As a part of our “Saving the Dunes: Artists’ Paths,” an exhibition of prints, paintings, and sculpture on the subject of the Indiana dunes from Friday, July 10 to Sunday, August 9, 2015 at the Marshall J. Gardner Center, the gallery will host a panel discussion On Sunday, July 26 from 1-3pmwith all three artists, “Art, Ecology and Happenings in the Dunes,” about the unique aspects of working on conservation in the Indiana dunes.
The artists will be joined by Paul Labovitz, Superintendent of the Indiana Dunes National Lake County (Indiana) Parksshore; Laura Brennan, Biological Science Technician at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore; Nicole Barker, Executive Director of Save the Dunes; and Paul Labus, Program Director for Northwest Indiana at the Nature Conservancy.
This event will be followed by beer at 18th St. Brewery.
Employing clever, accessible, arguably subversive mechanisms to reach the masses—humor, self-deprecation, beauty, and skill, Lora Fosberg allows us to both tolerate and even embrace our egocentric and destructive selves. Throughout the years, and in her own unique visual language, she has expertly and unpretentiously used different forms of two dimensional and three dimensional materials to give a fresh look to familiar ground – man vs. nature and man’s interaction, or lack thereof, with nature in our everyday lives. The foibles and frailties of our being, and the diverging and contradictory relationship with mother nature, are her subjects. She has been living and working in a log cabin in the Indiana dunes for the past 10 years after a 25 year stint in Chicago, and it shows. Website
Corey Hagelberg has been creating black and white woodcuts incorporating images from the Indiana dunes and the Calumet Region for about a decade. His works focus on the dramatic interaction between nature and industry in one of the most biodiverse regions of the world. His work blurs the line between humor and tragedy, natural and synthetic, current and historical and high art and low art. In 2011, Corey co-founded the Calumet Artist Residency with his partner Kate Land. He currently teaches art at Indiana University Northwest and South Suburban College, serves on the board of directors of the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District and lives in Gary, Indiana. website
Laura Marie Panozzo has dedicated her life to studying, teaching and creating art. Laura studied painting and sculpture at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and continued studies at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. Panozzo lived in Puerto Rico for four years studying the art of Santos Sculpture and wood carving while working as a Professor at El Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in Santurce. Her years spent living and working in different countries have given new meaning to the adoration she has for her childhood home of Northwest Indiana, where she now permanently lives and works. Her focus has evolved into sustainable art. Panozzo creates sculptures and assemblages using reclaimed woods as well as paintings focused on exotic invasive issues and wildlife from the region. In 2011, Panozzo created Earth Angel Eco Art Studio in LaPorte, Indiana where she teaches workshops, and holds community events. Website