Inspired Fire

IMG_4461Inspired Fire is a glass studio and gallery located right here in Lafayette! When you enter Inspired Fire, it’s hard not to be “blown” away by the gallery of handmade glass items. Flowers, vases, jewelry, and so much more! The art here is made in shop and by over 30 different local artists. So many of these beautiful pieces of art would make great gifts for a loved one, or a special treat for yourself!

My fellow intern, Emily, and I had the opportunity to visit earlier last year and were absolutely spoiled by owner Sharon Owens and the rest of the staff. As soon as you enter, you’re greeted by the smiling faces of people who absolutely love what they do. I learned more Inspired Fire Glass Fish Demoabout glass blowing that day than I ever expected when Emily and I were led to the studio and given demonstrations. First, we were able to see a typical beginners’ piece (a little glass fish!) made. It is amazing to see how within just a few minutes something so unique and exciting can be made! A little fish like this would make an adorable gift and booking a class to create something like this would definitely be a worthwhile experience that you and your friends or family would remember forever!

Sharon Owens even took the time to give us a personal tour of the building. Besides the gallery, there is a group studio that seats up to 8 with the ability to add 4 additional torches, as well as the new addition, the Hot Shop, which is over 1,000 square feet and has a Inspired Fire Sharon Making FLower200 pound glass furnace. She showed us how glass is melted and shaped into their beautiful glass flowers in the furnace.  Sharon also gave us a demonstration of how Inspired Fire’s famous glass Christmas ornaments are made. Overall, we had so much fun visiting the shop. If you’re looking for somewhere truly unique to visit in Lafayette, this is the place! Visit their website for more information about their gallery pieces, as well as their class times. Be sure to book your spot in advance because you don’t want to miss the chance to learn more about your new hobby, glass blowing!

Below you can watch a clip from our trip to Inspired Fire. Emily got to blow her own Christmas ornament, with the help of Sharon, of course!


This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist, Sam Martin!

Weekend Update: Listen to the Music!

Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This weekend is packed with chances to check out live music. This Friday at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette — Friday Night Live!! At the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette: Art! The museum comes to life with musical performances. Matt Monta is an original singer/songwriter whose songs tell the 26165303_2006100972740024_1216532842694790203_nstories of everyday struggle and triumph in Midwestern America. With several albums and songwriting credits to his name, Monta is recognized for his resonant lyrics as well as his passionate performances. Hear music, read lyrics, and learn more at Admission is FREE thanks to our sponsors: Alberta Barker, Jim & Sandy Bodenmiller, and Purdue Federal Credit Union. Performance begins at 7PM, with doors opening at 6pm. Seating is limited, so come early to secure a spot and view the galleries.

More live music at the Delphi Opera House this weekend! The Time Travelers have been entertaining for over 20 years. Great singing voices and musicianship allow them to cover a tremendous variety of classic rock songs from the early days to the present. In addition to great guitar playing, the secret weapon is “the flute”. Audiences visibly take notice when they hear the familiar melodies backed up by a powerhouse rhythm section. The family friendly and familiar song list makes them a crowd-pleaser. For tickets and more information, visit the Opera House website.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at

Shop til you Drop at Interior Objects


Interior Objects is a wonderful shop located in the Market Square Shopping Center. Pottery, jewelry, knick·knacks, art, gifts for everyone & so much more!

Interior Objects View from AboveStep into Interior Objects, and you will immediately be tempted to buy everything in sight! There is a wide variety of objects just waiting to take their place in your, or a loved one’s, home.  It is a specialty boutique specializing in beautiful homewares, lifestyle items and one of kind decorations. This is also another one of our community’s local businesses that offers good old Hoosier hospitality! You can be sure that as soon as you enter, someone will greet you with a smile and direct you towards whatever interests you.

Interior Objects Cooking ItemsVisitors and local residents alike can find great pieces to add to their homeware collection! There are dishes, serving platters, utensils, aprons, tools, decorations, and so much more to pick from. There is also an exclusive collection of Scott Frankenberger pottery. He is a local artist who creates beautiful items such as mugs, vases and plates.

Interior Objects.Shopping Sam

Every time I visit I want to purchase about everything at Interior Objects! My personal favorite items are pillows, place-mats and glasses with beautiful designs – Indiana-themed, and Purdue-themed in particular! It is definitely a challenge to escape without finding something you love and purchasing it.

This blog was shared by Samantha Martin, a Purdue student Visitor Information Specialist Intern at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.


