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Exhibitions: Past Exhibitions


Exhibitions: Upcoming


Nov 8 - Dec 23
Reception:  Friday, Nov. 10, 5-7pm

For the season, Art Barn's gallery will overflow with small items perfect for holiday giving.  Visitors will find works of fine art and fine craft at price points designed for every budget. Purchases support local artists as well as art educational programs in the community!


This curated exhibit, now in its 6th year, features fine crafts including ceramics, woodworking, fiber arts and jewelry as well as small works including drawing, prints, paintings, mixed media, and photography.

Exhibitions: Past Exhibitions


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Call for Artists to Participate in the Student & Instructor Exhibition

Jan 25 - Feb 29, 2024

Reception: TBD

Deadline to Submit: Jan 7, 2024

We're excited to invite you to be part of our 2024 exhibition. Any student or instructor who has participated in a class and/or workshop (children and adults), in person or virtual in 2023 is eligible to participate. Entry fee is $15 (flat rate).

All works must have been initiated and developed during an Art Barn class or workshop in 2023 (ok if finalized at home).

Accepted Works:

  • 2D (paintings, drawings and photographs, etc.)

    • Submissions by 18+ adults must be framed. Unframed, stretched canvas artwork must be finished in a gallery wrap/painted sides.​

    • 40x44", 4" depth size limit (including frame). Must be able to hang (no sawtooth hangers or hooks)

    • Submissions by artists under 18 have the option to submit their work matted and/or mounted on a mat board instead of framed.

  • 3D (ceramics, sculptures and glassworks, etc.)

    • 12" height, 10lbs size limit.​

    • Standing artworks (like ceramics) must have a flat bottom or secure standing/display.

Additional Information: We reserve the right to select which artwork will be displayed. The Art Barn will receive a 30% commission of the sales price for each item sold. By entering the exhibition you accept the Art Barn consignment agreement (see payment link). The artist will receive an itemized summary of the sold artwork with a payment check 14 workdays after the closing of the exhibition.

Exhibitions: Past Exhibitions


Exhibitions: Current Exhibitions


September 23 - November 3

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 1, 2-4pm

The group is composed of volunteers who are both artists and art enthusiasts, and their mission is to enrich the community by developing an enthusiastic environment that supports the arts.

Artists include: John Brudek, Barbara Cunningham, Dawn Diamantopoulos, Gretchen Elaine, Carol Estes, Dina Heijselaar, Leslie Lambert, Tony Lipka, Kathy Los-Rathburn, Clinton Mason, Julie Miller, Kerri Mommer, Gary L Price, Jethroe Smith, Penelope Thrasher, Chris Tozer, and Judi Tussey.  A large variety of media and techniques are represented in the exhibit including: acrylic, alcohol inks, collage, cyanotype, ink, mixed media/found objects, oil paint, pastel, photography, plaster, pulp painting, and watercolor.


Art Barn Legacy for Growth Collection

Aug 12 - Sep 22 

Reception: Aug 25, 5-7pm

In the recent past our collection focus has been on works produced by our founder, Janet Sullivan, who was a prolific artist, but who surrounded herself with a community of artists who participated, instructed, exhibited and sold work at Art Barn. “Treasures from the Archive'' is intended to highlight them and their artistic contributions to the community. 

Board and Collections Committee members John Bernbom and Denise Kirland have curated works by key artists Ruth Bremner, Norman LaLiberte, Tom Lynch, Joanne O'Conner, Harriet Rex Smith, and Janet Smedley. 


Additional Artists: Inara Cedris, CA Gallagher, Jean Grasdorf, Ed Rosen, Art Barn founder Janet Sullivan, Valfred Thelin, Jean Uhl Spicer and an unknown artist.

Artwork purchases provide a legacy for growth as we strategically expand our programming and community reach.

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Artistry by Mark Vander Vinne

July 5 - Sep 22 

Reception: July 16, 2-4pm

Mark Vander Vinne, a Northwest Indiana landscape painter, is primarily influenced by two movements - Tonalism and Impressionism, especially American Impressionism. His style reflects the design and mood of Tonalism, and the gestural brushwork and the color of Impressionism. His love for illustration and abstract art occasionally seeps into his work.

Like his many teachers, Mark aims to inspire and share his passion and knowledge of art through his workshops. He has an upcoming workshop in October at the Art Barn. Mark uses a limited palette of oil paints and approaches his paintings and workshops with the same attitude - to have fun, continue learning and growing, and always be passionate and give it his all.

