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100 days. 100 paintings.
Northside Galleries features unique exhibit by pastel artist Lisa Ransom Smith
By Jim Fester
Fort Wayne Reader
After 12 years of running his custom framing business Northside Galleries in Fort Wayne, Charley Shirmeyer realized that not enough people knew — really knew — how many talented artists were working in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area. “We are absolutely flooded with talented artists in the region, and I realized through my business dealings that many people in Fort Wayne just don’t know this.”
To that end, Shirmeyer decide to adjust the mission of Northside Galleries, just slightly. Custom framing is still the focus, but Shirmeyer started having regular featured artist shows spotlighting Fort Wayne artists. “I plan to do three to six ‘feature’ shows every year, as well as one or two ‘themed’ shows,” he says. “On the off months when I am not featuring a specific artist, I will be displaying a collection of different artists, not only from Fort Wayne, but around the country and around the world. I am also staring to display more three dimensional pieces, such as wood turnings, ceramics, glass pieces, etc.”
The latest exhibit at Northside Galleries features Lisa Ransom Smith, a member of the Pastel Society of America. For the project, Smith created 100 pastels in 100 days. The show displays all 100 pastels in chronological order. “This is a unique challenge in creativity and discipline for an artist,” Shirmeyer says.
The opening is Friday, April 9th from 5pm-9pm and Saturday, April 10th from 10am-5pm. The show runs through the month of April.
Other artists Shirmeyer works with include Jeff Crane, Tim Brumbeloe, Dale White, Terry Ratliff, Jan McMurtry, Santa Brink, Karen Moriarty, and many, many others.
Northside Galleries has been in business for 12 years, and between framing and art sales, Shirmeyer has worked with a range of clients, from small personal projects for individuals to large companies — he’s framed the majority of the artwork in all the local hospitals and many bank branches, and is the exclusive art dealer for the Northeast Indians Innovation Center, just to name a few.
“I feel very blessed to be doing what I’m doing,” he says. “I absolutely love my clients and the trust that is built instantly between myself and them. I work with irreplaceable sentimental items on a regular basis, which requires a deep level of trust.”
Shirmeyer is currently redesigning the Northside Galleries website to reflect the new emphasis. “My hope is to open the Ft Wayne Artist’ market through the Internet and allow them to be seen and sold across the country and around the world. I want to do my part in raising awareness of the Ft Wayne Artists and doing what I can to help their careers in any way I can.”
Lisa Ransom Smith “100 Days 100 Paintings”
Northside Galleries, 335 E State Blvd
Open reception: April 9 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM & April 10 from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
For more on Northside Galleries, visit northsidegalleries.com.