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Thursday, Mar. 5, 2015

 

What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 

By Hope Wallace

Portraits (prints) of the 72 survivors of the Battle of Little Bighorn by former Van Wert, native David Humphreys Miller are housed in the main gallery at Crazyhorse Memorial in Custer South Dakota. The portraits overlook the memorial. (Photo submitted.)

Portraits (prints) of the 72 survivors of the Battle of Little Bighorn by former Van Wert, native David Humphreys Miller are housed in the main gallery at Crazyhorse Memorial in Custer South Dakota. The portraits overlook the memorial. (Photo submitted.)

March is going to be a quiet month exhibit-wise and the portion of the gallery that houses the temporary exhibits is an expanse of white walls. However we still have the Faces of Little Bighorn exhibit on the remaining side, thanks to the generosity of former Van Wert residents, the Brent & Vicki Stevens family. Faces of Little Bighorn houses the work of David Humphreys Miller, a Van Wert native who became a well-known historian, artist, author and western film authority, who became an expert on the Little Bighorn battle through face-to-face interviews with Indian survivors who were involved in the fight.

We recently scanned an original field sketchbook of David’s and have created a slide-show of the images which are viewable on-screen. You can also access our Faces of Little Bighorn website via a laptop housed within the exhibition or from your home computer. Davidhumphreysmiller.org is designed as an interactive and research data-base which viewers can submit additional information and photos of survivors of the Battle of Little Bighorn. There is also an extensive reading list including the two books written by David and where they can be purchased. Videos about the battle and the current situation of Native American plight today can also be viewed. “Dreams Along the Little Bighorn” features an interview with David Humphreys Miller about his work with the survivors.

Image of the home page of the Faces of Little Bighorn website that is administered by the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Image of the home page of the Faces of Little Bighorn website that is administered by the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

The Wassenberg Art Center is one of a couple places in the country you can view his work. The other, where David painted murals is the Citadel Academy in North Carolina. Prints of the 72 survivors of the battle that David painted are on display at the famous Crazy Horse Memorial in the main gallery overlooking the monument. His work is also featured on their website and can be viewed here: http://crazyhorsememorial.org/6455/david-humphreys-miller-collection/. If you haven’t seen the exhibit, stop in and learn about the individual from who questioned the norm and went for and succeeded in his dream. It happens!

Our next upcoming exhibit is our Annual High School Invitational, which will open on April 26 with an opening reception from 1- 5 p.m. and be on view through May 15. Calls of entry are in the hands of students’ art teachers and we can’t wait to see the new round of fresh ideas.

A morning drawing class will be held on Fridays, beginning on March 6, 13, 20 and 27from 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.

Our next Vine & Palette session will be on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:30–9 p.m. The event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over)

Need a great party idea? Vine & Palettes can be designed for private and corporate parties and a Snack/Pizza & Palette version is available for young people. Give us a call to find out more.

Our ongoing watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. and the instructor is 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 soon. Classes are kept small for more in-depth attention.

For more information on exhibits or to sign 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: 03/04/15 at 3:15 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Pottery from Brandon Knott's class has been busy in the studio at the Wassenberg Art Center.  (Photo submitted.)

Pottery from Brandon Knott’s class has been busy in the studio at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Working for an art center with social media, email and the internet at my fingertips every day, I am astounded at the power of creation. People, everywhere all over the globe and right within our own personal bubbles are making art, food, music, videos, buildings, money, livings and conversation in a constant chaos-hum. It never ceases. It is said we are created in God’s image. My impression extends a bit beyond the immediate physical attributes and that creative power has proven to be transformative. From something small there becomes something bigger. Depending on whatever creation story you find meaningful, it is a lesson we cannot ignore. Every little thing we make, unknowingly and ironically moves us toward the thing we fear and fight the most, change and growth. We are never done, we are constantly progressing one way or another, and though through the hum, we hardly notice. It is great to be a part of an industry where creation is observed directly and an honor to help celebrate that part of the human spirit.

We have much planned for the remaining year and we can’t wait to share it with you. March will be a quiet month; however, we will be open and our art classes will be in force. The Faces of Little Bighorn exhibit will be getting some techie additions and the grounds will be landscaped as soon as the ground gives way to warmer temperatures. On, on!

Our next Vine & Palette session will be on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:30–9 p.m. The event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over)

Need a great party idea? Vine & Palettes can be designed for private and corporate parties and a Snack/Pizza & Palette version is available for young people. Give us a call to find out more.

