Figure Drawing
Mar
25
6:00 PM18:00

Figure Drawing

Artlink Figure Drawing is a weekly program that offers serious artists and students the opportunity to build a solid foundation in drawing the figure. To help artists practice, we offer long and short poses.

Every Monday and Thursday from 6:00-9:00 p.m. 

$3 per hour

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Artist Focus Group on Public Art
Mar
27
11:30 AM11:30

Artist Focus Group on Public Art

Please join Artlink and the consultants for the Fort Wayne Public Art Master Plan for a robust discussion on public art in Fort Wayne. All artists of every practice are welcome to attend as the discussion will focus on the creativity of the artistic community in Fort Wayne. Participants will be asked to share their vision for the future of public art and the City's program.

Have questions about the event before committing? Email amanda@designinglocal.com.

Want to learn more about the process? Visit www.FortWaynePublicArt.com to learn more.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by clicking "Going" on the Facebook event page. Those without Facebook can RSVP by contacting Lauren Crosby at lauren@designinglocal.com.

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Figure Drawing
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Figure Drawing

Artlink Figure Drawing is a weekly program that offers serious artists and students the opportunity to build a solid foundation in drawing the figure. To help artists practice, we offer long and short poses.

Every Monday and Thursday from 6:00-9:00 p.m. 

$3 per hour

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Opening Reception: 39th National Print Exhibition
Mar
29
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: 39th National Print Exhibition

For 39 years, Artlink has showcased the best in contemporary printmedia from around the nation. Although printing for most of us is often as immediate as Ctrl+P, the tradition of hand-pulled prints continues on today. This exhibition seeks to highlight this traditional, laborious, and oftentimes tedious, art form. Please join us at the opening reception Friday, March 29th from 5-8pm. As printmedia moves into a new era, we look forward to highlighting future generations of printmakers using the medium to share their voice.

This juried exhibition features contemporary printmakers across the nation working in all printmaking mediums, including intaglio, lithographs, relief, screenprints, monoprints, letterpress, artist books, digital prints and print installations. This exhibition will be on view until May 3, 2019.

Pictured: Cullen Houser

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Drawn Together
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

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 on the first Wednesday of each month at Hop River Brewing Co. (1515 N. Harrison St. Fort Wayne, IN.) from 7-9pm.

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Volunteer Day
Apr
7
12:00 PM12:00

Volunteer Day

Have you been looking for a way to impact your community? Do you have an interest in the arts? We would love to have you on our volunteer team! You can be as involved as you’d like to be–from once a year to once a month. Projects will range from gallery cleaning, painting, filing, and easy administrative tasks. Together, we make art possible!

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Collaboratorium: Monotypes
Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Collaboratorium: Monotypes

Collaboratorium brings artists together to create together. Join us this month to make monotypes on Wednesday, April 17th from 6-8pm. Monotypes are unique prints that can created in many different ways, including through the use of inks, watercolors, and markers on surfaces like glass, plastic, and paper. Finished works will be compiled in a full-color zine (free copies will be available to all participating artists). This video provides a quick introduction to some basic monotype processes.

Collaboratorium is held at Artlink on the third Wednesday of each month and is an 18+ event.

About Collaboratorium
Collaboratorium is an artmaking session run by Italian Friend ArtRuckus which 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. In 2018, Artlink began working with Collaboratorium to hold a collaborative event the third Wednesday of each month.

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Artlink Education Series: How to Frame Your Work
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Artlink Education Series: How to Frame Your Work

Artlink’s Education Series seeks to empower emerging artists in Northeast Indiana to build sustainable creative careers through an innovative and affordable monthly series of speakers and workshops. This series will cover important issues for artists including health and wellness, business and marketing, presentation and portfolio development. Through this series, we hope to provide artists with the skills and resources they need to succeed in their creative endeavors.

In April, Crestwoods Frame Shop & Gallery will cover the basics of how to frame and present your artwork. Ann Shive of Crestwoods will discuss best practices for framing your work. Ann will give a tour of Crestwoods "Wall of Frames", workshop and equipment, and talk about the difference of working with artists versus customers or designers. The presentation will also cover museum mounting versus other types of mounting, explain the difference between conservation and rag mat boards, and the difference between regular, conservation, museum and non-glare glass. The presentation will conclude with a Q&A.

