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Dawn Diamantopoulos, founding member of the Dyer Arts Visionaries, described the current three-exhibit showcase as a daring move on the part of her organization.

“This is an idea that we felt no one has done before, and we decided to tackle it,” she said. “No one has done a concept like this that we’re aware of and I think that we pulled it off.”

The organization is celebrating the beginning of “Middle” and “End,” a pair of exhibits, at Highland’s Sip Coffee House 2 and Hammond’s Paul Henry’s Gallery. Diamantopoulos is one of a half a dozen area artists who formed Dyer Arts Visionaries, which is also known as DAVe, in 2012.

Initially formed with the goal of bringing arts to Dyer specifically through educational programs and exhibits, DAVe now boasts nearly two dozen members, according to Diamantopoulos. Its reach in regards to exhibits has extended beyond Dyer. Artists from the organization are regulars at Region festivals and also have showcases at locations such as Centier Bank, Intrigue Salon and Day Spa and Plum Creek Center.

“Middle” and “End” are two of three exhibits put together by Dyer Arts this month. The first show in the series, “Beginning,” opened Sept. 14 at Griffith’s Wildrose Brewing Company.

The concept for the three shows is artists would submit works for each exhibit, with the first piece telling the beginning of a particular tale or concept at “Beginning” then continue with “Middle” at Sip Coffee and conclude with “End” at Paul Henry’s.

The idea took off with DAVe members and other participants. Most who showcased their works in the exhibits jumped into their idea head on, according to Diamantopoulos.

“We asked the artists to tell us a story,” she said. “A lot of the artists viewed it as an artistic challenge, to execute their artwork as a concept.”

All three exhibits are scheduled to remain on display through year’s end.

“I hope (viewers) appreciate the wide variety of art that’s available and local,” Diamantopoulos said of the exhibits. “It’s really a very diverse collection of artwork with really exceptional talent here in your backyard.”

For more on Dyer Arts Visionaries, go to dyerartsvisionaries.org.

FYI: Opening Reception for Dyer Arts Visionaries’ ‘Middle’ is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sip Coffee House 2, 2815 Jewett Ave., Highland. Admission is free. Call 219-595-0314 or visit SIPCOFFEEHOUSE.COM. Also: Opening Reception for Dyer Arts Visionaries’ “End” is at 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at Paul Henry’s Art Gallery, 416 Sibley St., Hammond. Admission is free. Call 219- 678-5015, PAULHENRYSGALLERY.COM

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