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(From left) Photographer TamarBrowne WashingtD.C. (originally from Gary Ind.) discusses her works exhibited Miller Pizzwith Howard Johnshis wife Jackie JohnsGary

(From left) Photographer Tamara Browne of Washington, D.C. (originally from Gary, Ind.) discusses her works exhibited at Miller Pizza with Howard Johnson and his wife Jackie Johnson of Gary during the Pop Up Art event held in the Miller neighborhood of Gary, Ind., Saturday, September 24, 2011. The event transformed storefronts and businesses along Lake St. into art galleries and performance spaces. | Guy Rhodes~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 11, 2011 1:32PM



GARY — Scores of art lovers took a night stroll along Lake Street on Saturday for the first “Massive Art Attack: Pop Up Art on Lake Street.”

Eric Reaves, president of the Miller Beach Art and Creative District, welcomed people checking out various art pieces and photographs inside the old Miller Pharmacy.

“This is really a great inaugural event. It’s a beautiful night and people are taking advantage of it,” he said while standing beside his own framed photographs of Miller’s landscapes and Marquette Beach.

Teri Tito of Chicago showcased her art work inspired by the lakefront.

“I lived in the Miller community for five years and it is how I started painting. I used the beaches and lakefront for inspiration and as a hobby,” she said.

“I love that they are using empty storefronts as exhibits and everybody is getting a chance to look at our work.”

Jeff Obafemi Williams of Merrillville is a metal artist and showed his works inside Rosalyn L. Mitchell’s business, Forms and Funktion at 632 S. Lake St. Williams said his work is known as carpenartistry and he uses copper, steel and other metals to create three-dimensional pieces and jewelry.

“This is a wonderful event to participate in,” he said.

Howard and Jackie Johnson of Gary were impressed with Williams’ work.

Howard purchased his wife a pair of copper metal earrings.

“I like the event because it brings out a lot of people to come out and appreciate art and have conversation. It is great to see all of these talented artists in our community,” Jackie said.

Retired Gary Community Schools art teacher Lawrence Vallem displayed his metal pieces inside Ayers Realtors at 649 S. Lake St.

“I was surprised to see so many people walking along Lake Street, especially people from other parts of Northwest Indiana. It has been a great crowd,” he said.



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