Member Morning
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Member Morning

Start your weekend on the right foot with a visit to Artlink's Member Morning. Join us for inspiration and conversation. At Member Mornings, Artlink members have the opportunity to engage in conversation with local and regional exhibiting artists as well as Artlink's gallery staff. Each month will feature a special selection of coffee, tea and pastries from local favorites. 

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Figure Drawing
Jul
23
6:00 PM18:00

Figure Drawing

Artlink Figure Drawing is a weekly program that offers serious artists and students the opportunity to build a solid foundation in drawing the figure. To help artists practice, we offer long and short poses.

$3 per hour

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Figure Drawing
Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

Figure Drawing

Artlink Figure Drawing is a weekly program that offers serious artists and students the opportunity to build a solid foundation in drawing the figure. To help artists practice, we offer long and short poses.

$3 per hour

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Figure Drawing
Jul
30
6:00 PM18:00

Figure Drawing

Artlink Figure Drawing is a weekly program that offers serious artists and students the opportunity to build a solid foundation in drawing the figure. To help artists practice, we offer long and short poses.

$3 per hour

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Drawn Together
Aug
1
7:00 PM19:00

Drawn Together

  • Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits in the Tiger Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Drawn Together is a celebration of creativity and community. Each month, we bring artists and friends together to draw, sketch, doodle, and design. We'll bring the pencils and paper, just bring your imagination! 

Drawn Together is a free, all ages event for artists and non-artists alike! Join us for one of our upcoming events! 

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Encores: 40 Years of Artlink
Aug
10
5:00 PM17:00

Encores: 40 Years of Artlink

In August of 1978, Artlink Alternative Artspace was founded in an apartment on Broadway in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. A community of artists from all backgrounds gathered together around the mission to showcase new and emerging artists and art forms. Forty years later, Artlink continues to uphold the spirit of that original mission. Encores: 40 Years of Artlink will take viewers through Artlink's long and important history in the arts community.

In 1979, Artlink debuted Encores, a special exhibition of works by eleven practicing Fort Wayne artists that had previously exhibited that year. Encores: 40 Years of Artlink will feature forty influential artists on Artlink's history. These artists have served as founders of the organization, staff and directors, curators, teachers, and much more. Each participating artist has worked to keep Artlink's mission alive through their support and dedication to art in this community. Alongside these artists, a timeline of Artlink's history will emerge through historical documents, postcards, photographs, and newspaper articles from Artlink's archives.

As our arts community and city are in a state of change and immense growth, we hope this history will excite and inspire new generations to continue carrying the creative energy set in motion 40 years ago and further support the arts community in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Collaboratorium: Soft Sculptures
Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Collaboratorium: Soft Sculptures

This August, Collaboratorium will bring out your soft side. We'll be using a variety of fabrics and stuffing to collaborate on both large and small soft sculptures. This session will be led by Christina Connelly and Amber Kessler Freer, who are both experienced in working with fabric and soft sculptures. All tools and materials will be provided.

Free and open to anyone 18 years or older!

About Collaboratorium
Collaboratorium is a weekly artmaking session run by Italian Friend ArtRuckus that brings together artists, musicians, performers, and writers to create collaborative, improvised works in a wide range of mediums, including visual art, music, video, and performance art.
Collaboratorium sessions take place in a relaxed atmosphere that encourages participants to focus on the processes of collaboration, experimentation, and improvisation.

Brief History (2016-present)
Early in 2016, the artist collective Italian Friend ArtRuckus was formed in downtown Fort Wayne around the idea of creating a space for its founding members to come together and collaborate
in a improvised, freewheeling manner. What began as informal, occasional meetings soon grew into weekly artmaking sessions that included a greater number of artists, musicians, performers,
and writers. By the end of 2017, over 50 individuals from the Fort Wayne area and beyond had participated in this program, now officially known as Collaboratorium.

