CROWN POINT | Stephan Wanger is an artist with a mission - and a few million Mardi Gras beads to make it happen.
A native of Germany, Wanger traveled to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina with a vision to transform discarded Mardi Gras beads into works of art.
He is currently in Northwest Indiana for the six-week Mardi Gras season to create an exquisite beaded mosaic unique to Northwest Indiana.
In addition, he has transformed the former Crown Point Community Library building at 214 S. Court St. into an airy workspace and art gallery. Explore this Bead Town exhibit with the Crown Point Library at a series of planned workshops for children and adults to meet and work with the artist.
Children can explore Bead Town NWI in a unique way, working side-by-side with Wagner to create intricate shading and delicate shapes from beads of every hue. Two free workshops for children are planned, only one workshop per child, please.
Children in grades 1 to 5 will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. today. Parents must remain on site.
Children in grades 1 to 12 are welcome from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Parents with children in grades 1-5 are required to remain on site.
The workshops will be held at the former Crown Point Library, 214 S. Court St. Space is limited, and registration is required. Call (219) 306-8068 or sign up online at www.crownpointlibrary.org.
Adults 18 and older can meet artist Stephan Wanger and work with him to create their very own beaded mask, frame or martini glass in a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the former library. Light refreshments will be served.
Cost is $30 per person and space is limited. Payment is due at the time of registration at the Crown Point Community Library Circulation Desk, 122 N. Main St. Cash or check is accepted, make checks payable to the Friends of the Crown Point Library.
For more information call Laura Clemons at (219) 306-4599.