Artlink's mission is to invest in opportunities for diverse visual artists is not possible without your support. Become a member today at artlinkfw.com/membership to support a thriving creative community in Northeast Indiana.

About Crestwoods
Crestwoods is a longstanding destination for custom framing in the Fort Wayne area. Crestwoods mission is to elegantly display and preserve your pieces. They have a commitment to quality framing and apply that same standard of excellence to their professional digital printing service. Find more information on their website at www.crestwoodsgallery.com.


$5 Non-Members / Free to Members. Charges will apply at the door. Signing up reserves your spot in the workshop. RSVP here.

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Kadampa Meditation Center: Embracing Love, Overcoming Blame
Apr
20
11:00 AM11:00

Kadampa Meditation Center: Embracing Love, Overcoming Blame

Creating Your Perfect Life Meditation Series by the Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis

The 3rd Saturday of each month from 11am-1pm

Cost: $15

This world is full of difficult people and challenging situations. It is easy to blame. It is hard to love. When we blame others we create a world full of enemies. On the other hand, love is a beautiful state of mind. It fills our heart with happiness and brings joy to our family and friends. It costs nothing yet is the most powerful method to improve the world we live in. Buddha taught practical and effective ways to cultivate love in meditation and in daily life. In this Saturday class we will look at how we can put these teachings into practice and change our life, forever.

More information can be found online at https://meditation-indianapolis.org/fortwayne/.

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Drawn Together
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

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 on the first Wednesday of each month at Hop River Brewing Co. (1515 N. Harrison St. Fort Wayne, IN.) from 7-9pm.

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Volunteer Day
May
5
12:00 PM12:00

Volunteer Day

Have you been looking for a way to impact your community? Do you have an interest in the arts? We would love to have you on our volunteer team! You can be as involved as you’d like to be–from once a year to once a month. Projects will range from gallery cleaning, painting, filing, and easy administrative tasks. Together, we make art possible!

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The Art Market: Spring Edition
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

The Art Market: Spring Edition

Join us for The Art Market: Spring Edition on Sunday, May 12, 2019 from 11am - 5pm at Artlink Contemporary Gallery! 

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.

On this Mother's Day, celebrate your mom with a day of shopping small and local. Spruce up your home for spring with one of a kind items from 18 regional artisans!

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Collaboratorium: Mixed Media Jewelry
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Collaboratorium: Mixed Media Jewelry

Collaboratorium brings artists together to create together. Join us this month to make mixed-media jewelry (including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more) using techniques such as collage and found object sculpture. This Collaboratorium will provide a good introduction to basic jewelry-making techniques, as well as a chance for more experienced makers to experiment with unconventional materials.    

Collaboratorium is held at Artlink on the third Wednesday of each month and is an 18+ event.

About Collaboratorium
Collaboratorium is an artmaking session run by Italian Friend ArtRuckus which 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. In 2018, Artlink began working with Collaboratorium to hold a collaborative event the third Wednesday of each month.

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Opening Reception: The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed Curated by Steve Shelby, and Emily Sullivan Smith
May
17
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed Curated by Steve Shelby, and Emily Sullivan Smith

You are invited to the opening reception of The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed Curated by Steve Shelby, and a solo exhibition by Emily Sullivan Smith on Friday, May 17, from 5-8pm. These exhibitions will be on view until June 21, 2019. The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed will highlight the best of contemporary three-dimensional metal art from around the world. This exhibition features a diverse group of artists, ranging from emerging or self-taught to college professors and silversmithing professionals. Many of the artists teach their craft as freelancer, around the country and parts of the world, in their own facilities, or in colleges or universities. Some primarily design and make jewelry while some come from blacksmithing, welding, or auto body backgrounds. Two of the artists featured, Betty Helen Longhi and Cynthia Eid, have written the definitive book on contemporary metalsmithing, Creative Metal Forming.

