The Blue Room Cafe was my first stop, to attend the opening of Eugene Mitchell. I have seen Eugene at Paul Henry's Art Gallery, at the Thursday night JAM. When David Mueller (proprietor of Paul Henry's) posted Eugene's work for the announcement of the opening, I found I really liked it.
Eugene has the "voice" of NW Indiana in his art. The simple, colorful, joyful, family life he enjoys, and one I see in this region. Eugene's work appears to me as a celebration of life as he see's it. Here are some photos of the opening . . .
Stay for a cup of coffee, sandwich, bowl of soup. Take in the art, the cafe, and downtown Hammond. As Eugene and I briefly talked about, NW Indiana is the place to be for artists.
All Aboard!!! Next stop, the Whiting Art Walk, Whiting IN. This art walk took place on 119th street, with retailers between Studio 659 and the CornerStone Art Center, displaying art in their store windows. It was nice to see the art, people on the street stopping to see the art, and the proud artists who had their work on exhibit. A met people for the very first time, and found myself glued to the CornerStone Art Center, where Leon Sarantos had his exhibit. People were milling around, eating, drinking, looking at the art. Brother John Sarantos was present playing his Native American flute. John and I have become friends over the last few months. John had been on his journey, playing for all of us across the United States. So I was very happy to see him this evening. Here are some photos of the event at CornerStone.