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A New Art District from the Ground Up

A New Art District from the Ground Up
Tom Brand. For Now We See Through a Glass Darkly, 2012. Oil on Panel. Michigan City, IN. (Photo Credit: Zachary Johnson) How do you start an art district from the ground up? Fifty-three miles east of Chicago, the answer is collaboration. A town of thirty thousand people connected to Chicago by the South Shore Electric line, Michigan City boasts an art center, a handful of commercial galleries, non-art... 

Chris Smith’s Unspoken Language

Chris Smith's Unspoken Language
Michigan City’s Walnut Ink Gallery drew quite the mixed crowd for their opening on June 11th, with people from Chicago, Aurora, Indiana, Dekalb, and everywhere in between in attendance. They’d all come to see new work by Chris Smith, whose current show is entitled Unspoken Language. Julia Nielsen and Chris Grohs of Walnut Ink Gallery first met Chris while curating their inaugural show last summer.... 

Donning Capes, Unveiling Superheroes: An Interview with Saundra Karol

Donning Capes, Unveiling Superheroes: An Interview with Saundra Karol
At the entrance to The Cape Project by Saundra Karol. April 2011. (Image courtesy of Jenny Lam.)   In The Cape Project, photographer Saundra Karol asks women and girls to search inside themselves and find the superheroes within. The subject of each portrait writes down the story of her greatest strengths, wears a cape, and poses for a photograph. The result is an empowering series that celebrates... 
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