First Fridays is almost upon us and here’s a look at what’s going on for the month of July. Whether you’re an out-of-towner looking for a night out on the town or a local looking for something different to do, the Art Walk on the first Friday of every month has something for everyone!
Art Walk Venues & Events
for Friday, July 5, 2013 from 5 – 8 p.m.
1 Washington Park
Enjoy some history with your art at the Old Lighthouse Museum, featuring the photography of Jan Hoeppner.
Author Bruce Kreig and photographer Patty Carroll have joined forces to document “Man Bites Dog”, hot dog culture in America. The book features photos of iconic hot dog stands and their start in Chicago, along with narrative of great chef concoctions and simple beef dogs. Join us for a presentation and book signing at 5:30 and musical entertainment to follow. Visit the exhibitions: Construction Sites: contemporary still life photography, Body Language, In Bloom: works from the LCA permanent collection, and Worldly Masks. Admission is free. Refreshments and hot dogs will be served for a minimal fee.
The Area Artists Association (AAA) Gallery at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts features Barbara Balis “A Soul’s Journey”. There are no specific rules or directions on the journey of self discovery. Each soul moves in their specific vibration which has many different paths, colors, twists and turns. It is an ongoing process throughout our lifetime. This study represents a moment in time of the evolution of the soul and this too will change like the ever changing sea’s and tides.
Featuring the Trace & Jake Band. Jake and Trace are a newly formed duo, who play most hits from the last 3 decades. They sing everything from soft rock to country and folk.
These two young men are a breath of fresh air! Don’t miss the fun!
Chris Stiller was born and raised in La Porte County. In the past few years she has lived in various regions of the country which has helped inspire the abstract design patterns used in her work. Her recreations of glass and wire and old furniture and other organic items are unique and beautiful. See how design creates itself as Chris Stiller goes. Class will also be going on this evening at Jazzercise.
523 Franklin Street
Stain Glass creations by Jennifer Lambert.
Thea Smith, soprano, studied with Paul Elliott at the Early Music Institute, Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. Ms. Smith has performed as soloist and as principle cast and chorus member in productions for the Bloomington Early Music Festival (BLEMF), including, Alcina (G.F. Handel), King Arthur (Purcell), Orfeo (Monteverdi) and Tigrane (Scarlatti), and has been heard on the public radio early music program, Harmonia. In 2008, she had the opportunity to learn from the great Benjamin Bagby while taking Sequentia’s medieval workshop at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver. Most recent professional appearances were with the Bloomington-based Lipzodes in Indianapolis and in Quito, Ecuador. Ms. Smith resides in Bloomington, Indiana where she continues to enjoy collaborating with colleagues and friends. She will work as artist/instructor with the Ecumenical Children’s Choir Institute here in Michigan City, from the 8th to the 12th at First Presbyterian Church. On First Friday night, Ms. Smith will sing in the 6:00 Evening Prayer service at Trinity, and immediately afterward, will sing several treasures of English song, including “Evening Hymn on a Ground,” by Purcell.
Featuring Brian Ponder of Iron Wine Works
Handcrafted wine racks made from cast iron, solid steel and scrap metal as well as specialty racks for all types of spirits. All items are welded together for an artful and practical look. Check out the great selection during the First Friday Art Walk. Want something special? Custom orders are always welcome. Light Bites and beverages will be served.
624 Franklin Street
Urban Soles will be featuring two artists for July’s First Friday ART Walk and we are so excited! Jessica Decaro, owner of LolliPots and art educator, will be showing her handmade pottery. She adds an artistic flair to everyday pottery items for use in cooking, entertainment and décor. Susan Koepke, a local jewelry artist, will be exhibiting her latest pieces. She creates classic and unique jewelry to fit your needs, from casual to work to formal. Farmer’s Table Catering will be providing decedent small bites perfect for a Summer party! Come, enjoy the arts as well as our FABULOUS selection of shoes, accessories and home goods for Summer!
Visit Barker Mansion’s turn-of-the-century architectural style garden and perennial garden and chat with Gardener Donna Allen about the many plants in the gardens. Light refreshments will be served.
