hobart, Indiana 46342

 Indiana Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker

Crown Point High School 1500 South Main Street, Crown Point
Friday, December 6th – 10AM (SOLD OUT)
Friday, December 6th – 7PM
Saturday, December 7th – 1PM
Saturday, December 7th – 7PM
Sunday, December 8th – 2PM

Main Stage Theatre at Indiana University Northwest 3415 Broadway Avenue-2nd, Gary
Wednesday, December 11th – 10AM (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, December 12th – 10AM (SOLD OUT)
Friday, December 13th – 10AM (SOLD OUT)
Friday, December 13th – 7PM
Friday, December 14th – 1PM
Friday, December 14th – 7PM

DECEMBER 6TH, FRIDAY, collaborative fundraiser with Hammond Development Corp., Towle Theater and Paul Henry's Art Gallery. DINNER, DRINKS AND ENTERTAINMENT IN ALL THREE LOCATIONS! Your $40 ticket benefits the Towle Theater and Paul Henry's Art Gallery.
Included is:
- Viewing of Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical
Radio Play- Light appetizers and heavy hors d'oeuvres - Non-alcoholic holiday beverages- 2 tickets for
alcoholic beverages- carols- Entry to a raffle All events are across the alley from one another. Park in the back of the Towle Theater.
Schedule is as follows:
5:30-6:15 Paul Henry's Gallery: light appetizers plus holiday non-alcoholic beverages
6:15-7:15 HDC Business Center: non-alcoholic drinks, heavy appetizers, choir singers on the stairs, raffle drawings.
7:15-8:00 Towle Theater: seating for the show.
Drink tickets can be used at this time. (Alcoholic beverages only served at the Towle Theater) 8:00 Watch Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play. After show: beer/wine (2 ticket limit), desserts  Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Please call the box office at the Towle to purchase tickets 219-937-8780

 La Porte County

The Thaddeus C. Gallery, located in downtown LaPorte at 822 Lincolnway.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Lubeznik Center for the Arts

Living Architecture
October 30 - January 4, 2020
Hyndman Gallery, Brinka/Cross Gallery, Susan Block Gallery
curated by Tricia Van Eck with Nathan Abhalter Smith and Lora Fosberg
The evidence of immigrant labor can be seen throughout the built environment of the region. Living Architecture invites viewers to consider the ongoing impact and influence that immigrants have on art, design, labor, innovation and contemporary thought.

Featured artists include: Alberto Aguilar, Kioto Aoki, Amanda Assaley and Qais Assali, Tizziana Baldenebro, Verónica Casado Hernández, Derek Chan, Eugenia Cheng, Julietta Cheung, Sabba Elahi, Maria Gaspar, Óscar I González Díaz, Lise Haller Baggesen, Benjamin Larose, Kirsten Leenaars, Wen Lui, Roni Packer, Moises Salazar, Orkideh Torabi, Ji Yang and others.

Perceived Realities
October 29 - December 2
NIPSCO Art Education Studios

Celebrate the artwork of Area Artist Dorothy Graden. Graden’s unique paintings are inspired by time spent hiking through the mountains and deserts of the American Southwest while studying ancient petroglyphs and prehistoric rock paintings.

As We See It
November 7 - January 4, 2020
NIPSCO Art Education Studios
Explore LCA’s annual exhibit celebrating the 12th year of creative achievements of artists from our Health Promotion Through the Arts Program. This program is accomplished in partnership with The Social and Learning Institute and Paladin, Inc., and is generously funded by the Duneland Heath Council.
Family Celebration: Wednesday, November 13 - 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Rising Phoenix Gallery at 2803 S. Franklin Street, Michigan City

November exhibit is the

18 Artists Collective
Medium: Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor, Sculpture

SFC Gallery at 607 Franklin Street

November exhibiting artist

Join SFC Gallery as we welcome Melissa Washburn Illustration + Design to the Uptown Arts District in conjunction with the November First Friday Art Walk. The exhibition at SFC Gallery will be on display for the duration of the month.

