The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is a constant surprise to me. With no deep knowledge of what was in store, I have thoroughly enjoyed my last two experiences there.
In late winter I viewed the Trench Art exhibit. This amazing display of items made by soldiers during times of war from military objects included a peach pit carved into a basket by a prisoner during the Civil War. How did it survive? And the lamps made from spent shell casings were cool!
I returned with my husband to view the WWII Aviation Nose art exhibit. We also enjoyed examining the Native American artistic items with the Fort Wayne Collects: Three Viewpoints exhibit. In another hall we discovered fascinating oil paintings of Hoosier barns by Fort Wayne artist Gwen Gutwein and in another hall an exhibit of lovely Colonial furnishings, many from the 1700s. Yet another room had an attractive display of woodworks by artists using lathes.
Considering we had not planned to see anything but the nose art and ended up viewing everything in the museum, it was quite a serendipitous pleasure.
I’ll admit, we were also pleased with the cost of admission. You can't beat $5.00 for an hour of quiet reflection and awe. Better yet, on Sundays and Thursdays the admission is free!
Now through Sunday, July 15, the FWMoA will present ‘Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity’. Using dozens of multimedia works, this exhibit will use portraits and figures to depict circumstances and experiences of multicultural populations in present-day America.
Insider tip: for those who would like a guided tour of this exhibit, a free tour is available on June 7 at 12:15-12:45pm. Participants are invited to bring their own lunch or order a box lunch to pick up at the museum. The Museum’s staff will provide beverages and light dessert; No reservations are required unless per-ordering a box lunch. A limited number of box lunches are available from Deli 620 for only $7; please contact Amanda Martin at least two days ahead to reserve yours at 422.6467, ext 322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday & Thursday FREE Admission
Closed Mondays and holidays
Free for FWMoA members
Students (K-College) $3.00
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 East Main Street
For additional information, please call the Fort Wayne Museum of Art at 260.422.6467 or go visit them online.
Kayleen Reusser has written children’s books and had stories in Chicken Soup books. She writes features for the News-Sentinel newspaper and profiles for the Ossian Sun Riser. She loves to travel and write about her experiences at her website: www.KayleenR.com