The Chesterton Art Center will be hosting an exhibit of the many works of
Hazel Hannell January 31 through February 25.
Hazel Hannell was a longtime area resident and founding member of the
Association of Artists and Craftsmen of Porter County. She helped launch the
Chesterton Art Fair and was a charter member of the Save the Dunes Council.
Hazel was born in LaGrange, IL and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago.
She was a prolific painter and potter who, along with her artist husband,
Vin, moved to the Furnessville area in the 1930’s from Chicago.
Their studio in Furnessville allowed them to live and create near the
Indiana Dunes they loved. Hazel’s passion for the dunes was often reflected
in her paintings of the various plant life and flowers found here.
Hannell worked in many mediums – she painted in both watercolor and oil,
made woodcut prints and was also very well known for her work in ceramics.
“The Chesterton Art Center has received a tremendous response to the call
for her artwork,” says Judy Gregurich, Director. “We are thrilled to have so
many pieces in so many different mediums. We have paintings, watercolor and
oil, along with woodblocks and prints, Christmas cards she created, drawings
and a wide range of her pottery pieces- including personalized baby cups. We
have even been loaned a real lemon tree that belonged to Hazel,” says
Hazel Hannell spent her later years in Oregon with her artist friend Harriet
Rex Smith. Hannell died in February of 2002, shortly after her 106th
birthday. Some of the works featured will be offered for sale.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Sunday, January 31
from 2-4 p.m. Guest speaker will be Gregg Hertzlieb, Curator/Director of the
Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University.
Those in attendance who knew Hazel will also be encouraged to share stories
and reminiscences if they would like to. The exhibit will remain up at the
Chesterton Art Center until February 25.
The Chesterton Art Center is located at 115 S. 4th St. in Chesterton. Hours
at the Art Center are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday hours are 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Call 926-4711 for more information.
Visit the website at www.chestertonart.com and look for the Chesterton Art
Center on Facebook.