Thursday, February 14, 2013

2013 Taste of the Arts - Fine Arts Fair in Downtown Fort Wayne

Attention artists, get your work seen at the 2013 Taste of the Arts' Fine Art Fair in Downtown Fort Wayne. Last year's Taste of the Arts drew over 20,000 people.

This year's Fine Art Fair is a juried show so be sure to get your application in for consideration early.  You can download the application and read all the details at the Taste of the Arts' website on the Fine Art Fair page

Taste of the Arts will be celebrating its 5th successful year in which it has grown each year, so it should be bigger and more fun than ever.  The event will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 11:00am - 7:00pm.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

IPFW Sculpture with Purpose

What: Artist Proposal for the 50th Anniversary Public Art Project
Where: IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne)
 Can Apply: Local/National Artists of all Disciplines
Due Date: Monday, December 3 at 5pm
Louise at 260-481-6495

Hello artists!

Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW)–northeast Indiana’s largest public university–is celebrating 50 years through a new public art initiative, Sculpture with Purpose, that will enrich Fort Wayne with 50 sculptural bike racks in May 2014.

Local and national artists of all disciplines are invited to apply. Designs for three different sculpture types are needed:

  • Decade Sculpture- $5000 stipend and maximum size of 10' x 10' x 25'
  • Celebration Sculpture- $2000 stipend and maximum size of 7' x 7' x 10'
  • Commemorative Sculpture- $1000 stipend and maximum size o 2' x 6' x 6' 


Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Fort Wayne Children's Choir Presents the 40th Anniversary Season Harvest Concerts

What: 40th Anniversary Season Harvest Concerts
Who: Fort Wayne Children's Choir
Where: First Presbyterian Church 
When: November 9 and 10
Time: 7:30 PM
Cost: Adults $8, Students and Seniors $5

We encourage arts patrons to celebrate the crisp cool season of autumn with the fresh and clear voices of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir. The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir is proud to announce their upcoming fall concerts as a part of their 40th Anniversary season and celebration. The Choir will perform the annual Harvest Concert on Friday and Saturday, November  9 and 10, at 7:30pm at First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne, downtown Fort Wayne.

The Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Youth Chorale, and Chamber Singers are performing for this evening of wonderful music. These choirs are comprised of singers ages 12-18 in the intermediate and advanced ensembles of the organization. The concert will include many Fort Wayne Children’s Choir commissioned works, including pieces from local composers Stephen Walley and Robert Hobby.

Tickets are available by calling the Larson  Box Office at IPFW at 260.481.6555 or logging onto Tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets are $8 for Adults, $5 for students and seniors.

For more information on the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, visit our website at, or contact Denice Beights, Executive Director, at 260.481.0841 or

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

THE NUTCRACKER Returns With More Muttcrackers, A Guest Artist, Fort Wayne Ballet's Talented Corps Of Dancers, and One Final Appearance Of Classic Stage Scenery

What: The Nutcracker
When: November 30 - December 9, 2012
Who: Fort Wayne Ballet
Where: Arts United Center
303 East Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne 
Cost: Group and individual performance ticket information is 
available by calling Arts United Center box office at

Fort Wayne, Indiana—Fort Wayne Ballet, northern Indiana’s oldest and premier academy and performance dance organization, opens the 2012 holiday season with its classical rendition of Tchaikovsky’s

The Nutcracker for nine (9) evening and matinee performances from November 30 through December 9, 2012. This year, the Ballet partners for the third year with Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control and continues its longtime collaboration with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, now featuring three weekend performances November 30 and December 1 with the Philharmonic, Sameer Patel, Assistant Conductor, and the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, Jonathan Busarow, Director, in musical accompaniment. All performances are held at Arts United Center, 303  East Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne. Performance dates and times are:

November 30 (Friday) @ 7 PM
* (with Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Children's Choir)

December 1 (Saturday) @ 2:30 PM and 8 PM
* (with Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Children's Choir)

December 2 (Sunday) @ 2:30 PM

December 4 (Tuesday) @ 7 PM

December 7 (Friday) @ 8 PM

December 8 (Saturday) @ 2:30 PM and 8 PM

December 9 (Sunday) @ 2:30 PM

Additionally, Act II will be performed at special In-Theatre performances, providing area schools, home school families and local social agencies an opportunity to experience the art of dance at reduced cost. The performances are supplemented by visits with the dancers who present docent materials and provide the students and visitors a Q&A about everything from costumes to the dance itself. Four In-Theatre performances bring the total number of performance to 13 in a brisk 10 day period.

Sugar Plum Parties will immediately follow all afternoon performances.  At the parties, children will enjoy sweets as they meet Clara and her friends. Get autographs and take pictures with select members of The Nutcracker cast.

Joining Fort Wayne Ballet for this year’s production will be guest artist Preston Swovelin, a Los Angeles native who has trained with the Pasadena Dance Theatre and Miami City Ballet with a full scholarship to study with Cynthia Young, Lawrence Blake and Edward Villella. He has most recently spent three years with Nevada Ballet Theatre and performing and choreographing in collaboration with Cirque Du Soliel. He is currently freelancing, appearing with companies around the world.

For more information on The Nutcracker performance visit 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

History Center's 27th Festival of Gingerbread Announces Special Events Schedule!