121 E. 7th Street
Featuring “Loose Strings” Bluegrass & Folk Band (Weather permitting)
The Michigan City First United Methodist Church will feature the artistic talents of “Loose Strings” a local bluegrass/folk band from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the corner of Franklin and 7th. Stop by and sit a spell as you enjoy their music and our light refreshments.
717 #1 Franklin Street
Mural by regional artists Justus Roe!
Justus Roe works in a variety of visual mediums including painting, large scale murals and sculptural installations. His work references architecture, city grid systems and landscapes. His stylized forms, mark making and color palette develop work that is at once reminiscent of aerial perspectives and metropolitan environments.
717 #3 Franklin Street
Mural by regional artist Lora Fosberg
“Connection to the individual is what I seek and what the individual viewer seeks from me. Connection to the past, to one another, to the physical world, to the spiritual. To remind the viewer of feelings, thoughts, one didn’t even know they had forgotten, thus enlarging emotional possibility”
717 #4 Franklin Street
Mural by regional artist Jay Zerbe:
“Michigan City 2012” The contrast of chaos with order provides the structure for my work. The appearance of order breaks down under scrutiny, which mirrors my understanding of reality. My emotions seek pattern and rationality, while my intellect sees mismatched parts and ambiguous systems. The core of my work revolves around juxtaposing these diverse structures and their uncertain references.
“Summer of Art” – OPENING RECEPTION and ART, PHOTO AND COFFEE TABLE BOOK SALE
Presenting the Annual Salon Style “Summer of Art” Member Exhibit. Our many talented members are displaying a variety of their works, from traditional to contemporary, in all media. Painters, photographers, glass artists, woodworkers and 3-D artists will be participating. Don’t miss this show! Art, Photo and Coffee Table Book Sale: First Friday 5-8pm and Fri-Sat-Sun 12-5pm during July.
Light appetizers and refreshments will be served.
726 Franklin Street
An Eclectic Collection of Fine Art
Original paintings from traditional to contemporary, prints, sculpture, jewelry and much more.
Light refreshments will be served.
731 Washington Street
Sarah Wojosinski is a local artist and owner of Got Glass they create beautiful mosaic frames, tables or windows using broken glass of different colors and textures.
Whether light is bounced off the opaque pieces of stained glass on the tables or capture throughout the translucent pieces displayed on the windows, the glass will become an intriguing piece of art.
Lakeside WEST features ceramic artist, and visiting professor Joyce Jablonski. Having recently visited Jingdezhen porcelain factory in China, where she made her own ceramic decals! Join the artist on her journey for lively tete-a-tete. Lite bites and refreshments. Reception 5-8PM CST.
St. Paul Lutheran Church and School will be hosting a Sidewalk Chalk Contest on the First Friday Art Walk in July from 6:00-7:00 pm at the corner of 8th and Franklin. We encourage kids of ALL ages to share their artistic talent, creativity, and imagination through the whimsical power of sidewalk chalk.
The Closet by Franklin Vintage is excited to feature owner and master creative Amanda Joyner of Chef Bizzaro Millinery. Come see some of Amanda’s newest work, try on a few hats and have some fun!
For more information on Chef Bizzaro Millinery visit,
Kick off the month of July and the First Friday Art Walk by enjoying the beautiful music of violinist Nic Orbovich during a short worship service at the First Presbyterian Church. Join us at 5:00 P.M. in the FPC parking area for worship and music. Homemade cookies and lemonade will be provided.
The Framing Station is going to feature artist Mitch Markovitz.
Entertainment in the Uptown Arts District
After the Art Walk
521 Franklin Street
Maxine’s will host live music after the Uptown Art Walk featuring Slim Gypsy Baggage. Tight harmonies and innovative arrangements of originals and covers define SGB. Taking cues from Rock, Funk, Country, Bluegrass and Soul, it’s easy to see why their sound is hard to define. One listen will reveal what you have been waiting for, creative fun music for all occasions. So why try to define it, let’s just have fun and jam with SGB.
Kitchen serves till 10pm, call to reserve a table.
At the Lubeznik Center for the Arts for July & August
Featured Artists: Andy Burd and Matt Vernon
Mainstreet Theatre First Friday Open Stage
Performer Signup 7:30pm Performances Begin 8:00pm Admission: $2 Performers / $3 Audience Members