Artink’s Gallery Crawl Recap
Apr14

Artink’s Gallery Crawl Recap

Tonight is Artlink’s first ever Pop Up Gallery Crawl through downtown Fort Wayne where vacate businesses will become art galleries for one night only! Come and join us from 6 to 9 pm to experience local food, musician, and original artwork available for purchase. There will also be a cash bar at each location. The walking tour will showcase a variety of 2D and 3D creations by artists born and raised right here in our small, but thriving art scene. For anyone who has been tuning into Living Fort Wayne’s Gallery Crawl series the last couple of weeks, some of the artists and locations have changed. But below includes the finalized list of all the artists, vendors, and where they will be located on the walking tour.     Location 1 Venue: Artlink Contemporary Gallery Artists: Jerrod Tobias and Julie Wall Toles Musician: Left Lane Cruiser Restaurant: Oyster Bar       Location 2 Venue: Old Journal Gazette Building on the corner of Main Street and Clinton Street Artists: Jeffrey Crane and Molly Stronczek Musician: Paul Stephens Restaurant: Bar 145       Location 3 Venue: 123 W Main Street Artists: Jason Swisher and Daniel Dienelt Musician: The Fierce Invalids       Location 4 Venue: 127 & 129 W Main Street Artist: Justin Johnson Musician: West Central Quartet Restaurant: Club Soda   Location 5 Venue: MKM Architecture & Design Artists: Jeremy Stroup and Gary Travis Musician: David Todoran Restaurant: JK O’Donnell’s Location 6 Venue: The City Exchange Shops Artist: John Leavell Musician: James & The Drifters Restaurant: Hall’s Restaurant     Location 7 Venue: Cinema Center Artist: Theoplis Smith Musician: Alicia Pyle Restaurant: Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, & Spirits   Hurry and get tickets online here before it’s too late! They are available at $15 per person and $25 per couple. You must be 21 years or older to participate. There are only 500 tickets available and time is running out! For anyone posting pictures on social media during the Gallery Crawl, please use #gallercrawlfw to share the event with the rest of the city. For more information, please visit Artlink’s website. Or follow them on social media at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We hope to see you...

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Artlink’s Gallery Crawl Finale
Apr08

Artlink’s Gallery Crawl Finale

On Thursday, April 14th from 6 to 9 pm, Artlink is hosting its first Pop-Up Gallery Crawl! Participants have the opportunity to take a walking art tour through downtown Fort Wayne where they will experience local music, food, and original artwork available for purchase from a variety of local artists. The last stop of the Pop-Up Gallery Crawl will take guests all the way up to the 3rd floor of the old Journal Gazette. Here on the corner of Main and Clinton, Molly Stronczek will be showcasing her mixed media photography alongside Jeffrey Crane’s series of street portraits. Participants will also be entertained by musician Paul Stephens while they try food from Fort Wayne’s gastro pub, Bar 145. At the Gallery Crawl, Molly Stronczek will be featuring original photographs with sewn details. Her mixed media pieces exhibit an experimental style that allow her to create artwork that is both intimate and delicate. Art has always been a significant part of Molly Stronczek’s life and she had a calling for it even at an early age. “I’ve loved art ever since I was a young child,” Stronczek recalls. “My mom always tells me that wherever I went, I was always carrying a crayon, covered in paint, or cutting up tiny pieces of colorful paper and making the biggest mess.” But it wasn’t until later, when she was a student at Snider High School and took her first darkroom class, that Stronczek discovered her passion for photography. “After that I was hooked; I wanted to learn everything. I took as many photography classes in college as I could. Eventually I ended up taking an alternative processes class where we were pushed to think of photography as more than just two dimensional flat finished pieces. And that’s when I began experimenting with thread. Through this experimentation I have learned that I am a process-driven artist and I love to be physically connected to the work that I create.” Another opportunity to see more of Molly Stronczek’s pieces is this upcoming July. Her work is going to be displayed at the Wunderkammer Gallery during the Fringe Festival. The festival, like Artlink’s Gallery Crawl, is just one of the few opportunities that artists have in this city to showcase their work. “One of my favorite things about our local art scene is just how many shows and workshops and events that we have going on any given weekend. We have a number of galleries that pull in a variety of themes and artists, a wonderful museum, and a collection of artistic and talented people that want to create community and make things together, like the...

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Artlink Gallery Crawl: Meet Jeremy Stroup
Apr05