A morning drawing class will be held on Fridays on March 6, 13, 20 and 27from 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.

Our ongoing watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. and the instructor is 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 soon. Classes are kept small for more in-depth attention.

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 or email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org

 

 

POSTED: 02/25/15 at 1:18 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

 The dance floor at the Wassenberg Art Center’s 2nd Annual Big Wassky held on Feb. 14 was never empty. Music was provided by Earl P and the Family Tree of Bryan. (Photo by William Hawkins.)

The dance floor at the Wassenberg Art Center’s 2nd Annual Big Wassky held on Feb. 14 was never empty. Music was provided by Earl P and the Family Tree of Bryan. (Photo by William Hawkins.)

Sometimes we hear statements like “I thought I had to be a member to attend Wassenberg events.” Not true, not true! The Wassenberg is a community art center and everyone is welcome to attend our events. Our members support our mission and we couldn’t do what we do without them of which we are truly thankful. Membership to the art center provides the member advance notice for events and program discounts. Membership is not designed to exclude, so please come to one of our shindigs, classes or exhibit openings because you are most welcome. While we may charge entry to our parties to pay the piper, so to speak, art exhibits and opening receptions are always free. Mr. Wassenberg wanted it that way and we think that is a great idea too!

The American Watercolor Society Exhibit will be shutting down and leaving for North Carolina in a few short days so please visit by Feb. 22 if you would like to see the work of artists from as far away as Australia and Italy. We have had visitors from Cleveland and Evansville IN travel to Van Wert just to get a glimpse of these paintings. Our regular gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday 1-5 p.m. and on those mornings, by chance. Please note we will be closed on Saturday Feb. 21, for a wedding.

Thanks to everyone who braved the elements and came out to the 2nd Annual Big Wassky a roaring 20s/Gatsby style party held on Feb. 14. Performance by Earl P and the Family Tree kept everyone on the dance floor all night long. We’d like to thank our sponsors, Wild Willies Pizza, Stephanie Dawn, Father John’s Microbrewery of Bryan, The Met, Lima and Open Minded for supplying the door prizes. Van Wert Manor supplied all of the desserts. Our board members Jayne Smith, Bradde Hamman and Kyle Schumm provided gourmet lasagna and antipasto with hardworking volunteers keeping things flowing smoothly. Travis Tribolet and Byron Nic graciously supplied the spirits throughout the night Luck-tech photo booth was here to record the evening along with William Hawkins who provided the in-house photography.

Our next Vine & Palette session will be on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:30–9 p.m. The event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over)

Example of work from new Friday morning drawing class held at the Wassenberg Art Center. Artwork by Pat Rayman.  (Photo submitted.)

Example of work from new Friday morning drawing class held at the Wassenberg Art Center. Artwork by Pat Rayman. (Photo submitted.)

Need a great party idea? Vine & Palettes can be designed for private and corporate parties and a Snack/Pizza & Palette version is available for young people. Give us a call to find out more.

We are beginning a morning drawing class to be held on Fridays, beginning on March 6, 13, 20 and 27 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.

Our ongoing watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. and the instructor is 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 soon. Classes are kept small for more in-depth attention.

For more information on exhibits, events or to sign for classes visit wassenbergartcenter.org. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington S. (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: 02/18/15 at 1:14 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Earl P and the Family Tree, Bryan will be performing blues, rock and a touch of country music at the Wassenberg Art Center Saturday Feb. 14 beginning at 8 p.m.  (Photo submitted.)

Earl P and the Family Tree, Bryan will be performing blues, rock and a touch of country music at the Wassenberg Art Center Saturday Feb. 14 beginning at 8 p.m. (Photo submitted.)

Thanks to all who attended and helped out last Friday for the Main Street Van Wert Chocolate Walk! We had a great turn-out of wonderful people who gathered, relaxed and listened to Eddie Saunders Jr. play his guitar and sing. While everyone was here there was lots of socializing and color-rich watercolors to transport us to warm summers and highlight the beauty that occurs in mid-winter. The 147th Annual American Watercolor Society exhibit will be on view until Feb. 22. Check out this community treasure, the Wassenberg Art Center while it houses not one, but two national treasures.