This exhibition explores metalsmithing in the cold forming of metal from flat sheet (or ingot) into three dimensional form, using hammer and various other tools (not to be confused with blacksmithing, which is the hot forming of iron and steel). The functional objects that used to be handmade by metalsmiths are now mass-produced, evolving the craft over time into a vehicle for artistic expression.

Sullivan Smith’s work focuses on the global debate concerning the planet and the role each of our lives, choices, conveniences and privileges play. Each work investigates the tenuous balance between humans and nature through the perceived abundance of natural resources declining at the hand of humankind or the impact of daily conveniences on nature. Sullivan Smith examines the push and pull between the capacity of humans to control or shift the environment with the potential for unintended consequences. The works find their impetus from appropriated cultural sources, be they historical photographs, or news of recourse decline. A quote from noted naturalist, John Muir, is ever-present in the work “When one tugs at a single thing in nature he finds it attached to the rest of the world”.

Pictured: Alison Antelman


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Volunteer Day
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

Volunteer Day

Have you been looking for a way to impact your community? Do you have an interest in the arts? We would love to have you on our volunteer team! You can be as involved as you’d like to be–from once a year to once a month. Projects will range from gallery cleaning, painting, filing, and easy administrative tasks. Together, we make art possible!

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Drawn Together
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

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 on the first Wednesday of each month at Hop River Brewing Co. (1515 N. Harrison St. Fort Wayne, IN.) from 7-9pm.

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Collaboratorium: Wall Drawings
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Collaboratorium: Wall Drawings

Collaboratorium brings artists together to create together. In the spirit of the work of Sol Lewitt, we’ll be creating murals by drawing on a variety of sizes of wall panels. The completed panels will then be displayed in public spaces in Fort Wayne later in the year (free prints of the panels will also be available to all participating artists). Watch this video to learn more about Sol Lewitt’s wall drawings.

Collaboratorium is held at Artlink on the third Wednesday of each month and is an 18+ event.

About Collaboratorium
Collaboratorium is an artmaking session run by Italian Friend ArtRuckus which 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. In 2018, Artlink began working with Collaboratorium to hold a collaborative event the third Wednesday of each month.

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Opening Reception: 41st Annual Members’ Showcase
Jun
28
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: 41st Annual Members’ Showcase

Artlink is pleased to present the 41st Annual Members’ Showcase, celebrating the individual artists that help make Artlink possible through their continual member support of the organization for over forty years. This exhibition features artists working in all mediums at all stages of their artistic careers. The Members’ Showcase provides immediate access to a gallery exhibition for our artist members. Please join us at our opening reception on Friday, June 28 from 5-8pm. This exhibition will be on view through August 2, 2019.

Pictured: Andrew Dubach

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Drawn Together
Jul
3
7:00 PM19:00

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 on the first Wednesday of each month at Hop River Brewing Co. (1515 N. Harrison St. Fort Wayne, IN.) from 7-9pm.

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Drawn Together
Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

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 on the first Wednesday of each month at Hop River Brewing Co. (1515 N. Harrison St. Fort Wayne, IN.) from 7-9pm.

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Opening Reception: On Being: Realism and The BGSU School of Art Painting and Drawing Program Curated by Brandon Briggs and Dennis Wojtkiewicz
Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: On Being: Realism and The BGSU School of Art Painting and Drawing Program Curated by Brandon Briggs and Dennis Wojtkiewicz

You are invited to the opening reception of On Being: Realism and The BGSU School of Art Painting and Drawing Program, curated by Brandon Briggs and Dennis Wojtkiewicz on Friday, August 9, 5-8pm. This exhibition is on view until September 13, 2019. Realism, like nature, persists. All visual art is based in the observed. Nature and perception are the minimally required precepts if one is to “make art”. On a grander scale, realism is fugitive, with the maker towing an ever confusing line between control and chaos not dissimilar from the lines walked by the abstract expressionists of the mid 20th century or even that of contemporary painters of all “isms” attempting to organize the natural world into a cohesive statement on a surface.

