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The Village Gallery hosts Mitch Markovitz exhibit – Meet the artist reception set for March 1st

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Mitch Markovitz

The Village Gallery will host the solo exhibit of the works of illustrator and fine artist, Mitch Markovitz opening March 1 and on display through April 9. A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held on Sunday, March 1 at 1:30 p.m. Markovitz will give an informal talk about the exhibit and his personal artistic journey. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Markovitz is best known for the “Just Around the Corner” series of the South Shore Railroad posters depicting life in Northwest Indiana.  His colorful works depict the region’s lakeshore, beaches, industry and local neighborhoods all with the look and feel of yesteryear.  He was the first painter to exhibit his fine art work at the New York City Transit Museum.

Born in 1950, Markovitz was raised and educated on the South Side of Chicago. Having a commercial illustrator and art teacher as his father and an interior designer mother, it was no surprise that by the time he started grammar school he was an accomplished artist. Growing up in a neighborhood that was intersected with railroads, trains and railroading became his obsession.

Though Markovitz continued his education at Chicago’s American Academy of Art, The Chicago Academy of Fine Art and the University of Wisconsin, his childhood dream to become a train conductor drove his decision to join the Chicago and North Western Railway. His two passions came together in 1982 when he was promoted to advertising director and chief illustrator for the South Shore Railroad where he worked for the next 17 years.

The Village Gallery at Pines Village Retirement Communities opened in 2009 and has showcased many artists from around the region and U.S. Located at 3303 Pines Village Circle (off Calumet Ave. just north of Cumberland Crossing) in Valparaiso, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

For more information, call Pines Village Retirement Communities at 219-465-1591.

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