Speaking of art therapy, step into the past this weekend and check out the Second Annual Big Wassky! Luscious lasagna (homemade by our gourmet board members, Jayne Smith and Bradde Hamman, antipasto by Kyle Schumm and deeeelishous desserts by Van Wert Manor will be included in the price of a ticket. Spirited beverages available at the cash bar. Looking for a unique romantic evening where all you have to do is show up? Looking for an anti-valentine option. Look no further. This Saturday, Feb. 14 doors will open at 7 p.m. Don your roaring twenties attire, grab your friends or your main squeeze and get here! Earl P. and the Family Tree of Bryan, will rock the Wassenberg until midnight with rock, blues and maybe a dash of country thrown in. These characters are worth the trip. Our friend, Luck-tech photo booth plus a few surprises here and there will also be onboard. Costs are: $15 per person, $25 per couple. A couple private tables for eight still remain are also available for $125 (call soon or they’ll be gone).

Our new round of art classes are filling quickly so if anyone is thinking about satisfying their creative streak to sign up soon! Thank you for such a great response.

Our next Vine & Palette session will be on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:30–9 p.m. The event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over)

Need a great party idea? Vine & Palettes can be designed for private and corporate parties and a Snack/Pizza & Palette version is available for young people. Give us a call to find out more.

Our classes have filled up for this month, but stayed tuned. Variations on drawing classes are on the horizon and details will be available next week.

Our ongoing watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. This 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. We will also be offering a daytime acrylic class with Pat beginning in March. Stay tuned for details.

Sign up soon. Classes are kept small for more in-depth attention.

For more information on exhibits or to sign 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: 02/11/15 at 2:40 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Eddie Saunders Jr. will perform at the Wassenberg Art Center during the Van Wert Main Street Chocolate Walk. Chocolate and Wine pairings will be available. (Photo submitted.)

Eddie Saunders Jr. will perform at the Wassenberg Art Center during the Van Wert Main Street Chocolate Walk. Chocolate and Wine pairings will be available. (Photo submitted.)

We all can do with a reminder now and then of an organization’s mission and I do enjoy those “oh yeah!” moments. For quite some time, I have been a fan of a genre of art that is termed loosely, Outsider Art. Why do I like it and find it incredibly vital? Outsider Art gets down to business immediately because is free from the constraints of conventional art techniques and disciplines which while wonderful tools, can at times, thwart the creative streak in all of us.

Rebecca Hoffman, director of the Outsider Art Fair in New York, has a great way of explaining this art term. “I utilize the term ‘outsider art’ as an umbrella for a lot of different categories,” she explained to HuffPost. “Primarily, what we term outsider art is self-taught or non-academic work. So, that could be somebody who is a mathematician who has taught himself how to paint. That could be somebody who [has severe autism] and expresses himself through drawing. That could be a member of an aboriginal tribe in Western Australia, a herdsman for her entire life, who painted prolifically for her final 14 years of life. That could be someone who was drawing to escape violence in New Orleans. It could be someone who took to marble carving to express all of the diverse experiences he’s undergone.”

Outsider art is gaining more and more acceptance, as it should be. Remember, Van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime and would have been considered in many ways an “outsider-type” artist. Most importantly to me, this genre reflects directly to what art and creativity are really about; lifting up the human spirit through the basic instinct to create, anything…something.

The quintessential quartet, art, chocolate, music and wine! Join us this Friday for the Main Street Van Wert Chocolate Walk! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, come to the art center between 6 and 8 p.m. and pair gourmet chocolate with great wine, the music of Eddie Saunders Jr. plus the147th Annual American Watercolor Society exhibit which will be on view until Feb. 22.

It’s back! Due to popular demand for our unique events, we’ve decided to throw the Second Annual Big Wassky! Same fun event, different goings on–of course!

There is no need to travel to the city to have a memorable St.Valentine’s Day. Saturday, Feb. 14 doors will open at 7 p.m. Grab your roaring twenties attire, your friends, your main squeeze and get here! Earl P. and the Family Tree, Bryan, will rock the Wassenberg until midnight with rock, blues and maybe a lil country thrown in. These characters are worth the trip. We will serve gourmet, lasagna homemade by our dedicated board member chefs, antipasto and other treats. This speakeasy (no password required – we promise not to rough you up) will feature our friend, Luck-tech photo booth plus, we’ll throw in a few surprises here and there. Costs are: $15 per person, $25 per couple. A limited number of private tables for 8 persons are also available for $125.

Our new round of art classes are filling quickly so if anyone is thinking about satisfying their creative streak to sign up soon! Thank you for such a great response.

