GARRETT — A new show at the Garrett Museum of Art highlights 10 artists who the museum staff believes are on the path to recognition and exposure in their respective fields.
The “Breakout 2021” exhibit opens with a reception Friday, Jan. 15, from 6-8 p.m. and continues through Feb. 7.
“They are fresh, exciting talents who are taking risks in hopes of becoming the career artists of tomorrow,” the museum said in a news release. “They are rising stars and are offering us the opportunity to be among the first to showcase their exceptional talents.”
Profiles of the 10 artists:
Gretchen Schreiber is an MFA candidate in metalwork, jewelry design and digital fabrication at Northern Illinois University and is pursuing a second master’s degree in art education. She is currently pursuing a body of independent sculptures and wearables, such as the jewelry she brings to the show.
Abi Mustapha is a Sierra Leonean/American, and graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with an emphasis in sustainability. She has been showing her work in the San Francisco Bay area since 2013. She works on a large scale of 4- to-5-foot tall works of graphite, charcoal and oil paint on paper.
Katherine Gaff is currently working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture at Purdue University Fort Wayne. After a summer internship in Colorado, she has returned to her ceramic sculptures with more vigor. Gaff intends to continue her education into a master’s program, with the goal of becoming a university professor. Her sculptures of the female form are a highlight to be seen.
Kaylie Snodgrass graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in visual communication with a concentration in photography and graphic design. In 2019, she started her own company, Rough Draft Co. which specializes in graphic design for local companies such as 2Toms Brewing, 2-EE’s Winery, and Great Lakes Gear. Her photographs show her perspective on taking care of our planet.
Kayla Bell graduated from IPFW in 2018 with two BFA degrees in visual communication; one with a concentration in graphic design and one in photography. She is employed at IBA Marketing and Design. Her photography will take viewers to the upper peninsula of Michigan and some of nature’s astounding natural pieces of art.
Rosalee Harvey was inspired to create record covers after buying a box of records from Neat Neat Neat Records and Music in Fort Wayne. She draws them in ink and colored pencil on canvas. They tell individual stories in groups or by themselves.
Jocelyn Arbogast comes from a creative family, and she has always loved art. She is currently a full-time student in therapeutic massage at Ivy Tech. Arbogast was drawn to massage science because it is an art form of sorts. She also paints and has found it takes her to a place of relaxation. Her paintings illustrate her passion for life.
Michelle Pokorny is an emerging artist who specializes in flame working with borosilicate glass making delicate flowers and botanicals. She is inspired by the small details in nature. Pkorny earned her BFA from Kent State in Ohio. Her work has been shown at John Waldron Arts Center, Bloomington, and at the Gallery Walk in Limestone Cafe in Bedford.
Kathy Minnich earned her degree in graphic design and marketing with a minor in fine art. She co-owned an advertising agency for several years but now enjoys a slower pace at her home office studio for a handful of fun clients. She also creates consignment art. Minnich enjoys hosting clay workshops for her nieces and nephews, which is how her idea came about to sculpt a large tree that will be on display. Minnich teaches workshops and helps people connect with their creative sides.
Amanda Gargac is a hyper-realistic portrait painter born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She is currently a senior at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, studying two-dimensional studio art and minoring in photography. Gargac has exhibited her winning pieces at the MoMA PS1 gallery in Queens, New York, and also in the Parsons New School of Design in New York. She won the Congressional Award in 2017 and her winning painting was exhibited in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., for a year. Her goal is to obtain her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting after completion of her undergraduate degree. As viewers examine each scar, wrinkle and pore in her portraits, they will discover the uniqueness she aims to portray in her detailed work.
The museum at 100 S. Randolph St., Garrett, is open Friday from 5-8 p.m., Saturday from 4-7 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. More information can be found at garrettmuseumofart.org.