Julia Meek

Host, Folktales & Meet the Music

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for over thirty years. She is currently co-producer and host of Folktales, co-coordinator and host of Meet the Music.

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Arts & Culture
3:43 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Ninety Years Young: An Interview with Fort Wayne Artists Betty Fishman & Sue McCullough

Fort Wayne artists Sue McCullough and Betty Fishman enjoying the opening reception for their "90 Years Young" Exhibit at Crestwoods Gallery in Roanoke.
Credit Courtesy/Crestwoods Gallery

Fort Wayne takes pride in its vibrant arts community, and this month, the works of two legendary artists, Betty Fishman and Sue McCullough are being celebrated at Crestwoods Gallery in Roanoke, in an exhibit appropriately titled "Ninety Years Young."

The show features paintings, drawings, prints, fiber arts and weavings from their personal collections.

Eager to learn what has fueled their artistic passions, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Fishman and McCullough into the Madge Rothschild studios to discuss their experiences.

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Arts & Culture
1:45 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Drawing the Laughs: An Interview with Fort Wayne Cartoonist Steve Smeltzer

Fort Wayne cartoonist Steve Smeltzer says he actually thinks in cartoons, and naturally relates to life in a fun way.
Credit Courtesy / Steve Smeltzer

Cartooning is a tricky medium, and with fewer and fewer print outlets running daily strips, it’s a competitive one as well.

But for those with talent, drive, and a good sense of humor, cartooning can provide an outlet for comedy unlike any other.

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Arts & Culture
5:17 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Romancing the Stone: A Guide to Gems and Jewelry

Gemologist Shannon Thorpe believes that gemstones speak the language of love, and preserve those memories forever.
Credit Courtesy/Shannon Thorpe

With Valentine's Day directly ahead of us, it seems like love really does make the world go round, and surveys indicate that nearly 55 percent of Americans expect to be celebrating it this year.

But here's the burning question: With so many traditional options to choose from, what do we pick to best express our feelings...and why do we pick it?

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Arts & Culture
4:03 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

IPFW's Student-Run Restaurant Serves Up a Taste of Poland

IPFW's John Niser instructs Hospitality Management Program seniors on the art of modern Polish cuisine for their new pop-up restaurant, "Plock Tavern."
Credit Courtesy/Dr. John Niser

Each semester, IPFW Hospitality Management Seniors open a pop-up restaurant in the campus Holiday Inn's Mastodon Grill.

This term, in honor of Fort Wayne's 25th anniversary with its Sister City of Plock, Poland, they've created signature dishes showcasing modern polish cuisine, and they're calling their place "Plock Tavern."

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Arts & Culture
5:21 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Fort Wayne Youtheatre Premiere Remembers Ryan White

Gregory Stieber's new Fort Wayne Youtheatre drama brings young Hoosier AIDS activist, Ryan White's story alive at the Auer Center Black Box Theatre.
Credit Courtesy/Fort Wayne Youtheatre

Thirty years ago, middle-school student and AIDS patient, Ryan White, was denied an education in Kokomo, Indiana, and what transpired became a saga heard around the world.

This weekend, that story and its message are honored through "The Kid from Kokomo: The Ryan White Story", an original Fort Wayne Youtheatre premiere, written and directed by Gregory Stieber.

WBOI's Julia Meek invited Stieber to share some of his motives and methods for preserving White's legacy.

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Arts & Culture
5:53 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Dance Theatre of Harlem's History Comes Alive in FWMoA Exhibit

FWMoA's "Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of 1sts" Exhibit shares the troupe's rich history through photos, videos, costumes, set pieces, posters and show ephemera.
Credit Courtesy/Fort Wayne Museum of Art

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is offering the public a unique experience with their latest exhibit, "Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts."

Digging deep into the troupe's archives, this multi-media tour engages art, dance, theater and history lovers alike.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with FWMoA Deputy Director Amanda Martin and Karen Gibbons-Brown from the Fort Wayne Ballet to discuss the impact of this many-faceted exhibit.

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Arts & Culture
2:27 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Fort Wayne Business Keeps Hobbyists Going Strong

Phil's Hobby Shop owners Steve Gieseking and Paris McFarthing work hard to stay on top of the ever-changing hobby industry.
Credit Courtesy/Phil's Hobby Shop

January is National Hobby Month, and here in Fort Wayne, Phil's Hobby Shop has been inspiring and supplying crafters for 40 years.

Now in its 2nd generation, Phil's son Steve Gieseking and his business partner, Paris McFarthing, carry on the tradition from their Park West location.

Julia Meek met with both of the hobby masters to learn what keeps their passion fueled, and their connection with their patrons going strong.

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4:31 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Greenleaf Project Cultivates Horticultural Opportunities for Veterans

Sheila Hudson and Holly Chaille believe that their Greenleaf Project will improve the sense of well-being among veterans, their peers and the community.
Credit Ellie Bogue

Most garden activity this time of year is limited to daydreaming over seed catalogs, but two Fort Wayne residents, Holly Chaille and Sheila Hudson, are busy cultivating a brand new urban gardening and Horticultural Healing Program, expressly for veterans.

Beginning in March, "Greenleaf" will provide a nine month, hands-on vocational training opportunity for fifteen vets to grow new skills for work in horticulture-related fields, and organic gardens to benefit the community.

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Arts & Culture
5:17 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

"Crumpet the Trumpet" Toots His Own Horn

Kristine Papillon's new audio book follow the musical tale of a baby trumpet unable to fall asleep.
Credit Courtesy/Kristine Papillon

Thanks to Fort Wayne Philharmonic violinist, Kristine Papillon, there's a new children's audio book on the horizon, called "Crumpet the Trumpet."

Its purpose is to introduce young folks to the world of classical music, by way of a sweet and funny bedtime story.

The book features illustrations by the author, a soundtrack showcasing 32 musicians, and narration by Fort Wayne Philharmonic Maestro Andrew Constantine.

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Arts & Culture
5:31 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Fort Wayne Director's New Comedy a Good-Natured Leap of Faith

A bank heist gone wrong leads to "Clerical Errors" galore, in new indie comedy produced in Fort Wayne.
Credit Courtesy/David Matthew Weese

"Clerical Errors" is an all new, faith-based action comedy from writer/director David Matthew Weese of Blended Planet Pictures.

This family-friendly indie film was created and produced right here in Fort Wayne, and its world premiere is set for Friday at Carmike Jefferson Pointe.

Don "Donny O" Offerle stars as Vinny, a bad guy with a good heart, who takes the wrong turn on the crooked path to easy street.

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