Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative to host nature-oriented art reception

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Information provided by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative

WHITING, Ind. (October 12, 2021) – The 16th annual Greening of the Arts Reception, Show and Play opens at 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 15, at the Bernard Gallery, Calumet College of St. Joseph (CCSJ), 2400 New York Avenue, Whiting.

Sponsored by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative (AWLI) and CCSJ, the show features five local artists through November 16. As in the past, the Greening of the Arts show features artists who use recycled products or who focus on nature and the environment.

Works include paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs. The show is funded partially by the Legacy Foundation of Lake County.

This year’s artists include Rebecca Moss of Oak Lawn, photography; Tom Mullins of Whiting, photography; Carol Estes of LaPorte, mixed media; Maria Villarreal of Chicago, textile; and Roman Villarreal of Chicago, sculpture. Participating in the student competition are entries from CCSJ.

The art show opens at 5:30 p.m. with live music by Abigail Pennanen of Hammond.

Scheduled at 6 p.m. is an artists forum with opening remarks by Professor Walter Skiba, associate professor of arts and humanities at CCSJ.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. with acknowledgment of volunteers, funders and donors to AWLI in 2021 by Dr. Philip Willink, president of AWLI. Funders include Ford Motor Company Fund, Indiana Humanities, city of Hammond, and the Legacy Foundation of Indiana.

Winners of the student art competition will be announced at 6:50 p.m.

At 7, there will be a talk on the Nexus of Art and Nature by Dave McGowan of Ravenswood Media. It will be followed at 7:30 with a Samuel Beckett play, Breath, directed by Elizabeth F. Conley. It will be held in the Barbara Goodman Black Box Theater, adjacent to the art gallery.

Tyler Bush is curator of the Bernard Gallery and serves as the director of Digital and Studio Arts at CCSJ. More information is available by calling AWLI at 219-933-7149 or 312-220-0120. AWLI is a not-for-profit organization and land trust seeking to protect and enhance the Wolf Lake watershed.

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