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Paradigm Gallery at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art features unique art and fine craft from over 65 local, regional and national artists, including jewelry, wood turned objects, ceramics, hand-made apparel and accessories, all types of paintings, as well as photography and paper objects.
To ensure the safety of you and others in the Gallery, we are adhering to the following guidelines:
- A face mask is required.
- Please sanitize your hands before entering the gallery. Our team is taking the initiative to thoroughly clean high-traffic surface areas daily, but we ask that you help do your part since most of our items/artwork cannot be sanitized.
- We also ask that you continue to practice social distancing. Please stay at least six feet (about two arms’ length) from other people.
This program is currently on hold.
Join us for 2nd Thursday in the Paradigm Gallery from 5 – 7:30pm for your opportunity to experience the fine art and craft from over 65 local and regional Paradigm artists in deeper ways. Each second Thursday of the month will feature artist demonstrations, trunk shows, tastings and performances. Enjoy free admission, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar with friends.
Stay tuned for updates about this program.
Greg AdamsRead More
I have always been interested in art and woodworking. My great-great-great-grandfather was a cooper, making barrels for the whiskey he made in Western Pennsylvania. The succeeding generation migrated to Indiana and operated barrel-making factories. White oak trees were scouted and cut to produce barrel staves that were shipped to Cleveland where John Rockefeller shipped Kerosene in them.
J. Collin BrownRead More
Geometry is a universal language that I use along with the natural beauty of wood to see the wonders of creation. I am fascinated by geometry in nature such as crystalline structure, honeycombs, spiral growth of shells and especially the carbon-60 molecule aptly named Buckminsterfullerene.
I was fortunate to have a father who is a builder and had the patience to teach me. So I’ve had a passion for building things from a young age. From building forts and helping my dad as a kid to working as a carpenter and my main focus now of making geometric wooden lighting. Most of the pieces I make are based on the Platonic and Archimedean solids. They consist of anywhere between 12 and 180 pieces of wood all cut to precise angles and put together into these aesthetically pleasing geometric forms.
I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy making it!
Carol ButlerRead More
Carol graduated from the United States Navy basic training in 1968. After the Navy, she worked as an executive secretary for county government in Beaufort, South Carolina and for defense companies—ITT, Magnavox, and Raytheon here in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She served as the Executive Secretary to the President and CEO of the Magnavox Company before transferring to a volunteer career of public service and community involvement.
Emily CarterRead More
I have been crocheting since 2010 and knitting since late 2015. I was never crafty growing up, but after being taught by friends and co-workers I’m completely in love with it! There’s something wonderfully magical about taking a hook (or needles) and some yarn and transforming them into something both beautiful and useful. My favorite items to make are hats, wraps and fingerless gloves. I’ve recently gotten into designing my own knitted and crocheted goods. I am inspired by nature, particularly the warm colors of autumn and the cool pastels of spring. When I’m not knitting or crocheting, I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time with my family.
Austin CartwrightRead More
All art shares the same unique ability to freely express and completely capture purpose. It is its own purpose, with little to no effort. This quality in art opens the artist’s possibilities to an infinite range.
Jill Ellen ChambersRead More
When I was very young, I was given two gifts that have shaped me in ways that, I suppose, the givers would never have anticipated.
Jennifer CreightonRead More
I started working in clay during my senior year at Defiance College. After a year of AmeriCorps service, I apprenticed under Steve Smith at 4 Corners Gallery in Angola, Indiana. Since then, I have worked to create and fine-tune my personal line of handcrafted ceramic products. Using an oxygen-saturated electric kiln atmosphere and contrasting glazes, I feel I have produced a line of products that is simultaneously functional and beautiful.
