Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

South Shore Arts Gallery

Renee McGinnis,  MS CeruleAnne , Oil and Swarovski crystals on mdf panel

Renee McGinnis, MS CeruleAnne, Oil and Swarovski crystals on mdf panel

At the Center for Visual and Performing Arts
1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana

Monday – Friday, 10am-5pm
Saturday, 10am-4pm
Sunday, 12pm-4pm

Renee McGinnis: Tales from the biosphere

Outstanding Midwest Artist Series Curated by Bridget Covert

June 15 - August 25, 2019

Artist Reception: Sunday, June 23, 1-3pm 

South Shore Arts is pleased to present Renee McGinnis: Tales from the Biosphere, the seventh exhibit in its Outstanding Midwest Artist Series. McGinnis’s works are painstakingly painted to perfection in her romantic but melancholy style, in which decaying structures of abandoned ships and eerie industrial factories are contrasted against vibrant flowers, enchanting clouds and shimmering emeralds. 

A descendent of yacht builders, McGinnis was born and raised on a farm in central Illinois. She spent much of her childhood taking in the Great Plains on horseback or driving through the countryside in vintage automobiles, passing abandoned farms and towns. These landscapes, filled with the grandeur of manmade machines altered by time and nature that eventually overcomes them, would become the influence of McGinnis’s work.

The artist states, “The structures that I paint are surrounded by the gardens of a misdirected beauty, suggesting man’s infallible desire to control nature. The once luxurious ocean liners, the highly sexualized iron ore uploaders and Battersea-type power stations are staged in deceptively beautiful landscapes or stricken on violent seas.

“The purity of the clouds and botanicals juxtaposed with the lonely decay of the steel structures create a potent marriage of emotion in the viewer. One has to make the decision whether to attend to the monument of human labor or the serene beauty enveloping it, just as we all must choose between material consumption and the conversation of the natural system that sustains us all.” 

Renee McGinnis,  Blue Ruse , Oil on canvas

Renee McGinnis, Blue Ruse, Oil on canvas

A collection of McGinnis’s ships is painted on circular canvases with a meshing of sky and sea that creates a ghostly depiction. They are often painted with elegant borders each having a different theme that becomes the work’s title. McGinnis chose to make these canvases circular because they “recall porcelain collector plates, the kind issued when the great ocean liners were the benchmark of technology, human arrogance and aesthetic attention. Once filled with every luxury, yet finite in resources, these ships become a tender metaphor for the earth and her fragility.”

McGinnis is a Chicago-based postmodern painter who currently is represented by Zg Gallery in Chicago. She attended Illinois Wesleyan University, earning a BFA in 1984. She continued with graduate work in sociology and anthropology at the University of Chicago.

Her work has been exhibited widely in Chicago and has also been shown in New York, Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Germany and Australia. Her curatorial debut occurred in 2003 when she launched The Chicago Solution Show with the late Ed Paschke as juror, and again in 2005 with James Rondeau, Curator of the Contemporary Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago.     

McGinnis has had a career in film and television, receiving a National Emmy Award for Design in Television in 1991. In 2002 she starred as herself in the Iranian-American film American Burqa screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

Renee McGinnis: Tales from the Biosphere will run through August 26 with a reception for the artist on Sunday, June 23, from 1-3pm in conjunction with Family Arts Day at the Center for Visual & Performing Arts. The reception is open to the public and free of charge.


Bob Palmieri , Alley,  Photograph

Bob Palmieri, Alley, Photograph

Center for Visual and Performing Arts
1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana

Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday, 9am-4pm
Sunday, 11am-4pm

Bob Palmieri: Straight Shooters

Artist Reception: Sunday, September 8, 1-3pm

Through September 8, 2019

Crown Point Branch

Susan Henshaw,  Frozen In Separate Belief,  Oil

Susan Henshaw, Frozen In Separate Belief, Oil

611 North Indiana Avenue, Crown Point, Indiana
Crown Point branch exhibits are open to the public free of charge.

Wednesday – Saturday, Noon-4pm

Susan Henshaw: Water Elements

Through September 7, 2019

A lifetime resident of Union Pier, Michigan, Susan resides on the 30 acres that was passed down from her great grandmother.  In her childhood she had free rein and many countless hours to spend exploring the fields, woodlands, and waters that made their way to Lake Michigan. Most of Susan’s work is nature based and is derived from a 20 mile radius from her home.Susan, a self-taught artist, teaches classes and workshops as well as curates and juries regional shows.

She has had numerous solo shows and is part of several permanent corporate and private collections.

Over the years she has received many juried awards for her pastels and oil paintings. including Best of Show at Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, IN. Susan’s pastel titled “Primordial River” was the first ever pastel to be chosen in the show’s 35 year history, and is now part of their permanent collection. She has also had the honor of being chosen as an Artist-in-Residence at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Porcupine Mountains State Park, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. .


ArtHouse a Social Kitchen, Gary Public Library & Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts

Eric Holubow,  Palace Theater,  Photograph

Eric Holubow, Palace Theater, Photograph


Through September 14

Closing Reception: Saturday, September 14 from 11am-6pm during Gary Love Fest

Curated by John Cain, this exhibit features the work of guerilla photographers who have been lured to Gary and other cities to capture the haunting beauty of architectural ruins on the verge of being repurposed as gardens and other public spaces.

Gary Public Library & Cultural Center - 220 W 5th Ave, Gary, IN 46402

ArtHouse A Social Kitchen - 411 E 5th Ave, Gary, IN 46402


Substation No. 9


435 Fayette Street, Hammond, IN 46320

Joe Rauen: Unlikely Musical Object

Reception: Saturday, August 10, 5-9pm

Musical Performance at 7pm

Towle Theater

Anneke Dekker,  Finding The Way , Acrylic

Anneke Dekker, Finding The Way, Acrylic

 5205 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, Indiana

Anneke Dekker: Between The Real and Imagined

Reception: Friday, July 12, 6:30-8pm

ANKO’s full-time passion as an artist draws from her experiences as a fashion designer, her interest in travel, nature and gardening and her lifelong interest in photography.

Her work is in collections in the United States, Europe, Australia and South Africa. She has had several solo-shows and regularly exhibit in Groups shows in Indiana and is currently showing and selling her work via her website and at “The Venue” Art Gallery in Bloomington, Indiana.

More information about the Towle and to purchase tickets can be found here.

Cafe Fresco                                                                        

Joel Tokarczyk,  Clown Fish , Digital art

Joel Tokarczyk, Clown Fish, Digital art

51 N Court St, Crown Point, IN 46307   

Monday – Friday: 7am-8pm Saturday: 9am-8pm Sunday: 9am-5pm  

Joel Tokarczyk: Then and now

Through September 15, 2019

More information about Cafe Fresco can be found here.


More than 20 exhibitions fill four South Shore Arts galleries each year, showcasing regional, national and international artists and cultures. If you are an artist interested in exhibiting with South Shore Arts, please request a copy of our current Exhibition Guidelines by clicking here or by  contacting Bridget CovertGallery Manager, 219/836.1839, ext.108. 


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