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Adventures in Everyday Living, Shorelines Thursday, May 30, 2013

2013-05-29T00:00:00Z Adventures in Everyday Living, Shorelines Thursday, May 30, 2013By Pat Colander nwitimes.com
May 29, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Taltree kicks off the outdoor season with their annual gala Saturday night; Roaring 20s, SSA's Beaux Arts Ball Super Auction items are online and environment kicks industry's ass in artwork by JoAnna Dornick in Hammond.

Taltree Arboretum Hosts Annual Gala on Saturday: Probably the most adult way to get a good look at the magnifcient train table anchoring the Valparaiso arboretum is to come to the season kickoff party at Taltree which starts with a 5 p.m. reception. Guests can spend two hours touring, hanging out and pointing out all the nifty 3-D minature things happening on the train. Last year's classical quartet is moving over for a Celtic music of the Hoosier Recruits. Dinner is at 7:30 and you can still get tickets ($80) today if you call 219-462-0025. There is no rain date, it's a cash bar and the attire is casual chic. It is a lovely way to start the season with a sunset view, a good cause and a bunch of friendly people who are very committed to Taltree, which has a major future as Northwest Indiana awareness about the environment continues to build.

Roaring 20s South Shore Beaux Arts Extravaganza Next Friday: We'll have plenty of budding Gatsbys at next week's Beaux Arts Ball, but before you go back to discussing your outfit, you may want to take a look at the auction items. I was so happy to have the time to pre-think about what I want to target for bidding and how much I want to pay. Doesn't Suze Orman say that it's good to make a shopping list? After being an emotional impulse silent auction bidder, it is time that I act like a mature person. Auction site is here.

Meanwhile at the SSA Hammond Substation: South Shore Arts presents Another Green World: Mixed Media by JoAnna Dornick at Substation No. 9, the downtown Hammond branch of South Shore Arts.( Substation No. 9 is located at 435 Fayette Street in Hammond. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, June 1st from 6-8 p.m.)

This body of work is an interpretation of the emotional connection JoAnna Dornick has always had with the dreamlike album Another Green World by Brian Eno, an early member of Roxy Music. “As a child I was always drawn to sounds as an escape into another world, and made music the forefront in my life,” says Ms. Dornick explaining her connection to this album and music in general. JoAnna Dornick feels that the album Another Green World is highly imagistic, like artwork done in sound, and if you visualize the music, the visions resemble the titles of the songs. It is music that focuses on the landscape and not the words. I like how she adds the rough edges to an otherwise smooth take on the clash of industry and the sovereignity of green.

Much of Ms. Dornick’s inspiration stems from her love of photography and going on early photo shoots with her Grandpa. Her grandfather worked for the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad and would photograph train wrecks in the region. She also derives inspiration from heavy industry.  Growing up in a midwestern working class city she realized the beauty in the industry surrounding her. Not having a lot of money for art materials led to the realization that she could use the things around her to create art. “I use recycled industrial materials. They have a certain beauty, and I find them more interesting,” says Ms. Dornick.

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