Prepare for John Cain’s 60th birthday and an ArtBash for the first time hosted at Lubeznik’s fabulous lakefront location and this weekend New Buffalo area artists open their gallery doors for ARTigras.
Birthday Party for South Shore Arts ED John Cain: Just as I stopped reverberating from the multi-talented John Cain’s passing the mid-century mark, which involved a Sunday brunch that led to a dinner party, including hours of dancing at Miller Bakery Café, he is now turning 60 on July 18th this year. And of course, South Shore Arts will again be throwing a benefit-party for the occasion. This year, the money will go to the exhibitions fund. In the interest of full disclosure, I must say that not only am I a board member at South Shore Arts but I am on the committee for this party so when we discussed what area needed funds---exhibitions stood out right away. SSA has had some outstanding, hot topic exhibitions over the years with fascinating work ranging from Norman Rockwell to Andy Warhol. And of course, the price of shows and the cost to venues continues to rise as well as the competition for the most interesting work that is well-curated. (Even though South Shore Arts has built and curated many outstanding local shows by networking with artists and gallery owners across the country and the globe.) There is not a contingency fund in case of a moment of serendipity with a show on the horizon. Now, hopefully there will be.
The birthday event will be held Friday, July 18th at the Center for Visual & Performing Arts, during the traditional summertime Happy Hour from 4-6:30pm. There will be lots of surprises, music, appetizers, beverages and other extravagances. Tickets are $75 and reservations can be made by visiting the SSA web site or calling South Shore Arts at 219-836-1839.
ARTigras is this Weekend in New Buffalo: While it may have been touch and go for a while this event is back at full force this year, showcasing artists in many different media---pottery, jewelry, sculpture, painting---set for Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. The gallery tour gives a guide to the outstanding level of work being done in New Buffalo and environs and is a wonderful way to discover the artists and crafts people on our doorstep including well-known names like Jon Hook (Hook Pottery), Cathy Brown, Don Brown and Rosengard.
This year an Arts Bash at Lubeznik’s Lakefront Location: This year’s event includes an inspired line-up of “culinary delights,” artists in the midst of creation, audience-participation performances including special honoree Don Babcock. The fun starts at 6pm, July 12th and you can purchase tickets by calling or visiting Lubeznik Center at 219-874-4900 or visiting lubeznikcenter.org.