A painting by artist Carlo Zinelli, Italy. Zinelli suffered from schizophrenia and was encouraged to paint freely. He painted for eight hours per day which dramatically decreased his symptoms. (Photo submitted.)

A painting by artist Carlo Zinelli, Italy. Zinelli suffered from schizophrenia and was encouraged to paint freely. He painted for eight hours per day which dramatically decreased his symptoms. (Photo submitted.)

Make a “take-home, stained glass, project that you can be proud of. Beginning on Thursdays, February 5–March 12, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. we will host another stained glass class for ages 15–125. This six-week class, taught by Jerry Mazur will cover leading techniques, copper foiling, other items and costs $55 members/$60 non-members.

Our next Vine & Palette session will be on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:30–9 p.m. The event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over)

Need a great party idea? Vine & Palettes can be designed for private and corporate parties and a Snack/Pizza & Palette version is available for young people. Give us a call to find out more.

Paint Paint Paint! Since our Vine & Palette class won’t be available until April we invite you to join our regular Acrylic Painting Class (ages 15–125) beginning on February 10 through March 3 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. will be conducted by widely-shown artist and instructor Kathy Funderburg. Kathy attended University of Kansas and the Art Institute of Pittsburg. She has worked for major corporations in graphic design, illustrated children’s books, and designed a line of greeting cards, which was later purchased by Mary Kay Corporation. Kathy has exhibited her drawings and paintings around the country and has become a popular educator in private instruction, workshops and as an instructor at Defiance College. Cost of this course is $35 members/$40 non-members. Materials fee $20 or you may provide your own.

February 11 – April 1 from 6–8 p.m. Our Basic Pottery with well-known area potter Brandon Knott is already full, thanks everyone! We will be sure to bring this popular class soon. In the meantime, check out what other options we have.

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. We will also be offering a daytime acrylic class with Pat beginning in March. Stay tuned for details.

Sign up soon. All classes are kept small for more in-depth attention.

For more information on exhibits or to sign 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: 02/04/15 at 2:28 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Radoslav Lorković, Chicago, entertains guests with blues piano and accordion at opening reception American Watercolor Society Exhibit Jan. 24 at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Radoslav Lorković, Chicago, entertains guests with blues piano and accordion at opening reception American Watercolor Society Exhibit Jan. 24 at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Radoslav Lorković of Chicago, international blues musician, opened the 147th Annual American Watercolor Society exhibit Saturday, Jan. 24. If you weren’t able to attend the opening, the exhibit will be on view until Feb. 22.  Lorković, born in Zagreb, Croatia, moved to the U.S. at as a child and at age 20 began touring with Bo Ramsey and the Sliders. Since then, his career has taken him all over the world from small stages to large venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.

This opening reception was attended in high numbers with most people driving in from around the region. Forty paintings from the competition are selected for the Traveling Exhibition, which toured museums and galleries across the country during 2014. The exhibit travels to Greensboro, N.C. after it leaves Van Wert.

It’s back! Due to popular demand for our unique events, we’ve decided to throw the Second Annual Big Wassky! Same fun event, different goings on–of course!

There is no need to travel to the city to have a memorable St.Valentine’s Day. Saturday, Feb. 14 doors will open at 7 p.m. Grab your roaring twenties attire, your friends, your main squeeze and get here! Earl P. and the Family Tree, of Bryan, will rock the Wass until midnight with rock, blues and maybe a little country thrown in. These characters are worth the trip. We will serve gourmet,

 The first Big Wassky (above) was such a success that we're having another.  The Wassenberg Art Center announces the 2nd Annual Big Wassky party to be held on Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. This party is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. (Photo submitted.)

The first Big Wassky (above) was such a success that we’re having another. The Wassenberg Art Center announces the 2nd Annual Big Wassky party to be held on Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. This party is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. (Photo submitted.)

lasagna homemade by our dedicated board member chefs, antipasto and other treats. This speakeasy (no password required – we promise not to rough you up) will feature our friend, Luck-tech photo booth plus, we’ll throw in a few surprises here and there. Costs are: $15 per person, $25 per couple. A limited number of private tables for eight people are also available for $125.

Our new round of art classes are filling quickly so if anyone is thinking about satisfying their creative streak to sign up soon!

