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
Thursday - 10am-8pm
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.
May 11: Dyeing Demonstration with Amy Gunderson
Indianapolis-based Amy Gunderson, owner of Amy's Funky Fibers, joins us for the evening to teach you how to hand-dye your own scarf using an ice cube dyeing technique. The cost to participate is $39 and includes all materials plus your very own wearable creation to take home at the end of the evening, plus home finishing instructions. Reservations and pre-payment by May 4 is required. Please call Abby Leon at 260.422.6467 to make your reservation!
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.
September 14: New Work by Mary Pat Wallen
Wallen's blend of abstraction with the human figure, formed by uniquely textured natural materials in shimmering metals and earth hues, expresses her thoughts on what it is to be whole and in balance. This month, Wallen visits FWMoA with a selection of all-new work for sale.
She says, "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."
October 12: Woodburning Demonstration
Paradigm artists Bill Steffen and Fred Inman, known for their finely crafted wooden sculptures and vessels, will demonstrate wood burning with electricity, plus bring new work for a trunk show.
November 9: Artist Meet and Greet
FWMoA represents more than 75 local, regional, and national artists who create one-of-a-kind art and fine craft for sale in one of the most unique museum stores in the country, our very own Paradigm Gallery. Meet many of them at this special event designed to connect you with your favorite creatives to learn more about their artwork and inspirations.
December 14: Jewelry Showcase with Susan and Steven Shaikh
Our December tradition continues with the Annual Jewelry showcase with Susan and Steven Shaikh. Steven combines his knowledge of silversmithing and jewelry-making with Susan's love of gemstones to create their art. They include a mix of both contemporary and modern aesthetic while acknowledging and utilizing a traditional Indian style of jewelry.
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. 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.
I am a retired engineer with degrees from Defiance College and the University of Saint Francis. My interest in glass blowing started in 1997 through the adult education program at the Toledo Museum of Art. I continue to work with glass on a weekly basis at the Toledo museum and at a private studio near Swanton, Ohio.
Tim's passion for photography started as a childhood hobby. With the help and inspiration from his parents, Tim's love of photography began at an early age with his first ï¬lm camera. By the time he was twelve he had a darkroom, and his study of print making had begun. He learned the process of silver printing as well as numerous alternative processes. Following his dreams and polishing his craft for more than three decades, Tim has turned his passion into a livelihood.
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.
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.
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.
Joe Driver is a member of Fort Wayne Gem & Mineral Society, as well as the Angola Regional Artists' Guild. He has attended the Ilene Satala Art Collective and is a former active member of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Society. Joe studied Metalsmithing at the Fort Wayne Art School (now associated with IPFW).
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 Fellowship.
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.
"The Paredolia series is a meditation on the life cycle of the single function object. These beautifully designed machines were once the highest forms of technology. Soon their purpose will be completely obscured and they will disappear from the collective consciousness. I've depicted these devices using the colors of their times, building the design using four separate screens."
Diane Allen Groenert
I was born in San Diego on 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Magnet Wire.
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.
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. His work may be seen on the web at www.alanlarkin.net.
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 X-Files TV series and Newberry Award-winning books for children.
"consider the hand that will hold the handle"
"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."
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.
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 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
I see the artist as 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.
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.
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.
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.
I use an electric potter's wheel set 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.
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
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 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 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.
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 Steffen grew up in Indiana his entire life. His first experience with wood working was in high school.
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 Vetter
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.
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 believe, with in 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.
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 in 1984.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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