“Paint the Parks100” National Exhibit Now Open


The Indiana Welcome Center was selected as one of five locations in the nation to receive the “Paint the Parks100” exhibition. The exhibit is on display in the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall until November 15th. “Paint the Parks100” is an annual painting exhibition sponsored by PaintAmerica, a national, not-for-profit organization that supports the visual arts. The 2008 - 2009 exhibit will also be displayed in St. Louis, Missouri; Shreveport, Louisiana; Topeka, Kansas and Estes Park, Colorado. 

 “We are delighted to bring this national exhibit to the Indiana Welcome Center,” stated Rod Seel, Executive Director of PaintAmerica. “We couldn’t ask for a better exhibit site than the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall. Visitors to the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore and the Chicago metro area will have a wonderful opportunity to view and purchase this award-winning art of our national parks.”

“The National Park Service is pleased to partner with the Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau to bring “Paint the Parks100” to the Welcome Center. This exhibit showcases the special qualities that make up national parks like Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the Grand Canyon,” said Bruce Rowe, Public Information Officer for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

“Best Beach,” a painting by competition winner, Dan McWilliams will be featured in the exhibit; the painting depicts the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The National Lakeshore stretches along southern Lake Michigan, 50 miles southeast of Chicago, and continues to Southern Michigan.  Almost 25 miles of beaches, sand dunes, wetlands, bogs, and forests are preserved to make the Indiana Dunes one of the state’s most visited attractions.

Admission to the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall is free and exhibits change regularly. The Indiana Welcome Center, open from 8am – 5pm, is located at 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, IN (I-80/94 and Kennedy Avenue South).

An online exhibit and additional information are available at www.PaintAmerica.org.