The Paradigm Gallery at FWMoA
Shop the Paradigm Gallery at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art for fine craft and original art from 60 of the area’s artists and artisans. In Paradigm, you’ll find jewelry, cards, wood objects, ceramics, prints, photography, children’s items, original apparel, stained glass, and countless other unique, handcrafted items at all price points. FWMoA Members receive a discount on ALL purchases!
Greg AdamsRead More
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. The 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.
Norah Ruth AmstutzRead More
My work honors the inherent value and dignity of the feminine, seeing it as a vital pathway to more sustainable living. The feminine tendency to nurture and cultivate is an antidote to the aggressive and ravenous forms of power that order contemporary human hierarchies.
Marcos BautistaRead More
I have been a weaver for as long as I can remember. I am from a small town in Oaxaca, Mexico called Teotitlan del Valle, which was established by Zapotecs in 1465. In my hometown, weaving is our way of life, and our weavings are renowned and admired worldwide for their quality and beauty. My family and I incorporate both traditional motifs and modern designs into our weavings and produce a variety of finished products including rugs, runners, tapestries and handbags. 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 die 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.
Jennifer BeachyRead More
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.
Emily BollerRead More
Emily Boller grew up just outside of Fort Wayne on the same farm that was homesteaded by her pioneering relatives in the mid-1800s. In her teens, she talked her dad into letting her paint a mural on one of the sheds, which launched a mural business for many years. While majoring in Fine Arts at Purdue University, under the instruction of the late Professor Emeritus of Painting, Al Pounders, she found her voice in expressive painting. Read More
J. Collin BrownRead More
Geometry is a universal language that I use along with the natural beauty of wood to see the wonders of creation. I am fascinated by geometry in nature such as crystalline structure, honeycombs, spiral growth of shells and especially the carbon-60 molecule aptly named Buckminsterfullerene.
I was fortunate to have a father who is a builder and had the patience to teach me. So I’ve had a passion for building things from a young age. From building forts and helping my dad as a kid to working as a carpenter and my main focus now of making geometric wooden lighting. Most of the pieces I make are based on the Platonic and Archimedean solids. They consist of anywhere between 12 and 180 pieces of wood all cut to precise angles and put together into these aesthetically pleasing geometric forms.
I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy making it!
Pam BryanRead More
The history of greeting cards is very interesting and dates to the early Chinese and Egyptians. I remember the joy of creating my own handmade cards as a child. My Grandchildren also love making cards.
I am a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and a recently retired nurse who loves to create cards from stamps, ink and paper. Stampin’ Up inspires my creations with their quality products, allowing my ideas for designs and techniques to shine. I hope to inspire others to bring back the art of stamping and sending homemade cards, by sharing my joy.
Carol ButlerRead More
Carol graduated from the United States Navy basic training in 1968. After the Navy, she worked as an executive secretary for county government in Beaufort, South Carolina and for defense companies—ITT, Magnavox, and Raytheon here in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She served as the Executive Secretary to the President and CEO of the Magnavox Company before transferring to a volunteer career of public service and community involvement.
Austin CartwrightRead More
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 ChambersRead More
When I was very young, I was given two gifts that have shaped me in ways that, I suppose, the givers would never have anticipated.
Bob CrossRead More
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.
Kaylee DaltonRead More
My process involves making numerous watermedia paintings, paper drawings and encaustic monotypes. All are clipped or torn and assembled as collage creating layered abstractions with a hint of a landscape.
Rachelle DavisRead More
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.
Dale EnochsRead More
Based in Bloomington, Indiana, Enochs has spent his career developing unique sculptural techniques that incorporate both figurative and abstract forms in stone and metal. Numerous influences including the body, the natural world, and Eastern spirituality and culture emanate from his work. With his studio located in his backyard and his close proximity to Indiana’s rich limestone quarries, Enochs is never short of materials or inspiration. His limestone sculpture highlights the innate beauty and intricacy of a stone typically used for building. The myriad of delicate details enlivening their surface allows the natural hues of the stone to shine, from brilliant white to creamy yellow, drawing viewers in and instilling a sense of calm. Over the last 40 years, Enochs’ sculptures have found homes across the globe. His work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the FWMoA’s.
