FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Artists from around Fort Wayne are once again seeing their work on display.
The Fort Wayne Artists Guild opened multiple galleries throughout the city this week, bringing out work from over 50 local artists.
FWAG President John Kelty had no shortage of local art to show off in the Guild’s first public gallery in almost seven months.
"I think everybody just wanted to display, wanted to get back out there," Kelty said.
The FWAG has over 400 pieces of artwork spread throughout three locations in the city: Three Rivers Luxury Apartments, the Allen County Public Library and a new gallery in Jefferson Pointe.
"That’s the most we’ve had up at one time that I know of," Kelty said.
All of the artwork is for sale, but Kelty says money isn’t the only reason so many people contributed to the galleries.
"There’s a sense of comradery too," Kelty said. "Art by its very nature is a solitary process, and this gets you out with people of your own interest, gives you a tribe."
That tribe of Guild members took just one week to create the Jefferson Pointe gallery. It was unveiled Thursday morning.
The Library opened its gallery earlier in the week. Community Engagement Director Stephanny Smith hopes it can be another public space to give even more exposure to local artists.
"We have so much talent in this community, so this is a way for us to help them show off their talent, help people discover them," Smith said.
If people like what they see, Kelty says he wants to keep the Jefferson Pointe gallery open for as long as it has customers.
The library will display artwork through the first week of May, and Three Rivers will cycle out paintings every few months.
For more information on the Fort Wayne Artists Guild, visit their website here.