Artlink Gallery Crawl: Meet Jeremy Stroup

On Thursday, April 14th from 6 to 9 pm, Artlink is hosting its first Pop-Up Gallery Crawl. Participants have the opportunity to take a walking art tour through downtown Fort Wayne where they will experience local music, food, and original artwork available for purchase from a variety of artists. From the Cinema Center, guests will continue their tour to MKM architecture + design on 119 West Wayne. As an award-winning design firm, MKM architecture + design is devoted to improving the wellbeing of the community through events like the Pop-Up Gallery Crawl. At this tour stop, guests can try food from Fort Wayne’s Irish pub, JK O’Donnell’s, while hearing the musical stylings of singer-songwriter and guitarist, David Todoran. Work from two local artists, Gary Travis and Jeremy Stroup, will also be displayed, including a series of paintings Stroup will be unveiling  for the first time at the Gallery Crawl.       Jeremy Stroup’s new series will consist of abstract paintings with a single, isolated subject. Stroup also specializes in sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. His goal is to create work that is minimal and graphic so that he can communicate a symbolic message.     Like the other artists featured at the Gallery Crawl, Jeremy Stroup’s love for art manifested when he was very young. “I’ve loved drawing for as long as I remember,” Stroup explains. “I’ve always enjoyed making and drawings things, but it wasn’t until college that I gained a deep appreciation for art, art history, and aesthetics. Around a year into my BFA I became very interested in modern and contemporary art.” It was at this time that Jeremy Stroup found his direction as an artist.     Jeremy Stroup is also proud to be a part of the Fort Wayne community which allows so many artists to grow and prosper. “Fort Wayne’s biggest advantage is the freedom to do what you want. Cost of living is affordable enough here that artists can support themselves easily and still have time and money to do whatever they want artistically. We don’t have the amenities of a bigger city, but young artists are able to do what they want without as much struggle.”     “Another advantage in a smaller community like this,” Jeremy Stroup adds, “is everyone knows who you are and a lot of them are actually rooting for you. Which is a very nice feeling when approaching such a big thing as making a break into a new community and improving on your art.”     Jeremy Stroup’s website is currently in progress, but you can find him on his tumblr or Facebook. His art is also shown locally at Artlink and Wunderkammer Company, another...

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First Stop on Artlink’s Gallery Crawl!
Mar16

First Stop on Artlink’s Gallery Crawl!

On Thursday, April 14th, Artlink is hosting its very first Pop-Up Gallery Crawl where participants have the opportunity to take a walking art tour through downtown Fort Wayne. At each stop along the way, there will be music, food, and original 2D and 3D artwork available for purchase from a variety of local artists. The first location on the tour is the Artlink gallery itself on 300 East Main Street. At this first stop, hors d’oeuvres will be provided by The Oyster Bar, featuring the blues rock band, Left Lane Cruiser. To kickoff the Gallery Crawl, you will see paintings by Jerrod Tobias and prints and watercolors by Julie Wall Toles. At the  beginning of the Gallery Crawl, Jerrod Tobias will be displaying  variety of different pieces, including paintings and drawings as well as postcard drawings and t-shirts. His work combines different mediums such as oil painting with stencils and spray paint. By using these techniques, Tobias wants to create artwork which is colorful, rhythmic, and reflects our humanity. All the pieces he will feature at Artlink contain a similar theme. “It all comes from a folk narrative of kids and animals starting a revolution,” Tobias explains. “The Coywolf Children.” Jerrod Tobias has always been passionate about art and drawing in particular. Even at a young age, he had a drive to learn more and become better at his craft. To Tobias, “Drawing and painting are endless paths of learning. Art is a mountain that has no top.” Jerrod Tobias currently operates out of Tobias Studios, an art studio as well as a homestead. Classes and workshops for drawing, gardening, and almost everything in between are available for visitors. At Tobias Studios, they are dedicated to enriching the multiple facets of people’s lives. Jerrod Tobias has been involved in Fort Wayne’s art scene very visibly. His murals can be found across the city at Wunderkammer, Catalyst Fitness, and Trubble Brewing. “The Fort Wayne art culture is a rich and vibrant light in our community,” Tobias says. “The arts are the voice of the culture.” Here, artists like Jerrod Tobias are able to have a powerful impact on their community. To learn more about Jerrod Tobias or to get involved with Tobias Studios, visit their website at www.tobiasstudios.weebly.com. Or check them out on Facebook or Instagram.   The second artist to begin the Art Crawl is Julie Wall Toles. She will display limited edition prints created from a multitude of mediums such as intaglio, woodcut, and linoleum. Toles will also be showcasing her new watercolors of native plants to the region, specially mushrooms. Julie Wall Toles owns and works at the Hedgehog Press print shop in downtown Fort Wayne which she opened in...

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Mark Your Calendars for Artlink’s Gallery Crawl!
Mar04

Mark Your Calendars for Artlink’s Gallery Crawl!

For one evening, Artlink, a non-for-profit gallery dedicated to exhibiting diverse art and providing education for the community, is hosting its very first Pop-Up Art Gallery Crawl through downtown Fort Wayne. The event will feature local artists, musicians, and venues on Thursday, April 14 6-9 pm. Thanks to funding by The Downtown Improvement Project, this anticipated event will include a walking tour through downtown Fort Wayne where participants will see original work available for purchase in vacant businesses throughout the city. At each of these locations, music will be provided by hometown bands and singers. Food and a cash bar will also be available at every stop on the Art Crawl so participants can experience all the sights, tastes, and sounds of the city at this one-day event. Confirmed artists, musicians, and restaurants include: Artists: Jerrod Tobias Julie Wall Toles Jason Swisher Daniel Deinelt Justin Johnson Jeremy Stroup John Leavell Theopolis Smith Musicians: Alicia Pyle James & The Drifters West Central Quartet Andy Pauquette Paul Stephens Left Lane Cruiser Restaurants: Oyster Bar Bar 145 Hall’s Restaurant Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, & Spirits Stay tuned! In anticipation for the Pop-Up Gallery Crawl, Living Fort Wayne will release a series of articles about the featured artists participating in tour. Before the event in April, check out upcoming articles to learn more about individuals behind the artwork. Tickets for the April 14th Art Crawl are currently available for purchase online at www.artlinkfw/GalleryCrawl at $15 per person and $25 per couple. Wristbands will be limited to the first 500 participants. Prizes also can be won by using #GalleryCrawlFW at all locations during the event. For more information, please visit Artlink’s website. Or follow them on social media at Facebook, Instagram, and...

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