Make a “take-home, stained glass, project that you can be proud of. Beginning on Thursdays, Feb. 5–March 12, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. we will host another stained glass class for ages 15–125. This six-week class, taught by Jerry Mazur will cover leading techniques, copper foiling, and other items and costs $55 members/$60 non-members.

Our next Vine & Palette session will be on Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 6:30–9 p.m. Cabin fever is bound to be setting in and we have the perfect antidote! The event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over)

Need a great party idea? Vine & Palettes can be designed for private and corporate parties and a Snack/Pizza & Palette version is available for young people. Give us a call to find out more.

Feb. 10–March 3 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. An Acrylic Painting class, (ages 15–125) will be conducted by widely-shown artist and instructor Kathy Funderburg. Kathy attended University of Kansas and the Art Institute of Pittsburg. She has worked for major corporations in graphic design, illustrated children’s books, and designed a line of greeting cards, which was later purchased by Mary Kay Corporation. Kathy has exhibited her drawings and paintings around the country and has become a popular educator in private instruction, workshops and as an instructor at Defiance College. Cost of this course is $35 members/$40 non-members. Materials fee $20 or you may provide your own.

Feb. 11 – April 1 from 6–8 p.m. Basic Pottery with well-known area potter Brandon Knott begins for a full 8-week course (ages 15–125). All areas of pottery will be covered by Brandon including, wheel, slab work and sculpture. Brandon Knott is a great instructor and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Visual Art and a Masters in Education from Defiance College. Brandon has operated his business “it’s Knott Pottery” since 1995, www.itsknottpottery.com. Brandon has taught at Bryan High School since 2006, where runs a nationally competitive ceramics program which has won numerous awards. He has taught at Defiance College and held workshops at many area art centers. Cost of this course is $65 members/$70 non-members. Materials included.

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 soon. Classes are kept small for more in-depth attention. More types of classes will be announced in the near future so check back often.

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: 01/28/15 at 2:22 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

 By Hope Wallace

Watercolors await their fans at the Wassenberg Art Center. The free opening reception American Watercolor Society Exhibit opens on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. Music will be provided by Radoslav Lorković, international blues musician. (Photo submitted.)

Watercolors await their fans at the Wassenberg Art Center. The free opening reception American Watercolor Society Exhibit opens on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. Music will be provided by Radoslav Lorković, international blues musician. (Photo submitted.)

It’s here, the 147th Annual American Watercolor Society exhibit laying-in-wait for this Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. when we officially open this international show with Radoslav Lorković, international blues musician. The AWS is one of the premiere watercolor exhibits in the world and throughout its history has had notable artists included in their ranks such as Andrew Wyeth (think famous President Kennedy portrait), Charles Burchfield, Childe Hassam and Edward Hopper. In 2014 more than 1,200 artists from throughout the United States and a dozen foreign countries submitted their work to a panel of jurors chosen from signature members of the AWS. Of these submissions (one per artist), 138 paintings were selected for the exhibition. Forty paintings from the show are selected for the Traveling Exhibition, which will tour museums and galleries across the country during the next year. The Wassenberg Art Center in Van Wert is one of those stops.

The reception occurring on Jan. 24, in the Wendel gallery is open to the public at no cost and regular gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday 1-5 p.m. through Feb. 22. A free and open-to-the-public reception is also planned for 7–9 p.m. on Jan. 24, and will feature a concert by international blues musician Radoslav Lorković. www.radoslavlorkovic.com. Lorković, born in Zagreb, Croatia moved to the U.S. at as a child and at age 20 began touring with Bo Ramsey and the Sliders. Since then, his career has taken him all over the world from small stages to large venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Free Hors d’oeuvres, and spirits will be available for purchase.

We are so excited to be bringing art to the region in the way of exhibits, simple one-time projects and more structured classes to crazy events that get everyone together for a fun evening in creative expression and socialization. See below to see some of the things we have going on and climb out of that ice-cave and join us!

Make a “take-home, stained glass, I-did-that” project that you can be proud of. Beginning on Thursdays, Feb. 5–March 12, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. we will host another stained glass class for ages 15–125. This six-week class, taught by Jerry Mazur will cover leading techniques, copper foiling, other items and costs $55 members/$60 non-members.

Our next Vine & Palette session will be on Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 6:30–9 p.m. Cabin fever is bound to be setting in and we have the perfect antidote! The event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over)

Need a great party idea? Vine & Palettes can be designed for private and corporate parties and a Snack/Pizza & Palette version is available for young people. Give us a call to find out more.