Bob CrossRead More
Abstract painting is an oddly reflective discipline and one which can have a slow rate of maturity. While style, composition, scale, surface quality, and mysterious content are all important components of my work, I find that color is the most intriguing element. At birth, we comprehend the world purely through our senses, for months or years before we understand language. The presence of color remains a very pure archetypal, abstract experience, one we are able to embrace at a uniquely personal level without a formal cognitive rationale. When we look at a sunset, or the turning of fall leaves, or a Rothko painting, the joy of abundant color connects us to our own personal freedom. Through painting, I attempt to communicate the experience of freedom.
Rachelle DavisRead More
I have been interested in art and jewelry ever since I was little. I grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana and originally went to college there for mechanical engineering, and took metalsmithing classes as a hobby.
Monte EllsonRead More
Monte Ellson is truly one of America’s most skilled artists. Monte holds a degree in Drafting, Design & CAD and was an honor graduate. He had spent many years professionally in the drafting and engineering industry until his talent led him into the field of professional art. For more than two decades, Monte has been drawing Big City Skylines. He began to enter his drawings in art shows in 2003, and since then he has won dozens of awards, including 1st Place on several occasions. Some of the cities that have gained him great acclaim are Charleston SC, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Nashville, New York 9/11 Memorial, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Savannah, and San Diego.
Braydee EulissRead More
WORN is a jewelry line launched in 2014 by artist Braydee Euliss. Her sculpture background informs both the design and production processes.
Claire EwartRead More
I’ll never forget when my kindergarten teacher thumb-tacked my crayon drawing of a robin up on the classroom bulletin board. I’m sure I scuffed my penny loafers on the linoleum floor. I know that my cheeks burned with pride as she held my drawing in front of the class! No wonder that all these years later I am still drawing! Since first holding a crayon, my natural instinct has been to tell a story.
Helen FrostRead More
Helen Frost was born in Brookings, South Dakota, the fifth of ten children. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in English, with Philip Booth and W. D. Snodgrass among her teachers. She received her Masters’ degree in English from Indiana University in 1994. She is the recipient of a 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship.
Marcia GabetRead More
To me, glass is a thing of beauty with its vivid colors reflecting light like rare gems. I have immersed myself in the world of fused glass since 2008.
Tom GalliherRead More
Tom has been doing assignment and advertising photography since 1979 as the owner of Galliher Studio in Fort Wayne. His lifestyle photography has been sought out by national advertising agencies and corporations capturing awards throughout his career.
While enjoying the challenges and problem-solving nature of commercial photography, Tom is often provoked to create images outside the regiment of commercial photography. Images that would allow his imagination to express itself through simplicity giving rise to the extraordinary.
Sayaka GanzRead More
Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan, and grew up living in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. Currently, she teaches design and drawing courses at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).
John GeversRead More
Rooted in the Heartland of the United States, John is known both for capturing the splendor of the world and for revealing a person’s essence and spirit in portrait photography.
You may receive John Gevers’ free occasional email journal featuring behind-the-scenes views of his photography endeavors, as well as his musings on how photographic discovery affects the art of living. The journal entries speak to photographers of all levels, as well as to fans of art photography. Click here to subscribe.
Rebecca GravesRead More
Rebecca Graves’ background in graphic design, printmaking, and textiles is apparent in the carved surfaces of her ceramics. Her desire to create truly useful pottery is the direct result of years working in environmental and interior design.
Diane Allen GroenertRead More
I was born in San Diego in 1949 and traveled with my Navy family around the states and Japan until graduating from high school in Annandale, Va. I did three semesters at the University of New Hampshire in the Art Department, dropped out to hitch-hike the East Coast a bit, then came to Fort Wayne to go to the Division of General and Technical Studies at Indiana University, receiving an Associate Degree in Commercial Art in 1974.
Julie GuerinRead More
I am an art teacher and a painter but have recently realized my love for the serendipitous creation of new stuffed animals from old ones. I have always had a soft spot for stuffed animals, and now bringing new ones into this world for others to love brings me immense joy.