Braydee EulissRead More
WORN is a jewelry line launched in 2014 by artist Braydee Euliss. Her sculpture background informs both the design and production processes.
Claire EwartRead More
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 FrostRead More
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.
Tom GalliherRead More
Tom has been doing assignment and advertising photography since 1979 as the owner of Galliher Studio in Fort Wayne. His lifestyle photography has been sought out by national advertising agencies and corporations capturing awards throughout his career.
While enjoying the challenges and problem-solving nature of commercial photography, Tom is often provoked to create images outside the regiment of commercial photography. Images that would allow his imagination to express itself through simplicity giving rise to the extraordinary.
Sayaka GanzRead More
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).
Seth GreenRead More
Capturing clean lines and continuous curves that produce striking silhouettes, strong negative spaces, and distinct profiles around architecture, primarily drives my creative decision making in the studio. Symbolic details used in the creation of religious and royal architecture also influence my wheel-thrown and assembled ceramic vessels. Specific forms of inspiration are Baroque and Romanesque cathedrals, palaces, and other architectural references of Czech Republic and Islamic mosques, that are topped with domes, spires and finials that pierce the sky and reach heavenward. Read More
Kay GreggRead More
Kay Gregg’s work depicts the cool, linear, engineered structure of obsolete machines with the chaos of random patter which emphasizes the physical nature of human-to-machine interactions. Gregg explores the haunting nature of physical and intellectual obsolescence as motifs in relation to the idea of hyper-real artifice. Using non-digital reproduction techniques with simultaneous non-linear narratives, Gregg creates meditative environments which suggest the expansion of digital culture during the contraction of the mechanical age.
Diane Allen GroenertRead More
I was born in San Diego in 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.
Amy GundersonRead More
Nuno felting is a new spin on an ancient art. It is produced by applying wool or other natural fibers into 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.
Gwen GutweinRead More
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 England HarlessRead More
I have been an artist all of my life. While I know this sounds cliché, I think it is true. As far back as I can recall, I remember creatively organizing, transforming and redirecting.
Most of my career was spent working in 2D-graphic design and Realist paintings and drawings. I took an intro to glass workshop and was hooked. While it seems that there would be no connection to my previous work, glass has many similarities. Good design is good design-regardless of medium.
My glass studio-Shattered Dreamz Glass-utilizes traditional and contemporary techniques in fused and stained glass to create functional and non-functional fine art. I continue to learn and apply new techniques to create innovative work. I hope to draw a new audience to this centuries-old material.
Malinda HenningRead More
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.
John HornbergerRead More
I currently reside in Fort Wayne, where I was born and raised. I studied at the Fort Wayne Art Institute and Columbia College in Chicago. Photography has been a source of fascination and personal expression for me since, my first tiny contact print, made when I was around 15.
Currently my photographic expressions, which I label: “Photo-Collage”. Are created by utilizing my extensive catalogue of images, collected over the years. Using digital tools, I choose from my collection to crop, cut and recombine images to form new ones. There is a fluidity of movement and rhythm to the process, that I have come think of as a kind of “visual jazz”. As the images are moved, combined and layered I look for the combination that strikes a chord within me and then freeze the image in time, much the same as when one makes a photograph.
Fred InmanRead More
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 of bale hay. I worked for Phelps Dodge for 37 years & am still working for Rae Magnet Wire.
Rhonda InmanRead More
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 (+).
Ben KefferRead More
When I was five 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 handmade 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 donating $1 from every item sold to providing clean drinking water for people in The Central African Republic through Water For Good.
Mike KellyRead More
My paintings border on the edge of abstraction and representation. It is a journey of visual discovery where color is the primary focus and soul of the painting. Read More
John KeltyRead More
John Kelty is a professional artist who resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was born and raised in New Haven, Indiana as one of thirteen children. He attended the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, graduated with a degree in commercial art and went to work in the printing industry for the next twenty years.
