Sunday, November 23, 2014

Art Sense


 This large and colorful mixed-media print is one of 198 framed art prints available to borrow from the Elkhart Public Library.

The library gives art lovers access to 198 framed prints they can take home for six weeks, community blogger Steve Gruber says.

Posted on Nov. 13, 2014 at 2:28 p.m.
 Pedestrians admire pottery display inside the Old Style Deli windows on Main Street in May 2012.

A lot of work goes into getting everything together for Elkhart’s ArtWalk events, which celebrate fine art, live music, local businesses and more. Here’s a look at how it all works from community blogger Steve Gruber.

Posted on Oct. 21, 2014 at 5:56 p.m.
 Artist Florindo Rozante poses in the living room of his downtown Elkhart loft apartment.

Florindo Rozante, whose career path took him from Yves Saint-Laurent to The Art Institute of Chicago, could have chosen to live somewhere a bit more artsy – however, Elkhart’s charm got to him. Read on for more about the artist, as well as his beautifully decorated apartment on Main Street.

Posted on Sept. 16, 2014 at 2:19 p.m.
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 Bill Kremer, Notre Dame's art department chair, poses inside his wood-fired kiln at his farm in Cassopolis, Mich. Four-foot-tall vases can be seen in the background.
Posted on Aug. 26, 2014 at 2:33 p.m.

Through their high-quality, nationally recognized work, Michiana potters have made the area a hub for impressive ceramics. Here are a few upcoming events where you can see and purchase work from these artists.

 Magnificent Tuck Langland bronze presides over the Annuals Garden during 2010
Posted on Aug. 12, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

Each year the Taste of the Gardens event brings the community together to admire artists’ work, as well as the artistry of Wellfield Botanic Gardens. 

 Midwest Museum of American Art, 429 S. Main Street, built in 1922 as St. Joseph Valley Bank.
Posted on July 30, 2014 at 3:23 p.m.

Decades of devotion and passion for art have made Elkhart’s Midwest Museum of American Art what it is today – a treasure to our community. 

 Harriet Monteith's painting was once a part of her home on Beardsley Avenue. Now, it's housed in Arts on Main in Elkhart.
Posted on July 22, 2014 at 11:36 a.m.


Once, a triangular painting by a nationally recognized local artist, Harriet Monteith, kept watch over Beardsley Avenue. Now, the painting has found a new home inside of a Main Street gallery.

Steve Gruber Art Sense
Steve Gruber
Steve Gruber is a fourth generation Elkhart native who spent 25 years of his adult life in other cities (San Francisco, Asheville, Raleigh). In 2008 he returned to Elkhart, where he produces the quarterly ArtWalk series and founded Arts on Main, a three-level "arts hub" located in the downtown area that has galleries, artist studios and classes. His lifelong love of the arts has found focus in advocating for more public art and support of the Midwest Museum of American Art, as well as in avidly collecting local artists' work and championing the role of the arts in transforming downtown.