Four exhibits opening
What: Artlink Contemporary Gallery introduces four new exhibits — The Ninth Regional Exhibition; White to Bright: A Community Public Art Project; Photography by Seder Burns and Amy Schrieber; and the Boys and Girls Club Fort Wayne Art Show
When: Opening reception is 6-9 p.m. Friday. The exhibits run today through Jan. 16. The gallery's hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon-6 p.m. Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St.
Cost: Suggested $2 donation.
Artlink Contemporary Gallery is hosting a reception Friday night for four new exhibits that are opening.
The main show is the Ninth Regional Exhibition, a juried show for artists who live within a 100-mile radius of Fort Wayne.
Artists were invited to submit up to three images of two- or three-dimensional work in a variety of media, such as painting, photography, jewelry, sculpture or pottery. An artists panel juried the work, and Mark Ruschman, who is from the Indiana State Museum, was the award selector.
The three winners will be announced Friday night. Each will receive $500, and their work will be exhibited at Artlink in a show next year, with each receiving one-third of the exhibit space, said Deb Washler, executive director.
The 38 artists in the show are exhibiting 76 pieces. Some are for sale.
“We had so much fun doing this,” Washler said. This art installation actually began in August during the Taste of the Arts event. Artlink staff gathered furniture and painted it all white, and then used donated corrugated cardboard, also painted white, to create walls and a floor.
The installation was set up outside, and people attending Taste of the Arts were invited to purchase 50-cent sheets of colored shapes and dots to embellish the white room. People of all ages, including children, participated.
The installation was taken down and reassembled at the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire so more people could participate.
Now the community will be able to see the finished product. Washler estimated 300-500 people participated.
“We're going to be selling pieces off individually,” she said, adding there are some fun lamps, stools and chairs for sale.
Artlink also is opening a show in the Betty Fishman gallery featuring photography by Amy Schrieber and Seder Burns. Washler said Artlink did a call for that gallery about a year ago, and the artists panel selected the two artists, whose photography works well together. Schrieber's photography is in color; Burns' photographs are in black and white.
The fourth show, which is opening in a classroom, is the Boys & Girls Clubs Fort Wayne Art Show, featuring works from youths who go to the club.