Upcoming Events & Opportunities


"St. Louis Sampler"

June 2 - July 13
New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art
506 Main Street, New Harmony, IN. 

A new exhibition titled "St. Louis Sampler" will be on display at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art from June 2 - July 13, 2018. The opening reception will be held on June 2 from 4 - 6pm. 



Drawn Together

June 6, 7-9PM
1915 S Calhoun Street

Drawn Together is a celebration of creativity and community. Each month, we bring artists and friends together to draw, sketch, doodle, and design. We'll bring the pencils and paper, just bring your imagination! 

Drawn Together is a free, all ages event for artists and non-artists alike! Join us for one of our upcoming events! 



Hobnobben Film Festival

June 7-8

Join us for Fort Wayne's celebration of cinematic art at the third annual Hobnobben Film Festival. See stories told from around the globe starting Thursday, June 7th and going through Sunday, June 10th. Screenings will be held at Cinema Center, Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab, and the Spectator Lounge. 
The local favorite Blocknobben, film fest block party, at Arts United Center will be held Friday, June 8th with local vendors, food, and beer! 

Hang out with filmmakers, learn about the art of moviemaking, and have lots of fun at the Hobnobben Film Festival!



Creative Women's Night Market

June 7, 6-9pm
3402 Fairfield Ave

Wunderkammer Company is proud to present their fourth Creative Women's Night Market from 6-9pm on Thursday, June 7th! 

Torri Parent
Elly Bead
Worn Intentions
Dria Iris
Robin Hawkins
Pique Magazine
Gloves by Katherine
Tiny Clementine Art
Stabbage Patch Kid
Rosehip Floral Designs
Rosemary’s Embroidery
Cousin Susie’s Felting
The Dandelion Review
Sew Sweet Mommy and Me



Pop-Up Show!

June 9, 6-10pm
3402 Fairfield Ave

Wunderkammer Company is proud to present our next opening, Saturday, June 9th with solo exhibitions by Jafet Aaron Garcia, Conrad Sattala, a Pride Month Pop Up, and more!



Artwork by Carl Lash/1415 Gallery Premier

Opening reception June 8, 6pm - 10pm
1415 Gallery
1415 E State Blvd

2017-2018 Paintings & Drawings By Artist Carl Lash. This event will also premier the newest upscale art gallery in Ft. Wayne IN, the 1415 Gallery.



Caffeinated Conversations

Sunday, June 12, 8 - 9:30am
Rhapsody Gallery
3400 North Anthony Blvd

Join us at the fabulous Rhapsody Art Gallery and Studio in Fort Wayne for a morning of Q & A about small business ownership! Specialists will be present to answer all of your financial, marketing, legal, and real estate inquiries. Our resource partners from SCORE, ISBCD, and Start Fort Wayne will also be present to provide support. A light breakfast will be served. Registration on Eventbrite is required.

The $10 fee will be refunded to registrants who attend the event.



Collage Art with Tiny Clementine Art

June 13th, 6 - 8pm
Collective State
1321 E State Blvd

Interested in collage art?
Join Collective State for their first collage art workshop with Tiny Clementine Art. Lissa Brown will be discussing her design process and will be providing all the supplies for you to complete your own visual alternate reality.



2nd Thursday

June 14, 5-8pm
Paradigm Gallery
311 E Main St

Join us for 2nd Thursday in the Paradigm Gallery, your opportunity to experience the fine art and craft from over 75 local and regional Paradigm artists in deeper ways. Enjoy free admission, edibles and a cash bar with friends.

Join us in the FWMoA Sculpture Court for a showcase of art fit for any outdoor gallery. Beautify your gardens this year with work by talented Paradigm sculptors!



The Swinney Ave Art Market

July 29, 11am - 6pm
130 Swinney Ave

The Swinney Ave Art Market is a spot for local artists and artisans to showcase and sell their work as part of the 3rd Annual Broadway Street Stroll, sponsored by Electric Works. Each vendor application will be considered to best fit our market.

The Swinney Ave Art Market will take place Sunday, July 29, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Swinney Ave (1030 Swinney Ave) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Art Market will be a part of the Broadway Street Stroll. 

For more information about becoming a vendor for this event click here.



Saint Francis Art Workshops for Educators

Saint Francis is offering summer workshops specifically for Art Educators. Each course has been approved to offer points toward the Professional Growth Plan (PGP) required to renew a professional educator license with the Indiana Department of Education. There will be workshops on various mediums including:

Introduction/Refresher to Digital Design
Instructor: Ron Lewis
June 25, 26, 27
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Calligraphic Workshop
Instructor: Tom Keesee
June 25, 26, 27
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Aluminum Casting Workshop
Instructor: Mary Klopfer
June 18 – 19, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
June 20 – 21, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
June 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

For more information about the price and details of these workshops click here.


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Collaboratorium: Game Machine!

June 20, 6-9PM
Artlink Contemporary Gallery
300 E Main St

For this month's Collaboratorium we will be using Artlink's VR equipment alongside our usual free form 2D art collaborations to create a Collaboratorium video game! Come draw a 3D character or some environment assets with the VR Tiltbrush, or make 2D works the usual way! Everything we make will then be collected by Kurt Roembke and implemented in a 3D interactive world using Unity 3D.

Come make a dumb video game with us!



