Saturday, November 17, 2007

Balancing creativity and the daily grind

BY TIM SHELLBERGTimes Correspondent

Although Chesterton's Loft Hamm still basks flexing his originative muscle, he doesn't lose the day-to-day crunch that used to come up with creating fine art for a life in the advertisement world."I only have got one maestro to work for now, and that's me," he said. "I don't have got to worry about the whole originative reappraisal procedure where thoughts go commission thoughts as opposing to a single person's idea. I don't have got to worry about what a client might think. I can make whatever I like."Even though I occasionally lose the exhilaration of a deadline, I don't really desire to travel back," he added. "I'm not trying to make another pressure level cooker for myself."Exhibiting his plant at the G. K. Chesterton Art Center through the calendar month of November, Hamm, who was reared in Cincinnati, first picked up the paintbrush when he was in high school, but set it down after graduation to prosecute a calling in commercial fine art and design.Hamm studied at the Central Academy of Commercial Art in Cincinnati. He worked as a interior designer and creative person in print, telecasting and movie for numerous federal agencies in both Cincinnati and throughout the Windy City area, where he moved in the late '70s. In 1988, helium settled in Chesterton.When he retired from the advertisement human race in 2002, he returned to the easel.As A refresher, he took an fine art social class at Hoosier State University Northwestern United States and makes his work primarily in oil paintings."It's no merriment to just sort of sit down around all day," he said of the drift for his post-advertising passion. "I really wanted to seek and make something, and this seemed to me to be a good mercantile establishment for a certain amount of creativeness and using my ideas."Hamm contributed a twelve and a one-half pictures to G. K. Chesterton Art Center for his exhibit, which opened Nov. 1. His plant on show there dwell of landscape, cityscape and automotive-inspired paintings that he have created over the course of study of the last five years."I don't make what you might mention to as car portraits," Hamm said. "I sort of autumn back on my fine art director's eye. There's a certain amount of realism there, but I seek to happen an abstract subject to it." IfyougoWorks of Loft HammWhen: Through Nov. 30; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and SundayWhere: G. K. Chesterton Art Center, 115 S. 4th St., ChestertonCost: FreeFYI: (219) 926-4711 or

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