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Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

 

What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 
“Seattle Blooms” (detail) a watercolor by Susan Lyden, is part of the Ohio Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibit 2016, now on display at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

“Seattle Blooms” (detail) a watercolor by Susan Lyden, is part of the Ohio Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibit 2016, now on display at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

By Hope Wallace

The Ohio Watercolor Society exhibit opened this past Saturday with a free, public afternoon party. This prestigious exhibit features approximately forty lush, professional paintings visiting us through March 5, 2017. Most of the works are for sale and provide the opportunity to add quality work to your collection, or as a perfect gift. Jimmy Solo of Edgerton, performed vocals and acoustic guitar and was later joined by another musician, John Reichle of Montpelier in a surprise visit. Exhibit brought to you by First Federal Saving and Loan, Van Wert.

Dennis Van Crash and Deelee Cooper of Vanity Crash will perform Saturday evening beginning at 8 p.m. at the Wassenberg Art Center’s punk rock party, Punk Valentines. Contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information. (Photo submitted.)

Dennis Van Crash and Deelee Cooper of Vanity Crash will perform Saturday evening beginning at 8 p.m. at the Wassenberg Art Center’s punk rock party, Punk Valentines. Contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information. (Photo submitted.)

Get your tickets now! Our Punk Rock party opens this Saturday at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30) This event will feature the glam/punk rock band, Vanity Crash from Cleveland. Vanity Crash is a popular group in the Cleveland/Akron region and is usually booked solid. They will also be bringing a little unique fun; Bowieoke, (karaoke) along with a talented veejay who will play vintage videos on a large screen. Ticket prices are available at: $25 Individual-WAC member price, $30 Individual-regular price, $40 Couple-WAC member price, $45 Couple-regular price. Ticket price includes everything except cash bar. We encourage you to research the glam, punk-rock era and dress accordingly.

Art Classes:

Watercolor techniques is an ongoing class with a monthly fee of $35 for members, $40 for non-members.  Every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

ArtNight: Every Thursday, 6–9 p.m. Featured projects and wind-down time. ArtNights occur every Thursday evening from 6–9 p.m. It is free to hang out at ArtNight, and you don’t even have to make art. Sit and breeze a bit with folks. Feel free to bring snacks and invite your friends and the cash bar is open.  

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

2/16: Catnip Toys: There is nothing like a new, hopped up -hipped up cat toy for your favorite feline. Infused with organic catnip and in the colors and embellished however you like. (dog toys are perfectly fine too) $8 gets you the makings for a toy and one glass of house wine. Additional glasses at regular prices. 

2/23: Ceramic Garden Stakes: Have you ever noticed that all the pre-made garden stakes out in the market never have the exact things you plant? Well here’s the chance to make your own. $6 will get you 3 stakes ($1 per stake after that) and a glass of house wine. Additional glasses available at regular WAC prices. Pictures soon.

3/2: Vine & Palette:  It still may be a bit early but we can think spring and put it on the canvas. Think warmer sun on your face and spring flowers. Wassenberg wine and paint sessions are based off of original art from WAC artists. Unlike other programs we encourage you to step out of the box to make your painting unique. We still make it easy but encourage your naturally occurring creative impulses to make your work unique. $15 for a canvas and all materials plus a glass of our house wine. Additional glass at regular WAC prices. You will go home with a true original.

3/9: Talisman Dream Catcher: Art is about self expression. This won’t be a generic dream catcher. Dream catchers were first made by Native Americans to catch good dreams in the wind. Here’s chance to make a dream catcher truly your own. Bring in mementos, broken jewelry, buttons, feathers, scraps of cloth, small photos… little things sitting around in trays. (If you are really neat and tidy, we will have items on hand as well) $10 will get you the remaining materials you need to make a personal dream catcher and a glass of house wine. Additional glasses available at regular WAC prices.

