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Paint It Black exhibit closes this weekend at Miller gallery

The Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts hosts the Paint It Black exhibit.

The Paint It Black exhibit celebrating Black History Month enters its final weekend at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, 540 S. Lake St. in Gary's lakefront Miller Beach neighborhood.

A free closing reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, and there will be a cash bar with wine and beer.

"View an eclectic exhibit of art and artifacts all celebrating the African culture and loaned by fellow community members — from paintings to carved wooden furniture and masks, all loaned to the art center for this exhibit with love and lots of interesting stories," The Miller Beach Arts and Creative Direct said in an event announcement. "Come check it out while sipping on a glass of wine or enjoying some light nibbles."

The mixed-media exhibit about African-American history features paintings, photography, textiles and other artistic media. It runs through Sunday at the gallery space in a former pharmacy on Miller's main commercial drag.

The gallery is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit millerbeacharts.org or call (773) 822-8086.

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