40th Annual Members' Showcase

June 29, 5-8PM
300 E Main St

Deadline for artwork submission: June 15.
Our longest running exhibition, our 40th Annual Members' Showcase celebrates our diverse member community from around the region. For 40 years, Artlink has worked to support and promote awareness of emerging artists and art forms. Our Members' Showcase stems from the core of our mission by highlighting all artists in our community from students and first-time artists to creative masters at the height of their artistic careers that make up our community. We are excited to continue this long celebrated tradition as Artlink continues to evolve and invest in opportunities for diverse visual artists. 



Fort Wayne Artists Guild Offers Painting Workshop

August 21/22, As part of the 2nd Annual Kekionga Paint Out, the Fort Wayne Artists Guild is offering a plein air painting workshop Tuesday August 21 and Wednesday August 22, 2018, with University of St. Francis instructor Tom Keesee. $175/person.

Details and registration: https://www.fortwayneartistsguild.org/keesee-pleinair-workshop

Upcoming Events & Opportunities


May 11: Artwork by Jerry Seabolt
Location: Conjure Coffee, 701 Columbia Ave.

Jerry Seabolt has an exhibition of artwork at Conjure Coffee, from now until the end of May. There will be a Meet and Greet with Jerry at Conjure on May 11th from 5-9pm. Check out some of his artwork here!



Voyage: The Art of Alan Larkin
Location: South Bend Museum of Art, 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Alan Larkin has an exhibition up currently at the South Bend Museum of Art until July 1st. An Artist Talk will be held on Thursday, May 17 from 6:30 - 8:00pm in the gallery. You can find out more about Alan and his artwork here!



June 7 - 10: Hobnobben Film Festival
Location: Cinema Center, Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab, and the Spectator Lounge.

Come out and celebrate Fort Wayne's celebration of cinematic art at the third annual Hobnobben Film Festival. See stories told from around the globe starting Thursday, June 7th and going through Sunday, June 10th. Screenings will be held at Cinema CenterParkview Physicians Group ArtsLab, and the Spectator Lounge. 
The local favorite Blocknobben, film fest block party, at Arts United Center will be held Friday, June 8th with local vendors, food, and beer! 

Hang out with filmmakers, learn about the art of moviemaking, and have lots of fun at the Hobnobben Film Festival!



May 16: Artist Talk: Japanese Woodblock Prints
Location: Fort Wayne Museum of Art

The flowering of Japanese woodblock prints occurred during the Edo Period (1603-1868).  The artists drew their subjects from literature, kabuki theater, the countryside, and nature reflecting the panorama of pleasurable activities that the citizens of Edo enjoyed in their daily lives.  Receiving less attention were the Japanese printmakers who continued to work into the mid-20th century in Japan and here in the U.S.  Featured in this talk will include works by Andō Hiroshige, Utagawa Kunisada, Junichiro Sekino, Hiroshi Yoshida, and Roger Shimomura. 



May 19: Coventry Meadows Art & Music Festival
Location: Coventry Meadows, 7843 W Jefferson Blvd.

Come out on May 19th for the Coventry Meadows Art & Music Fest. Bring your friends and family to enjoy dozens of local artisans, live music, food trucks, beer, wine and more. 



May 18: LGBTQ+ Youth Art Show
Location: Wunderkammer Co, 3402 Fairfield Ave.

The Fort Wayne Center for Nonviolence and Wunderkammer Company are hosting an LGBTQ+ Youth Art Show.

Youth from the Center's LGBTQ+ Youth Support Group will be performing spoken word and displaying their art--including paintings, poetry, photography, jewelry, and clothes. Some of the jewelry, prints and paintings will be for sale.

Please come out to this all ages, free event and see LGBTQ+ Youth Art!



May 17: Art of the City
Location: Wunderkammer, 3402 Fairfield Ave.

Alexandra Hall, Co-Founder of Art This Way and Joe Giant, Urban Planner and City of Fort Wayne Public Art Program Administrator, will discuss the important and creative public and private art initiatives helping redefine our city and downtown.

They will also be recognizing and presenting 2018 scholarship winners.

Networking at 11:30AM | Presentation and Lunch at 12:00PM



Original Music • Original Fine Art
September 8th & 9th 2018
2017 marked the successful return of the Fort Wayne Arts Festival at Jefferson Pointe and this year promises to be even better! This popular and prestigious juried outdoor show features the best of local and regional artists offering an array of masterful works in all mediums. Booths are nestled within the classic Courtyard setting throughout the Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center located on Fort Wayne’s southwest side. Returning this year…original music performed by local musicians in a Saturday night outdoor concert. This is a rain or shine event. 

Application deadline: Saturday May 16, 2018 [Requires a non-refundable $25 jury fee]
Notification of acceptance: Friday June 8, 2018
Show Hours: Saturday Sept 8, 2018 - 10am to 6pm Plus: Saturday Night Concert 6pm to 8pm
Sunday Sept 9, 2018 - Noon to 5pm
Location: Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center • 4130 West Jefferson Blvd • Fort Wayne IN 46804



May 20, 2-7pm: Broadway Unity Project
Location: CS3, 1915 S Calhoun Street.

Support public art in your community by joining us in the Broadway Unity Project--- an event to kickstart a collaborative mural on Broadway. Artists, Vendors, Fashion Show & More!

Featuring live music from The Vision Machine, The Greatful Groove , U.R.B., & The Be Colony! 

$5 cover kids 12 and under free



2-Part Drypoint Workshop with Julie Wall: May 26 and June 2, 1-4pm // $65 per person
Location: FWMOA, 311 E Main St.

Fort Wayne-based artist, owner of the HEDGE, and one of the Paradigm Gallery's most popular, Julie Wall will lead a 2-part drypoint workshop introducing you to this printmaking technique. 

