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Artist Profile: Julia Guerin

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About: I’m a painter and a textile artist. I sell original works of art as well as high-quality prints of my work.   I love surrealism and magic realist art and it comes out in my work.  I am the creator of Frankenfuzzies; soft sculpture stuffed animal creations. I have attached pieces that represent my wide-ranging artistic style.

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Artist Profile: Tricia Cavender

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About: I see art in everything around me and I have always had an insatiable curiosity and a stubborn drive in life. My art has taken many forms and mediums thru the years. I didn’t know I was a painter until my business partner and I were asked to paint a local mural 4 years ago. I always say yes to things that I know will help me grow. So that night we picked up our paintbrushes to start the mural. My painting partner went home tired after a point. I kept painting late into the night on the Five Points intersection in Fort Wayne. I couldn’t stop painting! That’s the night I discovered I was a painter. I have learned to call myself an artist after a few years. Sometimes your passions find you. Both of my parents were professional artists. My son has also fallen in love with art. It’s something that’s just a part of you I think. The mediums I use change thru the years. I am currently working in Acrylic and Oil paints.

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Three Rivers Festival Supports HeART of the City

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Art is alive, and it has a pulse. HeART of the City is a collaborative effort of local artists supporting local artists. The first artist-showcasing event takes place at the opening weekend of the Three Rivers Festival on July 8th and 9th. I spoke with Jack Hammer, Executive Director of the Three Rivers Festival, to find out about the organization’s support of this inaugural event.

Create Great Memories. That’s the tagline for the Three Rivers Festival. If you’re from Fort Wayne, chances are you have a few of them. From Junk Food Alley to the fireworks, there’s something to suit everyone, and the goal is to continue providing new opportunities to create great memories year after year.

One of the evergreens within the Festival is Art in the Park. This juried fine art show is popular with local Three Rivers Festival goers and art connoisseurs who make the trip to Fort Wayne each year. As someone who advocates for the arts, Jack Hammer is proud to have seen the growth of the arts within the Festival. “There was just something missing,” said Hammer.

A disconnect existed between local artists and the art show. Because many of artists have already established their name, there was just little participation from local artists. “The event needs to become a representation of the community, and we needed to resolve the dissonance. Art is alive, and local artists embody our community. The event needed something that made it a living, breathing incarnation of local artists. Something different and out of the frame.”

Enter HeART of the City. When the idea was first proposed to him, Hammer knew it was just what the Festival needed. This non-juried art show is a great opportunity for local artists to begin to promote themselves. “The booths are nominally priced for accessibility to those who want to participate. We have over thirty vendors of all mediums participating as an extension of Art in the Park. With the popularity of the established event, it’s the piece that connects us back to the community,” says Hammer.

“We’re coming up on our 50th anniversary, and we treat it like you would any big birthday. You look back at what you’ve made. In order to keep growing and stay relevant, we respect the heritage of the Festival while looking toward the future.”

Here’s to the future.


Written By: Rachelle Reinking

HeART of the City will be at the Freimann Square Parking Lot on July 8 – July 9


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Artist Profile: Katherine Rohrbacher | Gloves by Katherine

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About: Katherine Rohrbacher is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana and recently
moved back to Fort Wayne in 2016 after spending 7 years living in Los
Angeles. Katherine received her BFA from The School of the Art
Institute of Chicago in 2005 and her MFA in 2009 from the Maryland
Institute College of Art. She started making gloves during her
freshman year of college in 2002 and opened her Etsy shop in 2008.
Katherine’s garden gloves were featured in the Spring 2012 issue of
Better Homes and Gardens Do It Yourself Magazine and the March/April
2013 Garden Issue of Mother Earth Living Magazine in their Best For
Gardening section. Lauren Conrad chose Katherine’s garden gloves as
one of her ten gardening must-haves on her website. They were also
featured in an episode of Hart of Dixie on the CW.

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Artist Profile: Rachel Von

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About: I am a photographer and I also create paintings. The photography I will be showing will feature hand created and painted backdrops with lots of patterns. The fine art I will be showing will be painted wooden pieces, necklaces, buttons, and prints. I will have select prints of my photography as well as my drawings for sale during the event. www.rachelvonart.com

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