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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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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Hope Arthur presents The CORE
Jan22

Hope Arthur presents The CORE

Disconnect and immerse yourself in the complexity of the human spirit in downtown Fort Wayne this weekend. Local music artist Hope Arthur will be presenting The CORE in Collaboration with Mikautadze Dance Theatre, Hope Arthur Orchestra, Saitnkini of Austria, and Silbo Gomero on Saturday 8 pm at the Parkview Physicians Group Blackbox Theater. This weekend’s performance will consist of two parts – a vocal performance piece by The Hope Arthur Orchestra and “Schreimoment,” a collaborative effort featuring both local and Austrian artists. The performance will feature artistic projections by Alec Johnson, who has created shape-based pieces that will interact with The CORE. So immerse yourselves, Fort Wayne, as it should be be a one-of-a-kind performance, not likely to be performed again in the near future! The CORE, which stands for Cultivating Oneness Reinventing Expression, is a physical artistic performance structure Arthur has been developing since she was a student in an “Entrepreneurship through the Arts” course at IPFW. Local artists Jeremy Stroup and Gregor Roth helped Arthur design and build The CORE as a structure. The vision behind The CORE continued to evolve into what it is today during a residency Arthur completed at the local Wunderkammer Company art gallery. The structure is by no means complete and continues to evolve into a collaborative experience with Arthur and the local artistic community. “I think I wanted to make a physical structure of how I feel on the inside at least, like when I’m reflecting or when I’m sad or when I’m happy – the core of my being or my human spirit,” Arthur said. “I wanted to look at it, and perform on it, and explore it.” Part one on Saturday will feature The CORE with a 20-minute all-vocal performance piece by the Hope Arthur Orchestra. The vocal performers will also be performing the choreography for the piece. This will be followed by “Schreimoment,” an all-dance and music performance piece by Saitnkini, an Austrian artistic duo featuring Ulrich Schleicher and Andre Schwarzl. Saitnkini wrote the story and basic structure of Schriemoment, and then Silbo Gomero and Mikautadze brought it to life in Fort Wayne. The collaborative effort between artists from different artistic areas (and even different continents) has been impressive. Schleicher and Schwarzl collaborated via Skype with Arthur, musician/composer Kurt Roembke, and Elizabeth Mikautadze of the Mikautadze Dance Theatre to help make their detailed vision for the piece come to life. “So many collaborators and a lot of creative input!” said Mikautadze, who directed the choreography of the piece. “This is energizing to me and is the reason I do the work I do.” The piece features original contemporary-inspired choreography performed by the Mikautadze Dance Theatre and music composed by Silbo Gomero, a music collaboration between Arthur...

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