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Hobart bookstore to host art exhibit

Green Door Used Books and Studio is open in downtown Hobart.

Green Door Used Books and Studio in downtown Hobart will host its first art exhibit, starting this weekend.

The new bookstore at 220 Main St. will showcase the work of Melina Sapiano, a "nerdy oil painter and digital artist" from South Bend.

An after-hours reception with the artist will take place at the bookstore from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday. It's free and open to the public, and will include drinks and hors d'oevres.

The bookstore will display and sell the art of Sapiano, a classical oil painter who paints fantasy and scifi subjects in a realistic style, "with a dash of impressionism" and "a huge dollop of nerdy." She's previously exhibited at galleries, art fairs and comic book conventions.

"Melina uses oils in the classical rendition, but with subtle twists. With the preferred medium of walnut oil, Melina’s strokes have the qualities of impasto," she says on her website. "Using methods of toothbrushes and finger painting, Melina is able to achieve unusual textures which revel in their chaotic nature. Using layer upon layer, otherworldly scenes are played out, creating mythical fog and spell effects as lethal or healing as they are beautiful."

Green Door Used Books and Studio is an independent bookstore run by an Ivy Tech professor that sells paperbacks for $1.

For more information, call 219-945-3656 or visit


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