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Sam Dalkilic-Miestowski, founder and owner of The Steeple Gallery in St. John, is in awe of the upward trajectories many of the artists in her stable are currently finding in terms of their careers.

“The gallery is kind of a stepping stone, as many of the artists are moving up in the world,” she said. “One artist is now showing her art in a gallery on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Another artist is showing on Chicago’s North Side. Another artist received a public sculpture commission for the town of Munster.”

She'll showcase the artists under her care at an Artists’ Open House Nov. 17. Dalkilic-Miestowski opened The Steeple Gallery, located in St. John at 11107 Thiel St., in 1999. In addition to representing artists both in and beyond the region, Dalkilic-Miestowski has held exhibits for artists throughout the country over the course of the last 14 years.

More than three dozen Steeple-affiliated artists are scheduled to be on hand at the open house and showcasing their works, which include original paintings, sculptures, photography and glass works crossing a myriad of styles and genres.

“With the online culture available, it’s never the same as when you see (the art) in person,” Dalkilic-Miestowski said. “(The art) is not mass-produced. There’s not millions of them. It’s all unique (at Steeple).”

Additionally, many of the artists' works will be on sale, which, according to Dalkilic-Miestowski, does more than just offer holiday consumers a chance to get an early start on their shopping.

“There’s a whole ‘buying local’ campaign that’s been spread across the region,” she said. “And I think it’s nice for the public to be able to put a face to the value of art and know that (the profits) are going to a real human being and not some corporate person that you’ll never know. It’s coming to the community and to the community artists.”

Light refreshments and music from the region-based Lyrical Flutes are also scheduled for Steeple’s open house.

The Steeple Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment Sunday.


Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.