Feb. 10–March 3 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. An Acrylic Painting class, (ages 15–125) will be conducted by widely-shown artist and instructor Kathy Funderburg. Kathy attended University of Kansas and the Art Institute of Pittsburg. She has worked for major corporations in graphic design, illustrated children’s books, and designed a line of greeting cards, which was later purchased by Mary Kay Corporation. Kathy has exhibited her drawings and paintings around the country and has become a popular educator in private instruction, workshops and as an instructor at Defiance College. Cost of this course is $35 members/$40 non-members. Materials fee $20 or you may provide your own.

Feb. 11 –April 1 from 6–8 p.m. Basic Pottery with well-known area potter Brandon Knott begins for a full 8-week course (ages 15–125). All areas of pottery will be covered by Brandon including, wheel, slab work and sculpture. Brandon Knott holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Visual Art and a Masters in Education from Defiance College. Brandon has operated his business “it’s Knott Pottery” since 1995, www.itsknottpottery.com. Brandon has taught at Bryan High School since 2006, where runs a nationally competitive ceramics program which has won numerous awards. He has taught at Defiance College and held workshops at many area art centers.

Cost of this course is $65 members/$70 non-members. Materials included.

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 soon. Classes are kept small for more in-depth attention. More types of classes will be announced in the near future so check back often.

Acrylic painting of poppies by new Wassenberg Art Center instructor Kathy Funderberg of Bryan. Kathy will begin teaching a painting class for artists 15 year and up on Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. (Photo submitted.)

Acrylic painting of poppies by new Wassenberg Art Center instructor Kathy Funderberg of Bryan. Kathy will begin teaching a painting class for artists 15 year and up on Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. (Photo submitted.)

For those looking for something to do in Van Wert on St.Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 that is different, welcoming and most importantly, wacky-fun, search no more! Due to popular demand, we’ve created the 2nd Annual Big Wassky! If you happened to be one of the cats who joined the gang in 2014 at our first Gatsby inspired part, you know we mean it. Grab your roaring twenties duds, friends, your main squeeze and get here. Earl P. and the Family Tree, Bryan, will rock the Wass until midnight with rock, blues and maybe a lil country thrown in. These characters are worth the trip. Gourmet, homemade lasagna, antipasto and other treats will outfit this speakeasy (no password required and we won’t rough you up). Luck-tech photo booth will be on hand to record your memories and we usually manage to throw in a few surprises here and there. Costs are: $15 per person, $25 per couple.

For more information on exhibits or to sign 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: 01/21/15 at 1:37 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace 

Brandon Knott of Continental, proprietor of “It’s Knott Pottery,” will teach a pottery class at the Wassenberg Art Center beginning in February. (Photo submitted.)

Brandon Knott of Continental, proprietor of “It’s Knott Pottery,” will teach a pottery class at the Wassenberg Art Center beginning in February. (Photo submitted.)

Not only does the Wassenberg Art Center celebrate local and regional art it brings to the Van Wert area national level exhibitions often involving artists and craftsmen from around the globe. Exhibits are free and so are the receptions. This mean you can come look at cool stuff, eat, listen to great music, and purchase a drink if you are so inclined.

What makes us different from a museum in the city? We have generous sponsors who help us with the costs associated with producing an art exhibit and Charles Wassenberg’s will stated that exhibits will be free. Aye Aye Captain. They are free.

The 147th Annual American Watercolor Society exhibit coming to Van Wert is a big deal. The AWS is one of the premiere watercolor exhibits in the world and throughout its history has had notable artists included in their ranks such as Andrew Wyeth, Charles Burchfield, Childe Hassam and Edward Hopper. In 2014 more than 1,200 artists from throughout the United States and a dozen foreign countries submitted their work to a panel of jurors chosen from signature members of the AWS. Of these submissions (one per artist), 138 paintings were selected for the exhibition. Forty paintings from the show are selected for the Traveling Exhibition, which will tour museums and galleries across the country during the next year. The Wassenberg Art Center in Van Wert is one of those stops.

The exhibit will open on Saturday, January 24, in the Wendel gallery. Open to the public at no cost, regular gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday 1-5 p.m. The 147th Annual American Watercolor Society Exhibit will be on view until February 22. A free and open-to-the-public reception is also planned for 7–9 p.m. on January 24, and will feature a concert by international blues musician Radoslav Lorković. www.radoslavlorkovic.com. Lorković, born in Zagreb, Croatia moved to the U.S. at as a child and at age 20 began touring with Bo Ramsey and the Sliders. Since then his full career has taken him all over the world from small stages to large venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Free Hors d’oeuvres, and spirits will be available for purchase.

