EYE ON THE ARTS: A celebration of Barbara Meeker’s artwork | Columnists

EYE ON THE ARTS: A celebration of Barbara Meeker's art | Columnists

South Shore Arts’ fall exhibit contains a profession retrospective of celebrated native artist and educator Barbara Meeker. The artist has graciously designated all gross sales of her paintings to profit South Shore Arts and Hospice of the Calumet Space. Born in Peru, Indiana, Meeker’s mom noticed a chance for her daughter to be an artist and inspired her in that route. Meeker taught artwork within the Hammond public faculties from 1952-57, additionally educating privately in her house. In 1965, Meeker joined the employees of Purdue College Northwest, the place she taught as a professor within the Division of Architectural Know-how for 25 years. On the time, she was the one artist on employees, and her college students had been virtually all male engineers. Meeker constructed and coordinated an artwork gallery the place she created a set of artworks for the college and labored to create public artwork on campus.

Meeker started exhibiting within the South Shore Arts Salon Present when it was nonetheless held at Minas Division Retailer in downtown Hammond, successful quite a few awards over time. Meeker says that she isn’t a realist however extra of an summary painter of the landscapes of trade and dunes for which she is greatest recognized. Now retired, Meeker continues to mentor artwork college students and encourage others to pursue careers in artwork. “Barbara M. Meeker: A Profession Retrospective” is on view on the Heart for Visible & Performing Arts via November 1, 2020. www.southshoreartsonline.org

Lakeshore Public Tv signed onto the airwaves in November, 1987, as WYIN Channel 56, giving Northwest Indiana a televised broadcast voice. Almost 31 years later, the station stays the only real televised supply for native information, sports activities and climate, in addition to data on cultural occasions and neighborhood points. For at the very least half of its time on the air, Lakeshore PBS has partnered with South Shore Arts via “Eye on the Arts” interviews of arts suppliers in our area. The televised model has expanded considerably lately, evolving right into a half-hour program showcasing a various vary of native artists, organizations, occasions and tales that show the ability of arts in folks’s lives, and the way artwork and tradition enhance the standard of our lives. The sequence is produced by Tony Santucci, with extra segments produced by Justin Hill, Connor Burge and Rutch Johnson. We’re so happy to congratulate the station on its nomination for a 2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy! www.lakeshorepbs.org

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