I first got the idea to make FrankenFuzzies when I was in college during my final project in textiles class. I originally made about 15 of them, which I enjoyed, but then thought nothing more of it. Nine years later I decided I would try making them again and found that I loved doing it. Everyone I showed my creations to was ecstatic about them and instantly drawn to one. I decided I should spread the love and create enough so that many people could connect with their own Fuzzy friends. I find gently used stuffed animals that no one wants anymore, clean them up, and swap their parts to give them a second chance at love.
There will never be two FrankenFuzzies that are exactly alike. They each have their own unique personality which speaks to me and my husband and so we try to give a glimpse of it through the name and the blurb on their tags. I love each and every one of my FrankenFuzzies, and I hope that you will too.
Amy GundersonRead More
Nuno felting is a new spin on an ancient art. It is produced by applying wool or other natural fibers into fine woven cloth. The wool is then worked into the cloth by applying soap, water, and lots of elbow grease. As the wool shrinks, it works its way into the cloth and creates a lovely crinkled effect. The result is a fabric that is unique, durable, flexible, warm, and light as air.
Gwen GutweinRead More
My paintings are individual interpretations of what I see and feel presented in front of me. My goal is to meld the visual subject matter with the mood, character and beauty I feel. This may require a particular temperature or value in my hues. It may also require an adjustment in my approach to paint application. None of this is established ahead of time. Each scene or subject matter requires me to open myself to what is before me and make it part of me. Only after this is accomplished can the process flow through my experience, my heart and into my hands.
Dawn HaneyRead More
Dawn Haney’s photography-inspired product lines include; note cards, fine art prints, glass art cutting boards, woven throws and tapestry tote bags. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art features many of her Fort Wayne landmark photography and design products in their gift shop.
Dawn England HarlessRead More
I have been an artist all of my life. While I know this sounds cliché, I think it is true. As far back as I can recall, I remember creatively organizing, transforming and redirecting.
Most of my career was spent working in 2D-graphic design and Realist paintings and drawings. I took an intro to glass workshop and was hooked. While it seems that there would be no connection to my previous work, glass has many similarities. Good design is good design-regardless of medium.
My glass studio-Shattered Dreamz Glass-utilizes traditional and contemporary techniques in fused and stained glass to create functional and non-functional fine art. I continue to learn and apply new techniques to create innovative work. I hope to draw a new audience to this centuries-old material.
Malinda HenningRead More
I loved the teeter-totter at my grandmother’s in Whitley County. Perhaps that might have been a hint that my life and art might be about balance. I studied at I.U. in Bloomington, Philadelphia College of Art and Purdue at IPFW. My main artistic influences were Robert Godfrey and Walter Ehrlbacher and crafting with my mother and Girl Scouts.
JUKKA HONZA StudioRead More
Jukka Honza Studio, (pronounced yoo-kuh hahn-zuh]) founded in early 2019 by artist/writer John Jack Cantey, is a small business based in downtown Fort Wayne that specializes in a wide range of handmade art objects, including original prints and collages, cards, books, magnets, and more.
Fred InmanRead More
I was born in 1955 and grew up in Huntertown, IN. I went to Huntertown Elementary & Carroll High School. I helped farmers around the area of bale hay. I worked for Phelps Dodge for 37 years & am still working for Rae Magnet Wire.
Rhonda InmanRead More
I was born in 1961, grew up in Huntertown and went to Huntertown & Perry Elementary, then Carroll High School. I’ve worked for Fort Wayne Newspapers for 34 years (+).
Ben KefferRead More
When I was five years old I started watching a show called McGee & Me. In the show, a boy draws a cartoon character named McGee which comes to life and teaches him valuable life lessons. I immediately started drawing in hopes that my drawings would come to life as well. Unfortunately, none of my work has ever come to life but I have never stopped pursuing art.
In 2015 I started Wandering Press as a means to provide people with an affordable way to acquire and enjoy handmade artwork and as a means to give back. I also knew I wanted to give back with my work which is why Wandering Press is committed to donating $1 from every item sold to providing clean drinking water for people in The Central African Republic through Water For Good.
