The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

 

What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 

By Hope Wallace

The Ganser Family on steampunk-style stilts, from T.A.G. Art in Fort Wayne and Hope Wallace pose for the camera at one of the Wassenberg Art Center's large events. (Photo submitted.)

The Ganser Family on steampunk-style stilts, from T.A.G. Art in Fort Wayne and Hope Wallace pose for the camera at one of the Wassenberg Art Center’s large events. (Photo submitted.)

Our next “After Notes” following the Fountain Park Concert series is scheduled on July 25 following Scarborough. Enjoy good company, a glass of wine, or beer. After Notes at Wassenberg Art Center is open until 10 p.m. on Fridays or until everyone goes home. We are working hard to help expand our dynamic downtown activities.

Check out The Best of 2014 a national level, traveling, multi-media exhibit curated by the Ohio Design and Craft Museum in Columbus. The exhibit showcases how craft (functional objects) have morphed into a fine art. Woven giant critters, sterling silver mustaches, and twisted quilts make up just a small portion of these compelling works. The Best of 2014 opened this past Saturday with pie, ice cream and live music by Matt Keeler and the Blues Reveler. Van Wert is extremely fortunate to have been chosen to exhibit this body of work. It will be on view through August 24.

The Watercolor Techniques class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. This is an ongoing class taught by Pat Rayman. People are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Vine & Palette is just around the corner for Aug. 7 and we always end up a waiting list. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. The evening includes all painting materials and wine and participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

Pottery pottery! Starting in early September, The Rev. Hal Schafer will be joining us as an instructor in our ceramics comingWACstudio! Hal graduated from Mount Union University and learned to throw pottery at Culver Military Academy at the age of 14. He also attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco. We are super excited to have Hal on board. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to throw ceramic pots, September 8–12 from 6­–9 p.m. ages 15–150. Cost for the class is $40 members/$45 non-members all materials included.

Rumble, rumble…we have plans, plans and it’s big. We are building another big event so please follow our news, you won’t want to miss this one.

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 South Washington Street (former Van Wert Armory). We can be reached by telephone at: 419.238.6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 07/23/14 at 1:29 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

 By Hope Wallace

Critter, a large, woven rodent stands guard over the The Best of 2014 exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Critter, a large, woven rodent stands guard over the The Best of 2014 exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Hanging our various exhibits are different from each other as one human is different from another. No two are alike and each can present challenges. First of all, if the exhibit is considered a national level show like our current The Best of 2014, much of it arrives in wooden crates with precise instructions on opening the container. Each piece has to be recorded and inspected for damage. Any damage present is logged into a tracking sheet. At the time the exhibit closes, we do it all again only backwards. Finally we rent a big truck, which hopefully I remember how to drive and load everything up very carefully and gingerly drive the exhibit to its next destination. Breaker, Breaker, ten-four good buddy.

The Best of 2014 is a national level, traveling, multi-media exhibit curated by the Ohio Design and Craft Museum in Columbus. The exhibit showcases how craft (functional objects) have morphed into a fine art. Woven giant critters, sterling silver mustaches, and twisted quilts make up just a small portion of these compelling works. The Best of 2014 opened this past Saturday with pie, ice-cream and live music by Matt Keeler and the Blues Reveler. It will be on view through Aug. 24.

Our next “After Notes” following the Fountain Park Concert series is scheduled on July 25 following Scarborough. Enjoy good company, a glass of wine, or beer. After Notes at Wassenberg Art Center is open until 10 p.m. on Fridays or until everyone goes home. We are working hard to help expand our dynamic downtown activities.

Matt Keeler and Blues Reveler perform on the Central Mutual Stage located in the Wassenberg Art Center during the opening of the Best of 2014 exhibit reception. (Photo submitted.)

Matt Keeler and Blues Reveler perform on the Central Mutual Stage located in the Wassenberg Art Center during the opening of the Best of 2014 exhibit reception. (Photo submitted.)

