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Saturday, Sep. 24, 2016

 

What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 

By Hope Wallace

The 39th Annual Photography Exhibit is off and running. Photographers will have received their results by today. We received over 400 entries by 42 photographers! That is an incredible turnout, so thank you for your participation. Youth, adults, professionals and amateurs were encouraged to submit their photographs. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held on October 2 from 1–5 p.m. Photographers will be notified but will not receive their awards until after the award presentation. We’ll have free snacks, live music by Orlando Finelli on guitar and cash bar. For more information please see our website or give us a call. This exhibit will be on view until October 23.

Artists and Photographers the next exhibit to prepare for will be the Wassenberg Artist Member Exhibit & Sale just in time for holiday shopping season! This is an all out make stuff type of sale and all work is accepted, all you have to do is be an existing Wassenberg Art Center member or join at the time of submission. We have a juror determine awards. Art check-in is scheduled for Friday, November 11, 12, and 13 from 1–5 p.m. An entry form with complete details will be mailed to members shortly and will be available on our website soon as well. We hope to see you and your work for this fun annual tradition.

Art Classes:

Watercolor Techniques: is held on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. – noon. On-going. $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

ArtNight: Free. Thursdays 6-9 p.m. Ongoing. Cash bar. This week…maybe we’ll make some disembodied hands for our upcoming Mausoleum Masquerade. Halloween decoration will go into full throttle on September 29. Join in on the party!

ArtReach (ages 7–11 and 12–15) Ongoing: Sign up whenever you want. We still have space available in our popular ArtReach after school art program! Ages 7-11 meet on Tuesdays and ages 12 and up meet on Thursdays. This after-school art program continues for the duration of the school year. Students receive a snack and then get down to creating!

Parents can drop off their youngsters after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. Our program provides students with a much needed boost in visual art instruction, which has been proven to boost critical thinking, math skills and many other academic and social benefits. ArtReach instructor Diane Bendele earned her bachelors degree in art education from Bowling Green State University and her Masters degree in education from Ohio State. As an art educator for 35 years, she has worked with students of all ages in the traditional classroom setting as well as the online classroom. She has organized student art exhibits, and served as judge for art shows. Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for regular price during the regular school year. Most supplies will be provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules. An online registration is also available on our website. Need-based scholarships are also available on a limited basis and go quickly. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

Drawing Basic Anatomy: November 9, 16, 21, 29 from 6 – 8 p.m. Recommended ages: 15 and up. Instructor: Matt Temple. Matt holds a degree in computer animation and multimedia from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Defiance College. He has been a frequent instructor at the Wassenberg Art Center and also serves as the office manager there. Matt’s work has been selected consistently in many area exhibits and competitions and he has a strong command of rendering human anatomy. Persons with any skill level will feel at home in this class. Costs are WAC members: $40 and regular price is $45.

For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit: wassenbergartcenter.org. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). We can also be reached by telephone at: 419.238.6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

 

 

POSTED: 09/21/16 at 1:02 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Stephen Takacs photographs the Wassenberg Art Center during the Badlands and Brownies Exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center, set to close Sept. 16. (Photograph by Scott Kraemer.)

Stephen Takacs photographs the Wassenberg Art Center during the Badlands and Brownies Exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center, set to close Sept. 16. (Photograph by Scott Kraemer.)

The 39th Annual Photography Exhibit entry deadline is Sept. 14; contact the Wassenberg Art Center now for an entry form. Entry is open to all ages and all skill levels. This is a juried exhibit; entry does not guarantee display.

The exhibit will open Oct. 2 with a reception from 1-5 p.m. featuring refreshments, live music by Orlando Finelli on guitar, and a cash bar. For more information please see our website or give us a call. This exhibit will be on display until Oct, 23.

The Badlands and Brownies Exhibit ends this Friday, Sept. 16. Don’t miss the fine work of photographers Stephen Takacs of Columbus (who takes pictures using a giant Brownie Camera) and Mark Lanning Jr. of Sacramento, Calif.

We have a selection of art classes; contact the art center to register.

Watercolor Techniques, a class for adults taught by Pat Rayman, is held Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. This continuing class is $35 a month for members, $40 for non-members. Watercolor materials are required.

An Evening Pottery Class will be held on Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, and 12, starting at 6 p.m. each evening. Instructor Maria Coward, who specializes in ceramics and printmaking, will help you with current projects or instruct you in techniques, including wheel throwing. The fee is $70 for members, $75 for non-members. Some materials are required.

The ArtReach After School Art Program is held on Tuesdays for ages 7-11 and Thursdays for ages 12-16. Students will be provided a snack and then they’ll get down to creating. Parents may drop off students after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. The instructor is Diane Bendele, who holds degrees in art education and education. She has been an art instructor for 35 years, working with students of all ages both in the classroom and online. The monthly fee for ArtReach is $40 for members, $45 for non-members during the regular school year. Most supplies will be provided. Holidays and cancellations will follow the Van Wert City School schedule.

On Thursdays, from 6-9 p.m., we offer a free ArtNight. Bring a current project, or try out something using materials available in the art center classroom.