Since its inception nearly two years ago, Collaboratorium sessions have resulted in the creation of hundreds of artworks (drawings, paintings, books, sculptures, and more), and over 100 hours
of recorded music and performance art. In 2018, Italian Friend will continue Collaboratorium in their new headquarters with a more
ambitious structure. Each week’s session will have a planned focus on specific media, materials, and/or themes, while the key components of collaboration, experimentation, and improvisation will remain central. 

In addition, on the third Wednesday of each month, a public
Collaboratorium will be held at Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery for artists 18 years and older. These public sessions will be centered on the visual arts and will help Italian Friend share the collaborative ethos and techniques that they’ve developed in the past two years with a new population of artists.

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Drawn Together
Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

Drawn Together

  • Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits in the Tiger Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Drawn Together is a celebration of creativity and community. Each month, we bring artists and friends together to draw, sketch, doodle, and design. We'll bring the pencils and paper, just bring your imagination! 

Drawn Together is a free, all ages event for artists and non-artists alike! Join us for one of our upcoming events! 

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Member Morning
Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Member Morning

Start your weekend on the right foot with a visit to Artlink's Member Morning. Join us for inspiration and conversation. At Member Mornings, Artlink members have the opportunity to engage in conversation with local and regional exhibiting artists as well as Artlink's gallery staff. Each month will feature a special selection of coffee, tea and pastries from local favorites. 

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Opening Reception: Beltz, Kittaka & Swisher, Rothshank
Sep
21
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Beltz, Kittaka & Swisher, Rothshank

Join us for our opening reception on Friday, September 21 featuring exhibitions by artists Adam Beltz, Zack Kittaka and Jason Swisher, and Brooke Rothshank. Cash bar by our friends at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, And Spirits. This exhibition will be on view from September 21 - October 26, 2018. 

ADAM BELTZ
Adam Beltz is a self-taught artist born in Indiana. Growing up, he expressed himself through skateboarding, drawing, and painting. After high school he was invited to California by a skateboard brand as a sponsored rider. In his twenties Adam took an interest in the spiritual books of India and considered a life as a Sannyasi, a type of Hindu monk. He visited with Sannyasis and adopted a monastic existence of his own, living in an artist community where his time was dedicated to meditation and painting. His work at the time was highly influenced by the colors and imagery of India. He spent the next few years between India and London living either in or near an ashram. Adam currently works out of a studio in Indiana, where he makes stark pieces of mixed media that distill the ever changing characteristic of his surrounding environment with the monastic minimalism of his past. 

BROOKE ROTHSHANK
Brooke Rothshank is a Studio Artist from Goshen, Indiana. She and her husband Justin Rothshank, a potter, share a workspace in their their rural home studio. Brooke began painting dollhouse miniatures in 2007 using oil, acrylic and egg tempera after a scholarship to attend the International Guild of Miniature Artisans introduced her to 1/12 scale painting. Today, she is the parent of three kids under 10. Her current miniature work is primarily watercolor making it easy to start, stop and clean up during her morning studio hours. She enjoys quirky miniature commissions and collaborative projects. Her current collaboration with Justin is about abundance and invloves detailed paintings with underglaze on platters that Justin has made. 

Brooke’s work has been featured in both Miniature Collector and Dollhouse Miniatures magazines. She has exhibited work at the The Andy Warhol Museum, the Chicago International Miniature Show, the Penland Gallery & Visitors Center and the Midwest Museum of American Art. Brooke is a member of the International Guild of Miniature Artists where she has taught miniature painting and was awarded Fellow status as well as an independant study grant. She has been an instructor at Penland School of Crafts,Touchstone Center for Crafts and looks forward to teaching at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts this Summer. She has illustrated three children’s book for Herald Press. 

ZACK KITTAKA + JASON SWISHER
Zack Kittaka is a photographer and graphic designer based out of Fort Wayne, IN. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne, IN. His work focuses on slice of life documentary photography with the hopes of transporting the viewer to the moment captured in the photo.