Watercolor Techniques class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. This is an ongoing class is taught by Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Vine & Palette is just around the corner for August and we always end up a waiting list. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. The evening includes all painting materials and wine and participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

Starting in early September Reverend Hall Schafer will be joining us as an instructor in pottery! Hal graduated from Mount Union University and learned to throw pottery at Culver Military Academy at the age of fourteen. He also attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco. We are super excited to have Hal on board. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to throw ceramic pots, Sept. 8-12 from 6­9 p.m. ages 15-150. Cost for the class is $40 members/$45 non-members all materials included.

For information on exhibits, classes and programs listed on there as well. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 South Washington Street (former Van Wert Armory). We can be reached by telephone at: 419.238.6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 07/16/14 at 12:38 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Four examples of the 40-piece exhibit “The Best of 2014” set to open Saturday at the Wassenberg Art Center. Artists clockwise are: M. Hickman –Romine, B. Tarbel, E. Runyon, and J. Kahle. (Photo submitted.)

Four examples of the 40-piece exhibit “The Best of 2014” set to open Saturday at the Wassenberg Art Center. Artists clockwise are: M. Hickman –Romine, B. Tarbel, E. Runyon, and J. Kahle. (Photo submitted.)

Another brief trip this past week involved poking around small communities.  It has confirmed that many of these towns are using creative ways to draw visitors. Traveling with my trusty sidekick, Carson, a 92-pound Labrador retriever, I learned many areas are dog-friendly. Outdoor cafes bring Fido their own bowl of water and treats. These businesses know strolling along is usually much more fun with a canine compadre and some retail stores often allow pets. Factories turned into funky theaters, semi-truck hood turned into awnings over entrances (believe it or not, it worked). Music playing from multiple places at once caused us to try and discover the source. New specialized cafes vs. chain restaurants and galleries popping up in towns smaller than 3000 persons are encouraging and inspiring.

On July 12, a national exhibit by the Ohio Designer Craftsmen, “The Best of 2014” will open at the Wassenberg Art Center with an old-fashioned ice cream social-style reception. Music by Matt Keeler and the Blues Reveler will perform on hurdy-gurdy,  mandolin and guitar. “The Best of 2014” is a traveling, multi-media exhibit curated by the Ohio Design and Craft Museum in Columbus. This exhibit will be on view through August 24.

Stop by after the Fountain Park Concert this Friday night to enjoy some beer, wine and great company. The Wassenberg Art Center is staying open late on Fridays to help expand our dynamic downtown activities.

Watercolor Techniques class is taking a break until July 22, but continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. This is an ongoing class is taught by Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Vine & Palette is just around the corner for August and we always end up with a waiting list. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. The evening includes all painting materials and wine and participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

For information on exhibits, classes and programs listed on there as well. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 South Washington Street (former Van Wert Armory). We can be reached by telephone at: 419.238.6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is:

POSTED: 07/09/14 at 1:17 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

“Emerging from Retirement”, fabric sculpture by Judy Kahle of Wauseon, is one of the artworks scheduled for display in “The Best of 2014” exhibit opening July 12. (Photo submitted.)

“Emerging from Retirement”, fabric sculpture by Judy Kahle of Wauseon, is one of the artworks scheduled for display in “The Best of 2014” exhibit opening July 12. (Photo submitted.)

Does your child know who David Humphreys Miller was? David touched on a pivotal, national hot-point with his research and art by being one of the first individuals to formally interview and paint the Native American survivors of the Battle of Little Bighorn. He consulted and starred in 25 films and wrote two books. His innovative research went directly to the source; the warriors who actually survived the battle, and was conducted in their own language. David was from Van Wert and like the Wassenberg Art Center has slept in antiquity for far too long. This year’s Summer Camp scheduled for the first week in July, delves into this enigmatic artist’s life and contributions to American art and history. Instructor Diane Bendele, retired art teacher from Delphos will head the Battle of Little Bighorn themed camp. We will make paper maché war ponies and some of the artwork and cultural influences by the First Americans. Ages 6-10 will have camp from 10 a.m. to noon and students 11-15 will be scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 7–11. Call and sign your young artist up soon! Cost per student is $30 members/$35 non-members.