Online registration is available, or call/visit the art center. Need-based scholarships are available for children’s classes on a limited basis. Contact the art center for more information .

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. Call the art center at 419.238.6837, or email info@wassenbergartcenter.org. The Center’s website is located at wassenbergartcenter.org.

 

 

 

POSTED: 09/14/16 at 1:05 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Badlands and Brownies Exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center will close Sept. 16.  You won't want to miss this show, so visit soon!  (Photo submitted.)

Badlands and Brownies Exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center will close Sept. 16. You won’t want to miss this show, so visit soon! (Photo submitted.)

If you haven’t had a chance to tour the Badlands and Brownies Exhibit, come soon, as it will close at the end of next week. This is the compelling work of two national and international photographers, Stephen Takacs of Columbus and Mark Lanning Jr. of Sacramento, Calif. Takacs has created a life-size fully functional Brownie camera. Lanning toured and photographed the Badlands and Pine Ridge Reserveration. This exhibit will be displayed until Sept. 16.

The deadline to enter your photographs in the 39th Annual Photography Exhibit is Sept. 14. Contact the art center for an entry form. Youth, adults, professionals and amateurs are encouraged to submit their photographs. The opening reception will be held on Oct. 2 from 1–5 p.m. This exhibit will be on display until Oct. 23.

Ceramic work by Wassenberg Art Center instructor Maria Coward. Spaces in the upcoming pottery class are still available.  The class will begin on Sept. 7 at 6 p.m.; contact the art center for complete information.  (Photo submitted.)

Ceramic work by Wassenberg Art Center instructor Maria Coward. Spaces in the upcoming pottery class are still available.  The class will begin on Sept. 7 at 6 p.m.; contact the art center for complete information.  (Photo submitted.)

Art Classes available for ages 18 and over include Watercolor Techniques, a new Daytime Drawing Class, and Evening Pottery Class. Contact the art center for information on classes, fees, dates, and supplies needed. There is also a free ArtNight open studio on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. where you can try out techniques or bring your current art project.

For children and youths, the ArtReach after-school art program begins Tuesday, Sept. 13 (ages 7-11) and Thursday, Sept. 8 (ages 12-16). Contact the art center for information on fees, etc. on this program. Need-based scholarships are also available on a limited basis for ArtReach. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

For complete information on classes and exhibits, visit wassenbergartcenter.org or call 419.238.6837, email info@wassenbergartcenter.org , or visit The Wassenberg Art Center at 214 S. Washington St.

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 09/07/16 at 1:14 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace 

A rifle reportedly present at the massacre at Wounded Knee has been added to the Faces of Little Bighorn exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

A rifle reportedly present at the massacre at Wounded Knee has been added to the Faces of Little Bighorn exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

A new item has been added to the Faces of Little Bighorn exhibit. Dr. John Trippy, owner of Father John’s Microbrewery in Bryan, Wild Wind Bison Farm in Fremont, Indiana and former Van Wert resident has presented an antique rifle to be placed on short-term loan for the Faces of Little Bighorn exhibit held within the Wassenberg Art Center. The rifle has been installed above a painting of warrior, John Sitting Bull. John Sitting Bull was the adopted son of Chief Sitting Bull and was a deaf mute. The stories from the survivors is when U.S. soldiers were trying to disarm the Lakota at Wounded Knee, John became confused and would not relinquish his rifle. It accidentally fired causing the melee and subsequent carnage. We wish to thank Dr. Trippy for his generous contribution.

Our Wassenberg Photography Exhibit is coming up soon! Prospectus have gone out and entries will be due by September 14. We can’t wait to see what you come up with a couple different categories we added. If you know someone who enjoys photography, encourage them to enter. This exhibit is for youth, adults, amateurs and professional photographers. Opening reception will be held on October 2 from 1–5 p.m. For more information please see our or give us a call.

Art Classes:

Watercolor Techniques: Tuesdays, from 10 a.m.-noon. Ongoing. Monthly fee is $35 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

ArtNight: Free. Thursdays 6 – 9 p.m. Ongoing. Cash bar.

Daytime Drawing Class: A morning drawing class to be held on Fridays, held on Sep. 9, 16, 23, 30 from 10 a.m. until noon for ages 14–132. Instructor Pat Rayman will demonstrate ways to improve drawing skill to produce more dramatic results. Materials needed are: a sketchbook or drawing paper, drawing pencils, HB and 2B a black pen (fine or medium point) and colored pencils. 
Materials needed are: a sketchbook or drawing paper, drawing pencils, HB and 2B a black pen (fine or medium point) and colored pencils. Online sign up available.

Evening Pottery Class: Evening pottery classes be held beginning Sept.  7, 14, 21, 28 and Oct. 5 and 12. Basic through more advanced techniques will be featured by instructor Maria Coward. Maria has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree from Indiana Univesty/Purdue University,where she concentrated in ceramics and printmaking. Come with project ideas, and let Maria help you realize them, or let her show you how to throw a bowl on a pottery wheel! Class fee includes 25 lbs. of clay. Additional clay may be purchased. Materials suggested: Pottery tool kit, 1 gallon bucket, spray bottle, clean-up sponge. An additional/optional materials list with more detail will be provided to you upon sign-up. $70 members/$75 regular.

