Inspired by the lotus flower, whose seeds find stability in grimy pond water before blossoming into beautiful flowers, Lotus Yoga, Wellness & Gallery mirrors this journey through its art gallery, yoga classes, and massage studio. The gallery's hardwood floors mirror its wood ceiling, between which clean white walls and a curved display wall in the center of the room allow the artwork they display to pop with crystal vividness. Through all its endeavors, including gallery events and workshops, the destination seeks to establish a community of compassion among its staff and patrons.
The yoga studio teaches the breathing- and movement-based Vinyasa style to practitioners of all skill levels in standard class settings. For an individualized wellness experience, instructors conduct personal-training sessions as therapists administer chiropractic treatments and massages.
Artlink, a non-profit, independent visual-arts gallery, showcases artwork from both emerging and established artists. Unlike many other Indiana galleries, it's not associated with any university or artist co-op, preferring to roam freely through the forest of artistic expression, harvesting the heartiest redwoods and capturing the most exotic birds. With an individual membership ($20), you'll get unlimited access to the gallery’s 16 annual exhibits. Currently on display, The Member’s Show features the work of Artlink members, and the Landscapes: Urban and Rural exhibit that opens August 20 will display pictures of area landscaping companies in action, shaping hedges, mowing grass, and winning the hearts of mail carriers.
At Northside Galleries, $90 worth of services goes a long way, approximately furnishing a black-framed single mat for an 11”x14” diploma ($95), a single floated mat and mounting for a framed 10”x12” piece of art ($89), or a double-matted glossy 8”x10” ($99) for a portrait of a cow balancing a papaya on its nose. Northside has more framing options than even Teddy Roosevelt can shake a stick at, though 30 framing profiles are handy for quick project solutions. Standard and acid-free mountings are available, along with stretching for jerseys and glass with reflection control and UV reduction. Frames range from plain to museum quality in a variety of styles ($3.50/foot to $70/foot), so take your time while perusing the chevrons of potential style.
Crestwoods Frame Shop and Gallery protects clients' cherished paintings and possessions and displays work from celebrated local and regional artists. The studio boasts more than 2,500 types of frames, paired with acid-free archival materials and UV glass to reduce fading. The staff also restores old photographs and provides crisp, professional digital printing services.
The Beaux Arts Ball After Party evokes the artists' balls of the 1920s and '30s as guests don costumes and dance to celebrate the avant garde artists and fashion designers whose ideas evolved costumes into wearable art. Guests strut their stuff in outrageous costumes during the Beaux Arts Grand Procession as they contend for prizes from South Bend's local dining and entertainment hotspots. Guests can rub elbows or velvety antlers with newly crowned Lifetime Achievement recipients Mayor Steve Luecke and sculptor Tuck Langland while sipping adult beverages from a cash bar, munching on sweet treats, and mingling in support of the South Bend Art Museum. Toes tap as the live tunes of The Marquis with Terry Austin float in and out of aural canals, much like the advice of a loving Q-tip.