Our landscape dreams are about to begin to come true! Building the foundations to those dreams take time and the last stones to the foundations are being placed. Primary designer, Seth Baker, Executive Secretary of the Van Wert County Foundation, Drew Anderson, architect and myself met recently to go over the last details of the phased plan and we couldn’t be more excited. Once abandoned buildings south of the art center will become green space and additional parking. Second, the landscape plan for the art center will take on a more formal and more completed look. Pavers will be installed around the pond and natural seating will be installed throughout the property. Added trees and mass plantings will create shaded areas and serve as an oasis approaching the downtown area from the south. On the north end of the property between Town Creek and the art center we will run a walking path that connects Washington Street to a footbridge on the Northeast corner which leads to the downtown. A peony bed will be introduced and feature heirloom hybrids developed here in Van Wert by Charles Wassenberg. A concept rendering is provided for further information.

As part of the landscaping plan we have been conducting an honorary paver program. Not only does the program allow people to honor or memorialize their loved ones it helps us raise funds to continue the work we are doing. The pavers will be installed along the backside of the pond and will continue to connect to the North path. If you are interested in sponsoring a paver for your family, a loved one, a friend, a favorite pet or your business, give us a call. Pavers are available in two sizes and corresponding price points.

Our next exhibit, The Best of 2014 is coming up on July 12 with an ice-cream social-type opening reception. Music, ice cream and a pie-baking contest, judged by Jim and Shirley Hillier of the Castle will accompany some of the best art in

John and Therese Marshall proudly display the brick paver that honors John’s service in the U.S. Army as a Sargent First Class. Pavers can be purchased by anyone wishing to honor a loved one. Pavers are to be installed in the front of the building by the garden pond. (Photo submitted.)

John and Therese Marshall proudly display the brick paver that honors John’s service in the U.S. Army as a Sargent First Class. Pavers can be purchased by anyone wishing to honor a loved one. Pavers are to be installed in the front of the building by the garden pond. (Photo submitted.)

the state of Ohio. The Best of 2014 is a traveling, multi-media exhibit curated by the Ohio Design and Craft Museum in Columbus. This exhibit will be on view through August 24.

Stop by after the Fountain Park Concert series featuring Brass Transit this Friday night to enjoy some beer, wine and great company. The Wassenberg Art Center is staying open late on Fridays to help expand our dynamic downtown activities.

Watercolor Techniques class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. This is an ongoing class is taught by Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

July’s Vine & Palette event is full. However, August is coming up soon and we always start a waiting list. Call if you would like to be placed on it. The evening includes all painting materials and your first glass of wine. Additional glasses of wine can be purchased through the art center for a nominal charge and participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

For information on exhibits, classes and programs listed on there as well. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 South Washington Street (former Van Wert Armory). We can be reached by telephone at: 419.238.6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

Landscape plan for the Wassenberg Art Center park area. Design by Seth Baker. (Photo submitted.)

Landscape plan for the Wassenberg Art Center park area. Design by Seth Baker. (Photo submitted.)

POSTED: 06/25/14 at 1:00 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

A fire dancer from Pyroscope Entertainment perform with Dan Dickerson & The Harp Condition in the gallery during the opening reception of the 58th Annual June Art Exhibit held at the Wassenberg Art Center. All exhibits are free and open to the public. (Photo submitted.)

A fire dancer from Pyroscope Entertainment performs with Dan Dickerson & The Harp Condition in the gallery during the opening reception of the 58th Annual June Art Exhibit held at the Wassenberg Art Center. All exhibits are free and open to the public. (Photo submitted.)

The opening reception for the 58th Annual June Art Exhibit was held here at the new Wassenberg Art Center on Saturday, June 14. Dan Dickerson & the Harp Condition from Fort Wayne performed all evening with complicated loops and hoop and fire dancers performed in honor of some of the best visual artists in our area.

The following artists won awards: Van Wert County Foundation Grand Award ($400) was presented to Douglas Fiely of Stryker for his acrylic painting entitled Morning Doves. The Charles F. Wassenberg Award ($250): Isaac Smith, Bowling Green, Florentine Violinist – Graphite, David Humphreys Miller Award ($100): Austin Cartwright, Fort Wayne for Pieced Together Yellow – Oil, Douglas Edward Koch Memorial Award ($250): Jaye Bumbaugh, Lima, Crows Watching the German Crow Airforce -Watercolor & Ink.