The Wassenberg Art Center is whittling down your excuses to learn how to create something. In addition to our regular morning watercolor class, evening art classes will resume in February. We will begin providing acrylic painting classes with instructor Kathy Funderburg of Bryan, pottery classes with Brandon Knott and a stained glass instruction with Jerry Mazur and even more on the horizon.

Make a “take-home, stained glass, I-did-that” project that you can be proud of. Beginning on Thursdays, Feb. 5–March 12, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. we will host another stained glass class for ages 15–125. This six-week class, taught by Jerry Mazur will cover leading techniques, copper foiling, other items and costs $55 members/$60 non-members.

Don’t have time for a full painting course? Our next Vine & Palette session will be on Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 6:30–9 p.m. Cabin fever is bound to be setting in and we have the perfect antidote! The event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over)

Need a great party idea? Vine & Palettes can be designed for private and corporate parties and a Snack/Pizza & Palette version is available for young people. Give us a call to find out more.

Feb. 10–March 3 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. An Acrylic Painting class, (ages 15–125) will be conducted by widely-shown artist and instructor Kathy Funderburg. Kathy attended University of Kansas and the Art Institute of Pittsburg. She has worked for major corporations in graphic design, illustrated children’s books, and designed a line of greeting cards which was later purchased by Mary Kay corporation. Kathy has exhibited her drawings and paintings around the country and has become a popular educator in private instruction, workshops and as an instructor at Defiance College. Cost of this course is $35 members/$40 non-members. Materials fee $20 or you may provide your own.

Feb. 11 –April 1 from 6–8 p.m. Basic Pottery with Brandon Knott of “It’s Knott Pottery” in Continental begins for a full eight-week course (ages 15–125). All areas of creating with clay will be covered by Brandon including, throwing on the wheel, slab work and sculpture. Brandon Knott holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Visual Art and a Masters in Education from Defiance College. Brandon has operated his business “it’s Knott Pottery” since 1995, www.itsknottpottery.com. Brandon has taught at Bryan High School since 2006, where runs a nationally competitive ceramics program which has won numerous awards. He has taught at Defiance College and held workshops at many area art centers. Cost of this course is $65 members/$70 non-members. Materials included.

Watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. This is an ongoing 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.

Sign up soon classes are kept small for more in-depth attention. More types of classes will be announced in the near future so check back often.

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: 01/14/15 at 1:41 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Crates containing 40 watercolors from the American Watercolor Society await display at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Crates containing 40 watercolors from the American Watercolor Society await display at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

It’s looking to be a great gathering of scrapbooking fans this weekend! If you haven’t signed up please do so soon so we can get you on the roster. What a great way to clear holiday photo clutter and get a jump on all those graduation books. Lots of prizes, snacks, gift bags and raffles! Dates, times and costs are below, come one day or all three! If you are interested in signing up call Pam Purmort at 419.238.1062: January 9-10-11 
Friday, 1/9: 6 p.m. – midnight, 
Saturday, 1/10: 9 a.m. – midnight
Sunday, 1/11: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Vendors include: Heidi Leiendecker from Stampin’ Up
Deb Sneary of Close To My Heart.

Costs: Entire weekend: $50; Friday only: $15; Saturday only: $30; Sunday only: $20.

Large imposing wooden crates of watercolors from artists all over the world arrived early in the morning on the very last day of 2014. We can’t wait finish opening them, it’s like a second Christmas. The contents of these crates contain the 147th Annual International Traveling Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society. This show will open on Saturday, January 24, in the Wendel gallery at the Wassenberg Art Center. Like all exhibits it is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday 1-5 p.m. and will be on view until February 22. A free and open-to-the-public reception is also planned for 7–9 p.m. on January 24, and will feature a concert by international blues musician Radoslav Lorković. www.radoslavlorkovic.com. Lorković, born in Zagreb, Croatia moved to the U.S. at as a child and at age 20 began touring with Bo Ramsey and the Sliders. Since then his full career has taken him all over the world from small stages to large venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Free Hors d’oeuvres, and spirits will be available for purchase.

