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Indigenous Landscapes Exhibit: Reception at Indiana Welcome Center: Wednesday, 2/11, 5-7 PM

by Leon Sarantos in New Exhibit


Winter Woods

Opening Reception for the Indigenous Landscapes Exhibit

You’re invited !   Join us this Wednesday evening.  Come celebrate the Indigenous Landscapes exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center.

When:  The opening reception is this Wednesday, February 11, from 5 to 7 PM.  The reception is free and open to the public. Enjoy light refreshments while you view the art and meet the artists.  The exhibit continues until March 19.   

What:   The Indigenous Landscapes exhibit celebrates nature along the shores of Lake Michigan in settings that remain undisturbed since the times of the indigenous people of the area.  The exhibit features 30 regional artists and over 100 artworks.  It is jointly sponsored by the Center for Arts and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, White Ripple Gallery, and the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.  My painting, Winter Woods, is on display.  Jurors include: David Detmer, Jocelyn J. Prue, Alex Schaufele and Ann Fritz.

Where:   The exhibit is at the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall at the Indiana Welcome Center. The Center is located just South of  the intersection of I-80/94 and Kennedy Avenue South in Hammond, Indiana at 7770 Corinne Drive. 




To see more of my landscape art check out:

Gallery of Landscape Art 

 My landscape art is also available at Artfinder, which is a curated online gallery based in London:

My Landscape Art on Artfinder 



The Center for Arts and Culture at the University of Notre Dame

This exhibit is part of Indigenous World is a year-long celebration on a world-wide scale of indigenous people and their culture, native settings, artwork, literary works and more.  The Center for Arts and Culture at the University of Notre Dame is leading this collaboration for the Great Lakes region.  This year-long community celebration Indigenous Peoples around the world is an exciting series of programs, lectures and events conducted in collaboration between local higher education institutions and community organizations. For more about Indigenous World see:

White Ripple Gallery

This multi-level gallery presents art by new and established artists and adjacent space with art supplies, artisan goods, fashion, and open studios.  White Ripple Gallery & Co. is situated inside the Vierk’s Village Arts & Retail Center, an art complex in the Hessville neighborhood located steps from Purdue University Calumet and only 10 minutes from Indiana University Northwest. More information is on the gallery website at:


The Indiana Welcome Center

The W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall is a spacious venue within the  Indiana Welcome Center.  The center itself is worth a visit for its intriguing architecture. As described by the center: “The building design encompasses some of the main, most memorable images of Northwest Indiana and uses them in the building language. The solution is as diverse as the community itself; its people, the natural environment, and man made developments.

The structure starts with the most dominant natural feature in our area, Lake Michigan. The large exhibition space is created with the form of stainless steel “waves” glistening in the sun. These waves crash into the undulating “sand dunes” which are juxtaposed to the industry; Steel denoted in the gray office form (second story) and the smoke stacks of the entry canopy. The natural terrain then rolls into the plains and farms, which is bordered to the south by the free flowing Kankakee river depicted in the south facade of the building.

From this, the composition has sculpted a structure that symbolically tells the story of the area, houses the necessary functions for the Welcome Center, and leaves one with an image unseen elsewhere.

Let us think of water, waves, sand dunes, industry, farming, rivers, and last of all, the people of our region. What we have is as unique and singular as the South Shore.” 


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