Made in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Attention all art lovers! You may be surprised to know how many talented artists are located right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette. I explored our area to see what great finds are being crafted by our local artists. From jewelry to paintings, check out below five of the coolest things made here:


Inspired Fire

Inspired Fire Sharon using furnace

Beads, vases, jewelry, and other art pieces – Inspired Fire’s master artistry is primarily done by owner and operator, Sharon Owens! Not only can you purchase these items, you can also learn to make some yourself. Inspired Fire offers group and individual courses that teach you how to make glass creations yourself! This studio is such a unique experience you really can’t miss out on!

Photo Beads at LE Originals


LE Originals is located right downtown Lafayette on Main Street! Filled with handmade pieces of jewelry and art, LE Originals is a must-see for Lafayette creations! Amongst all of the lovely necklaces, bracelets (and more!) is the patented Wearable Art Jewelry! Create a piece of jewelry accented with a bead that bears a photo of your choosing. This is something you LITERALLY can’t get anywhere else!

 Scott Frankenberger Porcelain


Scott Frankenberger has been part of the Lafayette-West Lafayette artist community since 1974. He makes his gorgeous (and functional!) pottery pieces in his studio, Crossroad Pottery Studio. Dinnerware, teapots, platters, bowls… Scott creates one-of-a-kind items that are sure to amaze your guests and make them ask “Where in the world did you get that?!” – And you can proudly say right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

Dennis Wischmeier Paintings


“Blue Lake Shore” depicts the views of Lake Michigan located just hours from Lafayette. This beautiful landscape painting is hung in the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette! It was painted by local artist, Dennis Wischmeier. This gallery room in the museum is home to several of his wonderful landscapes! It is a striking showcase of the four seasons, each one a beautiful perspective of our state!

Artists like Cherry Delaney at Artists’ Own


Artists’ Own showcases stunning works from artists both local and not! There is always an interesting and engaging new exhibit to visit there. Cherry Delaney is just one of so many local artists which house their art in Artists’ Own. She shows and sells handmade jewelry there! In fact, Cherry has been creating these pieces for over 20 years! This talented artist uses the Japanese-style Kumihimo braiding, and clay, to craft these unique items!

So, art lovers… What are you waiting for?

This blog was shared by student blogger and Visitor Information Specialist, Samantha Martin!



Go Wild at Artists Gone Wild Art Gallery!

This art gallery is no longer in business as of June 16, 2014.

Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about a new, eclectic art gallery, Artists Gone Wild, which opened in West Lafayette this past year. If you enjoy wildly fun and creative art, this is the place to visit! Taxidermy, handcrafted jewelry, mixed-media sculpture, ceramics, photography, digital art and more are represented. Identical twin brothers and collaborative artists, Jacob and Joshua Kubisz, have ventured outside of the conventional realm of traditional practice to become Artists Gone Wild. They specialize in taxidermy and the realism of their art pieces makes you feel like the animals are still alive.

Words are hard to describe the art, so enjoy the visual representation of the diverse art collection at this gallery.


Does this look real to you?

Does this look real to you?











IMG_3444This is kind of freaky!

Thoughts on this artistic display?


Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy. For more information about this art gallery and others in the area, visit our website at

Weekend Update: Wabash Riverfest & Gallery Walk

Wabash Riverfest

Wabash Riverfest

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Enjoy beautiful art?  Head downtown Lafayette this Friday, July 12, to stroll the shops and art galleries during the “Gallery Walk“.  Various venues will be open downtown, featuring original art, live music and refreshments.  Fingers are crossed for nice weather, so visitors can enjoy the horse-drawn carriage rides. This event is free and welcomes everyone to take an evening to appreciate the diverse and eclectic artwork our city offers.

Celebrate the wonders of the Wabash River and an afternoon full of fun and excitement during the Wabash Riverfest, taking place this Saturday, July 13.  The day starts with a Water Drop 5k Run/Walk, and throughout the day visitors can cheer on the teams competing in the canoe races.  At noon, zoo animals from Columbian Park Zoo arrive for the enjoyment of all!  Family fun entertainment includes free pony rides, a bounce house, educational/conservation booths, balloon artist Joe White, face painting, and a cornhole tournament.  This is a festival not to be missed!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at

Artists’ Own-Featuring Local Art and Handmade Products

Scott Frankenberger Pottery

Scott Frankenberger Pottery

Julia, a Purdue Grad Student, shares her shopping experience at a unique art gallery and shop, Artists’ Own!

