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Special Notice:

Great news! We are now open during our regular hours of 11 am – 4 pm M-F and 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday. We will be following the guidelines issued by the Governor of Indiana. We will ask you to please wear a mask when you visit. We will have some available if you have forgotten yours. We will also have hand sanitizer available for you to use during your visit, and staff will periodically wipe down commonly touched items such as door handles, railings, and other parts of the building in an effort to keep all of us safe. We can’t wait to see you!


In the Galleries in September:

“Art Whimsy: The Works of Michelle Hunt-Newham”

Opening Reception Sunday, September 13 – 2 pm until 4 pm.


The Chesterton Art Center is pleased to announce that Michelle Hunt-Newham will be the featured artist in the galleries in September. Michelle is a Valparaiso resident who works mainly in pastel, watercolor and acrylic. Michelle refers to her style as ‘art whimsy’, strong suggestions of everyday things with a dreamy value. Her passion remains in painting the everyday. Portraiture work fascinates her, and she has a strong pull in that direction as well.

Though she had painted a little while raising her family, her true art journey began five and a half years ago after a job loss found her at a fork in the road. She decided that being a full-time artist was her true calling, and in that moment the opportunity arrived to live that dream.

Says Michelle, “At one point, I inadvertently found my children’s college art supplies. So, with brush in hand, I started. I started painting. I started pasteling. I started oil painting. I started acrylics. All with a thirsty passion that had been suppressed for some time. And that renaissance was on my own terms. I will paraphrase a prolific artist friend of whom I am a huge fan. She was once asked how long it took her to create a particular piece of artwork and she replied, ‘76 years.’ I loved that. We never stop. My dreams and aspirations were there all along, patiently waiting for the ‘phoenix phenomenon’, rising from the ashes at just the right time. But isn’t that how the universe ultimately works?”

An Artist’s Reception will be held on Sunday, September 13 from 2pm to 4 pm. Masks are required to be in the building, social distancing will be practiced, and hand sanitizer will be available to visitors. Staff will periodically sanitize common surfaces.

Michelle’s work will be in the galleries from September 4 through September 30. The Art Center will be closed on Labor Day, September 7. Regular hours are Monday through Friday 11 am until 4 pm, and Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm.

You can view more of Michelle’s work on her social media sites. Her Facebook page is Studio at Maison de Michelle and her work is also on Instagram at girlwith2differentcoloredeyes.

Michelle is shown above with her painting called “The Bashful Sunflower” and underneath is a portrait of her son Alex Newham.

This is a free event, open to the public. Regular hours are weekdays 11-4, and Saturdays 10-2. To provide a safe environment for the community, all guests are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing at the Art Center.


The Art Center will be closed on Labor Day, September 7.


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October Children’s LIVE Virtual Art Classes begin October1!  You can reserve a spot by calling the Art Center, stopping in during business hours, or registering on Eventbrite




If you are interested in teaching a class at the Chesterton Art Center, click here for more information.


We are excited to announce Adult Ceramics Classes Starting in September.  We welcome Milissa Beale as a new instructor at the Chesterton Art Center.  For more information click here.  

Interested in exhibiting at the Chesterton Art Center?  Read about the application process below.

Proposals for Solo and Group Shows