Artist’s Statement

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” —Rachel Carson

The biggest inspiration for my work over the last decade has been the natural world. When I first moved to the Midwest, in 1996, it took me a long time to discover and appreciate the beauty here. I was familiar with the Adirondack Mountains, where everything is tall trees and majestic peaks. Illinois and Indiana are flat horizons and miles of prairie. What I’ve come to realize is that so much of the beauty around us requires slowing down, looking closely, asking questions, and examining things on a much smaller scale. What are the subtle differences in markings that can help differentiate between one butterfly species and another? How are the petals of a compass flower arranged? What are the shapes of the scales on a snake’s snout? Once I start asking these questions, and understanding the ecological role of every tiny piece of what’s around me, it becomes much easier to be kind to the spider skittering across my kitchen floor and more wondrous by far to get down on my belly and see what’s living in my lawn. In a time of profound ecological crisis, I believe that truly paying attention to All the Little Things, getting to know and understand them, is a way to be more mindful of our own role and impact in this complex, weird, wonderful world.

Many of the pieces in this exhibit started as studies or elements of what would eventually become larger/more complete illustrations, but making these mixed-media pieces (generally in watercolor, ink, and gouache) is my way of getting to know the life around me. I’ll never name them all, but it’s a joyous process of discovery to at least try.

Melissa Washburn is an artist/illustrator/graphic designer living in Valparaiso, Indiana. She grew up in upstate New York, in the foothills of the Adirondacks, but has lived in the Midwest since 1996. Her fascination with things that run, fly, and grow has led to editorial commissions for publications such as Edible Indy, Charlotte Home and Garden, and Smithsonian Magazine. She continues to exhibit her work throughout Northwest Indiana as well as illustrating and designing for stationery, textiles, advertising, and package design. Her background includes a BFA in painting and printmaking from Binghamton University, a Masters Degree in Arts Administration from Indiana University, coursework at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and experience as Art Director at advertising firm Group 7even. She was a 2012-2013 recipient of an Individual Artist Program grant from the Indiana Arts Commission, serves on the board of the newly formed Valparaiso Creative Council, and recently completed her Indiana Master Naturalist certification. You can see more of her work at


December exhibiting artists for First Friday | Betty Thomas & Bunny Dimke

Opening on December 6th


Michigan City Messiah

December 21 - 7pm

December 22 - 3pm

First Presbyterian Church, Michigan City

121 W Ninth St. 

Michigan City, IN 46360 

(219) 879-4501

Admission is free, seating is limited.

Order Free Tickets:


Blink Contemporary Art at 1709 Franklin Street, Michigan City New work by Suzanne Cohen-Lange and Rick Lange.

Nest located at 803 Franklin Street in Michigan City

Current exhibit is Robert Sirko: "Me, Myself, and Eyes" Recent Paintings & Drawings

We welcome back the artist Robert Sirko for a second time, featuring new works created during the past two years. Sirko has been working almost frenetically and passionately, exploring several different directions as he states is due to in large part his struggle with cancer and the dwindling sands of time. With a level of desperation and the uncertainty that comes with living with an incurable disease, the artist has been searching for a purposeful direction, perhaps a final episode to a life committed to art, and one that investigates areas never attempted yet always aspired to. Hence, the work presented in this current show will offer the viewer a glimpse into a variety of expressions uncommon to most solo exhibits. Sirko jokingly referred to this show as a “one person group exhibit”.

The Every Kind Of Talent Show with Captain Ambivalent 7pm

(every 3rd Saturday)
It's open mic meets vaudeville meets show and tell!

The Every Kind Of Talent Show with Captain Ambivalent 7pm

(every 3rd Saturday) YOU (yes, you) have talent worth sharing!
You just need a fantastic variety show to share it in.
It's open mic meets vaudeville meets show and tell!
We're looking for solo or group musicians, magicians, dancers, filmmakers, actors, comedians, poets, storytellers, Ted-ish talkers, visual artists, crafters, animal trainers... We mean EVERY kind of talent! (Yes, being a good audience member counts as a talent.) Then we'll put all the pieces together into one phantasmagorical experience.