My sister’s birthday was coming up during our summer family vacation and we needed to get her a gift in a pinch!  A shop that I pass by on a regular basis, Artists’ Own, has always caught my eye.  Artists’ Own is a cooperative business run by local artists from all over Lafayette, West Lafayette and nearby areas.    The products in Artists’ Own range from scarves and handmade cards to handmade plates, mugs, unique pieces of art, even creative teapots! The artists in the co-op are featured in Art Around the Fountain and a few other local events. The staff at Artists’ Own is the local artists who feature their artwork within this creative shop and they have a passion for all of the work submitted by the different artists and always gives useful and insightful information about the piece in question.

Ladies Shopping!

Ladies Shopping!

My favorite new artist who has a large amount of stock in Artists’ Own is Zach Medler.  I chose a piece by this artist because his style seemed urban, but clean and (since I can’t find the words to describe how his unique style is) AMAZING!  A solid favorite in my family is the work of Scott Frankenberger.  His work with ceramics is coated in beautiful, deep shades of reds, browns and blues that my family loves to give as presents! If you’re not in the mood to make a purchase, the other side of Artists’ Own is a gallery featuring the artists of the co-op.  A must see for the art-inclined!

For more information about Artists’ Own and other art galleries and shops in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit

One Earth Gallery

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, so many great “authentic art” shops!  One Earth Gallery, located downtown Lafayette, not only offers authentic American treasures, but the chance to admire handmade American Indian art.   Shoppers have the opportunity to purchase specialty items such as natural botanicals right from the earth and Zuni fetishes which are hand carved of a wide variety of stone, shell antler and more.

There is something special about One Earth Gallery.  My first stop in this shop, I was immediately greeted by the owner who was friendly and very enthusiastic about his authentic American Indian art.  There is a rich history in Native American Basktry which has evolved through the years from the interaction between Euro-Americans and Native Americans.  The baskets he showcases in his shop are true pieces of art.  (I personally grew up in a family who created baskets for 4-H, and the baskets in this shop are so diverse and intricate, that it puts our baskets to shame.)  These baskets are statement pieces, and there is one I have had my eye on that would be the perfect centerpiece to add to my dining room table.

One Earth Gallery is also rich in products such as coffee, pottery, and jewelry.  The coffee is organic, fair trade (small farmer), and shade grown.  All of the jewelry is handmade with natural materials by Native American jewelers and the pottery is also handmade the old way by Native American potters.  If you are looking for traditional and authentic, this shop is the place to visit!

One Earth Gallery is not to be missed on your next visit to our area.  For more information about this shop and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at

Indiana Fields of Fear & Night of the Living Dead

2 Great Cities, 1 Great Scary Weekend Update!  Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway?  Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by?  Check out the endless possibilities for fun and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

We love the month of October in Indiana because there are a host of scary events taking place in celebration of Halloween.   The “Indiana Fields of Fear” event kicks off this month’s creep revelry.  Taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, visit this attraction at Market Square to get into the Halloween spirit.  Indiana Fields of Fear offers 3 haunted attractions which include the following; The Gallows, Creature Cavern and Hog Hollow Farm.

Want to feel more terror? Attend the “Night of the Living Dead” presented by the Civic Youth Theatre this weekend at the Lafayette Civic Theatre. A gripping terror filled monochromatic play will bring all the fright of the cult classic to life. This blend of thrilling horror laced with touches of black humor envelops the audience in the action and unfolds a shocking theatrical ending.

Do you like to be scared?  If so, share with us why you like to be frightened!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon & Starry Night Music Festival

2 Great Festivals, 1 Great Weekend Update!  Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway?  Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by?  Check out the endless possibilities for fun and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Start your weekend off right, by attending the annual “Starry Night Music Festival” at Purdue University, Friday, September 21 at 6:30pm!  This street festival is heavy on music, art, social issues, conversations and a really good time. This year the line-up includes nationally touring bands, Farewell Flight and Deas Vail, along with some great regional acts.  While you listen to the energetic music, you can browse a wide variety of art and goods, available for purchase, including caricatures, funky clothes & jewelry, sculptures made from appliances, coffee, music, and more.  The best part is the awesome festival if free!

Feast Food

This Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23, is a time to enjoy history, culture and wood smoked, authentic food at the annual “Feast of the Hunters’ Moon“!  The Feast brings thousands of participants to the banks of the Wabash River to re-create the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place at Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid 1700s. The weekend is truly a feast for your senses.  As soon as you arrive you smell the wood smoke and hear the sizzle of food being roasted.  Your senses will burst as the blasts of the rifles periodically go off.  The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is celebrating 45 years of re-enactments, so do not miss all the fun!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at