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Industrial landscape on display at art exhibit at Indiana Welcome Center

The W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall at the Indiana Welcome Center is pictured.

Artistic renditions of the Calumet Region's industrial landscape are on display in the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.

The "Along the Lake Shore | Chicago & Industrial Works of the Calumet Region" exhibit opened Saturday, and will run through Sept. 22. It features the watercolor paintings and photographs of local artists Kath Los-Rathburn, Matthew Kaplan and Thomas Hocker, who strive to "capture the complex beauty and nature of the Region’s industrial landscape."

The exhibit in the Indiana Welcome Center at 7770 Corinne Drive in Hammond is being staged by the Calumet Heritage Partnership as part of its 2018 Calumet Heritage Event Series.

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"The bi-state Calumet Region, which extends from southern Chicago and its suburbs to LaPorte County, Indiana, is likely the Chicago metro area’s best untapped resource," the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority said in a news release. "Mostly known as the industrial powerhouse that once provided much of the nation’s steel, the Region is now appreciated for its natural beauty, biodiversity, expanding artist communities and excellent outdoor activities. The Calumet Heritage Partnership seeks to preserve the Calumet Region’s bi-state industrial heritage and promote its natural, cultural and recreational features."

The art in the replacement "Along the Lake Shore" exhibit is on view at the Indiana Welcome Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

For more information, visit www.CalumetHeritage.org.

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