ArtReach (ages 7–11 and 12–15) We are again offering our popular ArtReach after school art program! Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 13 for ages 7–11, and Thursday, September 8 for ages 12-16 will be offering this after-school art program for the duration of the school year. Students will receive a snack and then get down to creating! Parents can drop off their youngsters after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. Our program provides students with a much needed boost in visual art instruction, which has been proven to boost critical thinking and math skills.

Instructor Diane Bendele earned her bachelors degree in art education from Bowling Green State University and her Masters degree in education from Ohio State. As an art educator for 35 years, she has worked with students of all ages in the traditional classroom setting as well as the online classroom. She has organized student art exhibits, and served as judge for art shows. Diane has been commissioned to create interior and exterior murals. She has exhibited her work at Delphos Area Art Guild shows, American Gallery of Sylvania Ohio, BGSU, Delphos Postal Museum, and Art Space Lima. Diane works in acrylic and oil paints as well in fibers and concrete sculptures.

Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for non-members during the regular school year. Most supplies will be provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules.

An online registration is also available on our website. Spaces are limited and fill up quickly. Need-based scholarships are also available on a limited basis and go quickly. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit: wassenbergartcenter.org. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. We can also be reached by telephone at: 419.238.6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

 

 

 

POSTED: 08/24/16 at 12:59 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

The Brownie in Motion is a room-sized replica of one of the first point and shoot cameras. This forerunner of the phone camera will be on display through Sept. 15 at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

The Brownie in Motion is a room-sized replica of one of the first point and shoot cameras. This forerunner of the phone camera will be on display through Sept. 15 at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

We have a giant brownie camera sitting in our gallery. If you weren’t able to catch the opening for Badlands & Brownies, it will be on display until Sept. 16. This is an exhibit of two unlikely yet similar, young photographers from each end of the United States who refuse to let traditional techniques become extinct. This exhibit shows twists on traditional media of varying subjects.

Speaking of photography, our own Wassenberg Photography Exhibit is coming up soon! Prospectuses are going out as I type and entries will be due by Sept. 14. We can’t wait to see what you come up with a couple different categories we added. For more information please see our website and if you are an art center member, you will be receiving your call for entry in the mail soon.

Our final 4-Friday will be Friday, Aug. 19 and will feature Van Wert’s own Real Human Robot with some electronic tunes, dance demos, mini lessons and line dancing! The Van Wert Health Department, Van Wert County Hospital and the Wassenberg Art Center have been working together for over a year to bring Van Wert an alternative market and lunch option. Sponsors for this event include: Lee Kinstle, Statewide Ford, Taylor Auto, AgCredit, Van Wert County Hospital, Purmort Bros. Insurance and Greve Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge.

Art Classes:

Watercolor Techniques: is held on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. – noon. On-going. $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

ArtNight: Free. Thursdays 6 – 9 p.m. Ongoing. Cash bar.

Daytime Drawing Class: A morning drawing class to be held on Fridays, held on Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 from 10 a.m. until noon for ages 14–132. Instructor Pat Rayman will demonstrate new ways to improve drawing skill to produce more dramatic results. Materials needed are: a sketchbook or drawing paper, drawing pencils, HB and 2B a black pen (fine or medium point) and colored pencils. 
Materials needed are: a sketchbook or drawing paper, drawing pencils, HB and 2B a black pen (fine or medium point) and colored pencils. Online sign up available.

Evening Pottery Class: Evening pottery classes be held beginning Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 and October 5 and 12. Basic through more advanced techniques will be featured by instructor Maria Coward. Maria has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree from Indiana Univesty/Purdue University,where she concentrated in ceramics and printmaking. Come with project ideas, and let Maria help you realize them, or let her show you how to throw a bowl on a pottery wheel! Class fee includes 25 lbs. of clay. Additional clay may be purchased. Materials suggested: Pottery tool kit, 1 gallon bucket, spray bottle, clean-up sponge. An additional/optional materials list with more detail will be provided to you upon sign-up. $70 members/$75 regular.

ArtReach (ages 7–11 and 12–15): We are again offering our popular ArtReach after school art program! Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 13 for ages 7–11, and Thursday, Sept. 8 for ages 12-16 will be offering this after-school art program for the duration of the school year. Students will receive a snack and then get down to creating! Parents can drop off their youngsters after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. Our program provides students with a much needed boost in visual art instruction, which has been proven to boost critical thinking and math skills.

Instructor Diane Bendele earned her bachelors degree in art education from Bowling Green State University and her Masters degree in education from Ohio State. As an art educator for 35 years, she has worked with students of all ages in the traditional classroom setting as well as the online classroom. She has organized student art exhibits, and served as judge for art shows. Diane has been commissioned to create interior and exterior murals. She has exhibited her work at Delphos Area Art Guild shows, American Gallery of Sylvania Ohio, BGSU, Delphos Postal Museum, and Art Space Lima. Diane works in acrylic and oil paints as well in fibers and concrete sculptures.

Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for non-members during the regular school year. Most supplies will be provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules.

