38th National Print Exhibition highlights contemporary approaches to traditional medium
Mar01

38th National Print Exhibition highlights contemporary approaches to traditional medium

Press release from Artlink Fort Wayne, IND. (Thursday, March 1, 2018) — For 38 years, Artlink Contemporary Gallery has showcased the best in contemporary printmedia from around the nation. The 38th National Print Exhibition, opening Friday, March 30th, will feature contemporary explorations of the traditional and historic processes of print. 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. The exhibition was juried by Liz Maugans, printmaker and arts advocate. “I often look for a-ha moments, trickery, mastery and magic when curating work for an exhibition or collection. I want people who see the work to experience that as well,” stated Maugans, when discussing her selections for the exhibition. This exhibition is sponsored by Lincoln Financial Group, with additional support from the Designer/Craftsman Guild. Image: Collect, Nicholas H. Ruth (Rochester, NY), monoprint and colored pencil   About the Juror, Liz Maugans Liz Maugans received her BFA in printmaking from Kent State University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. As an advocate for artists and the visual arts, Maugans has served as a consultant for many organizations and art business start-ups. She is the co-founder of the Collective Arts Network, a quarterly journal and arts network that works to promote Northeast Ohio artists and organizations to a greater audience through a quarterly journal and collective events. Maugans’ work is included in the Progressive Art Collection, BF Goodrich (Charlotte, N.C.) and The Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, (Columbus, OH) collections. She received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2000 and a 2005 Artist-in-Communities Grant. She was honored, along with her Zygote co-founder, the Martha Joseph Prize for Distinguished Service from the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2012. In 2013, she was awarded a $20,000 Creative Workforce Fellowship from Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Maugans work can be found online at lizmaugans.com.   For more information on upcoming exhibitions, artists, or for an exhibition preview, please contact Maddie Miller, Gallery Coordinator at madison@artlink.com or call (260) 424-7195.   Exhibition Dates: March 30 – May 11, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, March 30th from 5-8pm Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12-7 pm, Sunday 12-4 pm...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Aug31

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Designers & Developers Thursday, August 31 at 11:30 a.m. Javon Bell, UX Designer at Reusser Design is the guest speaker for this month’s luncheon. Project Day! Thursday, August 31 at 3:30 p.m. It’s that time again! Force Friday II at Glenbrook Square Friday, September 1 It’s all about Star Wars this Friday at ThinkGeek! Free Short Form Improv Workshop – Session 2 Saturday, September 2 at 2 p.m. Workshops are open to all skill and experience levels, this is the second in the series and will build on foundations discussed in the first event. Middle Waves Vibe Workshop Sunday, September 3 at 9 a.m. Here we go again — help make Middle Waves happen! Raising and Tagging Monarch Butterflies Sunday, September 3 at 1 p.m. What kid doesn’t want to raise a caterpillar and watch it transform into a beautiful butterfly? Find out what you need to know this Sunday. Drawn Together Wednesday, September 6 at 7 p.m. Have a blast connecting with your fellow artists and creating together. Free House flipping workshop Wednesday, September 6 at 6 p.m. Do you live in Fort Wayne and want to start flipping houses? This is a free workshop, space is limited, so register ASAP! Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival August 29 – September 3 Cars, cars, cars! It’s a weekend full of fun festivities, so if you’re in town and not at the lake — check it out! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekly Fun File – Welcome to 2017!
Jan05

LFW Weekly Fun File – Welcome to 2017!

Happy New Year! The holidays are behind us, so take a look at some of the more relaxing things to do around the Fort this week. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. Your Feelings Don’t Matter Thursday, January 5 at 8 p.m. Watch area comics manage kazoo harassment from you–the audience–along with reviews from a surprise group of judges. You get to keep the kazoos. WHAT. 2. Wild Walkers Welcome Friday, January 6 at 8:30 a.m. It’s the first hike of the new year! Don’t let the cold weather keep you down. 3. Opening Reception Postcard Show & Sale, Heather Miller, Kim Vito Friday, January 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lovers of art, check out the latest exhibitions at Artlink, along with the Postcard show and sale. 4. The Worst XXXmas Show Saturday, January 7 at 8 p.m. If you like “Burlesque, Comedy, Horror and low brow humor,” this is the show for you. It’s not family friendly … do not bring your family. 5. Winter Bridal Spectacular Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8 Are you planning a wedding in 2017? I am. It. Is. Stressful. Maybe this Bridal Spectacular can help. 6. Three Rivers: A Brief History Sunday, January 8 at 2 p.m. Don Orbin, Historic Preservation Planner, helps us take a look at our beloved Fort Wayne and the rivers it’s founded on. 7. Educational Series: River Water Quality Monday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. Find out the issues and important facts about our city’s rivers. January Topic: River Water Quality. 8. Eat, Paint & Be Merry – Winter Trees Drinkware Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. Paint some winter trees on some pottery! There will be refreshments and prizes, not to mention the awesome drinkware you’ll get to take home and show off. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Stonewares
Sep07

