Media Release
April 12, 2007
Instructional Events Coincide with Exhibit
Learn more about the South Shore Painting Series during seminars
HAMMOND, IN – Learn more about the paintings and the artists behind the famed South Shore Painting Series beginning Saturday, April 14th. The informal sessions will be held each consecutive Saturday until April 28th.

There are currently more than 50 of the South Shore paintings and public art pieces on display at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, IN. The public art including; County Seats, Crown Point Bulldogs, Cedar Lake Fish, Highland Ducks and Griffith Trains, will be on display in the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall, located at I-80/94 and Kennedy Ave. South, until May 5th.

The Exhibit “Then Years of Just Around the Corner” showcases the importance of the renewed partnerships and creative use of art to increase tourism to the communities along the South Shore.
The 1920’s style South Shore paintings showcase the many attractions, industries and strengths in the communities along the South Shore Train Line. The painting were originally developed from 1925-1929 to promote tourism and economic development in Northwest Indiana. The Millennium series campaign commenced in the 21st century features modern images of Northwest Indiana using the classic 1920’s style.
Now is the chance to meet one of the artists and learn more about the “making of the painting.” Visitors are encouraged to join artist Mitch Markovitz and Steve McShane on April 14th at 11:00 and 1:30pm as they describe the history and present day operations of the railroad, commercial art and how the poster series began.

April 21st at 11:00am and 1:30pm, artist Mitch Markovitz will present a gallery lecture on the paintings and exhibit. Markovitz will describe the behind the scenes workings of the paintings on display.

Demonstrations by Mitch Markovitz will begin at 11:00am and 2:00pm on April 28th. These demonstrations include the step by step creation of a poster in the South Shore Series.

The original paintings of the Millennium series painted by artists; Mitch Markovitz, Alan Larken, Bruce Cegur, Susan Holton, Fred Semmler, Neil Kienitz, Alice Phillips and John Rush are on display in the 6,500 square-foot exhibition hall.

After viewing the exhibit and attending the brief seminars, guests are welcome to pick up a brochure at the Welcome Center which maps out the actual sites in Northwest Indiana that inspired the paintings and the cities and town where the public art are located. Copies of the paintings are available in the Welcome Center’s gift shop located at I-80/94 and Kennedy Avenue South.

**PLEASE NOTE: An electronic copy of the map, publicity photos of artist Mitch Markovitz and digital images of the posters are available by emailing Erika Scheeringa at

Erika Scheeringa
Public & Community Relations
Lake County CVB
7770 Corinne Drive
Hammond, IN 46323
219.554.2720 (direct)
219.746.7972 (cell)