Also, the Gertrude Sluterbeck Memorial Award ($50) went to: Isaac Smith, Bowling Green for Antique Table – Charcoal, Marguerite Fryer Award ($100): Tom Emerine, Middle Point, Rhythm of the Heart – Ceramic. Gregg, Luginbuhl of Bluffton was awarded the Vera Woodruff Wassenberg Award ($200) for his stoneware piece, Rustic Decanter XVIII. Allen Hutton of Toledo won the Marilla Connors Award ($90) for his watercolor, Opposition. A new memorial award honoring the late Pat Pancake of Van Wert was presented to Isaac Smith for his pastel, Dragon Hiding Behind Barn. Valerie, Escobedo of Findlay won the Robin Carol Cartwright Memorial Award ($75) for her charcoal drawing entitled, Lauren. Three (3) Wassenberg Art Center Awards valued at $50 each were awarded to: Laura Barnhardt Corle of Findlay, Jordi Nagel, New Bremen and Leslie Rohr Scherer, Tiffin.

Honorable Mentions went to: Melissa Eddings Mancuso – Ada, Meghan Hager – Tipp City, Mike Huffman – Lima and Mackenzie Kozumplik – Sherwood. We wish to congratulate and thank the artists who participate in this highly competitive exhibit. We also wish to thank our sponsors who help make it happen, Van Wert Federal Savings Bank, Taylor Auto Sales and the Van Wert County Foundation. The exhibit will be on view through July 6.

"Mourning Doves," an acrylic painting by Douglas Fiely of Stryker won the Van Wert County Foundation Grand Award for the 58th Annual Wassenberg June Art Exhibit. (Photo submitted.)

“Mourning Doves,” an acrylic painting by Douglas Fiely of Stryker won the Van Wert County Foundation Grand Award for the 58th Annual Wassenberg June Art Exhibit. (Photo submitted.)

Don’t forget to sign up your budding artist for Summer Camp at the Wass! Scheduled for the first week in July, instructor Diane Bendele, a retired art teacher from Delphos will head the Lakota/Sioux themed camp. We will study war ponies and some of the artwork and cultural influences by the First Americans. In addition, students will learn about David Humphreys Miller, an artist and Van Wert native who painted and interviewed 72 survivors of the Battle of Little Bighorn. Ages 6-10 will have camp from 10 a.m. to noon and students 11-15 will be scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 7–11. Call and sign your young artist up soon! Cost per student is $30 members/$35 non-members.

Classic Watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. This is an ongoing class is taught by Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Sign up for Vine & Palette soon. We only have a few openings left for July’s event. The evening includes all painting materials and your first glass of wine. Additional glasses of wine can be purchased for a nominal charge. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

For information on exhibits, classes and programs listed on there as well. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 South Washington Street (former Van Wert Armory). We can be reached by telephone at: 419.238.6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

 

 

 

POSTED: 06/18/14 at 1:35 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Detail of a hand-pulled print by Jordi Nagel of New Bremen. See the entire piece along with 90 others in the annual June Art Exhibit, opening June 14 at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Detail of a hand-pulled print by Jordi Nagel of New Bremen. See the entire piece along with 90 others in the annual June Art Exhibit, opening June 14 at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

A generation of people can be wiped out in myriads of unspeakable ways. It is then their art that speaks for them long after their voices fall silent. Discoveries buried underground, brought to light after centuries of darkness tell us what was. Art is our fingerprint, our retina, our record of existence long after we are gone and what we live for. We all forget the details. Architecture, music, food, fashions, landscaping, and created items fall victim to idyllic ravages of war, by ignorance or by mere inevitable change and those voices slowly are muffled into silence.

