As part of The Elkhart Truth’s community blog series about thankfulness, Steve Gruber shared the story of his grandparents and their lasting impact on his life

Posted at 8:00 a.m.

Downtown Elkhart’s last remaining bowling alley at the historic Eagles Lodge will offer free bowling — and free shoe rental — during ArtWalk Nov. 18

Posted on Nov. 16, 2015 at 10:34 a.m.

More than 200 pieces of art vie for honors in Midwest Museum of American Art's Juried Regional show

Posted on Oct. 11, 2015 at 2:59 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.