Shop the Paradigm Gallery for unique art and fine craft from over 75 local, regional, and national artists. At the Paradigm Gallery, we feature jewelry, woodturned objects, ceramics, hand-made apparel and accessories, all types of paintings, as well as photography and paper and origami objects.
Tuesday - Saturday 10am-6pm
Join us for 2nd Thursday in the Paradigm Gallery, your opportunity to experience the fine art and craft from over 75 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, edibles and a cash bar with friends.
March 9: Color with Rebecca Graves
The multi-talented Rebecca Graves lends us her talents with custom coloring pages for a night of coloring for kids AND adults! An accomplished ceramicist, Rebecca has a thriving coloring book business, creating whimsical opportunities for the artist in all of us to unwind through the nostalgic act of coloring. Enter your completed coloring pages in a contest to win a unique Paradigm prize pack!
April 13: Egg-Stravaganza
We asked our Paradigm artists to create custom and one-of-a-kind Easter eggs like you've never seen before, all for sale and ready for your Easter tree.
May 11: Dyeing Demonstration with Amy Gunderson
Indianapolis-based Amy Gunderson, owner of Amy's Funky Fibers, joins us for the evening to demonstrate the various techniques she uses to create her brilliantly colored wearables.
June 8: Make a Pair of Earrings with Ronia Krieg
Be a jewelry artist for a day! One of our best-loved jewelry designers, Ronia Krieg, will bring beads for you to select and purchase, guiding you through the design process. Krieg will do the finishing at her home studio, returning with a unique set of earrings designed by you.
July 13: Glassblowing Demonstration with Eran Park
Celebrate the Summer of Glass with this annual favorite! Fort Wayne glass artist Eran Park will demonstrate live the time-honored techniques of glassblowing with his modern day influences.
August 10: Glassblowing Demonstration and Trunk Show
Celebrate the Summer of Glass with more of the well-loved glassblowing demonstrations with Fort Wayne glass artist Eran Park, and a trunk show of Mike Brumbaugh's and Matthew Paskiet's gorgeous glass sculptures. Sponsored by Waiter on the Way.
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 Chambers
About the Art
When very young, I was given two gifts that have shaped me in ways that, I
suppose, the givers would never have anticipated.
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.
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 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.
WORN is a jewelry line launched in 2014 by artist Braydee Euliss. Her sculpture
background informs both design and production processes.
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 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
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.
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).
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.
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 Groenert
What is Nuno felt? Nuno felting is a new spin on an ancient art. It is
produced by applying wool or other natural fibers into a 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.
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 bale
hay. I worked for Phelps Dodge for 37 years & am still working for Rae
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 (+).
"When I was 5 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 hand made 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 donated $1 from every item sold to providing clean drinking water for people in The Central African Republic through Water For Good.”
Ronia Marie Krieg
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.
Also known as "the Paper Ninja", Lee creates enchanting paper creations, including delicate ornaments and fantastic hanging mobiles.
Painter and photographer Rick Lieder’s art has appeared on award-winning
novels ranging from mysteries and science fiction, to books based on the XFiles
TV series and Newberry Award-winning books for children.
“consider the hand that will hold the handle”
Nationally renowned art sculptor John Mishler specializes in the
use of the common metals including aluminum, copper, steel and
stainless steel to create both abstract and symbolic works of art.
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
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.
This book is meant to take parents and children to a magical place where
each instrument has a personality and sings some of the world’s most
beautiful music. I have included both narrated and non-narrated versions on
the CD so that you, the parent have the option to be the star and bring this
story to life for your children.
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. Paskiet
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 the ceramic art while Kathleen manages the business.
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.
Janice B. Reifsnider
Resides in New Haven, IN and comes from a family of artists. Her mother was a
painter and her father a woodcrafter. One brother was an architect, another brother
is a glass artist and art professor, and a 2nd half-cousin was the famous Indiana
artist Wayman Adams.
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.
Since my retirement in early 2008, i have had time to think more deeply
about my affection/fondness for this marvelous symbol of Eternity. The one
thing the simple Mobius Band in paper resembles most closely is the symbol
for Infinity; a figure-8 laid on its side. My affection for “8s” predates my
fondness for the Mobius Band, but that is another story.
I use an electric potter's wheel set upon a stand so that I can throw each of my ceramic pieves from a standing position. The handles on my mugs and pitchers are pulled by hand. My plates and bowls are trimmed by hand.
Jason Rowland is a self taught artist from Winona Lake, Indiana. He paints in a contemporary pop style using mostly hand drawn hand cut multi layer stencils and spray paint. Influenced by the comics,cartoons, and skateboard culture of the 80's and 90's. Jason has shown locally, nationally, and internationally. In his spare time he enjoys jogging, spending time with his family, and researching alien conspiracies. He has two dogs.
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.
Steven & Susan Shaikh
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.
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.
Paul Siefert & Lisa Vetter
My work is a culmination of experiences both past and present that come
together to make up who I am. Growth, transformation, and change are at
the basis of all my work. I study plants and animals native to a place and
time I am referencing in my pieces in order to narrate a specific experience or
change in my life.
Mary Pat Wallen
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 in thread which are displayed here. Portraits have been another exploration in thread. A few of those works can be seen. Enjoy!
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
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 some place interesting. These mobiles and stabiles are where this journey has brought me so far.
The Paradigm Gallery accepts submissions from professional artists who wish to bring their artwork to our consideration for possible sales representation through the Gallery. If you would like to submit your artwork for consideration, please email your artist resume/CV and 3-5 digital images to Abby Leon, Paradigm Gallery Director, email@example.com.
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