Jason Swisher is a multidisciplinary graphic artist and photographer, born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, He currently operates his own commercial arts business by day, and enjoys building elaborate Hot Wheels tracks in the evenings with is son, while watching his daughter tear them down and eat them like Godzilla. He draws artistic inspiration from art history, outdoor adventures (nature or concrete based), sociology, street and documentary photography, sports and childhood nostalgia, rhythm & beats, and conversations with fellow artists.

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Drawn Together
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Drawn Together

  • Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits in the Tiger Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Drawn Together is a celebration of creativity and community. Each month, we bring artists and friends together to draw, sketch, doodle, and design. We'll bring the pencils and paper, just bring your imagination! 

Drawn Together is a free, all ages event for artists and non-artists alike! Join us for one of our upcoming events! 

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Member Morning
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Member Morning

Start your weekend on the right foot with a visit to Artlink's Member Morning. Join us for inspiration and conversation. At Member Mornings, Artlink members have the opportunity to engage in conversation with local and regional exhibiting artists as well as Artlink's gallery staff. Each month will feature a special selection of coffee, tea and pastries from local favorites. 

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Opening Reception: Kelvin Burzon, Sarah Holden, Shakespeare
Nov
2
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Kelvin Burzon, Sarah Holden, Shakespeare

KELVIN BURZON
Kelvin Burzon is a Filipino-American artist whose work explores intersections of sexuality, race, gender and religion. He was born on March 26, 1989, in Bataan, Philippines. As a child growing up in a Filipino culture, Burzon’s initial ambition was to become a Catholic Priest. “I have always been interested in the religion’s role in culture and familial relationships and have been drawn to the religion’s traditions, imagery, theatricality, and its psychological vestige.” His work is inspired by cerebral influences growing up in and around the church. “My cultural and familial identity, my memories as a child, can not be separated from the church. It was an integral part of what it means to be Filipino.”

Burzon recently received MFA degree from Indiana University's School of Art + Design where he developed his most recent bodies of work. There, he is a performing member of the African American Dance Company where he flourishes in a collaborative performance outlet. This outlet blossomed interests in critical race theory, photography’s role in people’s social identities, story telling, archival gaps and performance. He received his Bachelor's from Wabash College where he studied studio art and music. There, he became versed in painting, sculpture, ceramics and photography. He studied music history, violin and piano performance, vocal performance, as well as years of ethnomusicology. He studied abroad in Florence Italy where he was exposed to a variety of religious works by Renaissance masters as well as studying oil painting techniques. His immediate family migrated to Fort Wayne, IN where we graduated from North Side High School. He is currently an instructor of photography at the University of Cincinnati. 

Kelvin Burzon continues to push his work with inspirations from the past, recontextualized naratives and imagery of religion, paired with the never-ending stimulation and inspiration from the LGBTQ+ community. Burzon seeks to push the limits of his work by visually
redefining and creating a new narrative for himself and those like him.

SARAH HOLDEN
Sarah Holden is a studio artist and educator living in Chicago, IL. Sarah received her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a focus in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts/Material
Studies and Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sarah has presented as a visiting artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and taught as a Metals Instructor at Penland School of Crafts. Sarah exhibits her work nationally as in her recent inclusions in Betwixt & Between at Ball State University, Intersecting Boundaries at Clamplight Gallery in San Antonio, TX and WEAR/WARE at Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC. Sarah's work has also been exhibited internationally in WINDOW at the Mother Makers Gallery in Munich Germany and online in Appropriated Adornment, the most recent SNAG online juried exhibition. Sarah's work is held in several public and private collections including the collection of the Racine Art Museum and the Porter Price and Grubow Private Collections. Sarah currently teaches steel fabrication and metal forming at The Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center in Chicago, IL and creates one of a kind work and limited production studio jewelry in her Chicago studio. Sarah's sculpture and limited production jewelry can be found at galleries across the US.

