During the month of July, the Chesterton Art Center will be featuring the work of Debra Simanski, Sharon Goodall, and Susan Brandstetter in an exhibit titled, "Captured Moments". The exhibit will begin July 1 and hang through the end of the month. Guests are invited to meet the artists at the Opening Reception on Saturday, July 13 from 1-4 pm.
Debra Simanski is a lifetime artist working out of her studio on Porter Beach. She is third generation here on the shores of Lake Michigan. Her grandparents, George S. Smith (a Chicago architect famous for his Catholic Church designs) and Nell Mamroth Smith (known for her lavish Dune Acres parties), were two early residents of Dune Acres beginning in 1946. Prior to that, the family rented a cottage called, "Ragged Robin" on Porter beach every summer since 1935. Debra is the daughter of the late Dune Acres artist and resident, George S. Smith Jr. Being a third generation Indiana Dunes lover, she has spent her summers in the Dunes since 1952 and is now joyfully a full-time resident.
Prior to retirement, Debra had her own graphic arts business in Plymouth, IN. For over 40 years, she owned and operated her business designing logos, newspaper/magazine ads, display materials, catalogs, and promotional campaigns for small businesses, corporations, and political campaigns. As a young girl, Debra attended art lessons at the Gardner Art School on the south side of Chicago, learning many types of mediums or art. Although she favors painting with oils, this exhibit is featuring Debra's love for the Dunes with many acrylic paintings done over the last 5 years.
Sharon Goodall's love of art began while growing up in Northwest Indiana. At a very young age, Sharon learned to draw from her artistically gifted father. Throughout her school years, she learned many forms of art, including drawing, ceramics, fine art, and art history.
Now that Sharon is retired from a 30-year career at UPS, oil painting has become a big part of her life. In the last year, Sharon joined the Duneland Plein Air Painters, a group that paints outside. Painting directly from nature has proven to be extremely challenging and has opened up a whole new world of opportunity in her artistic journey. When she isn't painting, she is practicing yoga, walking her dogs on the beach, and enjoying time with her grandchildren.
Susan Brandstetter and her family are longtime residents of Porter Beach. Her late father, Hugo Brandstetter, began coming to the Indiana Dunes in 1924 when he was 3 years old (his mother was a member of the Prairie Club). Their lakefront house was built in 1935. Susan graduated in 1997 from the University of Illinois in Chicago with a degree in Business Administration. With no formal art training, Susan fell into welding by taking a class at Ivy Tech. This led to her creating metal sculptures. Many of her inspirations come from children's drawings, mosaics, family pets, nature, friends, and old-time fiddle music.
Susan moved to Porter Beach full-time in 1990. She oversees Duneland Beach Rentals. Most of her time has been devoted to raising her 2 children. Now that they are older, she is finding time to venture into some new and exciting art projects. This exhibit will feature Susan's unique custom art pieces using a combination of recycled bottle caps and mosaic tiles.
The "Captured Moments" exhibit will open on July 1 and be on display through July 31 at the Chesterton Art Center, with the Opening Reception taking place on Saturday, July 13 from 1-4. The Art Center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton, IN 46304. To see a full list of upcoming events, please see the website at www.chestertonart.com.