CHESTERTON | The Chesterton Montessori School will host its Indiana art exhibit at the Chesterton Art Center from Saturday through March 28. Approximately 45 students grades one through six will be participating in the exhibit. The children's artwork throughout the year has revolved around the Indiana theme, where each project led to another in a type of stream of consciousness style.

Students began by studying the National Lakeshore posters, learning about graphic design while appreciating the unique mix of advertising, design and fine art all in a single image. They then moved to the Pop Art movement by looking at the work of Robert Indiana. Students created a variety of 3-D sculptures in a similar style to the artist. From there, the classes shifted to Andy Warhol and a study of his soup can imagery. The Montessori children discussed how artists can use their passion to help their communities, which led to a school-wide canned food drive. The drive produced nearly 100 cans that were donated to a local pantry.

Also included in their year-long studies was a segment about Marie Goth, an Indiana artist known for her portraits and still lifes. Students created brilliant floral still life drawings in honor of Goth. And finally, the children created a large community peace-themed painting which included peace signs reflecting each child's individual interpretation. This exhibit will be kicked off with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Chesterton Art Center.

The Chesterton Art Center is at 115 S. 4th St.

Annette is Porter County Community Coordinator for The Times. She has been with the paper for 20 years. A resident of Hobart, she graduated from Purdue University with degrees in English and German.