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New exhibits coming to BESS Art Exposure

BESS Art Exposure in Merrillville will host new exhibits this summer.

BESS Art Exposure is planning a number of new exhibits featuring local artists this summer, and you'll only have a short two-week window to see each one.

The recently opened art gallery in a former Boost Mobile store at 5386 Broadway near the border of Merrillville and Gary will showcase "Double Down with Dana Moore and David Arreola" during July and "Double Down with Emily Derek and Jesse Johnson" during August.

"Double Down is a two-week exhibition that will run in July and in August every two weeks," said Johnson, who's also the owner of the gallery. "Come explore with your eyes and feel with your emotions the aesthetically pleasing artworks of various artists."

Moore's exhibit "The Hospital Stay" will run from July 5 through 18, with a reception the evening of Friday, July 13. The Indiana University Northwest graduate's work interprets her memories of a hospital visit.

“As an artist I try to connect my experiences with others. Hospitals are places which every person will encounter in their lives," she said. "This series evokes the emotions from the memories of this experience.”

Arreola, a painter and ceramic artist, will showcase his "From the Heart" exhibit from July 1 through 28, with a reception on July 27.

"I gather my inspirations from the conversations I have with friends, colleagues and family," he said. "The work featured will represent the conversations of love and love lost, the struggle of humanity and the strength of fatherhood. I am a person cursed by opinions, but through art I can articulate the conversation visually."

Then Dyrek will showcase "Childhood Memories” from Aug. 1 through 18, with a reception on Aug. 17.

"This is a fascinating, travel-back-in-time, captivating exhibition," Johnson said. "Take a look at the memories that Emily Dyrek shares with the viewers."

Finally, Johnson will display his own artwork at the "Jazz, Rhythm & Blues" show from Aug. 18 through 29, with a reception on Aug. 27.

"I want viewers to experience the love of music through the creativity of my paintings," he said. "Art is a fundamental way for me to express myself as a way of freedom through the stroke of my brush. In these paintings, you will gravitate towards the aesthetically pleasing abstract shapes of the instruments and body poses."

For more information, call 219-318-3816, visit bessartexposure.com or find the gallery on Facebook.

To support the gallery, go to gofundme.com/keeping-the-art-alive.

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