Scott KilmerRead More
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t creating art. From my earliest memories of drawing childish images to every high school art class and eventually earning a BFA from Ball State University and 35 years of teaching art, my passion has never waned.
Ronia Marie KriegRead More
Ronia Marie loves art. She expresses her love of natural materials and color in practical ways. She makes wearable and usable art. She pours her soul into everything she creates. Her jewelry designs are fun and rich, while her Shibori-dyed scarves are intricate and intriguing. She works from her 100-year-old farmstead that she shares with her husband, seven sheep, one goat, two alpaca, a dozen chickens and one very lovable dog.
Alan LarkinRead More
Alan Larkin received his BA in Art from Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota in 1975 and his MFA in printmaking from the Pennsylvania State University in 1977. Though recently retired, he taught drawing and printmaking for almost forty years at Indiana University South Bend. He has won many prizes in regional, national and international competitions for his artwork, including the prestigious Founder’s Award in the 2016 Pastel 100 Competition sponsored by the Pastel Journal and the Best of Show Award at the 75th and 91st Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition in Indianapolis. His works are in numerous private collections including the corporate collections of Pillsbury, NIPSCO, and Lincoln Life Insurance Companies. View more of his work here.
Rick LiederRead More
Painter and photographer Rick Lieder’s art has appeared on award-winning novels ranging from mysteries and science fiction to books based on the X-Files TV series and Newberry Award-winning books for children.
Jan McCuneRead More
Creating a pendant engages not only my hands but my mind as I problem-solve design and construction issues. I love everything about creating pendants: from the initial design work, through the multitude of production steps, to the final polishing of the metal.
John MishlerRead More
Nationally renowned art sculptor John Mishler specializes in the use of common metals including aluminum, copper, steel and stainless steel to create both abstract and symbolic works of art.
Duly MitchellRead More
Crystalline Porcelain You’ll have to brush up on your physics and chemistry to fully understand the process by which Duly Mitchell creates his crystalline porcelain. But you only have to love classical refinement and perfection to appreciate his handsome vases and jars individualized by shimmering crystal wafers floating on translucent surfaces.
Karen MoriartyRead More
Karen Moriarty’s award-winning paintings are represented in galleries, group and solo shows, residential, medical and corporate collections throughout the country. Her large oils have dominated her last few years of work and recently she began working on metals. She maintains a studio in downtown Fort Wayne.
Classically trained, Moriarty majoring in painting at the Fort Wayne Art Institute before living in San Francisco for several years. Returning to Indiana, she worked in contract interior design, illustration and graphic arts and later studied at Indiana University with esteemed painters Audrey Ushenko and John Hrehov, before starting her painting practice.
Sara NordlingRead More
Sara Nordling has been involved in fiber art in many forms for most of her life; weaving, however, didn’t enter her life until she was an adult and she was hooked immediately. What began as a hobby turned into a passion and a return to school for a B.F.A. and then an M.F.A. in studio art/textiles. Sara enjoys the technical side of weaving as well as the color, textures and rhythms weaving provides.
Eran ParkRead More
Eran Park is the owner of the Glass Park in Fort Wayne, IN. He has been blowing glass since 1999. Eran has spent time learning and working with glass in Grants Pass, Oregon. With about 16 years of experience, Eran now owns his own studio where he creates ornamental glass and teaches others to do it, too.
Matthew J. PaskietRead More
I see the artist as a creator. We take raw material and transform it into objects that hold aesthetic significance, creating beauty from virtually nothing. Despite my critical eye, a sense of wonder emerges every time I cast my first gaze upon a finished piece. The object I hold in my hand today was nothing more than an idea and a pool of molten liquid yesterday.
Joe PelkaRead More
Handmade Ceramic Art Handmade ceramic art with an emphasis on form, design and color can best describe Pelka Ceramics, a husband and wife team. I, Joseph, am the sole designer and creator of ceramic art while Kathleen manages the business.
