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John Cain Special for The Times

the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District is currently hosting “Searching for Balance in Chaos,” an exhibition featuring the work of artists Teresina Pavel and Patty Roberts, at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts through April 29. While each of the artists takes a different direction, one leaning towards abstraction and the other towards surrealism, the work of both is inspired by nature and vivid in color. Despite their individual approaches, the artists agree that the purpose of art and creativity is to bring order and beauty to the uncertainties of life. Stop by and meet the artists at their opening reception on April 1 or at an artist talk on April 3. https://millerbeacharts.org/

Nestled in the heart of the Indiana Dunes National Park in Beverly Shores is a historic train station built in 1929. Designed in the Spanish Mediterranean style, and once home to the station master, the Beverly Shores Depot Museum and Art Gallery now preserves local history while celebrating the arts. Located at 525 South Broadway along Route 12, the building is the only remaining station of its type on the South Shore and continues to attract visitors and commuters with half of the building serving as a station and the other half city ​​history museum, regional art gallery and gift shop. Hosting exhibitions featuring works created by regional artists from May to October, the Depot has launched a call for artists to participate in “The 5×5 Show Turns 5”. To participate in this year’s exhibition, the first in-person since 2019, artists must donate a 5″x5″ piece of art to display while the exhibition is in progress. 5″x5″ canvases and/or frames are available free of charge for pickup, and the deadline for submission is May 2. For participation details and a list of FAQs, visit wwwibsdepot.com or contact [email protected]

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Join Chef Joe Trama and the Trama Catering team on Friday, April 22, as they host a tribute dinner under the chandeliers of the ballroom at Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster. Replicating the elegant dinner served to first-class passengers on the RMS Titanic on the liner’s fateful last night of April 15, 1912, guests will enjoy Chateaubriand Filet Mignon and Chateau Potatoes in a porcelain dinner setting. Please note that this is not a screening of the 1997 film ‘Titanic’, but rather a historical exhibit/event which will include a large screen depiction of the Titanic’s final voyage charted during the evening. Period clothing will be on display, including President Taft’s stovepipe hat, and live music will entertain. Call the CVPA Dining and Events office to make your reservation at 219/836.1930.

As always, please visit the South Shore Regional Arts Calendar for organizational contacts and updates on current exhibitions, concerts, plays and other arts events at www.southshoreartsonline.org

John Cain is executive director of South Shore Arts and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra.