Saturday, April 18, 2015

Art Sense


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

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

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

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

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

Posted on Oct. 21, 2014 at 5:56 p.m.

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 Sept. 16, 2014 at 2:19 p.m.

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 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.

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. 

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. 

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.