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Leon Sarantos Is New Gallery Director At CornerStone Art Gallery

by Leon Sarantos in Miscellaneous


CornerStone Art Gallery

Although I’ve been creating art for most of my life, it’s only in the last four years that I’ve begun to display my art in exhibits.  One of the first calls for art that I responded to was hosted by 119th Street Artists at CornerStone Art Gallery in Indiana.  I was very encouraged when the group awarded Best of Show for my painting, Still Life With Mannequin Hand, and invited me to join the group.  Next I was accepted for a solo exhibit at the gallery:  A Love Affair With Colors.


Still Life With Mannequin Hand

Painting Details 



Botony Pond, Displayed At Solo: A Love Affair With Colors


New Directions As Gallery Director

I’ve continued to be actively involved with the collective,119th Street Artists, that runs the gallery.  I discovered that I enjoy planning exhibits and the camaraderie of meeting with other artists.  So I am especially pleased to be elected as Gallery Director.  In this role I hope to continue and expand our efforts to include more Midwest artists in our exhibits.  We will continue to have more group shows, as well as solos.  

Future Exhibit: In order to encourage artists from Illinois, as well as Indiana, to participate I’m planning a summer show with artists from the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.  I’ve taken several classes at this art center, and I’ve been very impressed with my fellow art students and teachers.  Our group, Studio 4, is named after the room in which many of us studied with the noted abstract expressionist, Darrell Roberts.  I’ll post more about the upcoming exhibit later, but save the date: Opening reception will be on Friday, July 11, 6:30 – 9:00 PM.

Current Exhibit


Our current exhibit features:

– Photography by William Humphrey, Retrospective, in the main gallery.

– Recent artists in our group present Confronting Our Fears: with Steve Hauck, Tim Brandt, Tom Mullins and William Kazak in the Winsberg gallery

–  Student Art:  We are also very pleased to host art from students at Calumet College of Saint Joseph in the Mills-Groninger gallery, curated by Professor Betty Delinck.

When:  Opening reception is this Friday, 5/16, 6:30 – 9:00.  You’re invited!

Where:  CornerStone Art Gallery is located in the lobby of the Centier Bank Building at 1500 119th Street in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana.  Enter via the New York Avenue entrance on the side of the building.


About CornerStone Art Gallery

The center is organized by the 119th Street Artists, a non-profit group that seeks to bring an appreciation of the fine arts to people in all walks of life and to provide support and encouragement to Midwestern artists.  For further information about the center and this event, view our web site at


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