“Art should stimulate.” -Ala Bashir
Keeping Ala Bashir’s quote in mind, the Northwest Indiana Artists Support Group (NIASG) has set out to stimulate the local populous with its May Day art show. Perhaps for one it will stimulate their mind. Another, it may stimulate their sight. It may stimulate discussion or debate between others. It may stimulate you to move or act. Art is powerful in the mysterious ways it interacts with people.
Started in October of 2009, NIASG came together to inspire, motivate and support fellow artists in their creative journey to create art. They meet monthly to critique each others works, direct them to galleries and their owners, bring awareness to new exhibits and help them promote their own artwork. They take field trips to galleries and receptions, and help promote art within their community. Meetings, which are open to everyone, are held on the second Wednesday at 7pm at the Mellow Brew Cheesecake House in Dyer.
The May Day art show will be NIASG’s first exhibit featuring eight members’ artwork. The theme May Day was initially chosen as a call for help: to help gain exposure for some local “starving artists” as well as a great local business. Scheduling the reception on May 1st brought a further dimension to the theme, and artists were asked to submit artwork that fit the theme as they interpreted it. The collection varies from religious to spring to war interpretations. Participating artists are; Megan Popiela, Karissa Herbst, Jen Jackson, Shirley Stone, Abbie Cashman, Dawn Diamantopoulos and Paul Benninghoff.
The May Day art show runs through May 13th with an artists’ reception May 1st at the Mellow Brew Cheesecake House, 1060 Joliet Street, Dyer Indiana from 2pm – 5pm. Also featured will be the group Red Light Runner performing their music.
Paul Benninghoff contributed to this article.