ArtReach (ages 7–11 and 12–15) Ongoing: Sign up whenever you want. We still have space available in our popular ArtReach after school art program! Ages 7-11 meet on Tuesdays and ages 12 and up meet on Thursdays. Students receive a snack and then get down to creating! Parents can drop off their youngsters after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. Studies show that children who receive more instruction in the arts enjoy higher GPAs, higher SAT scores and a dramatically lower drop out rate. A good arts education can improve critical thinking and math skills. ArtReach instructor Diane Bendele earned her bachelors degree in art education from Bowling Green State University and her Masters degree in education from Ohio State. As an art educator for 35 years, she has worked with students of all ages. Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for regular price during the regular school year. Supplies are provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules. An online registration is also available on our website. Need-based scholarships are available. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

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

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 02/15/17 at 1:48 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Works such as this watercolor by Fred Graff of the Ohio Watercolor Society will be on display at the Wassenberg Art Center beginning February 11-March 5. (Photo submitted.)

Works such as this watercolor by Fred Graff of the Ohio Watercolor Society will be on display at the Wassenberg Art Center beginning February 11-March 5. (Photo submitted.)

The Ohio Watercolor Society exhibit opens this Saturday with a free afternoon party. This tradition continues from some of the most colorful and accomplished watercolor artists in Ohio and the states surrounding. This prestigious exhibit features approximately forty lush, professional paintings visiting us for a short time. Most of these works are for sale and provide the opportunity to add quality work to your collection, or as a perfect gift.

Jimmy Solo will provide live acoustic guitar and vocals at the free public opening party of the Ohio Watercolor Exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center on February 11, 1–5 p.m. (Photo submitted.)

Jimmy Solo will provide live acoustic guitar and vocals at the free public opening party of the Ohio Watercolor Exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center on February 11, 1–5 p.m. (Photo submitted.)

There will be a public opening party on February 11 from 1–5 p.m. Admission is free. There will be free refreshments, and a cash bar. Entertainment will be provided by Jimmy Solo of Edgerton.

Get your tickets now and receive $10 off! Our next big event coming up is Punk! Valentines scheduled for February 18, 8p.m–midnight. Punk! Valentines will feature the glam/punk rock band, Vanity Crash from Cleveland. Vanity Crash is a popular in that area and usually booked solid group throughout the Cleveland and Akron area. They will also be bringing a little unique fun; Bowieoke, (karaoke with some Bowie-esque thrown in) along with a talented V.j. to host vintage videos on a large screen. Ticket prices are available at: $25 Individual; WAC member price, $30 Individual; regular price, $40 Couple; WAC member price, $45 Couple; regular price. Ticket price includes everything except cash bar. We encourage you to research the glam, punk-rock era and dress accordingly.

 Art Classes:

Watercolor Techniques: Every Tuesday from 10 a.m. – noon. On-going. $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman.  Bring your watercolor equipment.   Online sign up available.

ArtNight: Every Thursday, 6–9 p.m. Featured project for 2/9: Psychedelic Wine Bottle lights. $15 gets you a wine bottle, a set of battery lights, all materials and will include your first glass of house wine or beer. Additional glasses available at regular WAC prices. ArtNights occur every Thursday evening from 6–9 p.m. It is free to hang out at ArtNight, and you don’t even have to make art. Sit and breeze a bit with folks. Feel free to bring snacks and invite your friends and the cash bar is open.

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

2/16: Catnip Toys: There is nothing like a new cat toy to happy-up your favorite feline. Infused with organic catnip and in the colors and embellished however you like. (dog toys can be made too) $8 gets you the makings for a toy and one glass of house wine. Additional glasses at regular prices.

2/23: Ceramic Garden Stakes: Have you ever noticed that all the pre-made garden stakes out in the market never have the exact things you plant? Well here’s the chance to make your own. $6 will get you 3 stakes ($1per stake after that) and a glass of house wine. Additional glasses available at regular WAC prices. Pictures soon.

3/2: Vine & Palette:  It still may be a bit early but we can think spring and put it on the canvas. Think warmer sun on your face and spring flowers. Wassenberg wine and paint sessions are based off of original art from WAC artists. Unlike other programs we encourage you to step out of the box to make your painting unique. We still make it easy but encourage your naturally occurring creative impulses to make your work unique. $15 will provide you with a canvas and all materials plus a glass of our house wine. Additional glasses are available at regular WAC prices.