The workshop is a 2-part series held on consecutive Saturdays May 26 and June 2. We ask that participants commit to both dates.

The workshop includes, paper, ink, drypoint plate, use of tools and press, and 3 high quality prints to take home.

Reserve your spot with payment by calling the Paradigm Gallery at 260.422.6467.



May 25: Night Life: An Evening with The Hedge x Collective State

Collective State presents this exclusive pop-up event, May 25th from 7-10pm! 

•The amazing Julie Wall, from local gallery The Hedge, will be in house with a selection of her beautiful work available for sale! 

• We will be providing a magical dessert bar for the evening, courtesy of Pastry master Grace Kelly of GK Baked Goods along with coffee from Yellow Cup Coffee! 

•One free beverage of your choice, from everyones favorite cocktail wizards HT2, is included with your ticket, and word is they will have a special coffee cocktail on the menu! 👀

•Adam Meyer will be here providing vibes with his special style of dj performance! 

•With your ticket purchase you will also be entered to win an amazing giveaway with offerings from The Hedge, Tiny Clementine, Narwahl & Manatee, Knotoday, Nick Ferran, and more! 

•This is a 21+ private event, and space is limited. Tickets are available through Eventbrite, reserve your spot today! 



June 14 - July 11: Artwork by Joel Fremion & Gregg Coffey
Location: Rhapsody Art Gallery, 3400 N Anthony Blvd.

Rhapsody Gallery is excited to bring together its first dual artist art exhibition with two artists who share a love for complex texture and wondrous design. 
Indiana based fabric artist, Joel Fremion and oil painter, Gregg Coffey will share an exhibition of their favorite works at Rhapsody Art Gallery in Fort Wayne, IN. There will be an opening reception on June 14 from 6-10pm.



This monthly tour program is specially designed for individuals with an early-stage diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other form of dementia. Tours are led by docents trained to effectively communicate with individuals with an early-stage diagnosis of dementia and are designed to be engaging for the individual and their care partners.

People who are interested in attending the monthly tours must be pre-screened through the Fort Wayne office of the Alzheimer's Association by calling 800.272.3900. Tours are free of charge for participants and their care partners and will take place the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m., each lasting about an hour.



Staff Picks: May


We are just a few weeks from Design Week Fort Wayne, May 7-11 at the Arts United Center. I am really excited for Friday's fashion day. Sheila Rashid will be speaking and I am really excited to hear more about her brand. "Sheila Rashid, Chicago's bespoken designer, has shown remarkable talent in her journey to create pieces that confront and curtail gender identity. This unisex brand takes a new approach to creativity, simplicity, and persistency. Sheila's goal has been to design with a unique perspective and an acute attentiveness to detail. Her brand's individuality has attracted many popular artists, such as Zendaya, Lena Waithe, Fucci, Bella Hadid and Chance the Rapper to name a few. Each of her pieces are made-to-order and reflect her own sense of style, combining both tomboy and feminine qualities". Get your tickets for Design Week Fort Wayne at www.designweekfw.com

- Maddie Miller, Gallery Coordinator


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows,
is a mouthful for a book title, but is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The movie based on it started showing in theatres last week. Do not see the movie without reading the book. Whichever order you decide to do that is up to you, but I loved the book so much that I am almost afraid to see the movie; afraid that it won't meet my expectations. 

Here is its synopsis from Good Reads:

"Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

'I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.' 

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb…. 

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. 

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever."


- Lorraine Knox, Office Manager


This is going to be a bit of a weird one, but my pick this month is the outdoors! I know it isn't necessarily art related.. but there is nothing that inspires me to create art more than spending some time in nature. I may be a tad biased as a landscape painter, but I truly believe it would help any artist. Especially now, after most of us have probably spent the winter months cooped up inside, it's easy to become uninspired and unmotivated. But now the weather is beautiful and I recommend treating yourself to a stress-free day of walking around somewhere beautiful to get those creative juices flowing! Not to mention all of other mental and physical health benefits of spending time in nature. There are hundreds of fantastic hiking trails in Indiana alone if you don't wish to travel far, as well as equally awesome trails in the surrounding states that are close enough for a quick day trip. I will link some of my personal favorites below, but also try doing some research to find a trail perfect for you and the amount of time and physical energy you wish to exert. Many of these places also have kayaking, horseback riding, and camping if you'd like to stay longer!

In Fort Wayne: ACRES Land Trust, Lindenwood Nature Preserve, Metea County Park, Fox Island County Park, Payton County Park.

In Indiana: Brown County State Park, Turkey Run State Park, Shades State Park,
Kokiwanee Nature Preserve, Fort Harrison State Park.

Nearby states: Starved Rock State Park, Hocking Hills State Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Muskegon State Park, Daniel Boone National Forest.

- Ellen Mensch, Gallery Assistant


Animation artist Oliver Latta

His work is visually stunning, unsettling and visually maddening. What some would view as simple technical tests, Latta takes and pushes the medium forward in the space between experimental and narrative leaving the viewer (as in my case) curiously perplexed. These are a far cry from Toy Story. 
You can find another excellent example of his work here

- Matt McClure, Executive Director



Check out Three Rivers
. The organization was founded this year by a group of young, professional dancers from Fort Wayne Ballet, FW Dance Collective, and Arthur Murray Dance Center. Their mission is to create a meaningful impact on the lives of Fort Wayners through exposure to professional dance. They are performing in parks for free all summer with their first performance coming up on Wednesday, June 20 at Lakeside Park. Performances will be original works with a variety of dance genres including ballet, modern and ballroom.

