Jul 19, 2005 - (Fort Wayne, IN)

Members Art

By Eric Olsen

June 18, 2010 Updated Jun 12, 2007 at 10:27 AM EDT

Out to 21Country now for some very pretty pictures, compliments of some very talented people.
Betty Fishman, with ARTLINK says, “Artists, when they put something in the Members Show, they feel pretty free to do most anything they want to do.”

Giving artists a free hand is bound to yield interesting results, and the 2005 Members Art Show at the ARTLINK Gallery is proof.

There are 155 members of the Fort Wayne Art Cooperative who have works in this annual exhibition.

Many of the names are familiar...George McCullough, dean of Fort Wayne's art culture, has painted a tribute to Johnny Carson called 'Carnac the Magnificent'.

Tom Kelly has painted a tribute to George McCullouch.

This is a portrait of his good friend and art mentor.

Fort Wayne artist Bill Quance pays tribute to another great painter with his 'Homage of Vermeer'.

Other names here aren't so familiar, but the work is just as fine.

Kat Rohrbacher's portrait called 'Matthew One', for instance...and Renata Pancner's oil painting of two clowns.

Landscapes appear to be the other favorite subject.

This beautiful acrylic by Chuck McGrew is called 'September Reflections'.

Syracuse artist Charles Kitchen found his inspiration along the California coastline for this work, called 'Cypress Pointe'.

The point of this show is there is no point, no unifying theme beyond participants’ membership in an art co-op.

So what you find is a breadth of variety in medium and style, absent in other art shows.

It is a little akin to an art buffet...something for everyone, and lots of it.

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