An online registration is also available on our website. Spaces are limited and fill up quickly. Need-based scholarships are also available on a limited basis and go quicklys. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit: wassenbergartcenter.org. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 South Washington Street (former Van Wert Armory). We can also be reached by telephone at: 419.238.6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

 

 

The Brownie in Motion is a room-sized replica of one of the first point and shoot cameras. This forerunner of the phone camera will be on display through Sept. 15 at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

POSTED: 08/17/16 at 12:45 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

The Brownie in Motion is a room sized replica of one of the first point and shoot cameras. This forerunner of the phone camera will be demonstrated by Stephan Takacs, artist on Aug. 12 at the Wassenberg Art Center at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Photo submitted.)

The Brownie in Motion is a room sized replica of one of the first point and shoot cameras. This camera will be demonstrated by Stephan Takacs, artist, on Aug. 12 at the Wassenberg Art Center at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Photo submitted.)

Photography exhibit Badlands & Brownies opens Friday at 6 p.m.! Badlands & Brownies is an exhibit of two unlikely yet similar, young photographers from each end of the United States who refuse to let traditional techniques become extinct. These two photographers will exhibit their twists on traditional media of varying subjects. While driving on a trip out west with my grandson, we noticed a photographer with a 4 x 5 format film camera set up alongside the road in the Badlands. We pulled over and introduced ourselves. Fast forward two years later, national photographer Mark Lanning Jr. is exhibiting at the Wassenberg Art Center. Stephen Takacs’ work was discovered in the

Mark Lanning Jr’s photograph of an abandoned hotel, taken in the Badlands of South Dakota. Lanning’s work will be on display at the Wassenberg Art Center beginning Friday, Aug. 12. (Photo submitted.)

Mark Lanning Jr’s photograph of an abandoned hotel, taken in the Badlands of South Dakota. Lanning’s work will be on display at the Wassenberg Art Center beginning Friday, Aug. 12. (Photo submitted.)

OSU steam factory in the vast art studios at 400 Rich St., Columbus during a tour on arts revitalization. From two ends of the country come a flowing body of work we can’t wait to share with you. First we will host a demonstration of the walk-in Brownie-in-motion camera obscura, created by photographer and artist, Stephen Takacs of Columbus. Following Stephan’s presentation, Changing Elements Band will take the stage with their chill sounds. So sit back and join us, free entry, food and cash bar.

Are we having fun at 4-Fridays Farm & Art Market or what? This Friday we host the third installment of this lunchtime, healthy event. 4-Fridays happens on Aug. 12, and then again on Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our foodie friends Gibson’s BBQ, ChopShop Kabobs, and Black Angus will be on-site to tame the lunchtime tum. Entertainment will include: Dan Dickerson & the Harp Condition, and hooping artist Mikila will be selling professional hoops and providing demonstrations. Also on Aug. 12, OSU instructor, Stephen Takacs will be have his walk-in model of a Brownie camera on-site and will later, at 6 p.m. give a detailed presentation at the beginning of the Badlands and Brownies opening reception. Aug. 19 will feature Van Wert’s own Real Human Robot with some electronic tunes dance demos, mini lessons and line dancing! The Van Wert Health Department, Van Wert County Hospital and the Wassenberg Art Center have been working together for over a year to bring Van Wert an alternative market and lunch option. Sponsors for this event include: Lee Kinstle, Statewide Ford, Taylor Auto, AgCredit, Van Wert County Hospital, and Greve Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge.

Watercolor Techniques is an ongoing Tuesday morning class for adults 18 and older, 10 a.m. to noon. Monthly fee is $35 art center member price/$40 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

ArtNight: Free. Thursdays 6 – 9 p.m. Ongoing. Cash bar.

Acrylic Painting: Instructor: Pat Rayman, $40 art center member price, $45 regular price. Adults. Want to learn how to master one of our favorite mediums? Acrylic painting taught by Pat Rayman will commence on Fridays in August, 10 a.m.  Cost of the class will be $40 art center members/$45 regular. Materials required: 8″x10″ canvas paper pad, canvas boards, stretched canvas or artist panel boards (one per class) at least (5) tubes acrylic paint, white, black, red, blue and yellow, a drawing pencil, palette (we use foam or paper plates), kneaded eraser. Online sign up available.

Daytime Drawing Class: A morning drawing class to be held on Fridays, beginning on Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 from 10 a.m. until noon for adults 18 and above. Instructor Pat Rayman will demonstrate new ways to improve drawing skill to produce more dramatic results. Materials needed are: a sketchbook or drawing paper, drawing pencils, HB and 2B a black pen (fine or medium point) and colored pencils. 
Materials needed are: a sketchbook or drawing paper, drawing pencils, HB and 2B a black pen (fine or medium point) and colored pencils. Online sign up available.

Evening Pottery Class: Evening pottery classes will resume beginning Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 and October 5 and 12. Basic through more advanced techniques will be featured by instructor Maria Coward. Maria has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree from Indiana Univesty/Purdue University,where she concentrated in ceramics and printmaking. Come with project ideas, and let Maria help you realize them, or let her show you how to throw a bowl on a pottery wheel! Class fee includes 25 lbs. of clay. Additional clay may be purchased. Materials suggested: Pottery tool kit, 1 gallon bucket, spray bottle, clean-up sponge. An additional/optional materials list with more detail will be provided to you upon sign-up. $70 members/$75 regular.

