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The Art of Fort Wayne: Meet The Artists

by Alayne Johnson, Gallery Coordinator | Jan 23, 2018

The Art of Fort Wayne is a collaborate exhibit featuring 40+ artists from the area. From graphic design to photography, oil paint to acrylics, you’ll find a wide variety of mediums used to create works of art celebrating the city of Fort Wayne!

This exhibit will be on display in the Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery at the Main Library until February 25, 2018.

The awards given for this exhibit are as follows:

1st place – Jerry Etnier – Photography – “Fort Wayne’s Famous”

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2nd place – Coleman Geiger – Adobe Illustrator – “City of Fort Wayne”

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3rd place – Joel Fremion – Fabric Collage – “City Utilities Park”

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Judge's Choice (3 total)

 

Katherine Rohrbacher – Oil on Wood – “Johnny”

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Brian Sirois – Photography – “Embassy through the Eyes of Grand Wayne”

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Sharmalene Gunawardena – Photography – “Wells Street Bridge”

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Below is a list of a few featured artists as well as some additional images of the exhibit!

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Bryan Ballinger:

Bryan is an Indiana photographer and illustrator, as well as a professor of Digital Media Arts at Huntington University in Indiana. He enjoys shooting local architecture, Indiana landscapes, and dogs. Bryan also does illustration for children’s books, websites, games, videos, ads, etc.

Website: http://www.breadwig.com

Email: bryan@breadwig.com

 

Jerry Etnier:

I'm the owner of Images by Jerry photography. I enjoy all types of photography: wedding, portrait, action, and special events. I prefer to do very little Photoshop modifications to my photos. I visualize the photograph and capture it in the camera.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imagesbyjerry

Contact:  260-704-8018


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Joel Fremion:

Joel is trained in Architectural/Interior Design but with a strong Fine Arts background including: painting, printmaking, ceramics, stained glass, metal-smithing, furniture design and art history. His self-taught technique evolved out of his frustration with finishing paintings and his family's long history in the fabric industry. He describes his collages as small building projects.

Email: joelfremion@yahoo.com   

Website: fremionart.com

 

Coleman Geiger:

 

I am a junior at the University of Saint Francis, majoring in Graphic Design with concentrations in illustration and web design. This piece was part of the "city poster" series I've been working on. This is a project where I sum up a city’s historical importance based on culture, monuments, and buildings with an illustration. Fort Wayne was the first one in the series because it's the most dearest to me. 

Social media: @geigerdesign

Contact: (260)-797-3171

Email: cmgeiger96@gmail.com

 

Diane Allen Groenert:

My favorite thing to paint is Historic Buildings Housing Local Owner Owned Businesses.  I've been doing a series of painting about Fort Wayne since 1999.  I attempt to infuse them with the personality of the owner by using color, line and perspective.  Some are more animated than others.

Website: DAGROENERT.COM

West Central Studio:  260-420-4717

 

Sharmalene Gunawardena:

I am a creative story- teller. I believe that photographing the beauty that surrounds us is a meaningful way to express myself. Come follow my journey!

Website: www.sharmalene.weebly.com

Email: sharmalene.photo@gmail.com

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Lynn Harlow:

My piece was inspired by Anthony Cross' poem about a cat he saw one night while walking along the historic belt line. The illustration is rather whimsical for my work. The structures are warped to represent a strong imagination that Anthony still has even in his adult age. The focus is on a small cat, which he projects his wants onto.

As for myself, generally my art is entirely self-focused. In this case the piece is not at all about me and instead my perception about Anthony and this light hearted work of his. Website: http://thoughtparadigm.tumblr.com/

Email: s.l.e.harlow@gmail.com

Anthony’s contact: 260-310-7123

Anthony’s email: dravenr2190@hotmail.com

 

Karen Harvey:

I was born and grew up in a small city in upstate New York. With a move to the mid-west (Fort Wayne) and becoming empty nesters I renewed my interest in art. I have come to enjoy oil painting, sketching and a bit of watercolor.  I love God’s ever-changing landscapes and find myself often out viewing those for new ideas. Life is good, one day at a time, for as long as He gives. The Art Guild has been a source of growth as an artist and with it came the ability to meet many wonderful people both in and out of the field of art.

