Experience Art. Discover Downtown.
Every month on the Last Saturday, downtown Fort Wayne offers a wide variety of activities. The goal for the Cultural District is to attract visitors downtown to experience diverse social, arts, and cultural opportunities. There are events for every age and interest. Last Saturdays is a great way for individual artists and organizations to share their message with a large, built-in audience, and create vibrancy in downtown Fort Wayne. Let us know about your downtown event on a Last Saturday by emailing Tanya at Tanya@DowntownFortWayne.com.
August 30, 2014, Last Saturdays Schedule:
Summer of Glass II
June 28 – August 31, 2014
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 East Main Street
The prevailing concepts in Bremers’ work are emphasized in this exhibition, and they are best described in his own words: “We see the natural world as something separate from ourselves; exploit its gifts without restraint for economic gain, and by doing so turn it from an age-old friend into a hostile force. We show little trace of gratitude and seem to forget that we are ourselves an intricate part of nature.”
Dutch artist Peter Bremers was born in 1957 in Maastricht, where he studied sculpture at the University of Fine Arts from 1976 to 1980 and three-dimensional design at the Jan van Eyck Academie from 1986 to 1988. Searching for suitable ways of realising his artistic ideas, he at first worked with a wide range of materials, including glass, plastic, steel and stone. In 1989 he attended a course given by Lino Tagliapietra at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, but the strongest impetus to turn to glass as his ideal material had come three years earlier, during a workshop held at the Jan van Eyck Academie by the senior Dutch glass artist A.D. Copier (1901-1991).
Bremers works with a team of assistants who carry out ideas at the furnace that the artist has acquired on extensive travels in Asia, New Zealand, Africa and the Antarctic. Perhaps Bremers’s most compelling works are the recent Icebergs & Paraphernalia. In a DVD documentation of this series he describes his journey to the Antarctic in a deep-sea sailing ship, recording his impressions of the glaciers and of the waves glistening in the dawn sunlight. He also tells of disastrous attempts to realise the resulting ideas at the furnace, and how he travelled to the Czech village of Pelechov, near Zelezny Brod, to have them cast instead. In Icebergs & Paraphernalia Bremers uses undulating wave-like shapes, along with angular holes and arches to evoke a combination of ice and fire, light and colour. He recreates in glass the openings and fissures in the glaciers, together with the unfathomable depths of the ice.
Tickets to this special exhibition are required. Cost: $5 per person in addition to regular museum admission.
Tuesday – Saturday 10am-6pm
This exhibition will require an extra $5 ticket above the normal admission charge for viewing.
Rising Rhythm, Flowing Form Exhibit
July 12-November 16, 2014
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun
The Showcase Garden will become a sculpture, using the landscape architect’s tools of plant color, earth form, and curved line to build a vibrant and harmonious eye-scape for the visitor. An arch of blue-grey succulent plants flows into a river-like ribbon, bending and dividing through the center of the garden, ending in dynamic punctuations of form. Bright geometries of flowers and foliage surround a living, central sculpture ~ providing an unconventional backdrop for thoughtful contemplation and photography.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Thursday 10 am – 8 pm, Sunday Noon – 4 pm, Closed Mondays
Admission: Adults $5, Children (ages 3-17) $3, Age 2 and Under FREE
In the Dark Exhibit
May 24 – September 7, 2014
1950 North Clinton
Explore different environments of darkness and the unique life forms that inhabit them through a combination of hands-on and whole-body interactives, walk-through dioramas, and specimens. Wander through a nocturnal forest past glowing mushrooms, and discover the amazing underground worlds beneath basement floors and backyards. Fragile cave ecosystems provide a labyrinth of adventure, and take the plunge to explore the unique life deep in the world’s oceans. Finally, discover how darkness has intrigued and influenced humans for thousands of years, and how we can help preserve fragile worlds without light. In The Dark was developed by the Cincinnati Museum Center.
For more information visit www.sciencecentral.org
Street Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday May 17 through Saturday, September 27, 2014
Downtown at the corner of Wayne and Barr streets
Enjoy a Saturday morning shopping for fresh produce, a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables, handmade jewelry and crafts, local artwork, and more at the Barr Street Market! There will also be entertainment and fun for kids!
The historic Barr Street Market, next to the History Center, is the oldest public space in the city, dating back to 1837. Recently reclaimed as an outdoor market by the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, the Barr Street Market is open for business on Saturday mornings from May to September.
Free parking is available at The History Center, 302 East Berry Street and racks are nearby for bicycles. During the YLNI Barr Street Market, you can tour the History Center at NO CHARGE.
For more information, visit www.ylni.org
Rock the Plaza
6 – 10 pm
ACPL Main Branch
Join the Allen County Public Library for Rock the Plaza each Saturday evening from June 1 through August 31. Bring your lawn chairs, a blanket, or dance the night away to music from some of the areas best groups. Food will be available for purchase.
FREE and open to the public
OFabz Loves Fort Wayne
The gals of OFabz want to thank you for all the love, support and high fives over the past three years… so they’re throwing a party!
2 pm – 5pm
The B-Side @ One Lucky Guitar!
1301 Lafayette Street Suite 201 Fort Wayne, IN 46802