Date: July 2, 2008
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PNC, Michiana Resources Host "Wonderful Windows" Exhibit
Westville – The Purdue University North Central Odyssey 2007-08 Arts and Cultural Events Series will present the final exhibit featuring the work of the Michiana Resources Creative Concepts artists with the show, “Wonderful Windows.”
The Creative Concepts artwork is on display on the first floor of the Library-Student Faculty Building in display cases located adjacent to Room 144. The exhibit may be viewed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Wonderful Windows” is a collection of eight artworks made from old wooden windows, window screens, and storm windows. The pieces were selected and prepared under the direction of Kelly Tokoly-Rothermel, Creative Concepts art instructor. All the pieces have been painted and some have some collage and assemblage on them.
“Wonderful Windows” is displayed along with the Creative Concepts show “Mystical Mandalas,” that opened in June. Mandala is a Sanskirt word that means “whole world” or “healing circle.” From Native American and Tibetan sand paintings to Gothic rose windows and Hindu yantras, mandalas are used as symbols for meditation, protection and healing. Examples of mandalas are found in common places. The cells of the body, the iris of the eye, snow crystals, birds' nests, bicycle wheels, flowers and planets are all examples of mandalas.
The mandalas in this show were made out of canvas boards, cardboard, tempera paint, beads, sequins, buttons, glitter and similar materials.
PNC also features the Creative Concepts exhibit, “Dream Catchers…” a collection of 19 dream catchers shown in the PNC Technology Building North Study Lounge.
This is the last show of the year of the monthly exhibits that began with PNC back in January. “We are very thankful that PNC gave us this opportunity to showcase our artwork and to celebrate our accomplishments”, says Tokoly-Rothermel.
The art displayed at PNC and at Michiana Resources is for sale. The proceeds are divided between the artist, the Creative Concepts program and the PNC Odyssey Arts and Cultural Series.
Creative Concepts artists currently have 18 pieces of artwork up at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond in the “Trash to Treasure VIII” exhibit featuring art made from reused or recycled materials.
The Creative Concepts program exposes individuals with disabilities to visual art, theatre, music and dance.
Recently, some Creative Concepts participants finished their 25 acting classes with Peyton Dailey at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City . A new group has begun art classes there with Michelle Wiser. They will meet once a week for 25 weeks.
The new art studio at Michiana Resources, at 4315 E. Michigan Boulevard, in Michigan City, is almost completed. The cabinets, sink and air conditioning have been installed. After the floor is painted, the Art Zone will be relocating to its new and permanent location.
Creative Concepts will also have a booth at the Lake Front Art Festival this August down at Washington Park in Michigan City.
In May Creative Concepts members reviewed the dances learned at the beginning of the year and learned a few more in preparation for the annual cotillion. Artists are making placemats for the Special Olympics awards banquet. Art classes have centered on learning “the face formula” to help in drawing even better portraits of people.
Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series features various events throughout the year. A complete schedule of events can be found at www.pnc.edu. For more information about any event in the Odyssey series, contact Judy Jacobi, PNC director of marketing, at 800-872-1231, ext. 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.