September 21 - October 26, 2018
Natural State: Adam Beltz
Natural State is an appreciation of the world as it occurs. Beltz textural and minimalist works are created using natural materials, cement, peat moss, and sand.
Adam Beltz is a self-taught artist born in Indiana. Growing up, he expressed himself through skateboarding, drawing, and painting. After high school he was invited to California by a skateboard brand as a sponsored rider. In his twenties Adam took an interest in the spiritual books of India and considered a life as a Sannyasi, a type of Hindu monk. He visited with Sannyasis and adopted a monastic existence of his own, living in an artist community where his time was dedicated to meditation and painting. His work at the time was highly influenced by the colors and imagery of India. He spent the next few years between India and London living either in or near an ashram. Adam currently works out of a studio in Indiana, where he makes stark pieces of mixed media that distill the ever changing characteristic of his surrounding environment with the monastic minimalism of his past.
Tiny Gratitudes: Brooke Rothshank
Brooke Rothshank’s true-to-size and full-color miniature paintings of everyday objects remind us that hope and gratitude are constructed out of tiny moments, not grand gestures. These detailed paintings, done in response to a turbulent year, are reproduced next to small lists of related things the author is thankful for. Together, the words and pictures give us an opportunity to look at the small moments in our own lives with fresh eyes and new appreciation.
She and her husband are the team behind #rothshankgratitudeproject, a year of small paintings and connected pottery detailing a year of practicing gratitude.
Brooke Rothshank is a studio artist from Goshen, Indiana. She and her husband Justin Rothshank, a potter, share a workspace in their their rural home studio. Brooke began painting dollhouse miniatures in 2007 using oil, acrylic and egg tempera after a scholarship to attend the International Guild of Miniature Artisans introduced her to 1/12 scale painting. Today, she is the parent of three kids under 10. Her current miniature work is primarily watercolor making it easy to start, stop and clean up during her morning studio hours. She enjoys quirky miniature commissions and collaborative projects. Her current collaboration with Justin is about abundance and involved detailed paintings with underglaze on platters that Justin has made.
Brooke’s work has been featured in both Miniature Collector and Dollhouse Miniatures magazines. She has exhibited work at the The Andy Warhol Museum, the Chicago International Miniature Show, the Penland Gallery and the Midwest Museum of American Art. Brooke is a member of the International Guild of Miniature Artists where she has taught miniature painting and was awarded Fellow status as well as an independent study grant. She has been an instructor at Penland School of Crafts, Touchstone Center for Crafts, and looks forward to teaching at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts this summer. She has illustrated three children’s book for Herald Press.
Cooperation/Collaboration 合作: Zack Kittaka and Jason Swisher
Cooperation/Collaboration 合作 is a collaborative exhibition between Zack Kittaka and Jason Swisher exploring the experience of first time travel through the lens of documentary photography.
Zack Kittaka is a photographer and graphic designer based out of Fort Wayne, IN. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Saint Francis. His work focuses on slice of life documentary photography with the hopes of transporting the viewer to the moment captured in the photo.
Jason Swisher is a multidisciplinary graphic artist and photographer, born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, He currently operates his own commercial arts business by day, and enjoys building elaborate Hot Wheels tracks in the evenings with is son, while watching his daughter tear them down and eat them like Godzilla. He draws artistic inspiration from art history, outdoor adventures (nature or concrete based), sociology, street and documentary photography, sports and childhood nostalgia, rhythm and beats, and conversations with fellow artists.
November 2 - December 7, 2018
Noli Me Tangere: Genesis:
Noli Me Tangere, “touch me not” or “don’t tread on me,” (Latin) is a series of photographs that examines an internal conflict of homosexuality and Catholicism. The photographs address, but don’t aim to solve, the contentions between religion and homosexuality. Utilizing appropriated religious imagery and language, the work is recontextualized by the insertion of LGBTQ members and activists posing as Catholic deities. Themes, lighting and color treatment are adopted from the works of Renaissance Artists. The photographs are then presented as polyptychs in mimicry of Catholic altar-pieces.
Kelvin Burzon is a Filipino-American artist whose work explores intersections of sexuality, race, gender and religion. His most recent work investigates religions role in culture and familial relationships and highlights religions traditions, imagery, theatricality, and psychological vestige. He graduated from Wabash College and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University’s School of Art + Design. His work has been exhibited abroad and all over the country. His work is a part of several permanent collections, including The Kinsey Institute and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. He has presented his work at several conventions, including the Society of Photographic Educations regional and national conferences. Burzon continues to push his work with inspirations from the past, recontextualized narratives and imagery of religion, paired with the never-ending stimulation and inspiration from the LGBTQ+ community
Sarah Holden is a studio artist and educator living in Chicago, IL. Sarah received her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a focus in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts/Material Studies and Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sarah has presented as a visiting artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and taught as a Metals Instructor at Penland School of Crafts. Sarah exhibits her work nationally as in her recent inclusions in Betwixt & Between at Ball State University, Intersecting Boundaries at Clamplight Gallery in San Antonio, TX and WEAR/WARE at Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC. Sarah's work has also been exhibited internationally in WINDOW at the Mother Makers Gallery in Munich Germany and online in Appropriated Adornment, the most recent SNAG online juried exhibition.
Sarah's work is held in several public and private collections including the collection of the Racine Art Museum and the Porter Price and Grubow Private Collections. Sarah currently teaches steel fabrication and metal forming at The Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center in Chicago, IL and creates one of a kind work and limited production studio jewelry in her Chicago studio. Sarah's sculpture and limited production jewelry can be found at galleries across the US.
Use Your Words: Kara Doak
Kara Doak is an artist based in Fort Wayne, IN. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, IN. Kara uses photography, video, audio, and performance to create works that explore human connections. Kara is interested in what brings us together and what we are left with in the aftermath. Find Kara’s work on her website kheingartner.com and on Instagram @karadoak_.
December 15, 2018
The Art Market: Winter Edition
The Art Market is a curated marketplace featuring the best in contemporary craft and handmade goods. Our market strives to bring the highest quality handmade goods to the people of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Art Market: Winter Edition, Saturday, December 15th from 11am to 6pm will feature 18 artisans with beautiful, well-designed goods for everyday life.
January 4 - February 8, 2019
Artlink Regional Exhibition
Artlink is pleased to present the return of Artlink's Regional Exhibition. The Regional features artists from around the Midwest states of Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Kentucky, showcasing the rich artistic talent found in the region. Artists of all mediums, backgrounds, and concepts are joined together for a rich exhibition of compelling works of art.