Address: 157 W. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday 10 am – 6pm
Thursday – Friday 10 am – 7pm
Saturday 10 am – 3pm
Sunday 1pm – 5pm

Staff Contact: Chef Joe

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    Photographer, Writer, Author, and Spoken Word Performer

    I am a photographer, and writer of poetry and prose. I won Best in Show in December 2016 in a multi-medium art show in Hessville, IN for my “Catharsis in Motion” Series. A Solo Show was also awarded.

    #ShadesofShe was held in April 2017 at White Ripple Art Gallery, 6725 Kennedy Ave., Hessville, IN.

    My first book, “”Memories Evoked” was published in October 2016. A journey of how memories in images and words come full circle.

    About Me

    Around 10 years ago, I experienced several traumatic events. In order to heal and grieve, I picked up a digital camera, and started writing. It has changed my life, hence, the phrase “Welcome to Carol World…life as I see it!”

    As a photographer, I have won numerous awards since 2011, and was selected to the 2014 Hoosier Women’s Artists, where my cardinal photo, The Jury Is Out, was on display in the Lieutenant Governor’s Office for a calendar year. I exhibit in Juried Shows and Art Galleries in Missouri, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.

    The art piece, “The Kings Plays the Pearls…”, was accepted in the 38th Elkhart Juried Regional Art Exhibition, at the Midwest Museum of American Art in 2016.
    “Adieu” was accepted to the annual Juried Art Competition, at the Bridgeport Art Center, in Chicago in 2016.

    Performance Art is also something I enjoy. I am regularly on stage at the Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, MI, Paul Henry’s Art Gallery, in Hammond, IN and The Front Porch, in Valparaiso, IN with my original compositions. I have also been fortunate enough to perform at the Poetry Slam at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, in Michigan City, the Purdue North Central Poetry Palooza, and on the historic stage of The Green Mill, in Chicago.

    My work is now showing at Catchlight Studio, at 617 Franklin, Michigan City. It is part of FADA, the Franklin Art District Artists, a collective of great artists creating amazing art. The studio is open First Fridays, and by chance or appointment.


    Carol Estes | Sage Restaurant | Photographic print on metallic photo paper, 22 x 28 inch frame

    Carol Estes | Sage Restaurant | Framed photograph on canvas, 30 x 30 inches

    Carol Estes | Sage Restaurant | Framed photograph on canvas, 30 x 36 inches