Mark graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL. He has furthered his education through workshops with master artists Ken Auster, Scott Christensen, Marc Hanson, and Kenn Backhaus. His award-winning paintings have been featured in numerous solo & group exhibitions, plein-air events, and private collections.


Artistry by Jean Head

July 5 - Aug 11

Reception: July 16, 2-4pm

Local artist Jean Head has been drawing and painting since she was a young girl.  In 1970 she moved to Valparaiso, Indiana, and studied with Harriet Rex Smith, Konrad Juestel, and Dave Sander, and attended workshops at Valparaiso University and the Art Barn.


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July 5 - Aug 11

Reception: July 16, 2-4pm

Jimmy Duke Johnstonn was the spirit of Open Studio, the magic maker of art, the calm and present goodness that is the reason so many have loved the Art Barn studio.  His critiquing eye and suggestions for improvement will be sorely missed.  


Nothing phased him and everything entertained him, especially Janet's shenanigans.  He had a permanent twinkle in his eyes and a zest for life.  He was a railroad guy who found his passion for art and grew into a collectable artist with works all over the Region.  He took paper, repurposed it, and turned it into amazing still life's.  Loyal and true, that's Jimmy Duke, who was 100 percent for art and artists.  

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Photographs by Norman Turner

May 22 - June 29

Reception: May 27, 2-4pm

Norman Turner is an award-winning photographer born and raised in Lake Co., IN. When he is not photographing a wedding or taking portraits he can be found taking blue light pictures of his beloved downtown Chicago or leading a group of aspiring photographers in photo excursions throughout the region. Most recently Norman has created a unique series of waterdrop images which are the primary focus of this exhibition.



April 15 - May 18, 2023

Reception: April 28, 5-8pm
Awards Presentation: 6:30

88 pieces by 85 different artists were selected for inclusion in the 29th annual Juried Art Exhibition. There were 174 applicants from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Texas, Utah & Wisconsin who submitted a total of 422 pieces.

The purpose of this long-standing exhibition is to promote the creation and recognition of original quality 2-dimensional works of art, as well as ceramic arts.  The exhibition attracts entries from aspiring and established artists from Northwest Indiana, Chicago suburbs and Southwest Michigan and beyond.


Our 2023 Juror, artist and professor Aimee Tomasek, brought an expert eye to this year's artwork selection process, and helped Art Barn ensure the highest standards and integrity.

Sponsored By:


Purchase Award Donors: Sandy Appleby, Marc T. Nielsen Interiors and William T. Wilson. 

Merit Award Donors: Sandy Appleby, Blick Art Materials, Linda Canfield, Chesterton Women's Club, Cosmopolitan Dentistry, Flanagin's Bulk Mail Service, Patricia Glatz, Glenn L. Firme Assoc. - Art Supplies, Jack Richeson Art Supplies, Julia Holmaas & James May, Larry & Sandy Holt, Charles & Denise Kirkland, Lemon Tree Mediterranean Grill, Leonard Anglis DDS, Marc T. Nielsen Interiors, Debra Nau, SFC Gallery, Ginny Takacs, Third Coast Spice Cafe, United Art & Education, Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, Vanis Salon & Day Spa - Valpo, and Harold Woodridge & Fran Kras.



March 7 - April 7, 2023

Reception: Mar 10, 5-7pm

Art Barn is thrilled to partner with Opportunity Enterprises (OE), well established in the community for providing programs that serve adults with disabilities. The specialized art education program brings OE clients to Art Barn for weekly art education programs.


The culmination of this program is an exhibition featuring student work. The display celebrates  student accomplishments and demonstrates how they have used art materials to express their own individual perspectives. 

All purchases benefit the artists with a portion of the
proceeds benefiting Art Barn School of Arts &
Opportunity Enterprises programming in the community.

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January 28 - March 3, 2023

Reception: February 4, 2-4pm

This exhibition is a culmination of photographs taken by the Duneland Photography Club as inspired by the works of Vivian Maier (1926 – 2009), an American street photographer whose work was discovered and recognized after her death. She took more than 150,000 photographs during her lifetime, primarily of the people and architecture of Chicago and elsewhere.  Maier's photographs, some of which were found in a Chicago storage locker, received international attention and her work appeared in exhibitions, books, and documentary films.  Meier’s work inspired Duneland photographers to capture the depth and significance of our Region.

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