Email: karen@theharveys.org

 

John C. Kelty:

John is a local artist working exclusively in watercolor. In the studio, as well as plein air, he brings his vision of small town and urban landscape to the viewer. Street scenes that we all consider every day and mundane are transformed into images that convey the beauty and atmosphere that exists all around us.

Website: Johnckelty.com

Email: jckwatercolors@gmail.com

Contact: 260-415-9251

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Nicholas J. Klein:

Nicholas Klein is a local Fort Wayne artist specializing in photography, but he also works in video, graphic design, and web design. A graduate of IPFW with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, Concentration Photography as well as an Associates Degree in Business. His business, Nicholas J Photography, was founded in 2013 and specializes in local small business marketing productions, from websites and corporate videos to product photography and design. His personal photography works are focused on landscape, travel, and aerial photography.

Website: www.nicholasjphotography.com

Email: nick@nicholasjphotography.com

Contact: 260-348-4729

 

Bonnie Manning:

My mission is to capture the tranquility in everyday life with an eye toward the whimsical.  It is my hope that the viewer takes a moment to stop and refresh the mind and spirit with this sense of tranquility.  It is then that we gather ourselves up to do the daily tasks we know we must do with renewed energy. I am a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne, graduate of The University of Saint Francis with a B.S. Art/Education, and owner of B.T. Manning Photography.


Darlene Selzer-Miller:

I have enjoyed painting and sketching as far back as I can remember and spent most of my artistic career in the graphic design industry. I was born, raised and educated in the area, enjoying oil, graphite and ink as a medium and landscapes and portraits as a subject. You will see a number of my landscape paintings and drawings of the farms and countryside surrounding Fort Wayne.

Email: dsmiller7123@hotmail.com


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Alison Resac:

Alison is a conceptual photographer who captures photos in a youthful and gritty way. The French Saucisse explains that she "dusts off” her taboo subjects to make them beautiful, attractive and interesting."

Website: http://www.alisonresac.com

Instagram: @alisonresacphoto (http://instagram.com/alisonresacphoto)

Facebook: @alisonresacphoto (https://www.facebook.com/alisonresacphoto/)

Email: alisonresac@gmail.com

 

Brian Michael Sirois: 

I capture moments of time and parts of an adventure, each portraying a point of interest along life’s travels. Instead of merely focusing on the "destination," I look at all three parts of a journey: Embark, Travel, and Arrive. This ETA tells us that every part of life is equally worthy of our observation.

Website: www.studiosirois.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/BrianMichaelSiroisPhotography

E-mail: studiosirois@gmail.com

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Charles Sizemore:

My name is Charles Sizemore –Simmers. I was born in London, raised in Boston, and after my parents passed when I was very young, moved to New Haven, Indiana. I started painting when I was 32, 16 years ago, when I was recuperating from a fall that left me disable. I live with my best friend in the world and 3 cats. Painting is my therapy.

 

Samantha Smith:

I am an educator by day and a photographer always, specifically an outdoor nature photographer. Not everyone in our great city gets the opportunity to travel; it is my goal as an artist to capture both the beautiful, mysterious, and sometimes scary parts of our earth. My overall goal is to work for National Geographic and travel the world to preserve even more of our earth's beauty and wonder. 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSSPhotography
Instagram: Samantha.S.Smith.Photography

 

Eunice Sully:

The art quilt brings together my love of fabric, color and art.  The tactile feel of the fabric along with movement that can be made with a cut and a seam excite my creative spirit. The stitches become the added brush strokes that give additional movement and depth. My hope is that the viewer will see fabric as a wonderful art form.

 

Anita Trick:

My artistic goal is to capture the excitement that I feel when I look at a fresh snowfall, a brilliant fall leaf, an unusual structure, or a spectacular sunset.  I am an avid photographer and use my photos as references for most of my paintings; however, I do paint en plein aire occasionally. I enjoy painting in oils, pastels, watercolors and acrylics.  My paintings are an attempt to celebrate the beauty of what I see around me, both in what man and in what God has created.

Contact: tricksunflower@frontier.com

Website: www.angelhavenstudio.com

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