Downtown Fort Wayne is an art filled city. On my recent hosted trip with my mom, Lori Disque we enjoyed seeing art in all forms literally all over the city. The architecture of the church spires inspire, little special architectural details like the gargoyles on the History Center and the horseman on the Anthony Wayne Building all add to the beauty of the city.
In the center of town the Botanical Conservatory offers a green oasis and there are sculptures everywhere. Sculpture With Purpose-Bike Rack Sculptures were some of our favorites throughout the city. In the summer of 2014, 50 new sculptural bike racks were installed throughout Fort Wayne. While cyclists can use these fun sculptures, tourists like me took advantage of using them as a backdrop for fun photo ops!
Murals like the one at the DeBrand Fine Chocolates were fun, mom and I had a great time posing with the musical sculpture outside of the Fort Wayne Art Museum. Inside the museum we missed a big section of the exhibits because several were being changed out, but we loved what we saw. I was in awe in particular of the Chihuly art piece.
At the Art Museum we also saw an interesting display of art by the late Robin Williams. It is easy to see his genius in his art and feel his personality while viewing. There was also a touching photography exhibit by Photographs by Leon Borensztein of his disabled daughter Sharon. The exhibit shares their life with him as a single parent raising a child with an array of disabilities. Her beauty and their love shine through the struggles that the pictures reflect.
The art museum also had an amazing marriage of art and glass with their partnership exhibit with the American Cut Glass Association. This collaboration offers a lovely ongoing display of the highlights of this true American art form. These were just a few of the things we enjoyed at the Fort Wayne Art Museum. Log onto https://www.fwmoa.org/ for more information.
Driving through one of Fort Wayne’s Historic Neighborhoods we saw one of our favorite stops of the trip, the Castle Art Gallery. Housed in the beautiful historic home of Jody Hemphill Smith and Mark Paul Smith, art is all through the house and features nationally acclaimed artists. We love walking from room to room enjoying both the art and the architecture of this lovely home. It was fascinating to see a place where business and life live side by side.
A stop at the beautiful Brookside mansion at the University of St. Francis was another amazing find. There is art everywhere in the home along with a stunning mural in the dining room.
Everywhere we went, there was art related things to see and do. The Martin Luther King bridge, the skyline of the city and lovely gardens and sculptures. A visit to Fort Wayne is a chance to surround yourself with art. To find out about all that Fort Wayne has to offer, log onto their website at https://www.fwmoa.org. ”