Stephen PerfectRead More
Stephen Michael Perfect is a photographic educator and studio owner whose teaching, lecturing and workshop experiences are varied and extensive, spanning a period of four decades.
During his photographic career, Stephen’s work has been widely exhibited for many years throughout the United States and abroad. His images are as varied as the techniques available to him, ranging from carbros, photographic intaglio embossings and small intimate landscapes printed on hand-sensitized watercolor paper to bold non-objective color abstracts and digital.
Joel PisowiczRead More
I make functional pottery. While my approach to ceramics is naturally rooted in utility, some elements of my work do stray from the basic definition of utilitarian. The pots I make are typically meant for use on a regular basis and I strive for my work to have a healthy balance between aesthetic and utility.
At this point in life, I am not making any huge claims through my pottery. I am focused on producing well-made and informed pots. I intend my pottery to reach and be appreciated by a wide audience, while also appealing specifically to an informed audience.
My forms draw inspiration from objects, structures and pottery that I find interesting and exciting. Industrial forms, various types of architecture, hardware, contemporary ceramics and historical pottery inform my studio practice. My goal is not to let a single one of these influences dominate my aesthetic, but to have a blend of elements that communicates a familiar yet elusive feeling to the viewer.
Terry PulleyRead More
Pulley’s career as a contemporary Hoosier Impressionist has made him a prolific creator of dynamically layered still lifes and landscapes inspired by the beauty of Northern Indiana. He has said that color, rhythmic patterns of light and shade fill his canvases. Not to be chained by the restrictions of realism, his focus has been more on his inward expression of a subject than trying to capture its exact representation.
With his new series of abstract paintings, Pulley continues to harness the power of showing us this unique inner world that yearns to express the essence of things. With acrylics, his medium of choice, this material is well suited to his style of rapid execution and penchant for bold, vibrant colors.
Audrey RileyRead More
I am interested in the concepts of chaos and order. Therefore, I find myself intrigued by the ways in which we humans try to order the chaos of our world through the use of language or numerals. I believe our desire to name and number everything stems from the need to feel that we are in control of our world, albeit illusory.
Ed RobertsRead More
Even at a young age, I have always been intrigued with the smallest of details and textures in glass, chrome and liquid. I have always studied the abstract shapes and colors that define rooms and objects collaged together which revealed my inspiration to paint photorealism.
Justin RothshankRead More
I use an electric potter’s wheelset upon a stand so that I can throw each of my ceramic pieces from a standing position. The handles on my mugs and pitchers are pulled by hand. My plates and bowls are trimmed by hand.
Britt SchmiesingRead More
I started drawing when I was 9. I shifted to knitting, sewing, stitching and crafting after my kids were born and my attention span shortened.
Peggy SchuningRead More
As a mixed media and mosaic artist, I enjoy uncovering a masterpiece in the broken, discarded, or unused pieces of daily life. My artwork is inspired by the hidden or modest splendor of the earth around me. Using slate, marble, stone, stained glass, ceramic tile, smalti, and other repurposed and found objects, I focus on the beauty of the element itself. I then strive to highlight its color, design, or other understated detail with relevant pieces. In my realistic work, the same materials can be used to produce a convincing representational piece.
Currently, I am captivated by the natural and subtle allure of slate, stone, and marble. It is quite breathtaking to discover and build a relationship with a piece and call attention to the textures and movement that can be observed. Much of my art is created out of assorted sizes of slate and marble previously utilized as roofing or flooring.
Steven & Susan ShaikhRead More
Our work is a representation of east meets west in concept. Coming from an Indian tradition of gemstone jewelry, we use architecture, art and cultures for inspiration. Our patron and the love we get are our driving force for our jewelry designs.
Steve SmithRead More
Steve Smith produces functional, decorative and sculptural works in clay, steel and stone. A graduate of Bluffton College with Masters Degrees from Bowling Green State University, he has taught at Defiance College since 1980.
