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 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 Herenstein
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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Staff Picks: February

We've been on the lookout for new inspiration this month. Here's what our staff is in love with this month! 

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My staff pick this month is the multi-talented Benjamin Shine. Benjamin Shine studied fashion design at The Surrey Institute of Art and Design and Central St Martins in London. Though he works with many different media, he is primarily known for his work in fabric, especially his use of tulle and hot iron to create realistic portraiture. His art is used in many different ways, such as public display, product and interior manufacturing, and fashion design. He has worked with global brands such as Givenchy, Coca-Cola, Google, MTV, Bergdorf Goodman, and many more. Click here to view a video of how he creates his art. 

- Ellen Mensch, Gallery Assistant



Laurie Anderson’s newest album, Landfall, was just released, and it is breathtaking. Frightening, unsettling, and absolutely moving in the most intoxicating ways, Landfall blends electronics, strings, and Anderson’s cryptic (and hilarious and charming and unnerving) stories in somber and melancholic ways.

Specifically a meditation on Hurricane Sandy, but more generally a pensive consideration of loss and passing, Anderson’s orchestration creates atmospheres of apprehension, dread, vulnerability, and ferocity – and exhibits a peculiar loveliness throughout.

- Matt Lutz, Gallery Intern



My artist pick for the Month is a photographer and creative director out of NYC Adrienne Raquel (@adrienneraquel on instagram)

Her work was recently featured in the BCGB NYFW. As an aspiring installation artist, I loved the collaborative creative effort on this stage set up. According to her website, her work is inspired by femininity, summer vibes, and tropical motifs. Seeing work like this inspires me to find ways in which creatives can piece together a multitude of artistic expressions to make unique and beautiful spaces. 

- Eden Hakimzadah, Gallery Intern



Last month, I took a tufting workshop with Dee Clements of Studio Herron. Since then, I've been learning and trying new things with tufting and textiles in my work. I'll be showing some of my sculptural sketches in this new medium at my show, Sometimes I feel, opening March 31st at PranaYoga! 

- Maddie Miller, Gallery Coordinator


Well, don't know much about this but it sounds really interesting. As I was driving to Artlink today, I heard on NPR that the official presidential portrait was jnveiled today, I'm relieved that Kehinde Wiley, a wonderful African-American painter of Black men in wonderful heroic-like costumes, painted the president and I LOVE IT. It's so Wiley-esk - he's just who you would want to do justice to our President. Amy Sherald, a Baltimore-based painter, known for her portraits - faces/flesh tones always left unpainted but drawn in charcoal, was selected by Michelle Obama to paint her portrait. I love the composition, not real crazy about the drawing, love the paint, wonderful, striking pattern in the skirt of the dress. Take a look and see what you think. There's already waaaay too much controversy about these paintings than is necessary. Wiley can do no wrong in my opinion. Sherald, I'll reserve judgement until I see more of her work. Maybe she just loves really loooong arms.

- Suzanne, Figure Drawing Instructor 



John Cullen is an Irish independent cartoonist whose work riffs on pop culture icons, examines the melancholy, and basks in the absurd. Along with his web comic, Cullen's work frequently breaks the form of traditional comics art, allowing his characters, gags and craft to move in and out of the form freely. 

- Matt McClure, Executive Director



I love mystery novels. The Art Forger, by B.A. Shapiro, is a mystery novel set in the art world. I am not a fine artist, so the insights that it gives into the art world were all new to me and very intriguing. And, the descriptions of painting techniques (including ways of rendering a convincing forgery) were fascinating. Those, coupled with an interesting plot that takes unexpected turns, made for a fun and fast read. Here is a synopsis that I found on Goodreads:

"On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there's more to this crime than meets the eye.

Claire makes her living reproducing famous works of art for a popular online retailer. Desperate to improve her situation, she lets herself be lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - one of the Degas masterpieces stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when the long-missing Degas painting - the one that had been hanging for one hundred years at the Gardner - is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. 

Claire's search for the truth about the painting's origins leads her into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life. B. A. Shapiro's razor-sharp writing and rich plot twists make The Art Forger an absorbing literary thriller that treats us to three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and obsessive collectors. it's a dazzling novel about seeing - and not seeing - the secrets that lie beneath the canvas." 

Happy reading!

- Lorraine Knox, Office Manager


Upcoming Artist Events & Opportunities

Workshops at the Hoosier Salon


Dennis Perrin

Elizabeth Robbins


Carolyn Anderson

Tina Garrett


Roger Dale Brown

Marc Hanson

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Register online here.




What: "Black and White" 

When: 6 to 10 p.m. March 28th 

Where: The Michael Graves-designed "Cube House," 10220 Circlewood Drive, Fort Wayne.

Details: The title of the show refers more to the "black tie" nature of the event than to the content. "Black and White" is the loose theme and can be interpreted in any way the artist chooses. All mediums and styles are welcome. Space is guaranteed for the first 10 artists. Feel free to contact Jacob Ganser (see below) with more questions. 

