New Addition to Lubeznik Center Sculpture Garden

By: Lubeznik Center for the Arts Last Updated: July 15, 2010

Pas de Deux, by area artist John Searles, will be unveiled as the latest addition to Lubeznik Center for the Arts’ sculpture garden at a reception on Saturday July 17 at 7 p.m. pas-de-deux

Over nine feet tall, the twisting aluminum sculpture evokes the passion, delight and interdependence of man and woman. The sculpture will be on loan to Lubeznik Center through the end of the year.

The metal sculptures of John Searles reflect his interests in mathematics, design, movement, energy and freedom. His background in poetry, painting and photography has heavily influenced his approach to shape and design.

Searles lives and works in a converted 5600 square foot factory on three acres of land near Lake Michigan. The front third of the building is a light-filled gallery, the lawn populated by sculptures. The back portion of the building is a tool- and worktable-filled space with twin garage doors and a view over the property to the woods beyond. The grandeur of the water and sky and the serenity of the land infuse his work.

Searles is primarily self-taught as a sculptor, building on his expertise with tools, his degrees in Chemistry and Chinese, and nearly 20 years of painting and photography experience. Searles develops his designs by cutting shapes out of metal, then forming and studying them as he proceeds. His purpose is to delight the brain and visual centers as Music for the Eyes, as well as to celebrate the human spirit. His works are included in the collections of many hotels, corporations and private homes across the United States.

Meet the artist, and celebrate the opening of three new exhibits at Lubeznik Center at a free opening reception on Saturday July 17 from 7-9pm (Chicago time). For more information phone 219-874-4900 or visit www.lubeznikcenter.org.

The Lubeznik Center is located at 101 W. 2nd St., at the lakefront in Michigan City, IN. lubeznik-center-for-the-artsGallery Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Galleries are closed on Mondays. For more information please visit www.lubeznikcenter.org or call 219-874-4900. All times are based on Chicago time.