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People who collect

"SHOW OFF: People Who Collect" is on display at Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts.

Meg Roman, executive director of the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District, expects there to be something for everyone in her current exhibit, “SHOW OFF: People Who Collect.”

‘For those who kind of follow the same art genres as the pieces in the show, it will be fun and interesting to see something new,” she said. “For other people, it will open their minds to other kinds of art.”

Running at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts in Gary through Dec. 3, “Collect” is a series of pieces taken from the collections of Lauren M. Pacheco and Peter Lemke. Both are former Chicagoans who recently moved to Miller Beach.

Reared in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood on the city’s Southwest side, Pacheco is a founding member of the Chicago Urban Art Society, a non-profit organization that promotes artists and fellow organizations in and beyond Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Lemke is an art aficionado and collector.

Roman and Miller Beach Arts were introduced to Pacheco and Lemke through mutual acquaintances. The inspiration for “Collect,” Roman said, is quite simple.

“They just thought it would be cool to share their collection with the wider world of Northwest Indiana,” she said. “It’s their private collections that are being shared, and it brings something a little different to Miller.”

"Collect" is made up of approximately 50 pieces and covering a myriad of styles and genres including sculptures, furniture art and found art.

“It’s a very eclectic exhibit,” Roman said. “I hope that it will make people realize art can be many different things and I hope that it opens their mind.”

The Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts is open 6  to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.