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A season for art

December 6, 2018

La PORTE — The Thaddeus C. Gallery hosted its 14th annual Blue Christmas Holiday Exhibition premier over the weekend.

The gallery has artists from all over the world represented in the Blue Christmas exhibition. Included are artists from England, Paris, Japan, New York, Chicago, New Jersey, California and Seattle.

The exhibit also features artists closer to home, such as Valparaiso, Chesterton and South Bend.

“We try to highlight as many artists as possible. Tonight, we’re showing 20 plus artists. The idea is to introduce new artists to the gallery, as well as display new pieces from artists we’ve shown in the past,” said gallery owner Thaddeus Cutler.

New York artist Kristine Virsis has many print pieces on display in the gallery. Her prints are unique in the way that there is more nature based imagery in them than would be seen at an initial glance.

In order to fully appreciate her prints, viewers must search in the background to discover its hidden secrets.

Heavily featured were the works of Laura Marmash, who sculpted a collection of miniature heads. The pieces were constructed out of clay and felted wool. Each piece had individualized names and brilliant details that made the pieces eerily lifelike.

Parts of the exhibit displayed particularly festive creations. For example, one part of the gallery is dedicated to winter snow globes. Another table is covered in miniature glass penguins that would make for great additions to anyone’s holiday decor.

People came from all over the region to enjoy the Blue Christmas Holiday Exhibition.

“We are just loving all of the outpouring from the community. When I look around I can see people from Chicago and Fort Wayne here tonight, and I can see lots of people from the La Porte County community. The gallery draws a lot of people, and it kind of kicks off the holiday season every year,” owner Laura Cutler said during the premier.

The show will run until Jan. 5, and will be continually updated with new pieces as they sell out. The gallery owners intend on extending hours during the month of December and will be open up to the Dec. 24.

“People can come all month long and see an unbelievable exhibition,” explained Laura Cutler.

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