ABOUT SHAKESPEAREMACHINE
Shakespearemachine produces accessible classical theatre with an emphasis on exploring the complete works of William Shakespeare, as well as the plays of his lesser-known Elizabethan and Jacobean contemporaries. They explore these plays as an ensemble through the innovative use of expressive mask, constructed actors, and object theater in order to bring new vitality and unusual perspectives to these timeless works. They also produce other select classical plays, pieces that are devised by the ensemble in a collaborative manner, and site-sympathetic, immersive pieces. The collective also dedicates itself to providing educational resources to the community at large about the work of William Shakespeare and about the beauty and human necessity of the theatre.

Shakespearemachine is a company in residence at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

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Drawn Together
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Drawn Together

  • Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits in the Tiger Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Drawn Together is a celebration of creativity and community. Each month, we bring artists and friends together to draw, sketch, doodle, and design. We'll bring the pencils and paper, just bring your imagination! 

Drawn Together is a free, all ages event for artists and non-artists alike! Join us for one of our upcoming events! 

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Member Morning
Nov
24
10:00 AM10:00

Member Morning

Start your weekend on the right foot with a visit to Artlink's Member Morning. Join us for inspiration and conversation. At Member Mornings, Artlink members have the opportunity to engage in conversation with local and regional exhibiting artists as well as Artlink's gallery staff. Each month will feature a special selection of coffee, tea and pastries from local favorites. 

View Event →
Drawn Together
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Drawn Together

  • Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits in the Tiger Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Drawn Together is a celebration of creativity and community. Each month, we bring artists and friends together to draw, sketch, doodle, and design. We'll bring the pencils and paper, just bring your imagination! 

Drawn Together is a free, all ages event for artists and non-artists alike! Join us for one of our upcoming events! 

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Figure Drawing
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Figure Drawing

Artlink Figure Drawing is a weekly program that offers serious artists and students the opportunity to build a solid foundation in drawing the figure. To help artists practice, we offer long and short poses.

$3 per hour

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Collaboratorium: Monotypes
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Collaboratorium: Monotypes

For the first time, Collaboratorium delves into the world of printmaking. This month, we'll be collaborating on monotypes (one-of-a-kind prints) using acrylic plates and inks, watercolors, and a variety of papers. This will be a great session for experimenting with different materials and techniques while collaborating with other artists. All supplies and materials will be provided.

Free and open to anyone 18 years or older!

About Collaboratorium
Collaboratorium is a weekly artmaking session run by Italian Friend ArtRuckus that brings together artists, musicians, performers, and writers to create collaborative, improvised works in a wide range of mediums, including visual art, music, video, and performance art.
Collaboratorium sessions take place in a relaxed atmosphere that encourages participants to focus on the processes of collaboration, experimentation, and improvisation.

Brief History (2016-present)
Early in 2016, the artist collective Italian Friend ArtRuckus was formed in downtown Fort Wayne around the idea of creating a space for its founding members to come together and collaborate
in a improvised, freewheeling manner. What began as informal, occasional meetings soon grew into weekly artmaking sessions that included a greater number of artists, musicians, performers,
and writers. By the end of 2017, over 50 individuals from the Fort Wayne area and beyond had participated in this program, now officially known as Collaboratorium.

Since its inception nearly two years ago, Collaboratorium sessions have resulted in the creation of hundreds of artworks (drawings, paintings, books, sculptures, and more), and over 100 hours
of recorded music and performance art. In 2018, Italian Friend will continue Collaboratorium in their new headquarters with a more
ambitious structure. Each week’s session will have a planned focus on specific media, materials, and/or themes, while the key components of collaboration, experimentation, and improvisation will remain central. 

In addition, on the third Wednesday of each month, a public
Collaboratorium will be held at Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery for artists 18 years and older. These public sessions will be centered on the visual arts and will help Italian Friend share the collaborative ethos and techniques that they’ve developed in the past two years with a new population of artists.

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