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.


October 25, 2014, Last Saturdays Schedule:

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945

September 14 – November 5, 2014

Artlink Gallery

300 E Main St

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals, 1933-1945 opens at Artlink, Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main Street, Fort Wayne, on Sunday, September 14. In partnership with the Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, Congregation Achduth Vesholom, and the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation, Artlink hosts this exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The exhibition traces the sinister path from prejudice to persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany. Admission: Suggested $2 donation. For more information, visit www.artlinkfw.com or call (260) 424-7195


Botanical Conservatory- Rhythm and Flow

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


Museum of Art – Contemporary Realism Biennial 2014 

September 20 – November 20, 2014

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

311 Main Street

America has enjoyed a long, rich history of Realist art from Colonial times to the present.  The Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s Contemporary Realism Biennial is an invitational and juried exhibition which highlights the strength and innovation of the most compelling trends in American and international realism. In the course of the history of art, a singular quest has commanded more artists’ attention than any other: to render the objects in our world with accuracy, dignity, and grace. We are proud to expand the discourse on this enduring tradition in presenting the 2014 installment of this dynamic contemporary exhibition, on display September 20-November 30. The art in this exhibition presents a vast range of ideas, approaches, styles, and subject matter. Some artists are building and expanding upon the legacies of Photorealism, Magic Realism, trompe l’oeil, and urban realism. Others strive to capture light and texture, or delve into the psychology of the situation or sitter. Several create fantastic and macabre narrations, but all strive to achieve the unthinkable with their technical skills in making realistic works of art. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at www.fwmoa.org.

Marvelous Molecules: The Secret of Life

September 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Science Central

1950 North Clinton

Amoebas, crabs, willow trees, elephants, whales and people all look different on the outside, but inside; billions and billions of molecules interact in similar ways to carry out common life functions-moving, sensing, defending and reproducing. Likewise, the variety of different molecules found in living things is vast, but these molecules are all based on combinations of only 25 different atoms. In Marvelous Molecules: The Secret of Life, a series of exhibit stations, computer interactives, and hands-on models, invite visitors to explore how and why these different interactions happen by breaking life down into smaller and smaller parts and revealing the similarities and differences among life-forms in this world. The exhibition was developed by the New York Hall of Science. For more information visit www.sciencecentral.org


The Punkin’ Path

October 15-31, 2014

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

1100 South Calhoun

Visit the Conservatory’s outdoor Punkin’ Path where you can enjoy the fall surroundings and take festive pictures with your little ones.  The path will be decorated with pumpkins, gourds, bales of straw, and gnomes to provide fun photos.  Gnomes are caretakers of land and animals; they are industrious, enjoy all kinds of games and, surprisingly, they love to travel!  Watch for them along the Punkin’ Path.  This exhibit is included in Conservatory admission and open during public hours.


Sarahmics at Fortezza

Fortezza Coffee

819 South Calhoun

You are invited to this unique “pop-up” show. Fortezza Coffee will be hosting Sarahmics Pottery. Come, bring friends, and experience all Fortezza has to offer: fine coffee, latte art, and specialty baked goods.
Sarahmics will be in the back room with lots of her “uniquely functional pottery” perfect for holiday gift giving. She is going to be focusing on coffee and tea related ceramic items: mugs, tea cups, pour over sets, etc.