3/9: Talisman Dream Catcher: Art is about self-expression. This won’t be a generic dream catcher. Dream catchers were first made by Native Americans to catch good dreams in the wind. Here’s chance to make a dream catcher truly your own. Bring in mementos, broken jewelry, buttons, feathers, scraps of cloth, small photos… little things sitting around in trays. (we will have items on hand as well). $10 will get you the remaining materials you need to make a personal dream catcher and a glass of house wine. Additional glasses are available at regular WAC prices.

ArtReach: (ongoing) (ages 7–11 and 12–15) Ongoing: Sign up whenever you want. We still have space available in our popular ArtReach after school art program! Ages 7-11 meet on Tuesdays and ages 12 and up meet on Thursdays. Students receive a snack and then get down to creating! Parents can drop off their youngsters after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. Studies show that children who receive more instruction in the arts enjoy higher GPAs, higher SAT scores and a dramatically lower drop out rate. A good arts education can improve critical thinking and math skills. ArtReach instructor Diane Bendele earned her bachelors degree in art education from Bowling Green State University and her Masters degree in education from Ohio State. As an art educator for 35 years, she has worked with students of all ages. Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for regular price during the regular school year. Supplies are provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules. An online registration is also available on our website. Need-based scholarships are available. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

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

 

 

 

POSTED: 02/08/17 at 2:32 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

You can make your own Psychedelic Wine Bottle light for a modest fee during next week’s ArtNight at the Wassenberg Art Center, or you can bring your own project to work on. ArtNight is a free open studio held on most Thursday evenings. The next ArtNight will be held Thursday, February 9 from 6–9 p.m. (Photo submitted.)

You can make your own Psychedelic Wine Bottle light for a modest fee during next week’s ArtNight at the Wassenberg Art Center, or you can bring your own project to work on. ArtNight is a free open studio held on most Thursday evenings. The next ArtNight will be held Thursday, February 9 from 6–9 p.m. (Photo submitted.)

We’re excited about our next exhibit, which features work by members of the Ohio Watercolor Society. If you enjoy beautiful paintings and/or watercolor, this is the show for you! It spotlights some of the most colorful and accomplished watercolor artists in Ohio and surrounding states, and features approximately 40 lush, professional paintings. We feel very privileged to bring this prestigious exhibit to Van Wert! Many of these works are for sale, so here’s another chance to add a fine art piece to your home or give one as a gift. There will be a free, public opening reception on February 11 from 1–5 p.m.   It will include free refreshments, a cash bar and live music by Jimmy Solo of Edgerton.

On Friday the Wassenberg Art Center will be the last stop in the Annual Chocolate Walk hosted by Main Street Van Wert. We will be pairing wines with gourmet chocolate! You’ll probably be hungry after all that walking, and the art center will offer the opportunity to purchase items so you can refuel.

Aubrey Gebert will perform at the Wassenberg Art Center this Friday evening during the Annual Chocolate Walk.   (Photo submitted.)

Aubrey Gebert will perform at the Wassenberg Art Center this Friday evening during the Annual Chocolate Walk.   (Photo submitted.)

There will be live entertainment in the form of vocals and acoustic guitar by Van Wert’s Aubrey Gebert.

The Paws & Palettes fundraiser is scheduled for February 4 at 6 p.m. It will benefit both pets and art – such a deal! If you haven’t signed up, we urge you to do so soon; the registrations are filling quickly. The proceeds benefit the Van Wert County Humane Society and the Wassenberg Art Center. You’ll have the opportunity to paint a glowing winter scene to hang on your wall. The cost is $35, which covers materials and the participant’s first glass of wine or beer. Additional glasses will be available at regular WAC prices. Artwork created by dedicated VWCHS volunteers will also be available for purchase. You may sign up online at www.wassenbergartcenter.org/announcements/paws-and-palette-2017 or call 419.238.6837.