The Van Wert Armory had fallen into disuse and was within one week of being plowed silent onto a pile of red dust. That dust held the memories of guardsmen preparing for the possibility of home invasion, community dances where young teenagers fell in and out of love, where young athletes brought their basketball team to sweaty victory within walls filled with echoing cheers. Budding art exhibit traditions were born here, gardeners brought their prized blooms and hundreds of couples celebrated the first day of their journey through life together. This building, so much more than an armory then, once again is much more than an art center today and quietly beats the tattoo of community spirit once again.

This simple renovation project has unleashed a swath of glittering ideas, positive thinking and most importantly, the action to back them up. Like the proverbial ripple in the pond, good momentum cannot be impeded by a weary, bumping log resisting the growing expansion. With that we are leaving no stone mired and reach out to opportunity to fulfill our goals. This small voice within many, strive to better their community, and ultimately their country. Thank you Van Wert. We will continue to make ripples.

Last Friday was the first of many evenings we will be open until 10 p.m. so following the Fountain Park Concerts stop up for a glass of wine or beer and hang out with friends. There will always be something to see here at the Wass. Next concert scheduled is Tom Rigney & Flambeau. Did someone say Zydeco and New Orleans style jammin?!

Thank you to those who bid on birdhouses! We had a very successful fundraising project and from the vast styles, techniques and materials the artists had fun too! You should be receiving notification today whether you won an arty birdhouse.

The 58th Annual June Art Exhibit will be on Saturday, June 14! From 6–10 p.m. We are getting so excited to have Dan Dickerson & the Harp Condition out of Fort Wayne performing this year also to celebrate these awesome works of art. Dan has taken a piano and created a new kind of harp out of the spare parts. It’s electric. He then added a looping technique creating his own sound and is a one-man-band. Dan has a popular following in Fort Wayne and around the state of Indiana. Hoopers and dancing fire will be around, so be sure to check it all out. Our art receptions remain free-of-charge and we are serving gourmet tacos, desserts and will be providing a cash bar. Jurors for 2014 are Lisa Vetter and Paul Seifert of the Art Farm, located in Spencerville, Ind. Lisa and Paul chose approximately 89 pieces from over 200 entries, representing 70 artists. We wish to thank Van Wert Federal Savings Bank, Taylor Auto Sales and the Van Wert County Foundation for supporting this worthy cause. The exhibit will be on view through July 6.

Summer Camp at the Wass is here! Scheduled for the first week in July, instructor Diane Bendele, a retired art teacher from Delphos will head the Lakota/Sioux themed camp. We will study war ponies and some of the artwork and cultural influences by the first Americans. In addition students will learn about David Humphreys Miller, an artist and Van Wert native who painted and interviewed 72 survivors of the Battle of Little Bighorn. Ages 6-10 will have camp from 10 a.m. to noon and students 11-15 will be scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 7–11. Call and sign your young artist up soon! Cost per student is $30 members/$35 non-members.

Classic Watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. This is an ongoing class is taught by Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Sign up for Vine & Palette soon. July’s event is filling fast and we may just throw in a twist that evening! The evening includes all painting materials and your first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack and bottle of wine to share if they wish. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

For information on exhibits, classes and programs listed on there as well. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 South Washington Street (former Van Wert Armory). We can be reached by telephone at: 419.238.6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 06/11/14 at 12:53 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace 

Randy Scholl's moss covered birdhouse donated to the Wassenberg fund raising auction will be taking place this weekend at the art center. (Photo submitted.)

Randy Scholl’s moss covered birdhouse donated to the Wassenberg fund raising auction will be taking place this weekend at the art center. (Photo submitted.)

What does it mean when 15 percent of a population is over the age of 65? Yes, it means we are living longer, are more active in our later years and that is wonderful! It also means a slowing population growth, which can ultimately stagnate an economy. Van Wert County’s percentage is 17.4 percent.

We have been directing our programming to include this demographic and if you have been to one of our events you will see an interesting mix of ages, gender and vocation. We are working hard to become a vibrant part of this community and the statistics of our increased membership, budget and physical space reflect this. We want this to be a community Van Wert youth want to come home to. We want to create a space where there is something to do for the long term. Van Wert is already brighter on this side of Town Creek bridge. The Wassenberg Art Center is forging ahead and we won’t stop. Will you be on board or watch from the sidelines?

