The younger generation is flexing some ‘artistic muscle’ out in 21Country.
Betty Fishman of ARTLINK says, “It is well and healthy and they're here, and if they stay in Fort Wayne, you’ve got a good base for a lot of good artists.”
21Country's artistic future is strutting it’s stuff at Fort Wayne’s ARTLINK Gallery with an exhibit titled 'Under 30'...a compilation of works by artists who are, you guessed it, under 30 years of age.
Youth is a magic time in an artist’s life when possibilities are endless, commitments scarce and there is just so much that has to be expressed.
Joshua Angel's huge portraits sport a kind of 'in your face' confidence that does a good job of catching the eye.
Photographer Brad Ferrier finds poetry for the eye among Chicago's many bridges and public works.
Of the sixteen local artists represented here, only two are women.
Emily Bender has two of her woodcuts in the show.
And Elizabeth Callander, one of Fort Wayne's finest artists of any age, shows a beautiful self portrait.
You don't find many political statements here, surprising for artists so young.
Chad Shaw is an exception with his 'ignorance is bliss' installation.
Chad also shows his political stripes with this pastel portrait of George Bush.
Sadly, some of these art careers will end before the artist reaches thirty...just part of the reality of growing up.
Fishman says, “You know life has a way of catching up with you. I would say, you know, after thirty a lot of people, a lot of employed people may drop out. They may go into the workforce. They don't have time. They have families.”
But not all will drop out.
The driven ones will carry on no matter what life brings them.
For the rest, at least we can say they were ours for a little while.
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