I know the following three dancers from TRD because they pose in costume for Artlink's Figure Drawing Sessions. And beautifully! Founding member of Three Rivers Dance, Stephen Blood received his formal dance training at Northern Illinois University where he received his BFA and is currently with FW Ballet. He also teaches at Arthur Murray. Saki Morimoto grew up in Osaka, Japan, received her BFA in dance from University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She joined FW Ballet for the 2017-18 season. Mara Gordon is with FW Ballet. Mara, at age 12 danced with the Manhattan Youth Ballet and attended summer intensive at American Ballet Theatre in New York. So, these kids are professional dancers!

Also in the group are Erik Osterkil of FW Dance Collective who studied at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, NY; Joshua Ehinger who began dancing 5 years ago and now is a Silver Certified teacher with Arthur Murray International. Joshua likes to teach lesser known dances, such as the Peabody and Drag Blues. Amy Schuldt has her BA in Graphic Design from IPFW and began ballroom dancing in 2007. After 11 years as a professional dancer, she is Full Silver Certified with Arthur Murray. She also teaches dance at IT Institute, Huntington University and Bethlehem Lutheran School.

So check out a free dance performance, plein aire and take the whole family, 

- Suzanne Galazka, Figure Drawing


As I prepare for my first trip to London in June, I began to only have eyes for a restaurant named Sketch London.

This space was constructed by a creative dream team. From the work uniforms to the dining ware to the multi-room concepts and outer space unisex bathrooms, this restaurant was built to inspire and of course, work as the best place to Instagram your brunch or afternoon tea. It first caught my attention when I thought I was witnessing a scene from a Wes Anderson film, but we all get our inspiration from somewhere right? My favorite restaurant space of the three was designed by Egyptian Iranian artist, India Mahdavi, and it includes the largest exhibition of David Shrigley's original drawings within the space. Pink from top to bottom and every single prop in the space is carefully curated. Here are links to their Instagram and website if you're interested!

- Eden Hakimzadeh, Gallery Intern


Upcoming Events & Opportunities


IPFW Empty Bowls Fundraiser

May 1, 11 - 2PM
First Presbyterian Church
300 West Wayne St

Empty Bowls is once again working to help feed the hungry in our community. The project, sponsored by the IPFW Department of Fine Arts, works to raise money for the IPFW Food Bank and the Student Ceramics Club. Individuals donate $20 and receive a beautiful, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowl along with a complimentary soup lunch including a drink and dessert. Food for the event is being donated by Cosmos Restaurants and Panera Bread. The event will be held on Tuesday, May 1 at First Presbyterian Church, 300 West Wayne St., Fort Wayne from 11 – 2 p.m.

IPFW has partnered with Northrop High School and a youth group workshop with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to hand-craft 500 bowls for the event. Bowls were also made as part of a service learning assignment in the IPFW Advanced Ceramics class. Ceramic student Katherine Gaff, received a service learning grant from Purdue University Student Service Learning Grant Program to pay for the materials used to make the bowls, food for the event, and advertising.

“Last year we sold more than 200 bowls filled with soup and raised more than $3,000,” explained Seth Green, assistant professor of ceramics at IPFW. “This year we have 500 bowls available and hope even more people will join us for this fundraising effort.”

This year lunch guests also have the opportunity to view the IPFW Student Juried Exhibition curated by Seth Green in the First Presbyterian Church Gallery. The exhibition, located just outside of the theatre, showcases the work of IPFW students in the Department of Fine Arts featuring a variety of media. The exhibition will run from April 20 – June 3, 2018.



IPFW Senior Exhibition

April 20, 6:30 - 9 PM
Allen County Public Library
900 Library Drive

Seniors graduating from the IPFW Department of Visual Communication and Design will be displaying their senior thesis projects at this event. There will be a variety of subjects through the disciplines of graphic design, photography, 3D animation, & interior design. The exhibition will be on display from April 20 - May 15, and the opening reception is Friday, April 20th at the main branch of the Allen Country Public Library from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.
Light snacks provided!
Admission is free!  



Art in the Skate Park!

May 12, 5 - 9 PM
Fort Wayne Indoor
3054 E State Blvd

The Fort Indoor Presents "Art in the Skatepark" an evening of art, music, food and entertainment organized by local artist Amber Marie Cox to help raise funds for our beloved indoor park. 

The evening will include local food vendors, musical entertainment by the The Snarks with the 2nd act TBA.

Over 40 skateboard decks have been made into pieces of art and contributed to us for silent auction. Talents include established national and local artists, local kids, working adults, and folks from all walks of life. 

Come out and spend an all ages evening supporting your local community as they celebrate the ending of our 4th season as a provider of fun right here in Fort Wayne! 



Pique Magazine Issue Release Party!

May 4, 6 - 9 PM
Cinema Center
437 E Berry St

- "Into The Wild" accepted entries on display
- Work from featured artists on display
- The Love Symposium
- The Poem Market
- Bravas food truck
- Cash bar
- Interactive art display




Artist Discussion

April 28, 10:30 - 11:30
311 E Main St

Join a discussion with the artists of Outlaws of Print Bill Fick, Tom Huck, Dennis McNett, and Sean Starwars.

Free with museum admission.



May Day Art Show!

