Start the weekend Friday night in Blueberry Country.  Marshall County is host to the state’s largest festival – the annual Blueberry Festival – and it’s home to Culver Academies.  Founded in the late 1800s, the military academy is among the country’s premiere boarding schools for grades 9 – 12.  Its stunning chapel boasts a Rose Window made by Tiffany.  The chapel is open every day until 9 p.m., and you can see the Rose Window up close via the balcony that’s on the lakeside of the building.  Marshall County offers several unique places to spend the night, and you can find those here.

On Saturday morning, travel east for 45 minutes to Kosciusko County’s beautiful lakes region, the home of Warsaw Cut Glass.  Founded in 1912, the building’s one main shaft drove two floors of glass cutting then and today.  The shaft and the original leather belts remain in use, making serving pieces, pitchers, bowls, vases, and many specialty items.  Still in its original building, made from extra street paving bricks, Warsaw Cut Glass is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.  There are lots of things to see and do in Kosciusko County, and those are here.

WHEN YOU’RE READY FOR THE WEEKEND FINALE, and you will want to leave a lot of time for this, head east to Indiana’s second-largest city: Fort Wayne.  On Saturday and Sunday, schedule your time to take in each of these stops, and to find the perfect place to rest, look here

GLASSLINK.  On Saturday, GlassLink will host its annual show.  GlassLink is an art glass studio, supply retailer and education center specializing in stained glass, fusing (warm glass), mosaics, lampwork beads, dichroic jewelry and Precious Metal Clay.  Custom commissions, repairs, finished art sales, art glass classes and studio time are offered; however, many visit for the workshops.  Known for its extensive educational program, GlassLink’s artists and instructors tailor their approach to individual learning styles, and small class sizes allow for maximum interaction. GlassLink features single and multi-session programs, for students of all skill levels, during evenings and weekends in stained glass, flameworking, fusing, kiln casting, mosaics, wire wrapping, dichroic jewelry and Precious Metal Clay.  GlassLink: 516 Noble Drive Fort Wayne, Indiana; GlassLink website

THE FORT WAYNE MUSEUM OF ART.  Throughout the weekend, and through the end of September, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art is hosting an extensive exhibit of glasswork by Dale Chihuly, and this is just one component of a larger celebration of studio glass the museum has dubbed The Summer of Glass.  On Saturday, the museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday hours are noon to 5 p.m.

In collaboration with Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, Michigan, FWMoA is presenting two exhibits highlighting the breadth of style in contemporary studio glass – the 41st Annual International Studio Glass Invitational Award Winners and The Next Generation of Studio Glass.

The Invitational, organized by Habatat Galleries, is the oldest and largest annual contemporary glass exhibition in the country. Selected from an array of glass masters, it features work from 26 of the best studio glass artists in the world.

Throughout his more than 40 year career, Chihuly has pushed the boundaries of color and form, exponentially raising the art world’s appreciation of the medium of glass, and his success paved the way for other studio glass artists to further push the boundaries of traditional glass work. This second FWMoA exhibit also is produced in collaboration with Habatat Galleries. Each exhibit, featuring the world’s most exciting studio glass, showcases adventurous work in glass sculpture today, as well as how studio glass masters are influencing the next generation of the medium.  Fort Wayne Museum of Art: 311 E Main St., Fort Wayne, Indiana; Fort Wayne Museum of Art website

THE ORCHARD GALLERY.  The Orchard Gallery of Fine Art is owned, managed and staffed by the membership, and when you visit you will be greeted by one of the working artists. The Orchard represents nationally and internationally known artists of varied media, and a portion of the gallery is dedicated to month-long featured exhibits highlighting individual members’ work.  The Orchard Gallery: 6312 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana; The Orchard Gallery website.

MIDWEST ART GLASS.  Midwest Art Glass Inc. offers an amazing variety of glasswork targeted to residential, commercial and religious audiences.  Specializing in stained glass overlay, and offering decorating options through its Door Transformation Process, Midwest Glass visitors also can browse its custom decorative glass options, as well as its slumped and laminated glass, and its beautiful DecoTherm, etched, textured glasswork.  Midwest Art Glass: 3235 Oak Borough Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Midwest Art Glass website.

 GREAT PANES GLASS.  Nationally recognized for engraving excellence, Great Panes works in glass (flat, bent, tempered), brick, tile and stone used for architectural elements and donor recognition products for fundraising projects. They are engraving specialists who are committed to exacting standards of quality and dependability for jobs large and small. They also have a gift shop, repair broken glass, along with all of their custom services.  Great Panes Glass: 1307 North Wells, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Great Panes Glass website.

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