ArtReach (ages 11–7 and 12–15) We are again offering our popular ArtReach after school art program! Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 6 for ages 11–7, and Thursday, Sept. 8 for ages 12-16 will be offering this after-school art program for the duration of the school year. Students will receive a snack and then get down to creating! Parents can drop off their youngsters after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. Our program provides students with a much needed boost in visual art instruction, which has been proven to boost critical thinking and math skills.

Instructor Diane Bendele earned her bachelors degree in art education from Bowling Green State University and her Masters degree in education from Ohio State. As an art educator for 35 years, she has worked with students of all ages in the traditional classroom setting as well as the online classroom. She has organized student art exhibits, and served as judge for art shows. Diane has been commissioned to create interior and exterior murals. She has exhibited her work at Delphos Area Art Guild shows, American Gallery of Sylvania Ohio, BGSU, Delphos Postal Museum, and Art Space Lima. Diane works in acrylic and oil paints as well in fibers and concrete sculptures.

Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for non-members during the regular school year. Most supplies will be provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules.

An online registration is also available on our website. Spaces are limited and fill up quickly. Need-based scholarships are also available on a limited basis. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit: wassenbergartcenter.org. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 South Washington Street (former Van Wert Armory). We can also be reached by telephone at: 419.238.6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

 

 

POSTED: 08/10/16 at 1:44 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Members of the Lincolnview Cross Country Team stopped by for a photo op with giant veggies at the Wassenberg Art Center during 4-Fridays Farm Market.   (Photo submitted.)

Members of the Lincolnview Cross Country Team stopped by for a photo op with giant veggies at the Wassenberg Art Center during 4-Fridays Farm Market. (Photo submitted.)

4-Fridays Farm & Art Market is off to a great start! More food will be available this Friday as we host this lunchtime, healthy event. 4-Fridays will happen on Aug. 5, 12, and 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Van Wert Health Department, Van Wert County Hospital and the Wassenberg Art Center will bring you a market with live music, gourmet food vendors, art and entertainment. Each day will be filled with demonstrations, good eating and health information and one to two food vendors will be on-site to help make your lunchtime break a bit more fun. Art exhibits will open early with (as always) free admission. Sponsors for the event include: Lee Kinstle, Statewide Ford, Taylor Auto, Purmort Bros. Insurance, AgCredit, Van Wert County Hospital, and Greve Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge. Entertainment will include: Juxtapose – Classic Rock & blues, will pair up with Black Angus on the grills and maybe more food vendors on Aug. 5. Aug. 12 will bring Dan Dickerson & the Harp Condition, and hooping artist Mikila will be selling professional hoops and providing demonstrations. Also on Aug. 12, OSU instructor Stephan Takacs will be have his walk-in model of a Brownie camera on-site and later, at 6 p.m. will give a complete presentation during the Badlands and Brownies opening reception. Aug. 19 will feature Van Wert’s own Real Human Robot with some electronic tunes dance demos, mini lessons and yes, even line dancing.

Get in the Swing is still on display but only through Aug. 6. Get your bid in soon! Bidding will end at the close of the exhibit, so you don’t want to miss a chance to obtain a one-of-a-kind artisan swing you can install in your yard.

This huge working Brownie camera will be on display at the Wassenberg Art Center. See article for details.  (Photo submitted.)

This huge working Brownie camera will be on display at the Wassenberg Art Center. See article for details. (Photo submitted.)

Mark Lanning Jr. driving from Sacremento, Calif., delivered his prints this past weekend for our upcoming exhibit, Badlands & Brownies. This exhibit opens on Aug. 12 and a free, public opening reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. with a presentation by Stephan Takacs of Columbus, with his walk-in Brownie-in-motion camera obscura. Following Stephan’s presentation, Changing Elements Band will take the stage with their chill sounds. Badlands & Brownies is an exhibit of two unlikely yet similar, young photographers from each end of the United States who refuse to let traditional techniques become extinct. These two photographers will exhibit their twists on traditional media of varying subjects. For more information on these national level photographers, visit our website or contact the art center.

Art Classes:Classic Watercolor: An ongoing class for adults, held on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The monthly cost is $35 art center member price or $40 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Watercolor materials required. Online sign up available.

ArtNight: Free. Thursdays 6 – 9 p.m. Ongoing. Cash bar.

Acrylic Painting: Class for adults. Instructor: Pat Rayman, $40 art center member price, $45 regular price. Want to learn how to master one of our favorite mediums? Acrylic painting taught by Pat Rayman will commence on Friday, April 8 at 10 a.m.  Cost of the class will be $40 art center members/$45 regular. Materials required: 8″x10″ canvas paper pad, canvas boards, stretched canvas or artist panel boards (one per class) at least (5) tubes acrylic paint, white, black, red, blue and yellow, a drawing pencil, palette (foam plates or paper plates ARE FINE), kneaded eraser. Online sign up available.

