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Arts & Culture
4:55 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Celebrating Arts on the Cutting Edge at the Fort Wayne Fringe Festival

Pyroscope Entertainment's Amy Corey and company will be spinning the fire again at this year's Fringe Fest.
Credit Courtesy: Pyroscope Entertainment

If you're seeking the very center of cutting edge arts performance this summer, your best bet is to head to the Fringe.

That's the 2015 Fort Wayne Fringe Festival to be exact, a week-long celebration of innovative talent that crosses all types of boundaries, hosted by Wunderkammer Company.

Festival coordinator Maddie Miller says this year's eclectic, multi-genre line-up offers something for everyone, and attendees need only be ready to expect the unexpected.

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Arts & Culture
4:54 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Extended Interview: Foster Park, Fort Wayne's "People's Park"

A peek through the gazebo and into Foster Park's popular Bridal Glen.
Credit Courtesy/Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation

Colonel David Foster's strong belief in the importance of a city park network here in Fort Wayne earned him the title "Father of the Park System" back in the early 20th century.

And the space bearing his name, Foster Park, continues to be among the brightest stars among the 86 public municipal parks residents enjoy today.

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Arts & Culture
2:23 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

"Mary Poppins" Comes Alive Onstage at Fort Wayne Civic Theatre

Director Jane Lanier checking last minute details onstage with Mary Poppins herself, played by Halee Shutt, and the Banks children.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Civic Theatre

P.L. Travers' iconic English nanny, Mary Poppins, has been delighting audiences through the printed word, film and theater since 1934.

Now, thanks to director Jane Lanier, this classic musical is coming alive at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre stage, ready to capture hearts in a whole new way. 

In a word? Well, you's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

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Arts & Culture
3:17 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Three Rivers Film Festival Showcases Area Talent

Film Festival coordinator, Todd Grimes sees Fort Wayne's "film community" growing daily, and believes it's a great asset to the city.
Credit Courtesy/Todd Grimes

Thanks to PBS39 and Cinema Center, the spotlight is on amateur film and video makers Wednesday with the 5th annual Three Rivers Film Festival.

The 15 short films in this screening represent animation, drama, comedy and music video genres -- providing what event coordinator Todd Grimes calls "great exposure to a variety of different styles and artistic direction."

For a peek "behind the screen," WBOI's Julia Meek met with Grimes and one of the featured animators, Sarah Jones. 

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Arts & Culture
4:47 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Fort Wayne Author Continues to Weave the Tale of Lady Darby

Author Anna Lee Huber toured Scotland in preparation for writing her Lady Darby mysteries.
Credit Courtesy/Anna Lee Huber

Fort Wayne based author Anna Lee Huber published her first novel, a period mystery set in Scotland during the 1830s, a little less than three years ago.

Since then, Huber's unconventional protagonist, Kiera Darby, has continued to ply her detective skills, and is acquiring quite a national and international following.

After three successful outings with her lead character, Huber is launching the fourth book in the "Lady Darby Mystery Series" this Saturday.

Earlier this week, WBOI's Julia Meek met with the author to uncover the mystery of her literary success.

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Arts & Culture
4:50 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Garrett Museum of Art Adds Color to the Region's Cultural Scene

Garrett Museum of Art director, Jim Gabbard, on the far left, enjoys chatting with patrons at a recent exhibition.
Credit courtesy/Garrett Museum of Art

If you're looking to explore new artistic vistas this summer, you don't need to look very far.

In fact, a quiet community not twenty miles north of Fort Wayne, in DeKalb county, is home to one of northeast Indiana's best kept "artful secrets."

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Arts & Culture
1:32 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

Museum's Third "Summer of Glass" Brings Sculpture to Light

Museum visitors experience three different exhibitions as part of this year's "Summer of Glass."
Credit Courtesy / FWMoA

As far as Charles Shepard is concerned, glass sculpture is due for its big day in the museum world.

That’s why the organization he runs – the Fort Wayne Museum of Art – is holding its latest “Summer of Glass” show.

While Shepard says many museums see the medium as more of a craft than an art, he also believes it’s set to break through on the museum circuit.

But until it does, he’s happy to showcase some of the world’s best studio glass right here in Fort Wayne.

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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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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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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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