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Adventures in Everyday Living, Shorelines Thursday, October 10, 2013

2013-10-09T00:00:00Z 2013-10-09T15:59:22Z Adventures in Everyday Living, Shorelines Thursday, October 10, 2013By Pat Colander nwitimes.com
October 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A new impressionist show opens at South Shore Arts Atrium Gallery and the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival both begin on Friday for long runs and ArcelorMittal employees clean up at Taltree on Saturday.

South Shore Arts Presents Abstraction...A Second Look: Paintings by Tom Brand Abstraction…A Second Look is on display in the Atrium Gallery at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana from October 11 through December 1, 2013. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Public viewing hours for this exhibit are Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm. Can an artist win auto races and still paint winning paintings? Do artists have lives unrelated to their art? The French impressionist painter Callibotte was a sailor. The writer Joseph Conrad was an expert sailor as well as a sea captain. The Renaissance painter Rubens was a successful diplomat.

Tom Brand has done more than just paint. He has competed in road races. The last car he raced was a Formula 1 Cooper. He has also sailed for years. He restored a classic wooden sailboat that had been out of the water for 20 years. To support himself and his family, he was a journeyman printer and at one time owned his own printing company.

The Third Annual Gary International Black Film Festival Next Weekend at IUN: Independent films from emerging and established filmmakers will make their Gary debut October 18, 19 and 20, at Indiana University Northwest Bergland Auditorium. The Third Annual Gary International Black Film Festival (GIBFF) offers a powerful lineup of drama, documentary and short films, opening with Blue Caprice, starring Isaiah Washington in an outstanding return to the big screen. The festival offers a packed 3-day event featuring acclaimed films that were made by filmmakers outside of the Hollywood bubble. Opening Night will feature a reception with music, food and beverage prior to the Opening Night film Blue Caprice. Producer and 2-time Tony Award Winner, Ron Simons, President of SimonSays Entertainment will be on hand for a lively post-screening discussion following the film.


Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Site for ArcelorMittal’s Family Volunteer Day: On Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. Employees and their families will gather to assist in Taltree’s efforts to preserve Northwest Indiana’s native landscape. The children who volunteer will also receive volunteer credit hours from their respective schools while learning at an early age about the importance of supporting their community.

"ArcelorMittal is very supportive of community organizations, such as Taltree. This is just one of the many opportunities our employees have to give back to the community." said Jolice Pojeta, Corporate Responsibility and Communications Manager at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor. “As a company, one of ArcelorMittal’s focus areas is sustainability, and our partnership with Taltree certainly aligns well with our commitment to preserve the environment.”

The volunteers will help staff prepare the arboretum for winter. Projects range from facility maintenance to seed collection. Greenhouse preparation will provide a winter home for Taltree’s newly acquired Karl Bapst Rose collection of more than 200 unique rose species. Oak acorn seed collection will help with preservation and educational efforts. Efforts include analyzing the health of the ecosystem, preparing for spring planting and preserving the history of Taltree.

Pyle Museum Open During Parke County Festival: The Ernie Pyle World War II Museum in Dana will be open during the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival and accepts requests for private tours during the event. The Covered Bridge Festival opens its 10-day run on Friday, Oct. 11, and closes on Sunday, Oct. 20. Normal Museum hours during the festival will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13. The same days and hours will be observed the second weekend of the festival. The Friends of Ernie Pyle, a nonprofit organization that owns and operates the museum, will give private tours to individuals or groups outside the normal museum hours. To request a tour, call the museum at 765-665-3633.

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