South Shore Arts’ New Free Exhibits Spotlight Fantasy and Nostalgia – Chicago Tribune

The official first day of fall for 2022 isn’t until next week, September 22.

The season seems to have already arrived indoors, as some finalists from the 79th annual South Shore Arts show will exhibit their works until November 6 in the main Bachman Gallery at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road in Munster.

A towering 10-foot corn shock carved into an elegant stately lady adorned in a ball gown, crowned with a hairstyle made up of grains and dried grasses, is titled “My Gaia” as designed by artist Bonnie Zimmer from Rensselaer. Surrounding the entrance is a circumferential zone of even more grain and natural materials, like a nod to a high-fashion corn husk fairy princess that might have slipped from one of the floats during the September 3 popcorn festival parade in Valparaiso last weekend.

Monetary prizes and ribbons have yet to be announced for this year’s Salon Show and will be presented at an awards ceremony open to the public held in the gallery space from 1-3 p.m. Sunday October 2.

Each year, up to 300 local artists submit artistic creations working in everything from drawing and painting to sculpture, photography, mixed media and more, all vying for the 50 finalist selections, which are anonymously scored by a star judge. for ribbons awarded and checks presented ranging from $500 to $2,000.

This year’s juror deciding the placements is Chris Cosnowski, an artist and educator living and working in Chicago. He received his BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design in 1992 and his MFA from Northwestern University in 2000. He has taught at the American Academy of Art since 2003. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States as well as internationally. London. .

The South Shore Arts Annual Salon Show began in the late 1930s as an annual exhibition of custom creations in the art department of the Minas store in downtown Hammond. In 1989, the exhibition was moved to the galleries of the Center for Visual and Performing Arts.

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In addition to the free show exhibit, another free exhibit greets guests as they arrive at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, showcased along the walls of the gallery space in the lobby’s atrium. ground floor. The subject of the exhibit, which also dates back to the decade of the 1930s, is a selection of 20 framed and carefully curated vintage posters of the famous Madura’s Danceland which was located in Hammond almost a century ago as a destination for premier entertainment.

As explained in the exhibit notes, show space owner Mike Madura “bet everything but the costume on his back with his purchase of the former Boardwalk Park dancehall.” With the help of a team of horses, Madura uprooted the entire dance hall, floor and all, and led the arduous movement to transport it to its new ground at Hammond’s famous Five Points.

Madura said at the time that he used “nearly every penny to run the ballroom”, including enlisting the help of every member of his family in the day-to-day operations of the dance hall, qu whether assigned to take admission money, cleaning or general upkeep. Admission was only 75 cents to dance the night away. At the height of the Great Depression, admission was lowered to 25 cents.

For decades, the dancehall has drawn hundreds of patrons every night, looking for a musical escape, especially on Sunday nights to catch the weekly “Waltz Night.” Many of the chance romantic encounters, relationships sparked and then resulting marriages were inspired by the music and atmosphere of Madura’s Danceland, which has also hosted famous big band headliners, such as Jimmy Dorsey and Guy Lombardo, among others.

In 1967, lightning struck the dance hall causing a fire that permanently closed the property. During the cleanup, a stack of advertising posters was recovered, all of which were left with fire-scorched edges. The Atrium Gallery is displaying 20 of these scorched posters, framed and loaned by Mike Madura’s granddaughter, Marcia Kozlowski.

The exhibit continues through October 2 with details available by calling 219-836-1839 ext. 108 or visiting

Philip Potempa is a journalist, published author and marketing director at Theater at the Center. He can be reached at [email protected].

Julia P. Cluff