Art, activities on the bill for Lubeznik festival

PUBLISHED IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE AUGUST 13, 2015

Artist Robert R. Williams creates a portrait of residents at the Lubeznik Art Festival
Artist Robert R. Williams creates a portrait of residents at the Lubeznik Art Festival

On Saturday and Sunday, the Lubeznik Center for the Arts will be hosting its 34th annual Lubeznik Art Festival in Washington Park in Michigan City.

Over 100 artists from across the nation will be exhibiting and selling their one-of-a-kind works.

Angie Carlson, marketing specialist for the Lubeznik Center for Arts, is excited about the upcoming festival. She is looking forward to the works of a festival favorite, Ezra Siegel, participating this year.

“Siegel is a Chicago-born artist who uses plaster, graphite powder and thin washes of acrylic to develop tones, shapes and textures,” said Carlson. Siegel will also be exhibiting a solo show at Lubeznik Center for the Arts in summer 2016.

The kids’ activity tent is another attraction at the Lubeznik Art Festival that is not to be missed. On Saturday, the group Whatever Lab will be leading a children’s workshop making parachutes. “Participants will produce parachutes out of repurposed goods,” Carlson said, she continued, “Once your parachute is assembled you can play with a treasure chest full of goods to attach to the end of your parachute.”

On Sunday, The Lucky Trikes, an award-winning chamber band performing. This group performs storybooks and songs. Following The Lucky Trikes, “the band will offer children and adults to have hands-on contact with the stringed and percussion instruments,” said Carlson.

Food trucks will be at the Lubeznik Art Festival from Maggie Moo, Tom’s Tasty Taters, Mustard’s Last Stand, Victor’s Grill, Aloha Hawaiian Shaved Iced, Super C Concessions, Harris House: Kettle Corn, Kim’s Sweets & Treats, and Blue Chip’s King of the Road.

The Lubeznik Art Festival is the second-largest fundraiser for the Lubeznik Center for the Arts.

“All proceeds from ticket sales goes back to the art center, which allows us to operate, provide exhibitions year round, and provide after school and summer art instruction reaching to over 1,200 children in the region,” Carlson said.

On top of being a fundraiser that ultimately gives back to the community, the Lubeznik Art Festival is an all-around family friendly event. “Items in the festival are at every price point,” said Carlson.

The Lubeznik Art Festival also assist the community by providing art exposure to the residents of northwest Indiana. “It provides an entry point into the arts,” said Carlson, she continued, “Those who might not normally set foot in a gallery can come to the park and experience high quality art in an approachable way.”

The Lubeznik Art Festival will be from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $4 for a one-day pass, and $5 for a two-day pass. Lubeznik Center for the Arts members are free. Children under 12 and active military with ID are also free.

Parking in Washington Park is $7. Free off-site parking is available at Lubeznik Center for the Arts and Blue Chip Casino.

Beth Casey is a freelance writer.

Lubeznik Art Festival

When: Saturday and Sunday

Where: Washington Park, 10 On The Lake, Michigan City

Tickets: $4 adults, under 12 free, Washington Park parking is $7

Details: 219-874-4900 or www.lubeznikcenter.org

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