The AWS annual is one of the premiere watercolor exhibits in the world and throughout its history has had notable artists included in their ranks such as Andrew Wyeth, Charles Burchfield, Childe Hassam and Edward Hopper. In 2014 more than 1,200 artists from throughout the United States and a dozen foreign countries submitted their work to a panel of jurors chosen from signature members of the AWS. Of these submissions (one per artist), 138 paintings were selected for the exhibition. Forty paintings from the show are selected for the Traveling Exhibition, which will tour museums and galleries across the country during the next year of which the Wassenberg is a part.

 

New pottery by Brandon Knott is now available in the Wassenberg Art Center's gift gallery. The art center gift gallery features work in all price ranges from many local and regional artists year round. (Photo submitted.)

New pottery by Brandon Knott is now available in the Wassenberg Art Center’s gift gallery. The art center gift gallery features work in all price ranges from many local and regional artists year round. (Photo submitted.)

This Thursday our Vine & Palette sessions will start back up at 6:30–9 p.m. Time to get out of the house and throw off the remaining stresses of the holidays. The event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Vine & Palette events can be designed for private and corporate parties and a Snack/Pizza & Palette version is available for young people. Give us a call to find out more.

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.

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: 01/07/15 at 2:21 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

One of the many "Stuffies" available at the Wassenberg Art Center during its 25th Annual Artists' Exhibit & Sale. While mostly local and regional artists participate,  this guy was created by Britanny Noethen of Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo submitted.)

One of the many “Stuffies” available at the Wassenberg Art Center during its 25th Annual Artists’ Exhibit & Sale. While mostly local and regional artists participate, this guy was created by Britanny Noethen of Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo submitted.)

What to do with all those holiday pictures that inevitably begin to clutter drawers and boxes? Come to the Scrapbook Crop weekend here at the Wassenberg Art Center. Lots of prizes, gift bags and raffles! Dates, times and costs are below and if you are interested in signing up call Pam Purmort at 419.238.1062: the event runs Jan. 9-10-11. 
Friday, Jan. 9, 6 p.m. – midnight; 
Saturday, Jan. 10, 9 a.m. – midnight; 
Sunday, Jan. 11, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Vendors: Heidi Leiendecker: Stampin’ Up
; Deb Sneary: Close To My Heart

Costs: Entire weekend: $50. Friday only: $15. Saturday only: $30. Sunday only: $20.

You only have until Dec. 19 to buy Christmas gifts here before we close for the holiday. Thank you to those who have already shopped the Wass! We have hundreds of items priced in all ranges that make perfect gifts from photography, pottery, paintings, one-of-a-kind stuffed animals, jewelry, shadow boxes, scarves and much more. Give the gift of the unexpected. Exhibit hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 1–5 p.m.

Radoslav Lorković, international blues musician, at his grand piano. Lorković will be performing at the Wassenberg Art Center on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and coincides with the opening reception of the American Watercolor Exhibition.  (Photo submitted.)

Radoslav Lorković, international blues musician, at his grand piano. Lorković will be performing at the Wassenberg Art Center on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and coincides with the opening reception of the American Watercolor Exhibition. (Photo submitted.)

We cannot wait to host Radoslav Lorković in concert on Jan. 24, 2015 at 7 p.m. Radoslav has played at festivals, small venues and places as notable as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. His enigmatic blues style will warm any cold January heart. Best thing about this? It’s free. Thank Mr. Charles Wassenberg. To this day our exhibits and opening receptions are free admission as our benefactor wished and this makes us happy to share the musical talents of musicians too! Join us, for great food, spirits and fun. Check out his music and full bio at radoslavlorkovic.com

This concert coincides with the opening of the American Watercolor Exhibition and is comprised of a collection of watercolors from the best watercolorists around the world. International artists have competed in the 147th Annual American Watercolor Competition and many of these paintings will be on display here at the Wassenberg Art Center. The exhibit travels to only a handful of places in the country each year and the Wassenberg Art Center is honored to be one of those few.

ArtReach Classes have resumed and we have just a few more spaces in our Thursday class for slightly older artists around the ages of 12-15. Give us a call to explore this option.

Our Vine & Palette sessions will reconvene on Thursday, Jan. 8 from 6:30–9 p.m. Vine & Palettes fill up quickly. The event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Did you know you can design and schedule private, parties for kids and corporate Vine & Palette events? Give us a call to find out more.

Watercolor Techniques class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. This 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.  Note:  There will be no class on the last two Tuesdays of December.  Classes will resume in January.

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: 12/10/14 at 2:46 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?