Online young artist conversations begin Friday

The LaPorte County-based Lindsey O’Brien Kesling (LOK) Wishing Tree Foundation has hosted an annual Young Artist Expo (YAE) each June since 2013, celebrating the creative talents of young artists, in partnership with the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, South Shore Dance Alliance and the Boys & Girls Club.

This year’s event, originally scheduled for Friday, June 5, has been postponed until later this year due to COVID-19.

However, LOK has assembled a talented and inspirational lineup of experienced artists willing to share their knowledge and engage with interested young artists via an online “Conversations” series, starting this Friday, May 15 and continuing through Friday, June 5. The events, to be hosted from 2 to 3 p.m., are free.

Reserved spots via Zoom will be limited to 100 participants. Those interested may sign up via The event will also be live streamed to accommodate unlimited participants in view-only mode.

The host for the series is actor/comedian Timmy H. Barron, a long-time friend of the LOK Wishing Tree Foundation. Timmy has emceed the YAE on several occasions, delighting the audience with his comedic timing and animated engaging style.

Weekly guests will include:

  • May 15th Chicago Rapper Ridgio with special guest, Peace Jobito
  • May 22nd Lubeznik Center for the Arts Teen Council
  • May 29th South Shore Dance Alliance Choreographer Renaldo Maurice
  • June 5th Art Director Nicky Mazur

The LOK Wishing Tree Foundation was founded in memory of LaPorte native Lindsey O’Brien Kesling, who had a passion for the arts and for helping children. The Foundation continues the positive work Lindsey began prior to her tragic accidental death at 22 years old.

For more information, contact Kathy Sipple, at (219) 405-9482 or visit

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