May 4, 7PM
Crimson Knight Tattoo
1804 1/2 W Main St

The 2018 HeART of the City’s May Day Art Show at Crimson Knight Tattoo & Art Gallery. This pop-up event will have Music, Art, and Food!
Music by Sad Gravity and The Vision Machine.
Attending the event is $5 for the public.



Opening Reception!

May 18, 5 - 8 PM
Artlink Contemporary Gallery
300 E Main St

Join us for the opening reception of solo exhibitions by Heather Parrish and Amanda Lilleston, as well as Cinema Center's Remake Poster Show. These three exhibitions will remain on view May 18 - June 22, 2018, with the opening reception on May 18 from
5 - 8 PM. Read more about the artists on our events page. 



Middle Ground

April 14 - May 25
506 Main St, New Harmony, IN 47631

Artists Kate Burnet & Dan Woerner of Crab Shoot Productions have an exhibition opening April 14 - May 25 at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art at the University of Southern Indiana! There is an Art Stroll on April 14 from 4 - 7 PM. 



Volunteer at Wunderkammer!

May 6, 1 - 4 PM
3402 Fairfield Ave

Lend a hand to Wunderkammer! Join us on Project Days to help with various projects around the gallery. Projects range from building, to organizing, gardening and more.



Fort Wayne Artists Guild Meeting May 2018
The Fort Wayne Artists Guild monthly meeting will feature artist Dawn Gerardot who will demonstrate “Painting on Silk,” Wednesday May 16, at 6:30 PM, Meeting Room A, Allen County Public Library (Main Library), 900 Library Plaza, Ft. Wayne.  Free. Public is welcome to attend.

FORT WAYNE ARTISTS GUILD Members Featured at the following Exhibits during May/June 2018:

 Active Day of Fort Wayne
Susan Wenger

3711 Rupp Dr Fort Wayne IN 46815
(260) 484-2414


Aldersgate United Methodist Church
Doni Adam

2417 Getz Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 432-1524


Allen County Retinal Surgeons
Robb Owen

7900 Jefferson Blvd W Acc, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 436-2181


Citizens Square
2nd Floor – Mary Lou Hutter

3rd Floor – Jerry Hertenstein
200 Berry, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-2763


Heritage Pointe of Fort Wayne
Karen Bixler and Celeste Lengerich

8200 St. Joe Rd/5250 Heritage Pkwy
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Pat Hart (260) 209-6279


Ophthalmology Consultants (Southwest)
Alice Siefert

7232 Engle Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 436-7205


Ophthalmology Consultants (North)
Darlene Selzer-Miller

10186 Dupont Cir Dr E
Fort Wayne, IN
(260) 436-7205


Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne
Judi Renkenberger

7970 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN
(260) 435-6100

 Town House Retirement
Anita Trick

2209 St Joe Center Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825
(260) 483-3116


Visiting Nurse Hospice
Eunice Scully

5910 Homestead Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46814
(260) 435-3222


Will Jewelers
Janak Narayan and Jessie Strock
10146 Maysville Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46815
(260) 493-2026



Cherry Blossom Festival

May 20, 12 - 5 PM
Allen County Public Library
900 Library Plaza

Stop by the 12th annual Cherry Blossom Festival Fort Wayne, Indiana! The Festival features taiko, tea ceremony, bonsai displays, anime art contest, cosplay, Japanese shopping market and more!

Admission: Free
Parking: Meter parking is free downtown on Sunday.
Official website: www.cherryblossomfw.com



Collaboratorium: Album Cover Remix

May 16, 6 - 9 PM
Artlink Contemporary Gallery
300 E Main St

For the April Collaboratorium, we'll be getting in touch with our sense of touch. We'll be collaborating on clay sculptures that are created by hand--while blindfolded! Each artist will have a set amount of time to work on a piece before handing it off to another blindfolded artist. As always, all supplies will be provided. All you have to do is show up and play with us!

About Collaboratorium
Collaboratorium is a weekly artmaking session run by Italian Friend ArtRuckus that brings together artists, musicians, performers, and writers to create collaborative, improvised works in a wide range of mediums, including visual art, music, video, and performance art.
Collaboratorium sessions take place in a relaxed atmosphere that encourages participants to focus on the processes of collaboration, experimentation, and improvisation.


Staff Picks: April


I recently discovered an amazing Printmaker from Vermont named William H. Hays. He's had an interesting artistic career.. he began as a watercolor painter, received a degree in sculpture from the University of Alaska, became an oil painter for a while, and now concentrates exclusively in printmaking since 2012. He focuses mainly on linocut prints, which if you are unfamiliar with the process, here is a quick description. Hays is primarily inspired by landscape, often working from memory or an impression of the landscape rather than an exact recreation. He has a blog where he has written extensively about his process for creating art if you'd like to check that out. I discovered him because his work is currently on display here at Artlink! He was selected to be in the 38th National Print Exhibition which will be up until May 11th if you'd like to come see his beautiful work in person!

- Ellen Mensch, Gallery Assistant


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Wrap it-tape it-walk it-place it has been one of my favorite blogs for a long time. I love seeing the process that museums and galleries go through to install works of art. It's absolutely fascinating and beautiful. Check it out

- Maddie Miller, Gallery Coordinator



Fotos Feminas is my pick for April. This is an online gallery space that features Latin and Caribbean native women to feature their photography. This site also helps place their work in high traffic and prestigious art spaces all around the world. Based in Los Angeles, they also mentor photographers from the process to how to get placed in gallery spaces. They’ve featured 36 artists from 14 countries and managed to do so without implementing a foreigners lens of what people in a community think, feel, and look like. What a wonderful model and hope to see more virtual and physical spaces come to fruition.

