Meet Bridget and Cathy, owners of Art Z & Co. in Valparaiso. Art Z & Co. is a gallery of fine arts crafted by local Northwest Indiana artists. This treasure trove of fun finds is filled to the brim with varying pieces of art, boutique gifts, modern vintage items, and much more. They also offer several classes where people can come and learn how to create some of their own masterpieces.

“I’ve met so many creative people. I never imagined how many people are out there that … their art is so different and fresh and new, and new ideas it’s been great,” said Bridget in her interview with Lynda Anderson, owner of Boulder Bay Realty Group, and founder of the Lynda Anderson Team. Both Bridget and Cathy agree that it’s the people that they most enjoy about Art Z and Co. “I enjoy the People. I’m not going to lie. I love the wonderful people we’ve met along our way,” said Cathy.

Cathy and Bridget have been in business for over three years. They met by happenstance. Cathy explained that she met Bridget through her co-partner at the time Kay Cherepko. Bridget was a friend of Kay’s and Kay knew Bridget was interested in art and opening a business, so she showed her a space in their building. “So, I called her on the phone and I thought we would … team up and open the space as Art Z Fine Art Z and Antiquez,” said Cathy.

And so, Art Z was born, and as they continued to prosper, they “grew out of that space” in Chesterton as Cathy explained, and found their home in Valparaiso.

Today, Art Z & Co. is home to many different brilliant and talented artists. “…We have over 35 local artists from Northwest Indiana featured in our store,” said Bridget “We have artists that have won national awards. We have artists that have had their art in shows in Las Vegas. We have a licensed artist, so you can buy her puzzles right now, her name is Peggy Davis, at Kohls. We have a lot of talented northwest Indiana people involved in our gallery and in our shops.”

But they are not just a gallery, they also have four boutiques within their shop which offer a wide variety of items at reasonable prices. These boutiques include, Flying Mermaids, Flashbacks, Jazzy Jems, and 112th Avenue Creations. “There is a lot to choose from for great gifts,” said Cathy.

They also provide several different classes where you can learn how to create your own piece of art. They are also willing to work with you to help create an event of your choosing. “Just give us a call and we’ll do what we can to get artists to participate and have some fun,” said Bridget.

Whether you’re interested in viewing some awesome local art pieces, purchasing some great gifts, or creating your ideal artsy event, Art Z and Co. is the place for you. So, next time you’re in Valparaiso, stop on by and check out this hidden gem.

Phone Number: 219-370-9926
Address: 6 Morgan Blvd Suite 100, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Instagram: @artz.cb