The 2021 Night Market hosted by The Garden Fort Wayne wrapped up its 2021 season on Sept. 15.

Husband and wife duo Chad and Lesa Van Meter opened The Garden on Aug 20, 2020 after converting an old bank building along the North Anthony Corridor. The space is now a multi-use creative space.

“My husband, Chad, and I have always had a passion for helping creative entrepreneurs launch into the universe,” Lesa said. “We did it naturally without ever having a location on a personal level.”

The free Night Market is just one of the ways the couple is creating a space for artists to show off their work.

“This is just a neat way to formalize it,” Lesa said. “The Night Market itself is just another way to bring communities together in a totally interactive art experience. We want to make art accessible.”

Those who attend the Night Market can expect live music, art, vendor booths, drinks, food and more.

The 2022 Night Market season will begin in May and last through September on the third Wednesday during those months.

“Our goal is to do things that are enriching to the community,” Lesa said. “I’m all for trying new ways to serve the community through art.”

The Garden is a location to help high school, college and post-college creatives find a home in the “05” and be a community space for the neighborhood, according to their website.

“The artists themselves are always shocked at the size and scope of the event and the ability to showcase so many different pieces in quantity and size,” Lesa said. “Our space is unique in that we can showcase so many different kinds of art. I designed the building specifically that way.”

Some of the upcoming events at The Garden include an art show reception for Tim Baron on Oct. 15, Illumination poetry workshop with Lauren M. Davis on Oct. 28 and a Holiday Market on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13.

The Garden is taking applications for solo or group artists, vendor and musician applications for the Night Market and for volunteers. The space is also available for rentals.

The Garden Fort Wayne is located at 3308 N Anthony Boulevard. For more information about the space, call 260-739-6557 or visit

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