What: The Festival of Gingerbread
When: November, December, 2012 
Where: History Center
Cost: Various

The Festival of Gingerbread at the History Center kicks off its “special events” on November 21--Lighting Night

On Lighting Night visitors can get a sneak peek at the handiwork of creators from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is only $2 a person at the door for Lighting Night. At 6 p.m. the History Center’s turret will be lit with special holiday colors of red and green. 

Santa will also be present on Lighting Night!
A variety of special events will occur during the Festival of Gingerbread. Admission is $5 adults ages 19-58, $3 for seniors ages 59+ and students ages 3-18, and free to children age 2 and under. There is no extra charge for special activities or events unless indicated. 

Saturday, November 24, 1-3 pm, Create Your Own Ornament, $1 plus regular museum admission 

Sunday, November 25, 1-3 pm, Make a Holiday Greeting Card, $1 plus regular museum admission

Tuesday, November 27, 5-9 pm, Free Night sponsored by AEP Indiana-Michigan Power

Saturday, December 1, 1-3 pm, Visit with Santa Claus

Sunday, December 2, 1-3 pm, Holiday Story Telling
Saturday, December 8, 1-4 pm, Science of Sugary Structures sponsored by PNC Bank and Science Central, $3 plus regular museum admission
Sunday, December 9, 1-4 pm, Cookie Decorating Party, $1 plus regular museum admission 

Special holiday exhibits during the Festival include a Wolf and Dessauer display of animatronic characters, an exhibit of “A Christmas Carol” watercolors that once adorned the Patterson Fletcher Department Store; and a display of holiday photos from years past.

People visiting the museum will also have the opportunity to view the new exhibition gallery Allen County Innovation.

Hours during the Festival of Gingerbread: 
Monday -Thursday:  9 am-5 pm; 
Friday:  9 am - 8 pm; 
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm 
Sunday:  Noon - 5 pm. 
The History Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day. 

The History Center is located at 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana. For more information, visit, or call 260.426.2882.

Artlink Children's Activities & Workshops

What: Artlink Ongoing Kids Activities
When: November, December, 2012
Where: Artlink, Auer Center of Arts and Culture
300 E. Main St. Fort Wayne
Cost: Various
Contact: Deb Washler, Executive Director, 260-424-7195
email:; or Becky Stockert,

Artlink offers its first-ever LEGO Club for children ages 5 through 12 years. John Cheesebrew will lead the kids through awesome LEGO projects and help them learn new stuff about LEGO bricks. The Club meets monthly on the first Wednesday. Current schedule is November 7 and December 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per class. Artlink will provide LEGO bricks.
Kids’ Art Exploration continues every other Wednesday each month. Erin Patton-McFarren leads the children through project-based artistic learning experiences. Current schedule is October 24 and November 14, from 6 to 7 p.m
The project for these two classes is Picasso Portrait. Students will create a dynamic self-portrait or still-life and learn about Pablo Picasso. They will create glue line drawings the first week and color them with bright pastels during the second class. 
For the next two meeting days, December 5 and December 19, Students will make a Warhol Print. Inspired by Andy Warhol, students will create a multi-media piece by making multiple foam prints the first week and assembling them with color during the second class. Cost per project (2 Wednesdays) is $36. All art supplies will be provided.
Another new Artlink program for children is Drawing Club with Rebecca Stockert. Appropriate for ages 11 through 18; Stockert will guide youngsters through formal drawing exercises and techniques. All supplies are provided. Cost is $15 Drop-In or $60 Quarterly or $200 annual Membership.

Registration forms are available at or call Deb or Becky at 260-424-7195.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Trader Day At Chief Richardville House in Fort Wayne

I arrived at the Chief Richardville House a little after noon. The Trader Day event just started; taking place both inside the house and outside the house as well. Most of the hand-made crafts were inside the house. The crafts included beautifully made jewelry and feather hairpieces. There were also little dolls and colorful blankets decorating the house as well as a wonderful bake sale, silent auction baskets and a table of donations to K-12 Miami Indian students.

While at the event, I got to explore the different rooms of the house and got a chance to talk with some of the people running the bake sale who told me the history of the house.

The Chief Richardville House was built in 1827 and is the last treaty house in America. Just last year, the Chief Richardville House was made a National Landmark. You can also visit the History Center website to read more.

Outside the house, there were people making “buffalo” stew and fry bread. I learned that fry bread is a Navajo tradition and can be used for Indian tacos. Fry bread is a flat bread that resembles an elephant ear.

There was also a table with different jars of honey and flavored honey sticks/straws that could be used to stir into hot tea or eaten like sweet candy.

This event happens every year at the beginning of November. Trader Day was a great experience and I hope everyone will attend Trader Day next November!  

Original Post: 11/1/2012

On November 3rd - November 4th, there is an event called Trader Day taking place at Chief Richardville House.

"Vendors, craftsmen, and artists selling quality North American items including fine art gourd work, beading, carved wood pieces, corn husk dolls, Christmas ornaments, North American shields, jewelry, clothing, feather work, homemade baked goods and more."

The event is from 10 am - 5 pm on Saturday (Nov. 3rd) and 12 pm - 4 pm on Sunday (Nov. 4th). It's free and open to the public, so bring your family and friends!