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Art Gallery Opens Near Campus


Photo credit: Rhapsody Art Gallery

Written by: Communicator StaffJanuary 25, 2018

By: Mikaela Conley

A new art gallery opened up on North Anthony Boulevard last month. But, it does more than just showcase art.

Rhapsody Art Gallery, which hosted a grand opening on Jan. 20, strives to provide education to the community,  support local charity organizations and expose individuals to different styles of art.

Owners Tricia Cavender and Hali Ruisard started working toward their own business together one year ago. The two recognized a need in town for art and music education and a gallery space where people could view diverse art and try art and music for little cost.

“We wanted to have a welcoming feel in our business so we wanted to have things that anyone would be able to purchase and also different styles of art that aren’t normally together,” Ruisard said. “We wanted to get something from a lot of different styles and mediums that people wouldn’t normally see.”

The two wanted “a gallery that had many different genres together so it exposes people who wouldn’t necessary look at surrealism, or watercolor, or photography, and its right next to the other pieces so it gives you more exposure to that art,” Cavender said.

Wearable art products are also featured and for sale at the gallery.

Rhapsody is currently collecting coats, gloves and scarves for Common Ground Outreach, a group that works directly with individuals who are homeless. They are also collecting gift cards to assist with purchasing food to serve meals to homeless individuals.

Music Instructor Justin Zych will be holding a basic guitar restringing and maintenance workshop from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 9.

Hoosier Sports & Chiropractic will host a workshop on caring for one’s neck and back as an artist at 4 p.m. Feb. 18. Three new patient visits will be given away during the workshop.

Rhapsody will also be hosting a Canvas Stretching workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21 for artists who are interested in learning how to stretch and prime canvases, according to the event’s Facebook page.

Cavender and Ruisard said they looked for a building for about a year, but like their current location because of the opportunities they have with the large parking lot and annual block party.

“The ‘05 area was some place we wanted to look into,” Cavender said. “We have galleries around Fort Wayne so we wanted to hit a sport that was supportive of the arts.”