The above illustrates a challenge many communities in our country face, particularly within the rust belt. It can be surmounted, but like raising a child it takes a community. Do you have an idea? How can we grow this forward momentum Van Wert is experiencing these days? Don’t sit down, keep brainstorming, keep the future in forefront.

This Friday be sure to stop in and say hi after the first Fountain Park Concerts! The Wass will be open until 10 p.m. We will have refreshments, wine and craft beer to quench thirsts after jamming with Papa Doo Run Run!

There are a bunch of birdhouses here! From mortared stone, wine corks, beer caps, paint, collage, moss to decoupage, the vast amount of media is astounding. Come and bid on a truly unique, one-of-a-kind birdhouse that has been transformed into original art. Proceeds help some of that brainstorming mentioned above into reality and we appreciate your support. This year birdhouses will be sold by silent auction here at the art center instead of ArtRageous in Fountain Park as we have in the past. We are so close to the park and downtown take a little stroll and check out the Van Wert Jubilee Flower show!

The recipes are flying and we are getting the artwork ready for the opening reception of the 58th Annual June Art Exhibit will be on Saturday, June 14 from 6–10 p.m. and will be on view through July 6. We are getting so excited to have Dan Dickerson & the Harp Condition out of Fort Wayne performing this year also to celebrate these awesome works of art. Dan has taken a piano and created a new kind of harp out of the spare parts. It’s electric. He then added technologic gadgetry to create a unique one-man-band. Using a looping technique he creates his own sound and has a popular following in Fort Wayne and around the state of Indiana. Other performers will accompany him as well, so be sure to check it all out. Our art receptions remain free of charge and we are serving gourmet tacos, desserts and will be providing a cash bar.

Jurors for 2014 were Lisa Vetter and Paul Seifert of the Art Farm, located in Spencerville, Ind. They chose approximately 89 pieces from over 200 entries, representing 70 artists. This was a selective and competitive jurying process. Artists with accepted works should be very proud of their accomplishment. We wish to thank all entrants who submitted work. It often can be an intimidating process.

Summer Camp at the Wass is here! Scheduled for the first week in July, instructor Diane Bendele, a retired art teacher from Delphos will head the Lakota/Sioux themed camp. We will study war ponies and some of the artwork and cultural influences by the first Americans. In addition students will learn about David Humphreys Miller, an artist and Van Wert native who painted and interviewed 72 survivors of the Battle of Little Bighorn. Ages 6-10 will have camp from 10 a.m. to noon and students 11-15 will be scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 7–11. Call and sign your young artist up soon!

Classic Watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. This is an ongoing class is taught by Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Also a drawing class taught by Pat Rayman will be starting at 10 a.m. on Friday mornings June 6, 14, 20, and 27 at 10 a.m. Pat will explore classic structure and experiment with alternate drawing techniques. Give us a call if this sounds like something you would enjoy. $30 for members and $40 for non-members.

Our Vine & Palette for June 10 is full. However we often have a cancellation so if you want to wine and paint, give us a call. We do have a waiting list. Vine & Palette is also scheduled through July and August so call soon! The evening includes all materials and your first glass of wine. Participants can bring a snack if they wish and a bottle of wine to share. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30.

For information on exhibits, classes and programs listed on there as well. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 South Washington Street (former Van Wert Armory). We can be reached by telephone at: 419.238.6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 06/04/14 at 1:42 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Birdhouse created by Steve Smith of Angola, Ind.  Smith, a Wassenberg Scholar, is the former professor of art at Defiance College.  He is the proprietor of Four Corners Pottery and Art Studio. (Photo submitted.)

Birdhouse created by Steve Smith of Angola, Ind. Smith, a Wassenberg Scholar, is the former professor of art at Defiance College. He is the proprietor of Four Corners Pottery and Art Studio. (Photo submitted.)

