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A new art gallery is coming to Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood, which has been undergoing a resurgence and where four new businesses have opened this year.

Leslie Green and Jennifer Taylor, both residents of the Miller section of Gary, are opening Beach Art Studios, a studio and gallery that features furnishings, found objects, mugs and neckties in addition to paintings. The shop also additionally will carry various objects with painted scenes of the Miller neighborhood and the Lake Michigan beachfront.

On Friday, the two artists will throw open the doors to their new studio at 601 S. Lake Street in Gary, in the heart of Miller’s thriving commercial corridor, which also is home to the Lake Street Gallery, the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, and many colorful murals. Many new boutiques and businesses have opened there in recent years. This past year saw the openings of the Vibrations juice bar, The Brasserie coffee shop and the Chart House Miller Cafe.

Taylor, who is also a professional actor, and Green, a painter and designer, are neighbors who talked about how they both wanted to open a gallery while eating together at the Miller Pizza Station, and then decided to go into business with each other.

Green does watercolors and simulated stained glass windows, and also puts her designs on clothes, phone cases and license plates. Taylor is a self-taught artist who infuses humor and deep bold colors into her works.

As an actor, Taylor has appeared on Fox’s “Empire” as Terrence Howard’s doctor. Taylor recently moved to Miller with her husband because they liked the bohemian vibe and eclectic shops.

The grand opening for Beach Art Studios is planned from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday as part of the April First Friday festivities.

The gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

For more information, call 219-200-4286 or visit


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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.