John works exclusively in watercolor. He has exhibited work in many local shows and is a member of Artlink, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Fort Wayne Artists Guild. He is largely self-taught and paints in every minute of his spare time.
Scott KilmerRead More
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t creating art. From my earliest memories of drawing childish images to every high school art class and eventually earning a BFA from Ball State University and 35 years of teaching art, my passion has never waned.
Ronia Marie KriegRead More
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.
Don KruseRead More
In pre-industrial traditional societies, everything was made by hand, by craftsmen and women. In those times art was the means by which the mind of man flowered into consciousness. It provided the symbols and rituals through which man and his community made contact with the infinite reality as it is witnessed existing behind the process of history and nature.
Rick LiederRead More
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.
George MachartRead More
Glass is a magical substance that captivated me from a young age. From finding antique bottles in a creek to bending glass tubes over a flame in my chemistry sets as a young boy. The antique art glass that I saw in the 70’s when my parents owned an antique store got me into being the craftsman I am today. The joy of formulating my own colours & shapes in such a medium is challenging and fulfilling. I work in a studio I built myself including all of my equipment.
D.N. MasonRead More
I grew up in Oberlin, Ohio, and pursued degrees in Business and in Black Studies/African Art Aesthetics at Amherst College, in New England. While my business pursuits took me to NASA to develop technology, I never stopped thinking about those African textiles. Although I trained as more of an art historian, a few years later I taught myself to paint on a computer. Digital, to me, was the future platform for art and I wanted to work with the newest art creating technology tools. And so, it began….
As an artist, I am obsessed with confronting and interrogating humanity’s evolving relationship with computers. Each of my works stands as a proof that we, humans can extract art from a computer without ceding artistic control to one.
The themes I touch on are urban and technological. My cultural expressions pay homage to African aesthetics as well as to the modern city aesthetic, its energetic and geometric style that punctuates so many of our urban centers today. I was voted a best emerging artist award winner in 2008’s Chicago Art Open. In 2009, I won a First Prize in an international poster design contest organized by The Olympia F.U.N. Co-op. Today, my work is used in eLearning platforms and is widely viewed on social media.
Jan McCuneRead More
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.
Karen MoriartyRead More
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.
George MorrisonRead More
My background in architecture influences my exploration of form, volume, space and material.
Whether functional or non-functional, I attempt to display truthful representations of the unique characteristics of the incorporated materials.
When working with clay I appreciate its ability to become a static record of how it was manipulated in its fluid state.
Sara NordlingRead More
Sara Nordling has been involved in fiber art in many forms for most of her life; weaving, however, didn’t enter her life until she was an adult and she was hooked immediately. What began as a hobby turned into a passion and a return to school for a B.F.A. and then an M.F.A. in studio art/textiles. Sara enjoys the technical side of weaving as well as the color, textures and rhythms weaving provides.
Ales PancnerRead More
Ales Pancner is a full-time artist living in Indiana. He was born in Europe and studied at LSU under professor Rudolf Kubicek, followed by additional private studies under Academy professor Pavel Vavrys. Ales received an art degree at Belohorska Art School in Prague. He was winner of the prestigious UNESCO art competition in Paris 1989 and the Pinacoteca De Estrado in San Pablo – Brazil.
Eran ParkRead More
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. PaskietRead More
I see the artist as a 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.
Joe PelkaRead More
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 ceramic art while Kathleen manages the business.
Stephen PerfectRead More
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.
Joel PisowiczRead More
I make functional pottery. While my approach to ceramics is naturally rooted in utility, some elements of my work do stray from the basic definition of utilitarian. The pots I make are typically meant for use on a regular basis and I strive for my work to have a healthy balance between aesthetic and utility.
At this point in life, I am not making any huge claims through my pottery. I am focused on producing well-made and informed pots. I intend my pottery to reach and be appreciated by a wide audience, while also appealing specifically to an informed audience.