The arts are important to our country, perhaps more now than ever. This is not a new concept. Organizations like Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts have known this for at least 20 years. After witnessing phenomena where the arts actually drove healthy area economies, both artists and economists thought it would be important to see just how much the arts industry was responsible for maintenance and growth. Working together, these groups produced models, which would serve as a tool to illustrate just how important an economic catalyst, driver and sustaining industry this often, misunderstood group of our society can be.

The above only illustrates the positives from an economic standpoint. There are many other reasons, which we can get into later because as usual the Wass has a lot going on these days!

In honor of being a more integral part of the downtown and Van Wert as a whole we are pleased to announce that the art center will be open until 10 p.m. during the popular Fountain Park Concert Series! Stop by after the concert and enjoy the visual arts and refreshments to complete your Friday night and get cultured for the week!

Birdhouse images for the Annual Wassenberg Peony Festival fundraiser are starting to trickle in and we are thrilled with the diverse treatments and styles!  If you could use a truly unique, one-of-a-kind birdhouse that has been transformed into original art, get your bid on! Birdhouses will be sold by silent auction here at the art center during this year’s Van Wert Jubilee Flower show – (a good fit, I might add) is scheduled for June 6 & 7. Winners will be announced by June 10.

The opening reception for the 58th Annual June Art Exhibit will be on Saturday, June 14, from 6-10 p.m. and will be on view through July 6. Fifty-eight years is a long history.

We are so excited to announce that Dan Dickerson and the Harp Condition out of Fort Wayne will be performing at this year to celebrate these awesome works of art. Dan has taken a piano and created a new kind of harp out of the spare parts. He then added electricity and technologic gadgetry to create a unique one-man-band. Using a looping technique he creates his own sound and has a popular following in Fort Wayne and around the state of Indiana. Other performers will accompany him as well, so be sure to check it all out. Our art receptions are free and open to the public.  This reception we are serving gourmet tacos, desserts and providing a cash bar.

Classic Watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. This is an ongoing class is taught by Pat Rayman. People are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Also a drawing class taught by Pat Rayman will be offered at 10 a.m. on Friday mornings June 6, 14, 20, and 27 at 10 a.m. Pat will explore classic structure and experiment with alternate drawing techniques. Give us a call if this sounds like something you would enjoy. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Vine & Palette is scheduled for June 10. Class time runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. We can accommodate approximately 30 persons for this class, and we are filling up quickly. Call soon if you want to join us! Participants can bring a snack if they wish and a bottle of wine to share. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30.

For information on exhibits, classes and programs listed on there as well. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 South Washington Street (former Van Wert Armory). We can be reached by telephone at: 419.238.6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 05/21/14 at 1:46 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Katy Mounts, one of the original Wassenberg Art Club leaders is pictured here enjoying artwork from the Wassenberg June Art Exhibit in 1960. (Photo submitted.)

Katy Mounts, one of the original Wassenberg Art Club leaders is pictured here enjoying artwork from the Wassenberg June Art Exhibit in 1960. (Photo submitted.)

We are getting the place ready for the check-in process for our 58th Annual June Art Exhibit. While hosting this exhibit is new to us in our new space, this is not the first time the show has been held here in the former Van Wert Armory. Moving from one place to another can cause items long forgotten to surface. We found newspaper clippings and pictures detailing that this exhibit has been held here in the 1950s-60s. Full circle.

My birdhouse for the Annual Wassenberg Peony Festival fundraiser is sitting on my kitchen counter waiting around for some inspiration. If I stare at it and move it out of the way long enough, I will eventually haul out the paints and attack it. There is a myriad of possibilities and to just settle on just one is proving to be a difficult decision. Artist-painted birdhouses will be sold by silent auction here at the art center during this year’s Van Wert Flower show. The Van Wert Flower Show has also “come home” to the former armory and will be held June 6 and 7. Welcome home!

Entries will be accepted this Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18, from 1-5 p.m. Entry is open to all amateur and professional artists 18 years of age and older. A non-refundable fee of $25 for Wassenberg Art Center members or $30 for non-members entitles the artist to submit up to three entries.

The jurors are Lisa Vetter and Paul Siefert of Spencerville, Ind., and a prospectus can be downloaded from our website: wassenbergartcenter.org, emailed or simply stop in and pick one up. The exhibit runs from June 14-July 6.

