Local artist donates paintings to the Greater LaPorte Chamber of Commerce Office

2013-02-15T11:25:00Z 2013-02-15T11:31:15Z Local artist donates paintings to the Greater LaPorte Chamber of Commerce OfficeContributed by Jane Daley Community Relations Manager LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau nwitimes.com

LAPORTE | Frank Di Giacomo was born in Ozone Park NY and he lived there for 6 years. His family moved on to Fall River MA, then on to Michigan City, IN. Frank attended Elston Junior and Senior High Schools, “All through my school years I received special attention for my art work and I had free reign in the art classes, Frank said. My inspiration came to me after I had seen

Frank worked as a design engineer and part-time as a commercial artist for John Greene Advertising Agency. Some of his ad art work was featured in “Arts and Framing” and other trade magazines. He served in the United States Army in Korea in 1961 and 1962. Frank said, “We had outbreaks, squads of North Koreans periodically would cross the line and we would push them back. Many people here in the USA did not know we were still fighting there, but during that time I submitted a piece in an art contest and won first place. That piece was published in the "Stars and Stripes" newspaper”.

After the service Frank was asked to teach art to special talent high school students at the Atelier in New Buffalo MI. Frank is a member of the Michigan City Art League, the Chesterton Art Gallery and the Southern Shore Art Association.

“Painting has always been a wonderful experience for me because I like traveling and seeing places, then trying to capture them in my creative mind and bring those places to people in a way that no one has ever been. As a naturalist painter I believe a painting should not be a photograph or a cartoon but somewhere in between. My surrealistic painting creed is to take a natural object and transfer it through abstract expression into a vision of obscure beauty that no one has ever seen before”. Di Giacomo continued.

Di Giacomo went on to say, “I created the paintings for the Greater LaPorte Chamber of Commerce because I wanted to give something back to the community. Art has always been my hobby, but now it is my life”.

You are invited to stop by the Greater LaPorte Chamber of Commerce office located at 803 Washington Street in LaPorte, Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm, to view these beautiful paintings.

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