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In 2022, 2nd Thursday in the Paradigm Gallery will be moving to become an event that occurs every other month from 5-7:30pm beginning in February. This event is your opportunity to experience the fine art and craft from over 65 local and regional Paradigm artists in deeper ways. Each second Thursday will feature something new focused on our represented artists. Enjoy free admission, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar with friends.

2nd Thursdays in the Paradigm Gallery

June 9Glassblowing Demonstration with Matthew Paskiet
Matthew Paskiet, founder of Firenation Glass Studio and Gallery will be bringing his mobile hotshop to FWMoA to demonstrate the art of glass blowing. We will also be showcasing his work, along with other glass artists featured in the Paradigm Gallery. Matthew Paskiet is a Glass City native. He first studied glassblowing at The Toledo Museum of Art in 1993. In 1998, Matt continued his studies at the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State before moving onto the Fundacio Centre del Vidre in Barcelona, Italy in 2001. By assisting other reputable artists, including Chihuly’s Boathouse Studio Team in 1999-2000, Matt was able to further refine his skills. Returning to Ohio, Matt opened up Firenation Glass Studio and Gallery in 2002, where he has been blowing glass ever since. He currently resides in Holland, Ohio with his wife and two children.

August 11Plein Air Paint Out
Members of the Fort Wayne Artists Guild and Paradigm Gallery artists will be painting en plein air for the evening.  Artists will work in the Museum, outdoors, and up and down Main Street to create masterpieces on the spot for sale. One lucky visitor will have the chance to win $350 toward the purchase of one of the plein air paintings! Must be present to win.

Chief Curator Charles Shepard will be selecting the top 8 paintings for display in the FWMoA Atrium through August 28.

October 13Marco Bautista Weaving DemonstrationMarco Bautista is from a small town in Oaxaca, Mexico and has been a weaver for most of his life. He and his family’s weavings incorporate both traditional motifs and modern design to produce a variety of finished products including rugs, runners, tapestries, and handbags. He says, “The art of weaving has been passed down through the generations of my family for hundreds of years, and my parents began teaching me to prepare yarn and tie fringes when I was 9 years old. I started weaving around age 10 and was able to enroll in a local university and complete my engineering degree by working as a weaver. Today, I am still learning new, more complicated techniques, as well as how to use other types of looms. I am very passionate about weaving and sharing my culture and heritage with others.”

December 8
Steven and Susan Shaikhs Showcase

Ornaments aren’t just for the tree–deck yourself out with the stunning jewelry creations of Susan and Steven Shaikh. Their signature style of glittering gemstones set in sterling silver are found in both modern designs and others evoking traditional Indian motifs. Celebrate the season with the Shaikhs’ most inspiring designs!