OFFBEAT: South Shore Arts poster launch includes both new, old designs

2012-04-29T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: South Shore Arts poster launch includes both new, old designsBy Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

Think of it as history repeating itself.

South Shore Arts has announced three "new/old" poster designs in their popular vintage South Shore poster series.

"Spring Indiana Dunes State Park" originally designed by Clara B. Fahrenbach in 1927

"Spring Wildflowers" created Barbara Spies Labus

"Old Lake County Courthouse," a re-release of the long out-of-print design by Bruce Cegur

All three posters can be ordered in small or larger formats priced at $25 and $35 at or purchased in the South Shore Arts Gift Shop located in The Center for Visual and Performing Arts at 1040 Ridge Rd. in Munster or at the Crown Point branch location, 123 N. Main St. in Crown Point

Whenever I ask South Shore poster artist Mitch Markovich how long he worked on his designs for latest South Shore poster prints, his answer is always the same: "More than 50 years."

"I think of my age, and how long I've been visualizing how I would do a new series of South Shore posters if I ever had the chance, back since I was kid old enough to appreciate the landscapes and features of our region," Markovich once told me.

Now, along with other artist, his dreams and visualizations have been transformed into poster prints of history.

It was back in 1999, when I first began writing about these wonderful posters after the Northwest Indiana Forum announced a $1 million campaign to resurrect the South Shore poster series to promote the region. The original series of posters, created more than 80 years ago for the same reason, were discontinued in 1929.

Markovitz, instrumental as the art coordinator for the new series, also created eight of the 19 posters unveiled in 1999 with much fanfare during a ceremony in Chicago.

Each of those initial 1999 posters was commissioned by a business or organization that paid $6,000 for sponsorship.

"These paintings reflect the improvements in the environment, the diversification of our economy and our quality of life in the region," said Thomas McDermott, the president of the Forum back in 1999.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at or (219) 852-4327.




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