Gallery makes it easy to gift art for holidays

Mike Lewandowski's "Cubs Pride" will be on display at the "Small Works" show at the White Ripple Gallery.

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HAMMOND | You could head to the big-box store to buy friends and family some mass-produced presents that were made in China.

Or you could go to a gallery in Hessville and find some work made by local artists that's both small and affordable.

White Ripple Gallery & Co. at 6725 Kennedy Ave. is bringing back its Small Works Show and Handmade Holiday Market for a third year. The annual art show features paintings, photographs and other pieces that are 15'x15' or smaller, making them more affordable and easier to gift to people.

The event will take place at White Ripple in Hammond's Hessville neighborhood from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 17. 

Kimberly Atwood, owner and director of the Elephant Room Gallery in Chicago, will judge the juried show at the 18,000-square-foot multilevel gallery, which is home to several artists studios. Its annual holiday market also will feature handcrafted and locally made items like jewelry, soap, accessories, and crafts. Organizers are trying to bring in desserts and fudge.

Frida's Cafe, which recently opened in White Ripple, will provide coffee and food at the event. Kids can take pictures with Santa and the Grinch. 

The event is free, with suggested donations of $1 per person and $3 per family.

For more information, visit www.whiteripple.com or call (219) 803-2690.

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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.