69th Annual Salon Show At South Shore Arts

Lift Bridges At Dusk, Calumet River

The Salon Show is sponsored by South Shore Arts at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, Indiana. The juror, Daniel Schulman, is with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, and has over 25 years of curatorial experience at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York, and at the Art Institute of Chicago.  The opening reception is this Sunday afternoon, September 16, from 1-3PM.  The exhibit continues until October 28th and is located at 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana, a half hour’s drive from downtown Chicago.  Chicago artist, Leon Sarantos, is among the artists selected.

Chicago, City of Bridges

Leon Sarantos uses digitally transformed photos to present scenes of the bridges over the Calumet River near 95th street in Chicago. Chicago is called the City of Bridges; many bridges were built along the Calumet River since its development in the 1860s. The Calumet harbor continues to be this region’s busiest port. The Chicago Skyway Bridge was built to be a shortcut from State Street in Chicago to the steel mills on the Southeast border with Indiana. Leon sees the notion of transformation as being true of this region on a symbolic level as well being his artistic media. “The vibrant colors in my photos represent the vital role this industrial hub played in developing the Calumet region.”  Two of his digital artworks will be on display at the exhibit, Infrastructure Madness and Lift Bridges At Dusk, Calumet River.

South Shore Arts Salon Show

South Shore Arts has been improving the quality of life along the South Shore of Lake Michigan for over 70 years by providing art program to artists and residents of Indiana and Illinois. It all starts in the hat department of Minas Department Store in downtown Hammond, Indiana with an annual exhibit of regional artists, now known as the Salon Show. Today South Shore Arts is a Regional Partner for the Indiana Arts Commission located in the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, Indiana with two branch locations – Substation No. 9, in Hammond, and the Crown Point Community Art Center in Crown Point, Indiana.  For further information about the organization and this event, view their website at http://southshoreartsonline.org/

About Leon Sarantos

Leon Sarantos originally grew up in the Midwest and currently lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. He obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree in the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of Michigan. After moving to Chicago, Leon continued his work in architecture and art, and studied in at the Art Institute of Chicago and Hyde Park Art Center. Mr.Sarantos has exhibited his work extensively in solo and group art shows on an international basis. His website is: http://www.leonsarantosartist.com

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