Studio 659 would like to thank the comic book creators known as The Lab for a wonderful open panel discussion last night.
Members include Adam Farster – “Humalien”, Jack Gonzalez – “Last Unicorn”, Julio Guerra – “Super Dead Beat Dad”, and Ben Miller – “Judges”.
This free and all ages discussion included talks about: Comics, The art form, Writing, Self publishing, Kickstarter, Conventions, Their latest projects, and How to break into the industry.
After the open question answer period the authors offered their works for purchase.
To help celebrate our Lakefront community, a Sand Sculpting Competition will be held on 25 June 2016.
The competition will be hosted by the Whiting Arts Council in conjunction with the City of Whiting.
The goal of the event is to bring visitors and the community together to celebrate a morning of sculpting
sand at Whihala Beach. We anticipate that this will be the inaugural event of an annual competition.
Registration table will be located between the beach and boat launch near the 117th Street entrance.
Registration (day of only): 7am, build until Noon, at which point judging takes place. Participants will be
provided with string to stake out a 20’x20’ build space.
Family Team: $10 per adult, $5 per child
• Up to 3 adults (over 18), up to 7 youths (under 18)
Adult Team: $10 per adult
• Up to 10 people, all members over 18
Adult Solo: $10
Youth Team: $5 per
• Up to 10 people under 18
Youth Solo: $5
• Under 18
There will be no rain date. Event may be cancelled due to weather. If cancelled, entrance fees will be
returned to participants.
A 3 person committee will judge against Theme, Creativity, & Artistic Merit. Participants must bring their
own build equipment. Only sand and natural debris found on the beach may be used in the construction
of the sculptures. Water may drawn from the Lake. No additional adhesives are permitted. Nothing that
disrupts the ecological environment will be permitted. Decisions of judges are final.
Theme: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
First Place Prizes
Family Team: $100
Adult Team: $175
Solo Adult: $75
Youth Team: $100
Youth Solo: $50
Check out the new event coming to Studio 659 Opening before Pierogi Fest for six weeks.
Are you a Photographer? Dust off your lens and get shooting.
Building on the growing success of Whiting’s Pierogi Fest, this year the city will team up with The Times Media Co. on a new event — a photo contest.
Photographers from Northwest Indiana are invited to photograph St. John the Baptist Church at 1849 Lincoln Ave. in Whiting.
The submitted photos will be hung in Studio 659 located at 1413 119th St., and will be judged by Times photographers Jonathan Miano, John Watkins and Damian Rico.
The photos will be on display during Pierogi Fest from July 29 to 31.
Tom Dabertin, president of the Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce and Pierogi Fest chairman, came up with the idea during one of his bike rides around the city.
“When you ride around Whiting and Robertsdale, you see these photographers all taking pictures of the same thing, St. John the Baptist Church,” Dabertin said.
Built in 1930 by Hermann Gaul, protégé of the father of skyscrapers, Louis Sullivan, the church is what Dabertin believes to be one of Whiting’s key sites.
“It’s the focal point of our city,” Dabertin said.
“Because of its impact on the community, we feel as though it should be the subject of the contest.”
If the contest is popular, Dabertin hopes to have the photo contest annually in partnership with The Times and Studio 659.
While the photos are on display, there also will be original drawings on display of the church made by Gaul himself. Attendees also will be able to enter a cubicle that will show them a view of the church from its steeple.
Photos must be submitted before the end of June, and the judging will take place in July.
Contestants should upload their photos to the link below, and include their name, contact information, and a title for their entry.
Please share this event with all your friends.