Carol SpaidRead More
Carol Spaid began sewing as a child, first learning to quilt and then making clothing in her local 4-H program. As an adult, she continued to sew clothing for herself and her children and make crafts for gift giving.
Marcia SteereRead More
I think of myself, not as a poet or artist, but as one who responds to the beauty of color, and uses it to express feelings of love and loss.
Bill SteffenRead More
Bill Steffen grew up in Indiana his entire life. His first experience with woodworking was in high school.
Ralph StuckmanRead More
Ralph Stuckman was born on a farm near Bucyrus, Ohio. He has been highly influenced in the ceramic arts due to these early experiences with nature.
Paul Siefert & Lisa VetterRead More
The Art Farm is the home and studio of the husband/wife creative team of Lisa Vetter & Paul Siefert. They are best known for their found object functional art and jewelry. Their philosophy that life is art translates in the mixed media assemblages and jewelry they create for both love and money. They have spent much of the last 9 years restoring their 1860 farmhouse and studio building.
Vivasmith stands for the last names of its founders Deborah Vivas and Melissa Smith. It means forgers of life – adequate for the couple, as one carves her way with metals, while the other facets her way with gemstones.
Deborah is a multi-disciplinary designer with a background in architecture. She approaches her designs through order, color and form. Her current work displays a combination of metals, which she fuses like a painter mixes colors on a palette. Mild steel is her canvas, which gives each piece structure and definition. Fine gold, fine silver with hints of copper are her color choices.
Melissa is passionate about gemstones and approaches her faceting by bringing out the natural beauty of each stone. In some cases, she showcases the gems inclusions, which she believes adds beauty and character to the design.
Both Deborah and Melissa are dedicated to sustainability in their studio and believe that playful and interesting jewelry does not need to sacrifice elegance or ethics. Each piece can reflect a commitment to finding balance with the environment that provides our resources.
Mary Pat WallenRead More
I believe, within us all, there lies a strength that helps us to remain whole, intact and above all balanced. My wall pieces and sculptures are influenced by my own reflection of human struggles and the need to achieve balance. By stretching the legs and body, my figures depict the great lengths humans can be “stretched” yet still maintain the power to overcome the odds and achieve the near impossible.
The birds are present to sing a song of encouragement. Like the birds, we too can rise above our frail appearance, draw strengths from within and remain perfectly balanced in mid-air.
Deb WashlerRead More
I am a Midwest fiber artist. I have had a longtime love of fabric and thread. Drawings and images are created in a well worn orange sketchbook and a few others. My daughters have added their touch to a few of those sketches. The drawings are then created using thread.
Avon WatersRead More
I work in the tonalist tradition using oils, acrylic, and pastel. My work, mostly landscape, focuses on painting the atmosphere and air around the objects rather than the objects themselves. Trees, fence lines, and other land features –manmade or natural– become supporting characters or props in an effort to capture the mode of a particular time of day or night. By use of luscious colors and pearly greys, I seek to interpret nature into worlds others want to step into or inhabit.
Ted WeimerskirchRead More
James WilliamsRead More
Jim Williams was raised in Western Massachusetts, and, after receiving his A.S. degree in Nursing from Springfield College, he moved to New York City in 1984.
Jim WolnoskyRead More
I have been a professional artist for about 40 years, working almost exclusively in wood, creating fine art furniture, sculptures and mobiles. This stainless steel is new for me and gives me the opportunity to create objects that can be used inside as well as outdoors. Serendipity played a large role in this whole journey with stainless steel: I was browsing through a metal recycling center one day and found a roll of stainless steel ribbon. I instantly knew where I wanted to begin and had confidence I would end up someplace interesting. These mobiles and stabiles are where this journey has brought me so far.
Norman ZiolkowskiRead More
I first took an interest in making wood art nearly thirty years ago. I was employed as a wood pattern maker, a trade requiring skills now antiquated by CNC machining. (A wood pattern maker would fabricate precise, three-dimensional forms specified on engineering drawings). The distinct nature of my work at the time pointed me down a creative path.