Exhibit Showcases Commitment to Community Art

South Shore Paintings and public art will be on display at the Indiana Welcome Center

HAMMOND – More than 50 of the famed South Shore Paintings are currently on display at the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall until May 5th as well as pieces from community public art projects. Public art pieces include County Seats, Crown Point Bulldogs, Cedar Lake Fish, Highland Ducks and Griffith Trains.

“The exhibit ‘Ten 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,” stated Adrienne Shroka, Special Events Manager of the Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The 1920’s style South Shore paintings showcase the many attractions, industries and strengths in the communities along the South Shore Train Line. The paintings 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.

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 art, 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 towns where the public art are located. Copies of the paintings will be available in the Indiana Welcome Center’s gift shop located at I-80/94 & Kennedy Avenue south.

**PLEASE NOTE: An electronic copy of the map is available by emailing Erika Scheeringa, erika@lakecountycvb.com.