Whiting Arts Council News



The Arts Around Town…

It’s Fall – my favorite time of year (even though it means you-know-what is right around the corner) and there are so many events in town to enjoy…here are a few of the artsy ones!


Current & Upcoming Events

Through October 31st: SINISTER Exhibit. Annual Exhibit featuring artwork depicting all things scary and creepy. Stop in to view the macabre, twisted and humorous. Gallery hours are Thu-Fri, Noon – 7 p.m. and Sat 10 a.m. -2 p.m. (STUDIO 659 – 1413 119th Street)


October 23rd at 7:00 p.m.: Are you ready for a frightfully good time? TRIVIA FRIGHT NIGHT is back – and this time with a Halloween bent. Come use your gray matter and compete with other teams at this incredibly fun event. Participants can bring outside food – refreshments will be available. $10 entrance fee/cash prize to winning team. (STUDIO 659)


October 12 – December 12: OLIVER BROWN EXHIBIT. 119th Street Artists presents its Annual Members’ Exhibit at CornerStone Gallery. A variety of media from artist members from Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area will be shown at this family-friendly exhibit. Opening Reception is Friday, October 23rd, 6:30-9:00 p.m. (CORNERSTONE GALLERY, back of Centier Bank at 1500-119th Street)


November 6-27: FOURTH ANNUAL JURIED SHOW: ARTISTIC LICENSE. Studio  659 will be presenting its annual juried show featuring wonderful art submitted by local artists. Last year’s award-winner Dawn Diamantopoulos will be serving as juror for this exhibit, with prizes being award Opening Night. Everyone is welcome at this free event. Opening Reception is Friday, November 6th from 6:59-9:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. (STUDIO 659)


November 9th, 7 p.m.: The Whiting Arts Council and Studio 659 will be hosting an encore presentation of the remarkable documentary ONE MINUTE AFTER SUNRISE: The Story of the 1955 Standard Oil Refinery Explosion. The producers will be in attendance to talk about the documentary and answer any questions. DVDs will be also be available for sale. (STUDIO 659)


November 13th, 7:00 & 8:30 p.m. The Whiting Arts Council/Studio 659 will be hosting an encore performance of Calumet College of St. Joseph’s old-time radio show: A Blonde, A Brunette, and a Redhead: A Detective Story. Silly voices, live sound effects, and sinister plots combine to make this production a unique experience. Tickets are: $7/Adults; $5/Students with valid Student ID. This production is sure to please both young and old alike! (STUDIO 659)


November 17th at 7:00 p.m.: OPEN MIC NIGHT. The spotlight beckons anyone who wants to share their talent with an appreciative audience. Refreshments available. (STUDIO 659)


November 20th at 7:00 p.m.: PET PORTRAIT PAINTING PARTY. A twist on the usual “painting party” has participants painting a portrait of their beloved pet (please see accompanying story). Reservations a must–please register via the website at www.studio659.org. If you have any questions, please call 219.659.8828. (STUDIO 659)


See you next month –

Pet Painting Party – SOLD OUT!!!!!!

bullycrewAdmit it: we all ADORE our pets – now you can immortalize them by painting their portrait AND supporting Gimme Shelter, Whiting’s no-kill animal shelter! Join Instructor Jeremy Kane and other pet-lovers to create a beautiful picture of your pet and have some fun while painting it. Participants will be asked to forward their favorite high resolution digital image of your pet via email. Upon registration, you will receive further details on how and where to send the image.

If you can’t make the event and still would like a portrait done of a pet, arrangements can be made by contacting Studio 659. Cost is only $55 (all painting supplies included) with a portion going to Gimme Shelter. [Event takes place November 20th, 7 p.m. and] reservations are a must as this event will fill up quickly – please register via the website at www.studio659.org.

If you have any questions, please call 219.659.8828. Guests may bring outside food; refreshments available. [Studio 659, 1413-119th Street, Whiting.] Start deciding now which picture of your pet you want to use-and if you are anything like most pet lovers, there are so many from which to choose.

Trivia Night!!

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Volunteers Needed!



STUDIO 659 is looking for volunteers to gallery-sit. And when it comes to volunteering, this is an easy task – no baking, no heavy lifting, just sitting a couple of hours at the Gallery so that it can increase the hours it is open to the public. Especially now, with the Original Comic Book Art Exhibit and Pierogi Fest coming up, Studio 659 would appreciate any time one might have to donate. Please feel free to come in during open hours to sign up (Th-F, 12-6; Sat 10-2) or call or email Studio 659 (219.659.8828 or contactus@studio659.org ) to sign up. There are exciting things in store for Studio 659…come and be a part of it!

Superheros Take Over Studio 659

WHITING | You can see rare comic art at comic book conventions if you’re willing to battle the hordes, carve out space near a booth and flip through a binder.

Studio 659 in Whiting is giving superhero fans of all ages a chance to take their time in a less crowded gallery setting to actually appreciate comic book art, including hand-drawn pieces by famous artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. Read more…

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