With realism the natural world is directly coded into the dramatic narrative of the work, and in nuanced ways abstraction is coded into the unfolding of the painted image. Each of the artists are keenly aware of both their surroundings as subject as well as the nuanced efforts that make for interesting marriages of form and content contained naturally in the painted or drawn surfaces as an expression of both intention and improvisation. Formulas, in other words, will never do. Each of these artists is attempting to make realism new, a way to discover the purposes of the image. What is the place in our mechanized, mass-produced, digital world for such hand-crafted, one of a kind, fiercely analog work. Unlike televisual media (film, television, and social media/net-channel) realism has remained relatively quiet. All of the artists represented seek to find balance inside of the quiet place that realism occupies while acknowledging its historical, social, political, and cultural contexts.

Pictured: Dennis Wojikiewicz

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The Art Market at Taste of the Arts
Aug
24
11:00 AM11:00

The Art Market at Taste of the Arts

Join Artlink for The Art Market at Taste of the Arts on Sunday, August 24th, 2019 from 11am - 7pm on Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne. 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.

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Drawn Together
Sep
4
7:00 PM19:00

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 on the first Wednesday of each month at Hop River Brewing Co. (1515 N. Harrison St. Fort Wayne, IN.) from 7-9pm.

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Opening Reception: Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington
Sep
20
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington

Please join us at the opening reception of Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington on Friday, September 20 from 5-8pm. This exhibition will be on view until October 25, 2019.

By embodying forms in the likeness of whales, bison and elephants (animals that we keep our distance from because of their physical power and intimidating size), Cooper Pennington’s large-scale sculptures immediately trigger curiosity and wariness. Her ‘Beasts’ are, however, frequently soft and touchable, placed in precarious positions or engaged in a struggle with an opposing force, consequently probing the viewer’s capacity for empathy. The visceral materials by which Cooper Pennington constructs her work range from ceramic and steel to fur and wood. She uses her knowledge of human anatomy to anthropomorphize the beast - incorporating human signifiers that make the imagined creatures feel knowable.

Pictured: Melanie Cooper Pennington

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Drawn Together
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

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 on the first Wednesday of each month at Hop River Brewing Co. (1515 N. Harrison St. Fort Wayne, IN.) from 7-9pm.

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Drawn Together
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

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 on the first Wednesday of each month at Hop River Brewing Co. (1515 N. Harrison St. Fort Wayne, IN.) from 7-9pm.

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Opening Reception: Unreal Empire: Robert McCann, Transparency & Toxicity: Meganne Rosen
Nov
8
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Unreal Empire: Robert McCann, Transparency & Toxicity: Meganne Rosen

Join us for the opening reception of Unreal Empire: Robert McCann (pictured) and Transparency & Toxicity: Meganne Rosen on Friday, November 8th 5-8pm. On view until December 6th, 2019.

McCann describes his paintings as “elaborate fictional spaces”. He utilizes characters from pop cultures and subcultures to stage human drama. These visual threads spiral outward into the shared universe logic of Marvel blockbusters and Pinterest pin boards, and inward to personal mythologies and autobiographical fragments. The paintings use larger-than-life-characters from the world of wrestling, rock & roll history, or educational film reels to evoke a fuzzy boundary between fantasy and reality. His works incorporate staging of affiliated subjects in fragmented narratives plays on a viewer’s incomplete grasp of sublime subjects like memory, future-forecasting, or knowledge of society at large. The subsequent paintings bring together elements of landscape, portraiture, history painting, and improvisational abstraction.

Through the investigation of and experimentation with different kinds of materials, Rosen’s works express discontent with the current political climate while reflecting on her experiences growing up in the American Midwest. Her art explores entropy, artifice, consumerism, and her place in the lineage of abstraction in contemporary and modern painting and its relationship with installation art. Using found matter, fiber works, oil and acrylic painting, remnant fabrics, and photography, Rosen composes mixed media pieces which are layered in visual dialogues. The work evokes an intimate recollection of garments worn, skins shed, and packaging discarded. Each assemblage or installation is a partnership between the materials she works with and the sociopolitical, cultural context of our times.

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Drawn Together
Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

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 on the first Wednesday of each month at Hop River Brewing Co. (1515 N. Harrison St. Fort Wayne, IN.) from 7-9pm.

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