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  • Charles Shepard's All-Encompassing Embrace

    FORT WAYNE, Indiana--You won’t find many fine art museums hosting something like this, an exhibition of tapestry… works created on looms with cloth fibers and color dye. But it’s just the kind of thing Fort Wayne Museum of Art director Charles Sheppard loves to bring to this town.

  • Fibre Looms Large in Artist's Career

    FORT WAYNE, Indiana--Artlinks Regional University Exhibit is full of great things to look at. You’d expect as much, these are works created by the art professors who teach at IPFW, Huntington University and the University of St Francis. But even among these gems there is a real standout..not of paint or metal or ceramics…but of cloth.

  • Library's Story a Tale of Service, Innovation

    FORT WAYNE, Indiana-Most days you’ll find reference librarian Dawne Slater-Putt at her desk in the Genealogy Collection at the Allen County Public Library. But Slater-Putt’s not just a lover of books; she’s a book writer who penned a history of the library to mark its centennial in 1995. And it’s a story of dedicated people determined to create something important for future generations.

  • Porcelain Beauties Telling Sad Tales

    FORT WAYNE, Indiana-We humans are obsessed with ourselves so it’s no surprise that artwork representing the human form is often the most compelling. And compelling describes the world created by this exhibition of figurative ceramics by Southern artists Lisa Clague, Nancy Kubale and Diana Farfan at the University of St. Francis’ Weatherhead Gallery. All three are nationally recognized artists though Lisa Clague is probably best known, her beautifully rendered hybrid creatures appearing like figures in a disturbing dream.

  • A Man for All Seasons

    FORT WAYNE, Indiana--It was a defining moment in the Civil Rights movement, dramatized by the movie 'Mississippi Burning'…the murder of three young civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner in Meridian Mississippi. The three were part of the so-called Freedom Riders who spent the summer of 1964 registering Black voters in the south. Goodman and Schwerner were white New Yorkers…James Chaney was from Meridian.

  • Local Designer has Shoe Soul

    FORT WAYNE, Indiana-Most people associate the world of high fashion with great cities like New York, Paris or Rome. But fashion’s cutting edge happens to run right down the center of Fort Wayne Indiana. This isn’t the corporate office at Gucci or Prada, but the Fort Wayne home of Jon Paul Capito, up and coming fashion designer and software genius.

  • Founders of Boy Scouts in Fort Wayne....sort of

    FORT WAYNE, Indiana--It’s hard to believe that an iconic American brand like the Boy Scouts was actually born in Britain but that’s one of the valuable lessons you learn from a remarkable collection of letters and documents now on display at Fort Wayne’s Karpeles Manuscript Museum.

  • Crooked Lake's Best Friend

    ANGOLA, Indiana--Walden Pond had Henry David Thoreau. Crooked Lake has Bob Lowden. “My brother and I would get in the boat on Saturday morning and come back later in the afternoon,” Bob recalls, “and we’d explore the whole lake.”

  • Local High School's Million Dollar Art Collection

    PERU, Indiana--It’s stunning, it’s colorful, and it’s one of the strangest art world stories Fort Wayne Art Museum director Charles Sheppard has ever heard. “Some of the pieces in this collection are truly famous pieces by artists of that time,” Sheppard says, “some of the best that they’ve done.” It’s a multimillion dollar collection of fine art, owned entirely by Peru High School in Peru Indiana. This is the John Whittenberger collection of G. David Thompson at Peru High School,

  • Pioneer Church Still Going Strong after 175 Years

    CHURUBUSCO, Indiana--Indiana was a brand new state when the town of Churubusco was born in 1838, carved out of wilderness forest on an ancient Indian trail that subsequent generations would call the Goshen Road. One year before, in 1837, a handful of pioneer families built the first house of worship in Allen County’s Eel Township, the Wesley Chapel Church, alive and thriving 175 years later.