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Stonewares

This entrepreneur spotlight features Laura Brandenburg of Stonewares! Laura makes absolutely amazing earthy, stoneware pottery and jewelry. While she has several stable items, she also does custom orders. I’m in love with her planters. I also have a thing for mugs, and she recently made some of the coolest Indiana  mugs I’ve ever seen! Laura has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics, and to add to her awesome-ness, she recently completed work that she was commissioned to create by internationally renowned interior designer, Kelly Wearstler. The bowls that she created are decorative elements that will outfit the furnished units of Hollywood Proper at Columbia Square—how cool is that?! Here’s what she had to say about doing business in the Fort. What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? In 2004, I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics from IPFW. My dream was always to have a home studio and start to sell my functional and decorative stonewares locally. I saved up and purchased my kiln and my wheel and the studio slowly came together. My work was selling and I decided to take a leap and dedicate more and more of my free time to creating my work and selling it. Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana has been so supportive of my work that I am happy to have this location as my roots. What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? The people in the community supporting their local artists and shopping locally has been one of the main reasons that my business has survived and thrived. There are so many resources in our community that have had a big impact on me being able to do what I love. YLNI’s Barr Street Market was where I began regularly selling my work in 2008. I have been a vendor there every year since and attribute the bulk of my business growth to that venue and community. Local juried Art Fairs such as the Covington Art Fair and Art at the Riverside have also helped me to share my work with a broader range of customers desiring fine art. The Downtown Improvement District in its creation of HolidayFest and the Holly Trolley has allowed me to continue my work as coordinator and participant of the “Foxy Ladies Art Posse”; an assembled group of local makers’ Holiday Pop-up Show at Artlink Contemporary Gallery. Artlink has hosted the Foxy Ladies Art Posse Holiday Pop-up show for the past 5 years and has been a solid supporter of local artists. Local entrepreneurs have also been a huge reason my work has...

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FWFAC Turns Art Appreciation into an Adventure
Jul18

FWFAC Turns Art Appreciation into an Adventure

Sometimes you have an idea that lets you combine your most cherished passions and share them with friends. At the very least, that’s a recipe for a great pastime. But if you’re really lucky, the right idea catches on, growing into a fledgling community organization with hundreds of followers. That’s exactly what’s happened for the Fort Wayne Free Art Collective (or FWFAC). Jon and Lissa Brown initially established the organization as a simple Facebook group with a few dozen followers and a mission to make local art more accessible. To connect people with local art, they give it away, dropping donated pieces every few days in various spots throughout Fort Wayne. Once found, the art is free to any follower or passing stranger who discovers it. Each FWFAC drop is like a guerilla-style gallery opening. First, each art piece gets wrapped into an art bundle with a note explaining the mission of the FWFAC. Then Jon and Lissa choose a spot to do the “drop,” typically on the side of a building. After securing the package with blue painter’s tape, they take a photo and post it on Facebook, without revealing the drop location. Followers must use visual clues to find the art, as long as it hasn’t already been found by a lucky stranger. Each drop takes place in a new location, giving Jon and Lissa the chance to highlight unique local landmarks, historic buildings or tucked-away neighborhood spots. The unpredictability of the FWFAC process makes it exciting for everyone. “Every time we see the post from the person who makes the find, we think that it can’t possibly get more exciting or gratifying,” says Lissa. “But – it does.” As busy parents and artists themselves, Jon and Lissa describe the FWFAC as their “artistic love child.” The organization’s mission and purpose grew out of the couple’s belief that an accessible local arts scene has the power to unite our community. “We have always been passionate about the arts,” says Lissa. “When we decided to open our hearts and share that with our community, it seemed natural to share our artwork too. When others started to follow our lead, we saw that it was something that Fort Wayne was craving. So we just answered the call.” To accommodate the growing interest, the FWFAC page recently expanded from a Facebook Group into a Public Page. The influx of members means that the biggest challenge may be finding ways to let more people experience the fun of found art. “People are now starting to recognize our signature blue tape, and are looking for us on the streets,” Lissa says. “We have to be very stealthy and quick about our drops. Most...

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