Daytime Drawing Class: Class for adults. A morning drawing class to be held on Fridays, beginning on Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 from 10 a.m. until noon. Instructor Pat Rayman will demonstrate new ways to improve drawing skill to produce more dramatic results. Materials needed are: a sketchbook or drawing paper, drawing pencils, HB and 2B a black pen (fine or medium point) and colored pencils. 
Materials needed are: a sketchbook or drawing paper, drawing pencils, HB and 2B a black pen (fine or medium point) and colored pencils. Online sign up available.

Evening Pottery Class: Ages 16 and up. Evening pottery classes Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 and Oct. 5 and 12. Basic through more advanced techniques will be featured by instructor Maria Coward. Come with project ideas, and let Maria help you realize them, or let Maria show you how to throw a bowl on a pottery wheel! Class fee includes 25 lbs. of clay. Additional clay may be purchased. Materials suggested: Pottery tool kit, 1 gallon bucket, spray bottle, clean-up sponge. An additional/optional materials list with more detail will be provided to you upon sign-up. $70 members/$75 regular.

For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit: wassenbergartcenter.org. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). We can also be reached by telephone at: 419.238.6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 08/03/16 at 1:25 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Art-swings now on display at the Wassenberg Art Center can be purchased through silent auction through Aug. 6. “Duckzilla” was painted by William Mancuso of Ohio Northern University, Ada. (Photo submitted.)

Art-swings now on display at the Wassenberg Art Center can be purchased through silent auction through Aug. 6. “Duckzilla” was painted by William Mancuso of Ohio Northern University, Ada. (Photo submitted.)

Now that winners have been notified, we are happy to announce the following Duck Derpy winning ducks! First place ($1000) went to John Lianez of South Bend IN, second place ($400) to Kevin Taylor of Van Wert and third place ($100) to Michelle Gamble, also of Van Wert. Winner of the Lame Duck (dead last) went to Ben Laudick of Van Wert who won a bottle of wine provided by Collin’s Fine Foods. Our dedicated volunteer, Jayne Lianez of Van Wert sold the most ducks. A grand total of ducks sold for 2016 was 2170 quackers! We’d again like to thank our volunteers, attendees and sponsors for another fun and unusual event. We will see you next year!

Pan Man Dan steel drum musician of Fort Wayne, Ind., local Gibson BBQ and High Five Lunch of Indianapolis will be featured at the first 4-Friday Farm & Art Market on Friday, July 30 from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Pan Man Dan steel drum musician of Fort Wayne, Ind., local Gibson BBQ and High Five Lunch of Indianapolis will be featured at the first 4-Friday Farm & Art Market on Friday, July 30 from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

4-Fridays Farm & Art Market starts this Friday! 4-Fridays returns again on Aug. 5, 12, and 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Van Wert Health Department, Van Wert County Hospital and the Wassenberg Art Center will bring you a lunchtime market with live music, gourmet food vendors, art and entertainment. Each day will be filled with demonstrations, good eating and health information and one to two food vendors will be on-site to help make your lunchtime break a bit more fun. Art exhibits will open early with (as always) free admission. Sponsors for the event include: Lee Kinstle, Statewide Ford, Taylor Auto, Purmort Bros. Insurance, AgCredit, Van Wert County Hospital, and Greve Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge. Entertainment will include: 7/26 Pan Man Dan, sounds of the Caribbean on steel drum and High Five Lunch Gourmet Food Truck, on 8/5 Juxtapose – Classic Rock & blues, will pair up with Gibson’s BBQ and maybe more. Aug. 12 will bring Dan Dickerson & the Harp Condition, and hooping artist Mikila will be selling professional hoops and providing demonstrations. Also on Aug. 12, OSU instructor Stephan Takacs will be have his walk-in model of a Brownie camera on-site and will later at 6 p.m. give a more detailed presentation at the beginning of the Black Hills and Brownies opening reception. Aug. 19 will feature Van Wert’s own Real Human Robot with some electronic tunes dance demos, mini lessons and yes, even line dancing!

Get in the Swing is still on display through Aug. 6. Bidding is still open to obtain a one-of-a-kind artisan swing you can install in your yard. A functional and fun work of art. If you haven’t had a chance to come in for a swing, do so soon. While you are here, support the art center and the artists by bidding!

Mark Lanning Jr. driving from Sacremento, Calif., delivered his prints this past weekend for our upcoming exhibit, Black Hills & Brownies. While here, he made rounds around the area and photographed our community as well. This exhibit opens on Aug. 12 and a free, public opening reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. with a presentation by Stephan Takacs of Columbus, with his walk-in Brownie in motion camera obscura. Following the presentation, Changing Elements Band will take the stage with their chill sounds. Black Hills & Brownies is an exhibit of two unlikely yet similar, young photographers from each end of the United States who refuse to let traditional techniques become extinct. These two photographers will exhibit their twists on traditional media of varying subjects. For more information on these national level photographers, visit our website or contact the art center.

Art Classes:Watercolor techniques will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. – noon. On-going Tuesday morning class. $35 art center member price/$40 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

ArtNight: Free. Thursdays 6 – 9 p.m. Ongoing. Cash bar.

