MICHIGAN CITY — Artists will present works with colors of both summer and fall for the September First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m.
Miguel Del Real of Chicago will create a 4-foot by 8-foot mural with spray-paint, acrylic and markers from 5 to 9 p.m. in front of Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts, still under construction at 717 Franklin St., for ART/Watch, the organization's series of live artwork creation during these Art Walks. This piece will have vibrant colors that people may interpret as representing summer, he said.
The outdoor experience, in which he will interact with the onlookers' questions, is also a way to celebrate the ability to come outside in summer, he said.
Del Real said his artwork has pre-Columbian influences, such as from the Mayans and other South Americans, and some of the color combinations from these cultures will appear in his work on Friday.
He is interested in taking his artwork beyond Chicago, and he placed a portfolio on an online resource, ChicagoArtistResource.org, where Artspace found his work and gave him a call. He has an inner desire to keep traveling.
"If it were possible to make murals everywhere, that would be a dream of mine," Del Real said.
Artspace will also unveil a banner at its soon-to-be residence in the old Warren Building, according to Councilman Richard Murphy. NIPSCO will present Artspace with a check at that time.
Home decor creator Kim Yettaw of Michigan City will feature her fall-themed line of homemade items at Urban Soles, 624 Franklin St., starting at 5 p.m. She introduces a new line seasonally.
Yettaw has had her own decor business, Nest Number 4, for about a year but has loved making decorations since she was 8. She and her mother built a doll house, and Yettaw was excited about choosing the colors, furniture and every other detail. After 28 years, she still has the doll house. Her mother was also a craft-maker, and she remembered something always being made at home.
Yettaw makes all types of home decor but will focus on vintage paper flowers, book-page banners and some personalized wall hangings for the fall line. She said she always has ball jars.
"I'm just drawn to unique home decor that you don't find in big-box stores," she said.
She wants the decor to come with good prices. The items range in price from $5 for a small jar to $50 for bigger items.
Each seasonal line features a different set of colors. Her summer line used teal, blues, yellow and some pink, she said, and her fall line will feature green, burnt orange and vintage white.
Her crafts are sold on her website, www.nestnumber4.com, and at Urban Soles.
The other artists presenting at Urban Soles will be Chris Acton of Acton Creative and Betsey Nacrelli of the jewelry line Collections by Joya.
Walnut Ink Projects, 607 Franklin St., will have live music and items from northern Indiana hardwoods but will also be collecting ball jars for the Ball Jar Memory Project.
Nichole Sheaffer, co-director of the art studio, said the project will gather ball jars with any items people want to use to remember the Indiana lakeshore and the dunes.
After learning about the Hoosier Slide dune that used to sit by Michigan City Harbor but vanished decades ago, she wanted to do a project with community involvement. People can obtain a ball jar and place anything inside, such as a maple leaf or a picture, if it brings a good memory about the dunes, she said.
She has already gotten several submissions and hopes to gather more on Friday. Regardless of how many she receives, the studio will install the project during the First Friday Art Walk in October.
For the September walk, other artists will include printmaker Melissa Washburn at Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St.; classic rock drummer Cody Allen at Darling Boutique, 418 Franklin St.; and an array of artists displaying "Anything Goes" at Southern Shore Art Association, 724 Franklin St.
Paris House of Bridal, 728 Franklin St., will incite everyone to second two minutes making a personal contribution to its group art project.