Dan Dickerson and the Harp Condition, a band from Fort Wayne, Ind., will be performing at this year’s opening reception on June 14 at which begins at 6 p.m. As usual there will be great food and refreshments available in celebration of the strong visual and performing arts community in our region.

Classic Watercolor class on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. is an ongoing Watercolor class taught by Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

A drawing class taught by Pat Rayman will be offered at 10 a.m. on Friday mornings June 6, 14, 20, and 27 at 10 a.m. Pat will explore classic structure and experiment with alternate drawing techniques. Give us a call if this sounds like something you would enjoy. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

We are discussing what to paint for the upcoming June Vine & Palette and the ideas are flowing. We can accommodate approximately 30 persons for this class, and we are already over halfway full. Call soon if you want to join us! Participants can bring a snack if they wish and a bottle of wine to share. We take care of the rest. Class time runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30.

For information on exhibits, classes and programs listed on there as well. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 South Washington Street (former Van Wert Armory). We can be reached by telephone at: 419.238.6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 05/14/14 at 1:59 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

A group of Derby Jam attendees.  (Photo submitted)

A group of Derby Jam attendees. (Photo submitted)

The Artism exhibit has closed but thanks to donor Brent Stevens, artwork by David Humphreys Miller is on view long-term. In addition, the website featuring a database on all of the survivors of the Battle of Little Bighorn is available at facesoflittlebighorn.org. This website will continue to be updated with interactive content as time goes on. Check back often.

The Reese Dailey Band rocked the gallery at Derby Jam this past Saturday night and was very well received by the crowd. In addition, high school students Zoey Lippi, Skyler Whitaker and Taite McKinney played the pre-show with acoustic guitars and sang. Everyone enjoyed great food and great company.

Derby Jam was sponsored by Iberdrola Renewables and Collins Fine Foods. We also wish to thank Van Wert Manor for another round of delectable desserts and Taylor Auto Sales for their contribution towards fabric to be used for floor length curtains in the very near future.

We are working very hard to create a vibrant and welcoming space where folks can gather and be proud to have in their community. While this can’t be accomplished overnight, it is happening. Look for more events in the future and know our space is your space and we encourage all to visit.

Entries will be accepted for our 58th Annual June Art Exhibit Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18, from 1–5 p.m. Entry is open to all amateur and professional artists 18 years of age and older. A non-refundable fee of $25 for Wassenberg Art Center members or $30 for non-members entitles the artist to submit up to three entries. The exhibit runs from June 14-July 6. A public opening reception scheduled for June 14 at 6 p.m. will feature live music by Dan Dickerson and the Harp Condition.

We only have one or two more birdhouses to distribute so if you want to paint a birdhouse for our fundraiser, let us know! This year, artists are transforming plain wooden birdhouses and feeders into works of art. The houses will then be sold at silent auction June 6 and 7 during the Peony festival, here at the art center.

Classic Watercolor class on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. is an ongoing Watercolor class taught by Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

A drawing class taught by Pat Rayman will be offered at 10 a.m. on Friday mornings June 6, 14, 20, and 27 at 10 a.m. Pat will explore classic structure and experiment with alternate drawing techniques. Give us a call if this sounds like something you would enjoy. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

June’s Vine & Palette is scheduled for June 10 is again filling up quickly. We can accommodate approximately 30 persons for this class, so give us a call soon if you want to join us next month. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend and a bottle of wine to share, any snacks you may like and we’ll take care of the rest. Class time runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. We provide paints, canvas, brushes, your first glass of wine, and laughs! Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

Spots are available for Anime/Manga (ages 8-130) class taught by instructor, Matthew Temple and is being offered on Thursday evenings, May 8, 15, 22, 29 from 6–8 p.m. A list of inexpensive materials will be available upon registration. Cost for this class is $35 for art center members and $40 for non-members.

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). For information, call 419.238.6837, e-mail info@wassenbergartcenter.org, or visit the website at wassenbergartcenter.org.  Hours during exhibits are Tuesday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

POSTED: 05/07/14 at 1:29 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?