Our next big event is “Punk! Valentines” scheduled for February 18, 8p.m–midnight. “Punk! Valentines” will feature the punk/glam rock band, Vanity Crash of Cleveland. Their entertainment will include a bit of unique fun –“Bowieoke” (karaoke with some Bowie-esque thrown in) — along with a talented VJ to host videos on a large screen focusing on the Glam/Punk era. Ticket prices are $35 Individual; WAC member price, $40 Individual; regular price, $50 Couple; WAC member price, $55 Couple; regular price. Ticket price includes food and entries for door prizes. We encourage you to research the glam, punk-rock era and dress accordingly. Tickets on sale now, get yours soon!

Art Classes:

Watercolor techniques is an ongoing Tuesday morning class from 10 a.m. to noon. You can join anytime; the fee is $35 per month (art center members) or $40 per month (non-members). Instructor: Pat Rayman. You’ll need to bring your own watercolor supplies. Online sign-up is available.

ArtNight: Will not be held this week to accommodate the Chamber of Commerce Dinner. Our next project will be Psychedelic Wine Bottle lights on February 9. $15 gets you a wine bottle, a set of battery lights, all materials and will include your first glass of house wine or beer. Additional glasses available at regular WAC prices. ArtNight is held every Thursday evening from 6–9 p.m. It is free to hang out at ArtNight, and you don’t even have to make art. If you don’t feel like bringing a project or doing the project we provide, you can just sit and chat. Feel free to bring snacks and invite your friends. A cash bar is available for those interested.

ArtReach (ages 7–11 and 12–15) Ongoing: Sign up whenever you want. We still have space available in our popular ArtReach after school art program! Ages 7-11 meet on Tuesdays and ages 12 and up meet on Thursdays. Students receive a snack and then get down to creating! Parents can drop off their youngsters after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. The program fee, which is charged monthly, is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for regular price during the regular school year. Supplies are provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules. An online registration is also available on our website. Need-based scholarships are available. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

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

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 02/01/17 at 3:08 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Participants of all ages who attended the Enchanted! Opening party at the Wassenberg Art Center gathered around the makers table to create fairy doors. Diane Bendele, ArtReach afterschool art program instructor assists. (Photo submitted.)

Participants of all ages who attended the Enchanted! Opening party at the Wassenberg Art Center gathered around the makers table to create fairy doors. Diane Bendele, ArtReach afterschool art program instructor assists. (Photo submitted.)

This past Saturday everyone enjoyed the opening party to our Enchanted! Exhibit. Many adults, children, artists, art enthusiasts and musicians attended and spent the evening enjoying the enchanting art, art activities and music by Glen Wright of The Changing Elements Band, Stryker. Those artists who received awards were: Honorable mentions: Kay Sluterbeck, Tomi Jaycox, and Elizabeth Pate all of Van Wert and Anna Fisher, Wapokoneta. Third place went to Kay Vanmeter of Elida, second place to Judi Snook, Antwerp and first place was awarded to Pat Rayman of Ohio City. Congratulations to everyone!

We are happy to have the Paws & Palettes fundraiser trot around again on February 4 at 6 p.m. The proceeds benefit the Van Wert County Humane Society and the Wassenberg Art Center. We encourage you to sign up and to help out two awesome things, pets and art! We will be creating a glowing winter scene and everyone will go home with a piece of art worth hanging on your wall. Cost is $35 which covers materials an your first glass of wine or beer. Additional glasses available at regular WAC prices. Artwork created by the dedicated VWCHS volunteers will also be available for purchase. Please r.s.v.p before January 25. You may also sign up online: www.wassenbergartcenter.org/announcements/paws-and-palette-2017

Participants of all ages who attended the Enchanted! Opening party at the Wassenberg Art Center gathered around the makers table to create fairy doors. Diane Bendele, ArtReach afterschool art program instructor assists. (Photo submitted.)

Dennis Van Crash of Vanity Crash performs at Musica, a popular club in Akron. Vanity Crash is booked to perform at the Wassenberg Art Center for Punk! Valentines on February 18. (Photo submitted.)