Acrylic Painting: Instructor: Pat Rayman, $40 art center member price, $45 regular price. Want to learn how to master one of our favorite mediums? Acrylic painting taught by Pat Rayman will commence on Friday, April 8 at 10 a.m.  Cost of the class will be $40 art center members/$45 regular. Materials required: 8″x10″ canvas paper pad, canvas boards, stretched canvas or artist panel boards (one per class) at least (5) tubes acrylic paint, white, black, red, blue and yellow, a drawing pencil, palette (we use foam or paper plates), kneaded eraser. Online sign up available.

Daytime Drawing Class: A morning drawing class to be held on Fridays, beginning on September 9, 16, 23, 30  from 10 a.m. until noon for ages 14–132. Instructor Pat Rayman will demonstrate new ways to improve drawing skill to produce more dramatic results. Materials needed are: a sketchbook or drawing paper, drawing pencils, HB and 2B a black pen (fine or medium point) and colored pencils. 
Materials needed are: a sketchbook or drawing paper, drawing pencils, HB and 2B a black pen (fine or medium point) and colored pencils. Online sign up available.

For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit: wassenbergartcenter.org. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). We can also be reached by telephone at: 419.238.6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 07/27/16 at 1:37 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

California photographer Mark Lanning Jr. is shown shooting photographs in the Black Hills in 2014. (Photo submitted.)

California photographer Mark Lanning Jr. is shown shooting photographs in the Black Hills in 2014. (Photo submitted.)

Main Street Van Wert, The Van Wert Health Department, Van Wert County Hospital, and the Wassenberg Art Center have combined to provide the “Four Fridays Farm & Art Market” in the downtown area on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 29, Aug. 5, 12, and 19. In addition to producers of fruit, cheese, eggs, meat, flowers, and beverages, the market has invited area artists to participate.

Each Friday will feature music and gourmet food trucks or other fresh food providers serving lunch. Wassenberg Art Center and its exhibits will be open, and vendors and musicians will be located in the front of the center and in its parking lot. Different entertainment is planned for each Friday.

Many people who work in Van Wert, especially downtown, often eat in a break room or in the car, or drive to a fast food place for lunch. Four Fridays gives you a chance to pick your lunch – instead of packing it – and have an enjoyable time as well.

Sponsors for the event include: Lee Kinstle, Statewide Ford, Taylor Auto, Purmort Bros. Insurance, AgCredit, Van Wert County Hospital, and Greve Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge.

The Brownie in Motion is a life-size, walk-in operating Brownie camera which will be demonstrated throughout the day at the Wassenberg Art Center on Aug. 12. This is the lens aperture; it measures approximately 24 inches in diameter. (Photo submitted.)

The Brownie in Motion is a life-size, walk-in operating Brownie camera which will be demonstrated throughout the day at the Wassenberg Art Center on Aug. 12. This is the lens aperture; it measures approximately 24 inches in diameter. (Photo submitted.)

Our upcoming exhibit, “Black Hills & Brownies”, opens at 6 p.m. on Aug. 12 with a free reception open to all. This exhibit features two young photographers, Mark Lanning Jr. of Sacramento, Calif., and Stephen Takacs of Columbus, who enjoy the old traditional methods of photography. Takacs will give a presentation from 6-7 p.m. Music for the reception will be provided by the Changing Elements band.

Lanning has a BA in photography and a master’s degree in art from Sacramento State University.He uses a 4 x 5 format film camera. In 2011 he published his first book, River Work, a four-month, 35-image project shot along the Sacramento and American Rivers in California. He has also published other collections of his work, entitled North Dakota: Devils Lake & the Bakken, and Full Auto. Lanning has also released several “zines” and his work has been published and exhibited through various venues. Visit mtljr.tumblir.com to see working images and updates. I was fortunate to meet Lanning in August 2014 during a road trip with my grandson in the Black Hills, and am personally pleased that we’ve been able to bring his work to the Wassenberg.

Takacs is a multi-talented artist and former Ohio State University instructor. His work utilizes photography, found objects and homemade cameras that relate to, or interface with, the human body. He operates a huge, walk-in camera with a 24-inch aperture. This is a form of “camera obscura” — a darkened chamber in which the real image of an object is received through a small opening or lens and focused in natural color onto a facing surface rather than recorded on a film or plate. Takacs’ “Brownie in Motion”, however, does take pictures. It is a portable art installation; a combination camera obscura and darkroom capable of producing large-scale direct positive images on-site. The project, constructed by Takacs, debuted in 2013, thanks to the generous support of the OSU STEAM Factory, Ingenuity Cleveland and 9Stitches. Check out his blog and join the Brownie in Motion group on Facebook to stay up to date on the travels of the camera obscura.

The Watercolor Techniques class is taking a break during July. Classes resume on Tuesday, Aug. 9. This class for adults runs from 10 a.m.-noon, and is ongoing; a monthly fee of $35/members or $40/non-members is charged. Bring your watercolor materials and have fun while learning techniques and getting inspiration from instructor Pat Rayman. Online signup is available.

Our open studio night, “ArtNight” is held Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. Bring a current art project or come and learn from the staff instructor on hand. A cash bar is available for those who might be interested.