- Eden Hakimzadeh



What do you see in this photo? A couple people standing by a frame? Some lumber and a ladder? 

I see a secret door, in a stone wall that has mostly been covered by ivy. I see the floor plan from last month's staff pick coming to life.

You will see that too when you come see the play. You can find the details and tickets here.

Can't wait to see you by the door in the ivy-covered wall!!

- Lorraine Knox, Office Manager



Wreck it Ralph 2 Ralph Breaks the Internet.

A couple weeks ago Disney released the teaser trailer for the sequel to Wreck It Ralph. It looks cute...but the last 15 seconds of this trailer...I died a little laughing. 

- Matt McClure



My staff pick this month is MUBI, an online streaming service that is dedicated to increasing the accessibility of independent, auteur, and experimental films. Their collection is full of engaging and exciting films that range from classic to contemporary, and they upload a new one every day! Just recently they made memberships available to students and professors for free!

- Matt Lutz, Gallery Intern



Upcoming Events & Opportunities


The IPFW Ceramics Club is having a pottery sale next week! Wednesday, April 11th & Thursday, April 12th from 9am to 5pm by the bookstore in Walb Student Union. There are so many incredibly talented students at IPFW and this is a great opportunity to purchase unique handmade pottery for a reasonable price with the bonus of helping to support the IPFW Ceramics Club!


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Picture above by Allison Pilkinton

While you're at the IPFW pottery sale (and also if you don't go to the pottery sale) you should definitely stop by the Visual Arts building to see the Senior Fine Arts BFA Exhibition! Some of the students who have work in the pottery sale are also graduating this spring and have a beautiful gallery of their work currently on display from April 2nd to May 4th. It is a very unique exhibition because all four graduates are women and all four are three-dimensional artists. Go check it out!



The University of Saint Francis also has their Student Exhibition going on currently from April 7 to May 2! The reception is Saturday, April 7th from 5-7PM. This exhibition features work by students currently enrolled at the School of Creative Arts. All studio art, communication arts and graphic design, computer art, film and music technology will be on display.



I Must Be Dreaming show located at: USF Performing Arts Center, 431 W Berry Street



The Clyde is now open to submissions from visual and performing artists!
Click here to submit a proposal for a group or solo exhibition.



The Hedge
On April 28 from 5-8PM The Hedge is having a spring party!
They want to share their newest line of art and jewelry with you, all while drinking wine and also having some fun with the press. This is a free event and open to everyone!!



On Wednesday, April 4 join us at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits from 7-9PM for Drawn Together!
Drawn Together is a celebration of creativity and community. Each month, we bring artists and friends together to draw, sketch, doodle, and design. We'll bring the pencils and paper, just bring your imagination! 

Drawn Together is a free, all ages event for artists and non-artists alike! Join us for one of our upcoming events! 



Join us at Artlink on Wednesday, April 18 from 6-9PM for Collaboratorium!
Collaboratorium is a weekly artmaking session run by Italian Friend ArtRuckus that brings together artists, musicians, performers, and writers to create collaborative, improvised works in a wide range of mediums, including visual art, music, video, and performance art. Collaboratorium sessions take place in a relaxed atmosphere that encourages participants to focus on the processes of collaboration, experimentation, and improvisation.
For the April Collaboratorium, we'll be getting in touch with our sense of touch. We'll be collaborating on clay sculptures that are created by hand--while blindfolded! Each artist will have a set amount of time to work on a piece before handing it off to another blindfolded artist. As always, all supplies will be provided. All you have to do is show up and play with us!


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April 3 – May 5

 See Castlegallery.com for details.
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 11am-6pm or by appointment


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April workshop and show information below.

Candie's Cuffs

Candie Cooper, local jewelry (and everything) artist is amazing!   Her classes are like a party-but a productive party! She teaches classes nation wide, and we are very lucky to have her.  Come create a leather cuff bracelet.  Learn the basics of simple jewelry making, and walk away with something that will add to your wardrobe.  Thursday, April 19th, 6-9pm.  More info and sign up here.

Fun Food

You have to get your kiddos to this one!  They will become addicted to this creative material called polymer clay.  Local artist Ashley Sanson will lead the kiddos through miniature clay food sculptures, that can decorate the kitchen for a long time to come!  Saturday, April 14th, 10am-12pm.  More info and sign up available here.  

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Visit Orchard Gallery In Fort Wayne

During the month of March, I have three pieces featured in the fins, feathers, and fur exhibit, and in April I will be one of two featured artists.  I will have several originals of various sizes hanging.  The gallery is full of one-of-a-kind, beautifully crafted gifts!

Visit theorchardgallery.com to learn more about Orchard Gallery.  


Fort Wayne Artists Guild Meeting April 2018

The Fort Wayne Artists Guild monthly meeting will feature artist Gwen Gutwein who will present “Painting Water, Reflections, or Shadows,” Wednesday April 11, at 6:30 PM in Meeting Room C of the Allen County Public Library.
900 Library Plaza, Ft. Wayne. 
Free. Public is welcome to attend.

