Beverly Shores Museum & Art Gallery planning full season

The Beverly Shores Museum & Art Gallery is planning a packed 2024 season.

“The 2024 season looks to be a strong one as The Beverly Shores Museum & Art Gallery showcases the work of talented artists, photographers and community members,” the museum said in a press release. “In addition, the museum will feature historical exhibits sure to be of interest to anyone who frequents the area.”

“Whimsical Warhol: Pop Portraits by Exceptional Learners of Chesterton High School” opens Friday at the historic South Shore Line train station at 525 Broadway that’s also home to the museum and gallery. It runs through April 21. An opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

“Chesterton High School’s Applied Skills program serves special needs students in the Duneland community. Students ranging from 15-22 years old learn a variety of skills ranging from selfcare to workplace training,” the museum said in a press release. “The Applied Arts class, taught by CHS art teacher Colin May, offers students an opportunity to express themselves and get messy. This collection of prints highlights the class’s exploration of Andy Warhol.”

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The museum will host a simultaneous exhibit on “How the historic Depot building was nearly lost, and how it was saved.”

In May, the gallery will host the 5 X 5 Artist Invitational. It’s a fundraiser for the Beverly Shores Museum in which local artists donate 5 X 5 pieces that are affordable. It runs from May 3 through May 25 with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 3. The museum will host an exhibit celebrating veterans.

The photographer Chris Cassidy will display the solo exhibit “Inspiration Over Time” from June 7 through June 30. An opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 7.

“This exhibit features the ‘off the clock’ photographs of professional food photographer Chris Cassidy as he finds interest in such varied subjects as nature, abandoned factories and farms, and machines,” the museum said in a press release.

“Gone, but Not Forgotten II: A look at the buildings that once made up Beverly Shores” will be displayed at the museum portion.

Joel Sheesley’s “Learning the Land: Stewarding Beauty” exhibit will run from July 5 through Aug. 11. An opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 12.

“The Depot Museum & Art Gallery and The Shirley Heinze Land Trust are pleased to bring plein air artist Joel Sheesley to our community as the first Shirley Heinze Land Trust Artist-in-Residence,” the museum said in a press release. “Over two years and in all four seasons, Joel visited Shirley Heinze nature preserves and Beverly Shores properties to create a collection of 15 paintings. The exhibit is a visually stunning reflection of the wide array of landscapes preserved by Shirley Heinz and the Beverly Shores community. Sheesley, Emeritus Professor of Art at Wheaton College, is a painter whose current work focuses on the landscape. Sheesley has been a recipient of an Illinois Artist’s Fellowship, has exhibited his work in university and Chicago a galleries, including a solo exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center.”

Joel DeGrand’s exhibit “Iterations: Beyond Photography” will run from Aug. 16 through Sept. 15. An opening reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16.

“This exhibit features 12 life size, altered and embellished photographs. In this body of work based on the series, Uniforms, Outfits, and Accessories, DeGrand sends us on a quest that demands that a viewer stop, look, and listen to reflect on what they are seeing,” the museum said in a press release. “Joel DeGrand (1944–2022) held an MFA in photography from the University of Oregon and a BS in Art Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was a photographer from his early childhood, and taught art and photography from 1968 to 2016. He participated in solo, group exhibitions, and workshops in the United States and abroad, and his work is included in many museums, corporations, private collections and publications. He self-published 17 books of his photography and won many awards for his work over the years including a National Endowment for the Arts grant.”

An exhibit on the history of the police and volunteer firefighters in Beverly Shores will simultaneously be displayed at the museum.

The “Let Your Light Shine: Plein Air Artist Exhibit” will be displayed from Sept. 20 through Oct. 20. An opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 20. Several local and regional plein air artists will display their work.

Beer Geeks, one of the Region’s first, most beloved and most influential craft beer bars, closed after more than a decade and is being reimagined as a new concept.

The landmark 88-year-old castle-shaped White Castle in Whiting is coming down to be replaced with a newer, larger, more modern White Castle restaurant. 

A longtime staple in downtown Crown Point poured its last drink.

The longtime Westforth Sports gun shop is closing.

The Silver Line Building Products plant at 16801 Exchange Ave. will be shuttered permanently.

Brewfest in Highland will close in what’s been called “an end of an era.”

David’s Bridal filed for bankruptcy and could close all stores if no buyer emerges to save it.

The 88-year-old Whiting White Castle will be remembered with displays at museums in two different states.

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For years, the “millionaire’s club” met every morning in the corner booth of the historic 88-year-old White Castle at Indianapolis Boulevard and 119th Street in downtown Whiting. The landmark restaurant served its final slider Tuesday. 

One of Northwest Indiana’s most popular and enduring hobby shops is looking for a buyer after the longtime owner died.

J&L This N That Consignment Shop, a popular thrift store, closed in downtown Whiting after a run of several years.

A Calumet Region institution, Calumet Fisheries on the far South Side of Chicago, is temporarily closed after failing a city health inspection.

Just days after reopening after city health inspectors shut it down, Calumet Fisheries suffered a major fire.

Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant is no mas in Valparaiso.

Beer Geeks in Highland rebranded as B-Side Bar & Lounge and then closed within a few months.

Troubled retailer Bed Bath and Beyond will permanently close its Valparaiso location as it shutters more stores nationwide as it looks to restructure and shrink its footprint to save the struggling business.

Peoples Bank has shuttered its branch in downtown Hammond. 

Viking Artisan Ales will soon pour its last craft beer at its Merrillville taproom.

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is closing after 15 years at one of Northwest Indiana’s most prominent highway interchanges.

Walmart is closing its big-box store in Homewood.

The Chicago Auto Show, the nation’s largest auto show, returns to McCormick Place Saturday, running through Feb. 19.

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