There’s an old joke about not knowing much about art— but, “I know what I like.” Sound familiar?
Knowing what you like makes it easier to select art galleries that will have the most attraction for your style of art appreciation. Like architecture? Check out older museums that, in themselves, are structural rarities.
Even if you feel you don’t know anything about art, you’d probably instantly recognize Van Gogh’s famous “Starry, Starry Night,” Grant Wood’s “American Gothic,” Thomas Kinkade’s “Hometown Christmas Memories,” Norman Rockwell’s nostalgic paintings and Saturday Evening Post’s covers and Grandma Moses’ sentimental “Winter Twilight” and other snow scenes.
If you enjoy items in unusual mediums—such as leather, steel, plastic, horsehair, junk, etc.—look for a facility that showcases offbeat artwork. Most art museums offer both contemporary and realistic works.
Famed in Frames
Do you love Georges Seurat’s “Sunday on La Grande Jatte Island” and his Pointillism or Monet and Renoir for their soft Impressionistic works (“Water Lilies,” “Dance at the Moulin de la Galette”)? Or, perhaps you have a fondness for Picasso’s art, such as his creative “Don Quixote” or “Guernica.” Or, how about Dali’s famous “Melting Watch” paintings?
Both August Rodin’s famed “The Thinker” and Fredric Remington’s “Bronco Buster 1” are easily distinguished sculptures, and Remington also won fame as a noted painter of the Wild West. Check out his paintings online—you can also see his sculptures and paintings in finer tack shops as well as in quality gift shops and art museums.
Get Familiar… and find your fave
Most art museums can familiarize you with the different types of art, including exhibits of media such as drawing, printing, textiles, glass, photography, sculpture, ceramics, woodwork, oil paints, tempura, bronze, marble and much more.
It’s a big world out there. Get thee to a museum and enjoy the works of talented artists of yesterday and today—from hugely famous to up-and-coming local gems.
Below is a partial list of area art galleries. Many more can be found online. In addition to featuring gallery events by selected artists, some galleries also offer classes in a variety of mediums including painting, ceramics, sculpture, weaving, mosaics, photography and more. Check their websites for hours and be aware that many are closed on Mondays.
300 E. Main St., Fort Wayne;
Offers community-supported art, artists on the plaza, artist talks and more—and get ready for the Indiana Bicentennial Exhibit from Sept. 9 to Oct. 12. This is an invitational exhibit featuring 200 Indiana artists with statewide celebrations of Hoosierdom.
1202 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne;
Architectural fans will marvel at the 1905-constructed castle, built in the Richardson Romanesque style and is on the Register of Historic Places. Note there is no admission fee.
Crestwoods Frame Shop and Gallery
314 Main St., Roanoke;
Offers digital printing, custom framing and photo restoration and retouching; their large format printer can enlarge images up to 44 x 55 and can be done on a variety of media, including canvas, vinyl and more—and check with them about upcoming exhibits for fall.
1324 Main St., Auburn;
Features original art of more than 35 local artists. Gallery displays sculptures, Fiber arts, pottery, paintings, photography, jewelry, drawing and more. Custom framing, art supplies and classes also available.
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne;
This crème de la crème of area museums offers a free monthly tour program for people diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease; a monthly 2nd Thursday in the Paradigm Gallery where artist demos, trunk shows, tastings and performances are available, as well as many other programs, exhibits and activities.
336 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne;
Specializes in custom picture framing in, “very, very precise detail,” according to founder and president Charley Shirmeyer; also showcases local artists as well as abstract and impressionistic painters and contemporary and analog photographers.
Omni Art Design
6233 Shady Creek Court, Fort
Internet presence of local artist
Dianna Thornhill Miller, internationally- commissioned for hundreds of artworks (leather, fiber, wood, metal, etc.) for both corporate and public collections in the United States and in Europe and Asia.
6312 Covington Road, Fort
Owned by 16 local artists who all work together to operate the cooperative gallery, the facility offers several art fairs and upcoming exhibitions including Sue Davis mixed media paintings and Rebecca Dearing fiber art from Sept. 2-30.
SOZO Art Studio & Gallery
102 S. Main St., Kendallville;
According to owner Peggy Tassler, “We are your fine arts destination, where one can experience creating a work of art or come into the gallery to discover art, created by area artists, for purchase.”
Wunderkammer Art Gallery
3402 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne;
According to its website, the company which offers gallery rentals also specializes in contemporary art and, “carefully curates exhibitions, educational programs, performances, and special events that push boundaries, defy convention, spur conversations— and yes, sometimes court controversy.”