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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