One art exhibit closing, another opening

The Porter County Museum's new space at 18 Indiana St. in downtown Valparaiso is under construction last month. The museum's final exhibit of the year opens Saturday.

Doug Ross, The Times

This Saturday will be the last chance to see the Meat and Potatoes exhibit at SideCar gallery in Hammond.

The exhibit of Michael Robert Pollard, a Chicago artist who studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, will be on display from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the contemporary art gallery in a residential neighborhood at 411 Huehn, near the Hammond South Shore Line station.

Pollard has displayed his work at galleries from Illinois, Indiana, California and Rhode Island, and now has done two solo exhibits at SideCar. He will give an artist's talk and answer any questions at 3 p.m. as part of a closing reception.

Also on Saturday, the Porter County Museum will do a Community Supported Art Valparaiso exhibition for the third year, showcasing the work of both emerging and mid-career artists from the Region.

The museum at 153 S. Franklin St. will show paintings, photos, prints, crafts, textiles and mixed-media works. The artists will be on hand for an opening reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, and Brauer Museum Curator and Director Gregg Hertzlieb will moderate a panel discussion at 2. The Porter County Museum's final new exhibit of the year runs through March 31.

For more information, visit www.csartvalpo.com, pocomuse.org or www.gallerysidecar.com.

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