Miller Doors

Exhibit and Silent Auction

Marshall J. Gardner Center For The Arts

Along the lines of “Cows in Chicago” or the annual festival of painted doors in Valloria Italy – Miller now has its own version. Come see what 83 of your fellow residents (families, neighbors, artists) created at the door painting workshop in conjunction with Miller Spotlight’s Property Improvement action group. All doors are available for silent bids. Successful bidders will be able to take their piece of art home on Saturday January 30 at 3pm.  Proceeds will benefit the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District and Miller Spotlight.

83 friends of Miller Beach Arts & Creative District and Miller Spotlight came together last weekend to paint 25 doors – inspired by an event that is held in the small Italian town of Valloria, where artists use the front doors of homes as canvases every summer. In the 1980s and 90s, a group of people from Valloria initiated an annual festival and door painting ritual to help breathe new life into the small town for which they felt so much pride. Today, people travel from a far to attend this festival and the town has new activity and recognition throughout the year.

Our own Miller Doors are now available for viewing, and will be auctioned via silent auction which will close on January 30th at 3pm. So come see what your friends and fellow creative types have made and put a bid on your favorite one.

Contribute to Miller Doors – Miller’s version of the cows along sidewalks of Chicago some years back.

If you attended the Miller Neighborhood Spotlight roll out event at Wirt-Emerson gymnasium last month, you would have seen some doors that were painted in an artistic fashion by members of some of the action groups.  We will be displaying those doors and more in the windows of the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts in January, and there will be an opportunity for interested creative types to contribute to the creation of a few more.  Everyone aged 12 and up is welcome to help paint some moveable doors on Sunday, January 10 from 1-3pm.  Once created, these doors will be displayed at various organizations around Miller.

Come ready to paint in collaboration with your friends and neighbors!

Here’s a short video from the town in Italy that piloted the painted doors project:

January 10th

Miller Doors Itinerary

Exhibit and Silent Auction
Saturday, Jan. 16th
1 – 3 pm
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“Exhibit and Silent Auction” is part of the larger “Miller Doors” event.

Upcoming events


Sue Reyman & Ginny Takacs Floral photography and paintings


Reefer Madness!!! The Musical
Rashelle Roos & Joe Agati Paintings and sculpture
Closing Matinee


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
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Miller Beach Arts & Creative District

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P.O. Box 2405, Gary, IN 46403

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Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts
540 S. Lake Street, Gary, IN 46403
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