Our next big event coming up is Punk! Valentines scheduled for February 18, 8–12 p.m. Punk! Valentines will feature the punk/glam rock band, Vanity Crash from Clevenland. Vanity Crash is a popular in that area and usually booked solid group throughout the Clevenland and Akron. They will also be bringing a little unique fun; Bowieoke, (karaoke with some Bowie-esque thrown in). Ticket prices are available at: $35 Individual; WAC member price, $40 Individual; regular price, $50 Couple; WAC member price, $55 Couple; regular price. Ticket price includes food, and entering for door prizes. We encourage you to research the glam, punk-rock era and dress accordingly. Tickets on sale now, get yours soon!

Art Classes:

Classic Watercolor: will resume on Tuesday, January 10, from 10 a.m. – noon. On-going. $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

ArtNight: This week’s featured project is…perfect pebbles. This is not your painted rock you remember from childhood craft hour. Options run the gamut from cute critters, to contemporary home decor to garden accessories. $4 for your first rock and $1 for additional rocks which, include your first glass of house wine or beer. Additional glasses available at regular WAC prices. ArtNights occur every Thursday evening from 6–9 p.m. It is free to hang out at ArtNight, and you don’t even have to make art. Sit and breeze a bit with folks. Feel free to bring snacks and invite your friends and the cash bar is open.

ArtReach (ages 7–11 and 12–15) Ongoing: Sign up whenever you want. We still have space available in our popular ArtReach after school art program! Ages 7-11 meet on Tuesdays and ages 12 and up meet on Thursdays. Students receive a snack and then get down to creating! Parents can drop off their youngsters after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. Studies show that children who receive more instruction in the arts enjoy higher GPAs, higher SAT scores and a dramatically lower drop out rate. A good arts education can improve critical thinking and math skills. ArtReach instructor Diane Bendele earned her bachelors degree in art education from Bowling Green State University and her Masters degree in education from Ohio State. As an art educator for 35 years, she has worked with students of all ages. Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for regular price during the regular school year. Supplies are provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules. An online registration is also available on our website. Need-based scholarships are available. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

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

 

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 01/18/17 at 2:42 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

As a "teaser", here are details from a few of the 3-D Enchanted! entries.  The show also features wonderful paintings and drawings by area artists on the theme of what seems enchanted to them.  (Photo submitted.)

As a “teaser”, here are details from a few of the 3-D Enchanted! entries. The show also features wonderful paintings and drawings by area artists on the theme of what seems enchanted to them. (Photo submitted.)

This Saturday everyone is encouraged to join us for the opening party to our Enchanted! Exhibit. Artists who submitted their work have explored fantasy, faeries; and their gardens and houses, dragons, wizardry, elves and anything that might be considered magical. We have accepted drawings, paintings, sculpture, crafts and photography. Much of the work is for sale. Awards will be presented during the opening. Everyone is cordially invited to the Enchanted opening party scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. One of our favorite musicians, Glen Wright will be back with some friends to play some chill, tribal tunes. Free, themed appetizers, cash bar.

Art Classes:

Watercolor Techniques: will resume on Tuesday, January 10, from 10 a.m. – noon. Ongoing. $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

ArtNight: This week’s featured project is…hand-dyed, silk scarves! $20 for a scarf and all materials, plus a glass of our house wine (or beer). Additional glasses available at regular WAC prices. You will go home with an original, wearable work of art you created yourself. Sign ups encouraged as space is limited for this one. ArtNights occur every Thursday evening from 6–9 p.m. It’s free to hang out at ArtNight, but if you want to take part in the project, there is a small fee (check our website) which includes your first glass of house wine (additional wine at regular WAC prices). Feel free to bring snacks and invite your friends.

ArtReach (ages 7–11 and 12–15) Ongoing: Sign up whenever you want. We still have space available in our popular ArtReach after school art program! Ages 7-11 meet on Tuesdays and ages 12 and up meet on Thursdays. This after-school art program continues for the duration of the school year. Students receive a snack and then get down to creating! Parents can drop off their youngsters after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. Our program provides students with a much needed boost in visual art instruction, which has been proven to boost critical thinking, math skills and many other academic and social benefits. ArtReach instructor Diane Bendele earned her bachelors degree in art education from Bowling Green State University and her Masters degree in education from Ohio State. As an art educator for 35 years, she has worked with students of all ages. Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for regular price during the regular school year. Supplies are provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules. An online registration is also available on our website. Need-based scholarships are available. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

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

 

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POSTED: 01/11/17 at 2:21 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

This postcard was purchased by Charles and Vera Wassenberg on a trip to Italy. The Wassenbergs enjoyed collecting postcards of scenery and art as they traveled around the world. (Photo submitted.)

