In Artlink's main gallery on March 11th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, the Second Chances Art Exhibit and Fundraiser will highlight Fort Wayne residents who have successfully earned their second chance at employment and at life. Thirteen (13) local contemporary artists were paired with thirteen (13) Blue Jacket graduates to create artwork to tell the graduates' stories of triumph.
Admission is free for members with a suggested $2 donation from guests. Entertainment will be provided by the Jon Durnell Acoustic Duo and catering by Calhoun Street Soups Salads and Spirits. Several art pieces will be included in a live auction at the opening reception on Friday, March 11th and the remaining pieces will be part of a silent auction for the duration of the exhibit, which will be on display until April 13th. Proceeds from the auctioned items will be split between Blue Jacket and Artlink.
Artlink is a not-for-profit contemporary art gallery whose mission is to showcase artwork of the highest quality by diverse visual artists and to provide educational programming for artists and the community.
Blue Jacket is a 10-year old nonprofit with a mission to provide education, training, and opportunities to any disadvantaged person who is striving to earn a second chance at gainful employment.
Artlink's gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The Auer Center for Arts & Culture surface parking lot is east of the building. Parking meters are free after hours and on weekends.
Participating artists are Josh Angel, Jared Applegate, Jeff Crane, Derek Decker, Paul Demaree, Daniel Dienelt, Suzanne Galazka, Jeremy McFarren, Tim Parsley, Stephen Perfect, Jerrod Tobias, Deb Washler, and Josef Zimmerman.