If you don't have seasonal shopping disorder yet --- characterized by a gnawing need to buy stuff for yourself as well as everybody else, you may want to visit a professional about your condition. I, myself, am not having that problem, instead I have overcome with anxiety about where to start. I'm thinking St. Joe and work my way back down Red Arrow.
Decision Making During the Season When Everything Happens at Once: Sales you don't want to miss include Blue Gallery back room art and jewelry by Julie Nagy, Saturday and Sunday in Three Oaks from noon to 5. And along with the Festival of Lights this weekend, a collection of fantastic artist boxes, among them my favorite by Wayne Branum, a mid-range stoneware with slip and glaze box called House Box, at Schaller Gallery now on exhibit at 210 State St. in St. Joseph, Michigan.
Shopping at the Great Lubeznik Center: Dani Lane, President of the Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of three new board members to Lubeznik Center for the Arts. Roberta Kozuch, Brian Sullivan, and Richard Soria, Jr were added to the ranks of volunteer directors at the Center. “The addition of these new members brings extensive art, community, and business acumen to the board,” (Dani Lane is also busy at work coordinating our next Fashion on the Shore event, set for April 26th this year.) Kozuch is a professor in the Visual Communications Department of Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago where she is an accomplished artist and graphic design instructor. In addition, she runs her own design agency. In the past, she owned, managed and curated her own gallery, Kozuch on Cortez in Chicago. Brian Sullivan is the Executive Director of the National Electrical Contractors Association in Northern Indiana and a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Michigan City. He brings his business background along with his passion for connecting art and education to the board. Rick Soria is the Vice Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College, Michigan City campus. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University in 2007. Progressing his academic career from Mortuary Instructor to Program Chair to Vice Chancellor, it is no wonder the Times named him to their 20 under 40 list in 2009. Likely you can visit with all three new board members tonight at the arts center's monthly First Fridays @ 5: Opening Receptions for Iconoclastic!, The Common Good, Hues & Views, Area Artists Association Winter Solstice Show; Book Signings for The Common Good and Chuck Close Face Book; Artist Trunk Show; and Holiday Jazz by Keenan Baxter
Last Minute Alert, Just in Case: The Holiday Pops concert by NISO at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville tonight a sell-out but there is always hope. Don't forget Saturday when Tom Collins and Luke Oil are hosting a concert to benefit local veterans and active duty personnel at 7 pm. With live local bands performing acoustic sets. Tickets are $20 and all active duty personnel will be admitted free. For more information check out The Times' nwi.com or www.countylineorchard.com or call 219.947.4477.
Give the Gift of Titanic This Holiday Season: The Grand Rapids Public Museum will host the hugely popular Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition in 2013, following the 100th anniversary year of the Ship’s sinking, beginning in February and continuing through July. Tickets go on sale today, and can be purchased through Star Tickets online at startickets.com or via phone at 1-800-585-3737.
Get your tickets early to guarantee your visit, tickets are timed and limited. The fee includes admission to the exhibition, and to the rest of the Grand Rapids Public Museum; adults - $17, seniors - $16, children (3-18) - $10, children (2 and under) – Free. Member fees are: adult - $12, senior - $11, member child (3 to 18) - $10, children (2 and under) – Free. Exhibition tickets make the perfect holiday gift!
On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world’s largest ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg claiming more than 1,500 lives and subsequently altering the world’s confidence in modern technology. 100 years later, the Grand Rapids Public Museum will pay tribute to the tragedy which continues to resonate through Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, where more than 150 legendary artifacts conserved from the Ship’s debris field are showcased offering visitors a poignant look at this iconic Ship and its passengers. The Exhibition will be open from February 9 through July 7, 2013.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum is grateful for the generous sponsors to date: David and Carol Van Andel Foundation, The Steve Van Andel Foundation and MLive Media Group. Media sponsors for the exhibition are WOOD TV8, WGVU, and Clear Channel West Michigan.