FWAG April Exhibitions

Active Day of Fort Wayne - Linda Hall
3711 Rupp Dr Fort Wayne IN 46815
(260) 484-2414


Aldersgate United Methodist Church - Carey Collie
2417 Getz Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 432-1524


Allen County Retinal Surgeons - Karen Bixler and Linda Galloway
7900 Jefferson Blvd W Acc, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 436-2181


Citizens Square - 2nd Floor – Diana Burt
200 Berry, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 - 3rd Floor – Emily Butler
(260) 427-2763              


Heritage Pointe of Fort Wayne - Fort Wayne Artists Guild Members
8200 St. Joe Rd/5250 Heritage Pkwy - Spring Show
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Pat Hart (260) 209-6279


Ophthalmology Consultants (Southwest) - Darlene Selzer-Miller
7232 Engle Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 436-7205


Ophthalmology Consultants (North) - Anita Trick
10186 Dupont Cir Dr E. Fort Wayne, IN
(260) 436-7205


Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne - Doni Adam
7970 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN
(260) 435-6100


Town House Retirement - Linda Flatley
2209 St Joe Center Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825
(260) 483-3116


Visiting Nurse Hospice - Lynne Padget
5910 Homestead Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46814
(260) 435-3222


Will Jewelers - John Kelty and Barb Yoder
10146 Maysville Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46815
(260) 493-2026


Why I Create: Mel Sealy

Mel Sealy is a comic artist from Columbus, Ohio. Sealy is a queer, black woman interested in telling stories that challenge preconceived notions. Her work is now on view at Artlink as apart of In Love/This Body, an exhibition of illustrations by Sealy and C.A. Neal. Sponsored by The Dinner Dance with additional support from the Puffin Foundation, In Love/This Body documents the stories of the LGBTQA+ communities in Fort Wayne, Indiana. See the exhibition before it closes next Friday, March 23!

Staff Picks: March


I absolutely love contemporary jewelry and trying to grow my small collection. I am loving Hannah Oatman's work! Her color combinations, textures, and layers are beautiful. I follow her on Instagram and love following her process shots like this one

Pictured: Collage 11 Brooch, steel, sterling silver, vitreous enamel, 18kt gold.

- Maddie Miller, Gallery Coordinator


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Fort Wayne natives, Cambry Hicks and Kelsey Martin, joined forces with a crew of young, African American creatives to publish a Black History Month inspired photography project entitled “The Black Excellence: #ALLABOUTHAIR.” The New Culture’s (@thenewculture_) project demystifies stereotypes about natural black hair styles and creates space for a new standard of how we perceive the individual and experimental expressions of hair. Check out their published product on their respective Instagram accounts or on Fguk Magazine’s online publication.

- Eden Hakimzadeh, Gallery Intern



For TV watchers and comic book geeks: 
If you get a chance, check out "Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics." This is a six-part documentary by Robert Kirkman who drew for Image Comics and Marvel - the "Invincibles" and "The Walking Dead." He teamed up with AMC for this series which examines stories, people, events, scandals that transformed comic book history. My favs - the truth about the scandalous Wonder Woman creator, and "Color of Comics" about the first Black super hero!

These aired on AMC TV in November and December but are available on  YouTube for $1.99 or on Google Play Movies also at $1.99.

- Suzanne Galazka, Figure Drawing 



I stumbled upon an artist on Instagram recently named Aleksandr Shcherbakov (Aleks7even). I think his page is fascinating to scroll through because he has an art series called "Good Morning Coffee" where he posts a new and unique coffee cup drawing each day. He's been at it for over a year now, so there are plenty of beautiful drawings to scroll through. The image pictured above is from day 386 in his series. He also has an Etsy where you can purchase prints of his! You can find that here

- Ellen Mensch, Gallery Assistant



My staff pick this month is On Cinema at the Cinema, a webseries hosted by comedian Tim Heidecker and his perpetual special guest, Gregg Turkington. In the series, Heidecker and Turkington, in a self-indulgent manner, vapidly review movies while bizarre plot arcs develop around their characters.  Recently, the bizarreness culminated in an elaborate, 5 hour long, very dryly shot (and I think thoroughly hilarious) legal trial – which, while maybe not a traditionally exciting way to spend 5 hours, is at least a very unique way.

For me, what distinguishes On Cinema at the Cinema as an important work is its brilliant understanding of satire – that satire is much more than just exaggeration and humor, but instead a commitment to exaggeration and humor, used in an insightful way, that is definitely absurd but also definitely reflective of the ideas it is criticizing.

- Matt Lutz, Gallery Intern


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This may not look like much to you, but to me it is the promise of wonderful things to come. What you are looking at is the floor plan for a play that I am directing, The Secret Garden. 

We started rehearsals March 5, and will be performing at the Auer Center's ArtsLab (right across the lobby) April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29. 

The floor plan is part of the set design, letting us know where the furniture and scenery will be. But it also lets us know where the acting and movement will take place, how much building needs to be done, where the lights will be focused, etc.

It helps us begin to make magic! 

- Lorraine Knox, Office Manager


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Streaming on Netflix, this performance is a perfect creative companion to any narrative artist as they work. A beautiful meditation on the intersection of music and story.

-Matt McClure, Executive Director

Five Spaces for Emerging WOC/POC/LGBTQA+ Social Activist Artists

Inspired by the artistic mentorship Artlink 212, I felt motivated to search for other residencies that focused on underserved communities. Have a project that raises social awareness? Have a project you would say has feminist themes? An up-and-coming artist with intention, vision, and purpose?

I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite artist mentorship, grant funding, artist retreats, and artist residencies that focus on supporting Artists of Color, Self-Identifying Women Artists, and LGBTQA+ Artists. Here’s just five. These are in no way ranked because they are all individually unique and look to serve artists in various ways.

