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The Chesterton Art Center is dedicated to enriching the cultural landscape of the Northwest Indiana area by exhibiting the works of emerging and established regional artists. 
We emphasize the richness and diversity of art and endeavor to provide a continuous forum for art education in the community.
115 S. 4th St. 
Chesterton, IN  46304


Monday through Friday:  11:00 am until 4:00 pm

Saturday:  1:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Closed Sundays Unless There Is A Scheduled Event
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 Guests are welcome to show up, with no prior registration required. All ability levels and artistic styles are encouraged to attend. While Mark is a painter, he will be able to advise artists in other mediums as well.
Guests may simply sit and listen. But, the goal of the evening is build community. So, participation will be encouraged. Artists can bring in a piece of work at any stage - from conception to the final version. While it will be a safe and friendly environment, it will be a critique involving Mark and others providing advice and insight into the effectiveness of the work or the artistic concept.

Critique Night will be a monthly event, happening the first Wednesday of each month at the Chesterton Art Center. To ask questions about the event, please contact the Chesterton Art Center at 219-926-4711. The Chesterton Art Center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton, IN 46304.

Local painter, Mark VanderVinne 
will host a Critique Night at the Chesterton Art Center 
on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. 

Next critique night: Wednesday, May 7

The Chesterton Art Center is now hosting 
children's birthday parties for kids ages 3 and up. 

Each party will include a 2-hour time slot on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Guests will receive a stretched canvas painting (12" x 12" size, with a theme determined by the birthday boy/girl) and a small craft to take home. The Art Center will provide a picture frame photo booth for fun pictures of the children at the event, and a special gift for the birthday child. Jennifer Martin, the children's art instructor at the Chesterton Art Center, will organize and lead the party. While the Art Center will provide decorations for the classroom, the parents are responsible for food, drink, plates, etc., as well as balloons, if desired.

The cost is $10 per child, with a minimum of 10 children. The maximum party size is 20 children. Goodie bags may be added on for an additional $3 per child. Once the party date has been approved, a $50 deposit will be required to hold the date. The deposit will go towards the total balance due on the day of the party. For more information, please contact the Chesterton Art Center at 219-926-4711. The Chesterton Art Center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton, IN 46304. ​
The Association of Artists and Craftsmen of Porter County is offering a $500 scholarship to a Porter County high school senior graduating in the class of 2014 and planning to attend college to major in art or art education. 

Applicants will need to submit a typewritten letter of intent, including which school you will be attending, why the interest in art, and what the future art-related plans may be.
Applications requires a portfolio including both 3D and matted 2-D pieces. Also, a variety of sketchbooks are requested with the application. Sketchbooks should reflect a variety of creative concepts personal to each student. All materials must be submitted by Friday, May 9 before 4 p.m. A winner will be announced on Monday, May 12 and all applications should be picked up that day.

Any specific questions can be directed to Judy Gregurich at 219-926-4711. The Chesterton Art Center gallery hours are 11-4 weekdays and 1-4 on Saturdays.