Local Visions

Opening Reception

Marshall J. Gardner Center For The Arts

Enjoy the musical stylings of DJ Coles and small bites provided by Chef Lucero Martinez-Donato.

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Both photographers are Gary residents and love to include the Steel City as a backdrop of their work. Brunson is a free-lance photographer and videographer with many years of experience developing and producing multimedia productions. Well-versed in all aspects of media and Web content production from pre-to post-production, including camera and video operation, photo editing and storytelling. When referencing his photography, “The beauty is in the everyday. I find the moments and subjects that may seem insignificant but are truly important and interesting. I then frame the image to capture the significance of the moment.”

Cooks moved to Gary from Chicago and is very proud to now call Gary her home. She’s a photographer, poet (aka Poetry ‘N’ Motion), author, songwriter, recording artist, stage performer, and radio show personality on WGVE 88.7 FM. Cooks is also a community activist, creating affiliations with several nonprofit organizations including the National Block Club University and Gary Historical and Cultural Society. She also advocates for special needs children, founding PoeTic Innovations as a resource hub for people with disabilities and their families.

July 29th–September 2nd

Event Hours:

Local Visions Itinerary

Opening Reception
Friday, Aug. 5th
5 – 8 pm
Artist Talk
Friday, Aug. 26th
6 – 8 pm
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“Opening Reception” is part of the larger “Local Visions” event, and part of our Exhibits series.

Upcoming events


Reefer Madness!!! The Musical
Rashelle Roos & Joe Agati Paintings and sculpture
Closing Matinee
Opening Reception Rashelle Roos & Joe Agati
Artists’ Talk Rashelle Roos & Joe Agati


Cydney Lewis & Art Garcia Collage and paintings


Felix Maldonado Selected paintings


Gallery break Our gallery will be closed in late January while we prepare for our 2024 community show.


2024 Community Show Artists from Gary, Connected to Gary, that have not been exhibited in our gallery
View past events

Miller Beach Arts & Creative District

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 2405, Gary, IN 46403

Gallery Location:

Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts
540 S. Lake Street, Gary, IN 46403
Open Friday and Saturday, 6—8pm, and Sunday 2—4. Find us on , , and Instagram.