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A wire wrap jeweler from Elkhart received the Best Expression of the Gardens award for her Tree of Life pendant at Taste of the Gardens.


Posted on Aug. 28, 2015 at 12:38 p.m.
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The Indiana Plein Air Painters Association will come to Elkhart for its 2015 Juried Members Show, as well as a “Paint Out” that will take artists to locations around the city to paint outdoors.


Posted on Aug. 6, 2015 at 5:00 a.m.

From the La Brea Tar Pits in California to Indiana’s swirling autumn leaves, nature has played a significant role in the inspiration for ceramic artist Elizabeth Wamsley’s work, community blogger Steve Gruber says.


Posted on June 25, 2015 at 7:00 a.m.
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Posted on June 11, 2015 at 5:30 a.m.

Community blogger Steve Gruber takes a look back at the Elkhart Art League’s history, as well as its future — including its upcoming spring juried art show starting June 11.

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 7:00 a.m.

When Elkhart native Patrick Wilkins went to college, he saw art as a hobby — but eventually, it came to define him. Just in time for his ArtWalk debut, community blogger Steve Gruber shares the story of Wilkins’ artistic journey.

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 3:20 p.m.

Lea Goldman, a South Bend artist, works to weave tales into her paintings that calm, entertain and share wisdom. Community blogger Steve Gruber recently chatted with her about her artwork, which will be on display during the next Elkhart ArtWalk.

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.

Thirteen years after her first IUSB drawing class, Ellen Ridenour graduated with her art degree at the age of 70. She’s now a well-respected area artist who expresses herself though a variety of media, community blogger Steve Gruber says.

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 2:12 p.m.

Printmaking takes patience and skill, but community blogger Steve Gruber says Alan Larkin combined both for instruction at IUSB. 

Posted on Feb. 17, 2015 at 4:50 p.m.

National acclaim for her metal creations has kept Brooke Marks-Swanson busy — and rewarded.

Posted on Feb. 5, 2015 at 11:04 a.m.

Within the last six or seven months, a Goshen College student’s large-scale metal sculptures have won several awards and have been displayed at a number of local events, community blogger Steve Gruber says. Read on to learn more about him and his work.

Posted on Dec. 25, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

For decades, the Ferro family of Elkhart has hosted a holiday breakfast feast, community blogger Steve Gruber writes. The gathering, which was held Sunday, Dec. 21, this year, is a celebration of food, family and tradition.

Posted on Nov. 26, 2014 at 7:54 a.m.

Adam Menchinger’s work is on display at Arts on Main in Elkhart and features expertly crafted wood tables, chairs and more.

Posted on Nov. 13, 2014 at 2:28 p.m.

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

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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.


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