We have scheduled an Acrylic Painting class beginning Friday, Aug. 8, running Fridays during August from 10 a.m. to noon. This class is for adults (age 18-up). Instructed by Pat Rayman, the class will help you learn the basics of working with acrylic paint. The class fee is $40/members or $45 non-members. The following materials are required: 8″x10″ canvas paper pad, canvas boards, stretched canvas or artist panel boards (one per class) at least five tubes of acrylic paint (white, black, red, blue, and yellow), a drawing pencil, palette (Styrofoam or paper plates work well), kneaded eraser, water container, and paper towels. Online sign-up is available.

A Daytime Drawing Class for adults will be held on Fridays, Sept. 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 10 a.m.-noon. Instructor Pat Rayman will teach you to improve your drawing skills for interesting and dramatic pictures. The following materials are required: A sketchbook or drawing paper, drawing pencils (HB and 2B), a black pen (fine or medium point Sharpie, Micron, or similar), and colored pencils. 
Online signup is available.

For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit: wassenbergartcenter.org. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. in the historic old Armory building Contact us at 419.238.6837 info@wassenbergartcenter.org or visit the website at wassenbergartcenter.org.

 

POSTED: 07/20/16 at 2:03 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

 Art swings were filled from 1 p.m. to midnight during the art exhibit opening “Get in the Swing” which took place during Town Creek Live this past weekend. Swings are on-view, in operation and for sale by silent auction through Aug. 6, at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Art swings were filled from 1 p.m. to midnight during the art exhibit opening “Get in the Swing” which took place during Town Creek Live this past weekend. Swings are on-view, in operation and for sale by silent auction through Aug. 6, at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

We are still glowing from a successful Town Creek Live and we loved seeing all the happy faces of people attending. Sincere thanks to all of the volunteers, sponsors, our hardworking staff, our partner Main Street Van Wert, the Recking Crew and most of all to you, our guests who make events successful.

In the Duck Derpy, the winning duck was adopted by John Lianez of South Bend, Ind.   Second place went to Kevin Taylor of Van Wert and third place went to Michelle Gamble of Van Wert. This year ducks had to be encouraged around some sticking points because of the low water but completed the race in just over an hour. We are already exploring new ideas for Town Creek Live 2017!

Winners of the “Get in the Swing" art competition at the Wassenberg Art Center during Town Creek Live was The Kopack Kids of Van Wert with their Ducky Warhol painted swing. They won $200 and will have their swing seasonally installed on the Wassenberg Art Center Grounds. (Photo submitted.)

Winners of the “Get in the Swing” art competition at the Wassenberg Art Center during Town Creek Live was The Kopack Kids of Van Wert with their Ducky Warhol painted swing. They won $200 and will have their swing seasonally installed on the Wassenberg Art Center Grounds. (Photo submitted.)

There are a a few limited edition, hand silk screened Town Creek Live tee shirts for sale, created by office manager and artist Matt Temple. Get yours before they are gone.

Our upcoming exhibit “Black Hills and Brownies” involves chance encounters out West and giant cameras.  It will open in August  An interactive demonstration will be offered. We’ll tell you more shortly.

The Watercolor Techniques class is taking a break during July. Classes resume on Tuesday, Aug. 9. This class for adults runs from 10 a.m.-noon, and is ongoing; a monthly fee of $35/members or $40/non-members is charged. Bring your watercolor materials and have fun while learning techniques and getting inspiration from instructor Pat Rayman. Online signup is available.

Our open studio night, “ArtNight” is held Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. Bring a current art project or come and learn from the staff instructor on hand. A cash bar is available for those who might be interested.

We have scheduled an Acrylic Painting class beginning Friday, Aug. 8, running Fridays during August from 10 a.m. to noon. This class is for adults (age 18-up). Instructed by Pat Rayman, the class will help you learn the basics of working with acrylic paint. The class fee is $40/members or $45 non-members. The following materials are required: 8″x10″ canvas paper pad, canvas boards, stretched canvas or artist panel boards (one per class) at least five tubes of acrylic paint (white, black, red, blue, and yellow), a drawing pencil, palette (Styrofoam or paper plates work well), kneaded eraser, water container, and paper towels. Online sign-up is available.

A Daytime Drawing Class for adults will be held on Fridays, Sept. 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 10 a.m.-noon. Instructor Pat Rayman will teach you to improve your drawing skills for interesting and dramatic pictures. The following materials are required: A sketchbook or drawing paper, drawing pencils (HB and 2B), a black pen (fine or medium point Sharpie, Micron, or similar), and colored pencils. 
Online signup is available.

For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit: wassenbergartcenter.org. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. in the historic old Armory building Contact us at 419.238.6837 info@wassenbergartcenter.org or visit the website at wassenbergartcenter.org.

 

 

Photo caption: Winners of the “Get in the Swing” art competition at the Wassenberg Art Center during Town Creek Live was The Kopack Kids of Van Wert with their Ducky Warhol painted swing. They won $200 and will have their swing seasonally installed on the Wassenberg Art Center Grounds. (Photo submitted.)

POSTED: 07/13/16 at 1:56 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?