Exhibit features range of work from Mitch Markovitz

2013-01-31T21:00:00Z 2013-01-31T21:41:11Z Exhibit features range of work from Mitch MarkovitzElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | Dyer resident Dale Brink walked around Thursday at the Indiana Welcome Center remembering the places depicted in Mitch Markovitz's latest exhibition.

Brink, 62, stopped at the "Clown Town" painting of a small neighborhood with a South Shore train in the distance.

"That looks familiar," Brink said, trying to remember which city the neighborhood is located.

The painting was part of Markovitz's exhibition, Postcards From My Sixty-two and a Half Year Vacation, at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The center had an artist reception Thursday night where guests could see the gallery and ask Markovitz questions.

Markovitz is best known for his "Just Around the Corner" series of the South Shore posters showing scenes of Northwest Indiana. He said Thursday that the exhibition will allow people to see other aspects of his work and how his work has developed throughout the years.

"A painting is a sum total of everything inside an artist," he said.

Some of the paintings focus on Whiting, Valparaiso, the South Shore Line and portraits of local residents.

"People complain about certain areas, they should be looked at in a different light," he said. "You can see how beautiful it is."

Bonnie Kekelik, 73, of Highland, said she already owns four to five posters Markovitz created and came to the exhibit to see his other work. A painting of the BP Whiting Refinery reminded her of her family members who have worked there.

"It's just good for the whole region," she said about the exhibit. "Because this is what he does that promotes the region."

The exhibit is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until March 22 at the center, 7770 Corinne Drive in Hammond.

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