18th Street's BAN ART, which is run by brewery creative director and visual artist Joey Potts, opened its "The Unwonted" show Friday.

"The Unwonted" is an art collective of eight diverse young Indiana University Northwest graduates who are scattered from Gary and Hammond to Chesterton and St. John. The group of artists will showcase work that ranges from "thoughtful" to "defiant" at the craft brewery at 5725 Miller Ave. in Gary's Miller neighborhood.

St. John-based sculptor Braden Macak, an IUN student, said he tries to establish an interpretive connection with the viewer.

"Oftentimes, people create associations between the forms that I am presenting and other various beings/objects," he said. "The natural inclination to understand what something is and to try to figure it out even when there may not be something there is a fascinating concept, and is one that I try to explore through my work. Evoking curiosity and initiating connections between a tangible form and a mental form feed into my motivation."

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The Wildrose Brewing Co. at 1104 Main St. is Griffith also is becoming the latest craft brewery to display the work of local artists. The craft brewery, which offers American craft styles in its seven-barrel brew house, will host the South Lake Artist Co-op's "Cyclepathic Art Show" on its new wall art gallery all this month. Wildrose already had a large graffiti mural it commissioned from a local artist in its spacious brewpub.

In the Cyclepathic Art Show, 15 artists will show bicycle-themed paintings, photos and wall sculptures as a tribute to the growing number of cyclists in Northwest Indiana and the bike trails that not slice through Griffith and the rest of Lake County.

An opening reception is planned from 7 to 10 tonight.


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