Fort Wayne HeART of the City Hosts First Event at Three Rivers Festival
Jul06

Fort Wayne HeART of the City Hosts First Event at Three Rivers Festival

The local art scene is alive, and it has a pulse. Fort Wayne HeART of the City is an artist-run initiative that collectively supports artists of all types, mediums, and skill levels in the greater Northeast Indiana area. The group hosts its first event at the Three Rivers Festival on July 8th and 9th in the Freimann Square parking lot, where festival-goers can check out an assortment local art, music, and food. To learn more about Fort Wayne HeART of the City and their upcoming event, I spoke with Daniel Church and Tricia Cavender, two of the founding artists who are involved with coordinating events and operations.     It all started when group of artist friends wanted to bring attention to other local artists. However, they noticed a divide in the community. “From what I’ve experienced in the local art scene here in Fort Wayne, there is a great disconnect. The established artists and galleries are on one end of the spectrum and the newer unestablished artists are on the other. I would love to see those two worlds come together and learn from each other,” said Tricia. To bridge that gap, Fort Wayne HeART of the City was born. Local artists are supporting other local artists through new events and an online database.     Emerging into the art scene can be daunting. Often, newer artists don’t know where to start, and there aren’t many opportunities to showcase their work. To resolve this issue, HeART of the City is connecting established artists with new artists. “We want to help them learn how to better promote their work and give them events that will provide opportunities for them to show their work,” Tricia said. “We want to make some super fun events without the pressure of meeting juried requirements and booth approval. We want artists to be able to be themselves and show the art the way they choose to in a creative and free way. I think that is what makes HeART of the City special.” The group also offers ways for artists to promote themselves online. Their website hosts a calendar of art events and maintains a local artist directory, where anyone can submit examples of their work and links to their social media and websites. “It’s a hub for local artists to support local artists and a way to connect with each other and our community,” said Daniel. “Due to information overload, things can get lost in the mix, and you don’t even know what’s in your own backyard.”     Though this weekend is their first event, HeART of the City is already seeing their efforts pay off. Tricia...

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YLNI Summer Farmers Market Series: Xisco’s Pops
Jul22

YLNI Summer Farmers Market Series: Xisco’s Pops

Every Saturday now through September, the YLNI Summer Farmers Market is open to the public on the corner of Wayne Street and Barr Street. The YLNI Farmer’s Market supports nearly 75 local farmers, producers, bakers and artists who offer fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheese, breads, jewelry, and much more. Throughout the summer, attendees enjoy free activities, such as yoga classes, cooking demonstrations, and musical entertainment, along with special events like Coffee with a Cop and Bottle and Bottega. In this series, we’ll be spotlighting local vendors. Today, we’re looking at Xisco’s Pops! Xisco’s Pops When the dog days of summer are in full swing, I’m all about finding ways to cool off. Yes, a cold beverage is a good option. But, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a frozen treat to beat the heat. Enter Xisco’s Pops! This little cart packs a ton of flavor and is a sure-fire way to keep your cool in this Indiana summer. What they sell: All-natural frozen treats and fruit pops Why their products are awesome: They already had my attention with “all-natural” as a health enthusiast and all around fitness junkie myself. BUT ALSO! Some of their pops are even vegan. Dairy-free and vegan frozen treats are hard to come by. When you come across them, they’re typically less than thrilling. Xisco’s Pops changes the game by serving up pure deliciousness in vegan-friendly style! Editor’s Pick: My personal favorite are the Mango pops if you’re wanting a taste of something tropical! My dairy-consuming friends, however, swear that the Peanut Butter Cup pop is out of this world. I mean, it’s essentially ice cream dipped in milk chocolate. You can’t go wrong with that.   Treat yo’self by swinging by the Xisco’s Pops cart at the YLNI Farmers Market tomorrow. The summer market is located in Downtown Fort Wayne on the corners of Wayne and Barr Streets, and open rain or shine from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm every Saturday now through September. Follow Xisco’s Pops on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates and appearances. Photos / Xisco’s Pops Facebook and...

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