1. The Kentucky Foundation for Women


Location: Louisville, KY

Program Type: Grants, Short-term & Long-term Residency, and Retreats.

Who should apply: Individuals & Group artwork aligned with feminist activism for social change

Fee: Varies.

Kentucky and Feminism in the same sentence? Yes! Established in 1985, The Kentucky Foundation for Women strives to promote positive change by supporting feminist expression in the arts. A huge variety in programming this foundation is meant for artists at all levels in their creative endeavors.

2. demingfund.org

Location: Anywhere

Program Type: Grants for projects already in progress

Who should apply: Writers, Mixed Genre, and Visual Artists

Fee: Grant Based.

This is a feminist based foundation created by Barbara Deming, a second wave feminist activist and author. This is for a more developed vision and is meant to support projects that are ready for their next step.

3. mawa.ca 

Location: Winnipeg

Program Type: Artist in Residency, Artist Mentorship, and Workshops

Who should apply: Self-Identifying Women

Fee: Free. Plus opportunities for paid artist talk after you complete your residency.

Strengthen your medium, learn a new one, and have the space to create. Mini mentorships available. This space offers various ways to take your creativity to the next step.

4. http://kundiman.org

Location: Bronx, NY

Program: Retreat & Youth Leadership Intensive

Who should apply: Retreat, Self-Identifying Asian American poets

Youth Leadership Intensive, Self-Identifying Asian American 9th-12th graders

Fee: Retreat, $400. Intensive, $1000.

Kundiman prides itself on fifteen years of poetry support amongst Asian writers. They have an array of intensives such as retreats and workshops that not only serve individual writers, but form community spaces for writers to receive support and enlightenment.

5. CantoMundo


Location: Columbia University NYC 2018

Program Type: Retreat 

Who should apply: Latinx Poets

Fee: If accepted, participants will pay for food and travel expenses.

CantoMundo founded in 2009 is a national organization that cultivates community of Latinx through workshops, symposia, and public readings. This programming provides long term mentorship and group engagement to cultivate experienced writers.

This is just a starting point. Once you have an idea of what you want to create or just need the space to do it, research spaces that will help you grow. A supportive environment is crucial especially when dealing with social justice creative work.

Most of all, do not be afraid to ask for what you need. Almost all of these programs have methods and resources to support you. Your work is needed, and your story is vital in the fight for artistic and social equality.


- Eden Hakimzadeh

Artist Advice


“I believe that first, emerging artists should be confident in their “voice” and convey who they are and try not to be someone who they are not. Secondly, never say “no” to an opportunity. Even if it is challenging, try to be successful in seeing it through to completion. Every opportunity is not only a learning experience, but a doorway to the “next” opportunity.” 

- Justin Johnson

“Being active outside of your studio is very important to the development and enrichment of your aspirations as an artist. Although spending dedicated time creating in your studio is essential, getting out, meeting new people, attending workshops, learning new techniques, and having different experiences will all feed your creativity when you get back into your studio. Not only will getting out help your work progress, you will begin building your network and community that will support you and include you in future artistic endeavors.”

- Seth Green



“Although it would be wonderful to immediately generate revenue from the work we create, don't worry about the money at this point.  Focus on your craft and the style.  Sometimes, we are so focused on how much money we CAN make on a piece that we neglect the love and beauty of the process; therefore mass producing terrible art.  

I am reminded of an anonymous quote..."when you do what you love, the money will follow!"

Love the process!” 

- Ron Lewis

“What pops into my mind is some advice I was given in grad school.

"Don't do it unless you can't, not do it."  Being an artist is tough and sometimes the only thing that keeps you going is the inner need to create.  That even if you tried to do something else with your life, you would still be making your art.

It sounds a little intense and a bit pessimistic, but it's true.”

- Sara Nordling


"The best advice I could give to a new artist would be to get your work into the world.  Enter exhibition calls, approach venues like coffee shops and non-traditional spaces, sign up for competitions and any other opportunities that present themselves.  By doing this you acquire experience and knowledge in getting your art exhibition ready.  You get to experience the glorious highs of artwork acceptance and sales and talking to people that appreciate what you make.  You also get to learn from the valuable hurt of artwork rejection and harsh critique and knowing that not everyone is going to appreciate what you make."

- Cara Wade

“Be open and accepting to critique, both artistic and self.” 

- Jason Swisher



“When I was just starting to figure out what it was to call myself an artist and make art of my own, I was really bogged down by what my message was, or what I had to say/show that would make me look super smart, cool, and avant-garde.  The more I tried to focus on those things, the lazier my art got.  The most helpful thing above all else has been practicing discipline in spending my time and taking my time in making pieces of art.  

Carve out a little spot for yourself where the extra hours don't annoy you as much, and just keep digging at the same thing or different subjects a thousand different ways, and on the way you'll find some cool things that you've maybe always had to say and share with the world.”

- Jeremy Stroup

"Failure is not your enemy. Learn and respect failure. Embrace and empower failure. Make it work for you . not against you. "

- Daniel Dienelt


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I think the best advice to give to a new artist would be to keep trying. Don't stop exploring the possibilities or new ideas that seem crazy and impossible. 

- Kara Heingartner

"I would say that you need to believe in yourself, be open to suggestion, sometimes you will succeed, sometimes you will fail.  Explore all the ways to sell your art. Are galleries what you hope to work with or do you intend to sell your work yourself at shows and exhibits?  Making a living creating art means lots of hours doing work that doesn't entail creating so learning to balance your jobs is essential!"

- Lisa Vetter

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