Here is the sign-up link:


TheraCHI Tai Chi Meditation for Health and Relaxation -with Kristy Putnam

LET'S PRACTICE Empowered Self Care Made Simple!

TheraCHI Tai Chi Moving Meditation:
Natural Pain and Stress Management
for Health and Relaxation.

Workshop Series 5:30-6:15pm and 6:30-7:30 on 3 Mondays:
12/9 + 12/23
The Nest Michigan City
803 Franklin St, Michigan City, Indiana 46360
*Inquire about hardship discount.

Every third Wednesday of the month:Brain Injury Support Group at Anam Cara


Saturday-November 30th First annual 'Foster Golden Uptown JazzNest Fest' with Billy and Renee Foster great line up free jazz and refreshments and fun!

It’s time to Celebrate!
Let's bring family, extended family, friends and community together.
Come and continue the Fun!
Jazz Music, Refreshments and You!

Billy Foster riffing on Jazz History------------- 1:00 P.M.- 1:30 P.M.

CARL COAN Saxophone -----------------2:00 P.M.–3:15 P.M.

RENEE’ MILES-FOSTER Vocalist ---- 3:45 P.M.– 5:00 P.M.

HENRY JOHNSON International Jazz Guitarist-- 5:30 PM-6:45 PM


Friday-December 6th Drum Circle 6:30pm plus---


Fundraiser for the 'Humane Society of the Dunes'

Artist Sandra Setlik has created delightful watercolors of animals which she has made into cards. She will be donating all the proceeds from the card sales to the Humane Society of the Dunes.
Please stop by Friday December 6th meet Sandy and Learn about Jane Hullsiek's Humane Society of the Dunes!

The mission of the Humane Society of the Dunes is dedicated to the rescue of abused, abandoned, sick and injured animals, as well as their rehabilitation. We also help reduce the number of animals by spaying/neutering. Lastly, we strive to build relationships between people and animals in a healthy environment in the community, making sure every animal receives a happy and healthy home for the rest of their lives.

Since 1995, our organization has rescued, treated and sheltered both domestic and wild animals. Several animals in the shelter have led difficult lives. Many are so fearful of people that humane traps need to be implemented in order to catch them. Our goal, ultimately, is to get them comfortable with people in a positive environment. This requires hard work, dedication, love and patience.

Monetary donations are always needed for the veterinary care the animals receive. Every animal is taken to the veterinarian for an evaluation, disease testing, inoculations, and spaying/neutering. Disease and/or injury is NOT a reason to euthanize, but a cause for medical treatment to be initiated.

The Humane Society of the Dunes is not affiliated with any other Humane Society or SPCA. Any donations to other organizations are not passed on to The Humane Society of the Dunes through any other organization.

Saturday-December 7th Free concert Jazzmates

3rd Annual Movable Art Feast Holiday Pop-Up

December 8th from 11am to 3pm

Some of the artisans participating: Deana Rose Jewelry - Hook Pottery Paper - Kirins Forest - Dorothy Graden - Verdant Fairie - Pieces of Jayde - Annemarie Marti - Manjushree Hermitage - Captain Ambivalent - Kirin's Forest

More events and

Details on 'The Nest Michigan City' facebook page.

LaPorte County contact info:

 Thaddeus C. Gallery, located in downtown LaPorte at 822 Lincolnway.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 219-326-8626 and Thaddeus C Gallery on facebook

 DUNES SUMMER THEATRE BRINGS 288 Shaday Oak Drive, Michiana Shores  (219) 879-7509

 Lubeznik Center for the Arts  101 W. 2nd Street Michigan CIty 219/874-4900

 Southern Shore Art Association   Gallery is located at 724 Franklin Street or the facebook page Southern Shore Art Association

SFC Gallery t 607 Franklin Street and on facebook sfc gallery.

 Blink Contemporary Art    1709 Franklin

 The Nest     803 FranklinThe Somewhere Else of Being Here"

  Canterbury Theatre 807 Franklin St., Michigan City, IN 46361 - -