Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
3:04 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Picturing Life: An Interview with Fort Wayne Painter Tom Kelly

Fort Wayne artist Tom Kelly at work on an oil painting in his home studio.
Credit Tom Kelly

Award-winning Fort Wayne artist Tom Kelly has been cultivating his unique painting style over the course of a lifetime.

Kelly is a familiar name in town, not only for his art, but also as the CEO of Kelly Box and Packaging

Still, he often prefers to fly under the radar. But he's about to step into the limelight with a show at Artworks: The Galleria of Fine Art that begins this weekend.

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Arts & Culture
12:17 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Wrestling with Passion: An Interview with Mick Foley

Wrestling legend Mick Foley engages audiences around the world with his one man show, sharing stories from his colorful past.
Credit Courtesy / Mick Foley

You may not be familiar with the name Mick Foley. But maybe you should be.

Foley is perhaps best known as one of the superstars who launched World Wrestling Entertainment into its most recent surge in popularity. Among fans, his marquee matches are considered among the most exciting in the history of the business, due to his incredible toughness in the ring.

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Arts & Culture
5:41 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Celebrating the Solstice: An Interview with Troy Ganser

Troy Ganser and his pirate crew will be no match for the Fairy Queen and her royal court at T.A.G. Art's upcoming Solstice Celebration.
Credit Courtesy/Troy Ganser

Summer will officially be here this Sunday, and to one Allen County resident in particular, that means it's time for a solstice celebration.

Troy Ganser has a life-long affinity for holidays, folklore and entertaining, and believes his new T.A.G. Art facility in New Haven provides a perfect (and natural) setting in which to host an interactive "Summer Solstice Fairy Party."

WBOI's Julia Meek met with Ganser earlier this week to discuss the pleasure of storytelling in this magical manner.

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Arts & Culture
6:49 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Arts United Survey Seeks to Advance Fort Wayne's Cultural Vibrancy

Festival goers enjoying a "Taste of the Arts", an annual Fort Wayne event, hosted by Arts United.
Credit Courtesy/Dan Ross

Arts United, Fort Wayne's umbrella arts organization, is getting ready ask residents a big question: "What do you love about this community?"

Arts United is hoping to set an agenda for advancing arts and culture in Northeast Indiana, beginning this Monday, with a short "Quality of Life Survey."

The results will be presented in two public town hall meetings this July, and information from those discussions will be added to the final report.

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Education
6:03 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

"Sparks of Promise" Ignites Passion for Learning

Linda Shafer and Kathy Todoran with their "Little Sparks", gathered for an after school project at Wunderkammer Company.
Credit Courtesy/Sparks of Promise Foundation

The mission of Fort Wayne-based Sparks of Promise Foundation, is to provide enrichment for local low-income children who show creative and academic promise.

Founders Linda Shafer and Kathy Todoran call their young participants "Little Sparks," and they've just completed their first year of programming. So, they're ready to celebrate.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with Shafer and Todoran to learn more about the program and the excitement it has ignited.

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Author Interview
8:14 am
Tue June 9, 2015

In "Jacksonland," Betrayal, Expansion, and a Burgeoning Democracy

Credit Courtesy / Penguin Press

President Andrew Jackson has become a towering, mythic figure in American history.

In grade school, children learn that he was a man of humble beginnings who rose to become president, of his heroism in war, and of his expansion of the United States.

They also learn about the Trail of Tears, the forced removal of Native Americans from their homes in the South and the march to Western reservations, along which thousands died.

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Arts & Culture
4:16 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

New Festival Celebrates Fort Wayne's Arab Culture and Heritage

On a recent trip to the Middle East, Sam Jarjour was photographed by a fellow traveler as he negotiated with a camel near Petra.
Credit Courtesy/Sam Jarjour

Fort Wayne's cultural diversity has generated quite an assortment of festivals honoring the city's history and heritage, and this weekend, there's a new celebration in the mix.

It's Arab Fest, hosted by the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace.

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Arts & Culture
2:14 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Working in Silver: A Conversation with Karen Thompson and Stephen Perfect

Karen Thompson created this "three transformation" portrait of herself and Stephen Perfect for us, with a photo taken by Gabriel DeLobbe.
Credit Gabriel DeLobbe and Karen Thompson

Photography as a medium has been a perennial favorite among fine artists, amateurs and art enthusiasts alike.

And you might say it's seen a renaissance lately, now that just about everyone has a camera in their pocket.

Two veteran fine art photographers here in Fort Wayne, Stephen Perfect and Karen Thompson, learned their craft before digital took over.

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Arts & Culture
2:37 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Artistic Expression Through Autism: An Interview with Frank Louis Allen

Indiana Tech acquired a dozen of Frank Louis Allen's original illustrations when it opened its new Academic Building on the Fort Wayne Campus.
Credit Courtesy / Frank Louis Allen

Fort Wayne-based artist Frank Louis Allen is gaining fame around the world for his distinctive illustrations.

Originally from England, Allen now calls Northeast Indiana home, and galleries and collectors alike have embraced the unpredictable grace of his abstract work.

Allen is also an artist with autism, a discovery he made relatively recently in life.

This weekend, he'll present an on-site demonstration at Artworks, the Galleria of Fine Art in Jefferson Pointe.

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Arts & Culture
1:05 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Cooking Out is In: The Thrill of the Grill

Lacy Curry and Lee Albright agree that restaurant-style barbecuing like this can be adapted for home grilling.
Credit Courtesy/Lacy Curry

To many folks, barbecue is synonymous with outdoor celebrations and American holidays, and let's face it, there are about as many styles of barbecuing as there are opinions -- everyone's got their own!

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