CHESTERTON | The Chesterton Art Center's 5th Annual Art After Dark Gala was held on Friday, November 1 at the Sand Creek Country Club. Approximately 140 patrons attended the event that included appetizers, drinks, dinner, entertainment, dancing and a silent auction. A flute choir by the name of Musical Flutes provided music during the dinner, while 4th Street Theatre performed show tunes after dinner. DJ Ice kept the entertainment going throughout the evening.
At the event, the Art Center honored Marsha Demkovich, an influential member and long-time children's art instructor at the Chesterton Art Center. Marsha passed away in the spring of 2012. Her husband, Rick Demkovich, received the award on her behalf.
Guests were invited to bid on a wide variety of silent auction items from an impressive array of artists and businesses. Artists who contributed to the event include Joseph Chomyn, Judy DeGan, Lee Cohn, Jeff & Judy Goodwin, Bob & Nancy Witt, Bill McCamish, Tracy Fenwick, Robert Albers, Wayne Harshberger, Shirley Adams, Paul Jeselskis, Daniel Moore, MaryAnn Pals, Kathleen Sherrard, Rich Baker, George Hermelink, Christopher Whitaker, Helen Burkett, Mary Acton, Chris Acton, Carol Heikema, Chad Anderson, James Vertrees, Paul Van Duyn, Cynthia McKinney, Kelly Meska, Judy Purze, Sally Schmett, Bill Howe, Stephanie Carnell, Stephanie Swanson, Wendy Marciniak, Jayde Petersen, MaryAnn Van Soest, Joan Hayden, Rita Jackson, Martha McGuckin, Barbara M. Meeker, Kathy Los-Rathburn, Dora Bloom, Ann Noldin, George Millet, and Ken Goodman.
Businesses who contributed items for the silent auction included Framing Concepts, The Schoolhouse Shop, Dean's Tire Pros & Car Care, Molly Bea's Ingredients, Ashley's Jewelry by Design, Quaker Steak & Lube, House of Berggren, Starbucks, Hilton Garden Inn, Four Winds Casino, Sand Creek Country Club, Chicago White Sox, Lemon Tree, 4th Street Emporium, Dunkin' Donuts, Chesterton Feed & Garden Center, Strack & Van Til, The Flower Cart, Ark of the Dunes, Ella's Bella, Briar Ridge Country Club, Minakshi Ghuman Realtor, Advance Auto Parts, Hopkins Ace Hardware, Chesterton Art Center, OMNI Health & Fitness, Indiana Beverage Co., the Rail Cats, Notre Dame Hockey and Riley's Railhouse.
A huge Thank You goes out to all the supporters and patrons who made the evening a great success. All the money raised at the Art After Dark Gala will go towards providing art education programs at the Chesterton Art Center. The Chesterton Art Center offers art classes for children as young as 3 years old and for adults of any age. For a full list of classes and events offered through the Chesterton Art Center, please see the website at www.chestertonart.com. The Chesterton Art Center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton, IN 46304. For any questions or to provide a donation, please contact the Chesterton Art Center at 219-926-4711.