Contact info: Jacob Ganser, GanserJA@cougars.sf.edu


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Original Fine Art  •  Original Music

September 8th & 9th 2018

Ten21 Creatives is now accepting applications for the 2018
juried Fort Wayne Arts Festival at Jefferson Pointe

Returning this year…original music performed by local
musicians in a Saturday night outdoor concert. 

The festival 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
Sunday Sept 9, 2018 – Noon to 5pm
Plus:  Saturday Night Concert 6pm to 8pm

Location: Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center
4130 West Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne IN 46804

 For more information contact:
Ten21 Creatives [Teri Marquart]
PO Box 13172, Fort Wayne IN 46867-3172
Mobile: 916-397-7589
Applications are also available at:
www.jeffersonshopping.com  •  Jefferson Pointe Mall Office
email request: Ten21Creatives@gmail.com





We are all ready for spring.  The growth, the sound of the birds, beauty.  Check out my 100 day project here for a fun dose of Spring.   I'm creating a new stitched paper bird each day for 100 days, and it slips in and out of its paper nest.  Mark your calendars for March 10th, from 10am-3pm.  I will have my only spring sale at the North Manchester Center for history during ERAF's Artistan Pop-up.  Also, check out the workshops up next at the K-mo for both children and adults below.  

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Whimsical Watercolor Flowers

Come join watercolor artist, Britta Eberly, as she teaches you the basics of watercolor while painting some beautiful spring flowers.  She also throws in some fun mixed media techniques.  March 15th, 6-9pm.  K-mo Coffee Shop.  Details and sign up here.

Monster, Monster

Kids 8-18, come and make your own little felt stuffie.  Create your pattern, trace, cut and glue.  I will even have my sewing machine there to help with a few steps!  Saturday, March 10th, 10am-12pm.  K-mo Coffee Shop.  Details and sign up here.

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                                                            Art Farm Workshops

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March 24th, I will be in the sweetest studio around at the Art Farm, north of Fort Wayne, teaching a workshop about small Gelli Print mixed media works.  It's a dream day.  Check out all Art Farm Spring workshops here.



FORT WAYNE ARTISTS GUILD Members Featured at the following Exhibits during March/April 2018:

Linda Hall   

Carey Collie

Karen Bixler and Linda Galloway

2nd Floor – Diana Burt

3rd Floor – Emily Butler 

Fort Wayne Artists Guild Members’ Spring Show

Darlene Selzer-Miller

Anita Trick

Doni Adam

Linda Flatley

Lynne Padget

John Kelty and Barb Yoder

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

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

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

Citizens Square
200 Berry, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-2763  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will Jewelers -
10146 Maysville Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46815


FWAG Meet & Greet
An artists’ Meet and Greet for the Fort Wayne Artists Guild Spring Show at Heritage Pointe will be Saturday April 7, 2018, 1-3 PM, 8200 St. Joe. Rd./5250 Heritage Parkway, Fort Wayne. Free. Public welcome.  260-209-6279

Call for Entry

Call for Entry:  Fort Wayne Artists Guild invites artists to enter the 41st Annual Ventures in Creativity Exhibition at the University of Saint Francis July 9 – August 17, 2018.  Over $3000 in prizes will be awarded.  Mail entry by June 8 and deliver artwork June 23 or 25.  Prospectus and Entry Form available here.


Castle Gallery Presents:
“23rd Valentine’s Invitational”

February 6 – March 3

 See Castlegallery.com for details.

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Castle Gallery Fine Art



Olay + ArtWorks “Light as Air” Contest

ArtWorks and Olay are partnering to host a contest to select regional (Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana tri-state area residents), women (identifying) artists to develop public art activations inspired by the Whips product and the complementary theme “Light as Air”.

Creative works should be inspired by the Olay Whips product; use of the Olay Whips logo is permitted, however, art should not be a literal reproduction of the logo and may be inspired by brand assets (font, color, or imagery). ArtWorks will manage a juried design competition to inform public art outcomes inspired by the product. The launch period will be in Spring 2018.

Submit your project idea by March 7th, 2018 for the chance to have your artwork installed in the urban core of Cincinnati, and features in national publication. Winning pieces are awarded $2,500-$10,000. Rules and restrictions apply.


Why I Create: Michael Poorman


Michael Poorman has been drawing and painting since a small child including collaborative cartoons while in high school. As a senior in high school he won the Higgins International Scholastic Award and was accepted into the Fort Wayne Art School. He then studied at the John Herron Art School in Indianapolis before moving to San Francisco, continuing studies and exhibiting at local galleries. '‘Not easily discernible, Poorman’s message of universalism, unity and a kind of mystic clarity reveals itself only after the viewer steeps himself in the rich hues and subtle shades of his expressionist ink and oil pastel pieces.’' Interview – David Tanner in WhatzUp January 3, 2002. Poorman is represented by Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne, IN. See more of his work on their website.