5th Annual
2013  Art After Dark Gala

Friday, November 1, 2013
Sand Creek Country Club
Chesterton, Indiana

Cocktail Hour - 6:00 p.m.
  Dinner - 7:00 p.m.

Dancing - Silent Auction - Patron Award

Come and join us for our 5th Annual 
Art After Dark Gala.

All proceeds benefit our youth programs and the maintenance of the Chesterton Art Center.


Click here to read about our history, our plans for the future, and our event...
Illustration by Kathy Los Rathburn
For more information, contact Rita Berg

    Doris Myers has always been an artist. She has spent her life spreading the love of art to the greater Wheatfield community, where she and husband Rich lived most of their 67 years of married life together. Even today, Doris is still a vital artist and continues to work to bring culture to her community. 

    Doris was a child during the Depression and she talks of drawing on a paper sack with a burnt match stick for art materials. She attended Crown Point High School where she tells of submitting her Wedge Heeled Shoe sketch to a competition. Although she didn’t win, her ideas turned up at Department stores the next season.

    She married young and had four children - all the while doing art-related jobs, including lettering school buses. She painted murals for various local clients including the First Baptist Church she attended in Wheatfield. Doris always had goals and patiently, yet tenaciously worked toward them. At the age of 36, she entered college at Valparaiso University where she studied English with a minor in Physical Education (VU did not offer an art major at the time). She earned a teaching degree and began teaching in the Wheatfield Schools at the age of 42. For the next 6 summers, she attended Ball State University where she earned a Masters in Art. After her children were grown, she continued taking art classes at VU, along with teaching art at Kankakee Valley High school. 
During her time there, she founded the Kankakee Valley Fine Arts Council that brought cultural programs to northern Jasper county for over a decade. Their amazing programs included artists in residence, renowned orchestras, famous theatrical productions, The Nutcracker Ballet and more. She helped raise thousands of dollars to purchase a grand piano for KVHS. Upon her retirement from KVHS, she painted an extensive mural in the foyer (working on scaffolding 15 feet high), showing the history of the Kankakee Valley region. 

    Doris retired from full time teaching in 1984. To this day, Doris continues to teach special workshops (20 years of Artcamp workshops alone), give demonstrations and lectures. Last month, she took her potters wheel to a local nursing home where she demonstrated pottery for an entire afternoon. The residents LOVED it – many of whom were younger than Doris! She can always be seen at the Taste of Renssalear, demonstrating painting. She continues to make and sell her art.

    Doris is still involved in a number of local organizations including Jasper County Art League and the Prairie Writers Guild. She regularly attends the Wheatfield Chamber of Commerce meetings where she makes sure the arts are included and represented at such events as The Sandhill Crane Festival, where her community clay workshops have created various items to sell and raise funds for the community. 

    Doris has truly graced the world with her service work and her art that appears in collections all over the world – from private homes to small and big businesses and more. The greater Jasper county area is a much richer place for Doris’s many decades of cultural contributions. 

Last year's Gala Patron Award was presented to Doris Myers
You're Invited to our Gala Preview Party!

    The Chesterton Art Center will host the Art After Dark Preview Party on Tuesday, September 24 from 5-7 p.m. 
    Guests will be treated to snacks, beverages, and a chance to win (2) free tickets to the 5th Annual Art After Dark Gala. The after-work party will be held at the Chesterton Art Center, located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton, IN 46304. No RSVP is required.