My forms draw inspiration from objects, structures and pottery that I find interesting and exciting. Industrial forms, various types of architecture, hardware, contemporary ceramics and historical pottery inform my studio practice. My goal is not to let a single one of these influences dominate my aesthetic, but to have a blend of elements that communicates a familiar yet elusive feeling to the viewer.
Audrey RileyRead More
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.
Justin RothshankRead More
I use an electric potter’s wheelset 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.
Peggy SchuningRead More
As a mixed media and mosaic artist, I enjoy uncovering a masterpiece in the broken, discarded, or unused pieces of daily life. My artwork is inspired by the hidden or modest splendor of the earth around me. Using slate, marble, stone, stained glass, ceramic tile, smalti, and other repurposed and found objects, I focus on the beauty of the element itself. I then strive to highlight its color, design, or other understated detail with relevant pieces. In my realistic work, the same materials can be used to produce a convincing representational piece.
Currently, I am captivated by the natural and subtle allure of slate, stone, and marble. It is quite breathtaking to discover and build a relationship with a piece and call attention to the textures and movement that can be observed. Much of my art is created out of assorted sizes of slate and marble previously utilized as roofing or flooring.
Steven & Susan ShaikhRead More
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.
Sloane Jewelry DesignRead More
Sloane Jewelry Design is made in Indianapolis, Indiana by husband and wife team Sloane and Andres Hijar. Our jewelry begins with sterling silver and 14k gold filled wire that is cut, shaped, soldered and finished in our home studio. Each design is dainty and versatile, and we only utilize materials that withstand daily wear.
Marcia SteereRead More
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 SteffenRead More
Bill Steffen grew up in Indiana his entire life. His first experience with woodworking was in high school.
Ralph StuckmanRead More
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.
Hugh SymeRead More
Born- Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
Early Education- in the Niagara-On-The Lake Region
High School (grammar school) in Sutherland UK
2 years at The New York School of Art in Toronto
3 years at York University Fine Arts Program
It’s pretty evident that I tend to live in an “improbable reality.” I do enjoy creating images, that while plausible, are unlikely. To evoke a reaction is the intent. Whimsical, unsettling, enigmatic, silly, melancholic, uplifting…and hopefully (a little bit) profound. As both a traditional painter and a digital artist, I endeavor to bring those disciplines into play when producing my images…whether my 40 plus years as an album cover artist or for my own personal/gallery artworks.
Lindsay TullRead More
Paul Siefert & Lisa VetterRead More
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.
Vivasmith stands for the last names of its founders Deborah Vivas and Melissa Smith. It means forgers of life – adequate for the couple, as one carves her way with metals, while the other facets her way with gemstones.
Deborah is a multi-disciplinary designer with a background in architecture. She approaches her designs through order, color and form. Her current work displays a combination of metals, which she fuses like a painter mixes colors on a palette. Mild steel is her canvas, which gives each piece structure and definition. Fine gold, fine silver with hints of copper are her color choices.
Melissa is passionate about gemstones and approaches her faceting by bringing out the natural beauty of each stone. In some cases, she showcases the gems inclusions, which she believes adds beauty and character to the design.
Both Deborah and Melissa are dedicated to sustainability in their studio and believe that playful and interesting jewelry does not need to sacrifice elegance or ethics. Each piece can reflect a commitment to finding balance with the environment that provides our resources.
Mary Pat WallenRead More
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.
Avon WatersRead More
I work in the tonalist tradition using oils, acrylic, and pastel. My work, mostly landscape, focuses on painting the atmosphere and air around the objects rather than the objects themselves. Trees, fence lines, and other land features –manmade or natural– become supporting characters or props in an effort to capture the mode of a particular time of day or night. By use of luscious colors and pearly greys, I seek to interpret nature into worlds others want to step into or inhabit.
Ted WeimerskirchRead More
James WilliamsRead More
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.
Jim WolnoskyRead More
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 someplace interesting. These mobiles and stabiles are where this journey has brought me so far.