This postcard was purchased by Charles and Vera Wassenberg on a trip to Italy. The Wassenbergs enjoyed collecting postcards of scenery and art as they traveled around the world. (Photo submitted.)

The art center is getting ready for its “long winter’s nap” over the holidays. Things may look quiet on the outside, but things are still happening on the inside as we prepare for 2017. We wish everyone the best holiday season ever and hope that the new year brings peace and positive surprises. We reopen to the public on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

ArtNight will be held this Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. The evening is free if you bring your own project, or do one of our projects for a small fee. Our current feature project is clay animal ornaments! Make one, make 20! ArtNights occur every Thursday evening from 6–9 p.m. This clay animal ornament project price is $6 each for the first ornament and $2 each following ornament. Price includes your first glass of house wine and unlimited hot chocolate (additional wine at regular WAC prices). Feel free to bring snacks and invite your friends

Don’t forget! Deadline for “Enchanted!” exhibit artwork is January 6 and 7! The “Enchanted!” exhibit will explore fantasy, faeries; and their gardens & houses, dragons, wizardry, elves – or whatever the artist feels is magical and enchanting, be it an old tree or a beautiful sunset. This show is open to anyone 15 years old and up and is an all-media show accepting drawings, paintings, sculpture and photography. Art intake is scheduled for January 6-7, 2017. A $25 entry fee allows the artist to display four (4) pieces of artwork from January 14-29, 2017. Artists are encouraged to list their work for sale, but it is not mandatory. Complete guidelines are available online, at the art center, or call to receive a prospectus.

We are sorting all of the items donated to our Warm Up the Ridge project. Sincere thanks to everyone who has donated warm clothing and other items to assist the residents of Pine Ridge Reservation, who are struggling through another freezing winter in South Dakota. We will be loading the trailer and setting out for the reservation on December 30. Pine Ridge Reservation is where most of the descendants of the Little Bighorn warriors reside. They often live in third-world living conditions and the winters are brutal. Fuel oil is hard to come by and expensive, so warm clothing is urgently needed. Our contact, Marian Whitemouse,  granddaughter of Dewey Beard, whose picture is included in the WAC display of David Humphreys Miller Native American portraits, will distribute the items when they reach the reservation.

Art Classes:

Watercolor Techniques will resume on Tuesday, January 10, from 10 a.m.- noon. This is an ongoing class with a monthly fee; contact us for more information. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Online sign-up is available.

ArtNight: ArtNight will resume on January 12, 6-9 p.m. The featured project is a hand-dyed silk scarf. $20 gets you one scarf and enough dye to make and take plus your first glass of house wine. Additional available at regular art center prices. Check out our website, Facebook page or give us a call. You may also bring your own projects to work on, free of charge.

ArtReach (ages 7–11 and 12–15) Ongoing: Sign up whenever you want. We still have space available in our popular ArtReach after school art program! Ages 7-11 meet on Tuesdays and ages 12 and up meet on Thursdays. This after-school art program continues for the duration of the school year. Students receive a snack and then get down to creating! Parents can drop off their youngsters after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. Our program provides students with a much needed boost in visual art instruction, which has been proven to boost critical thinking, math skills and many other academic and social benefits. ArtReach instructor Diane Bendele earned her bachelors degree in art education from Bowling Green State University and her Masters degree in education from Ohio State. As an art educator for 35 years, she has worked with students of all ages. Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for regular price during the regular school year. Supplies are provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules. An online registration is also available on our website. Need-based scholarships are available. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit: wassenbergartcenter.org. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (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: 12/21/16 at 2:39 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Clay animal ornaments will be the featured project at this weeks ArtNight at the Wassenberg Art Center. ArtNight is held every Thursday at 6–9 p.m. You may bring your own project or do ours for a small fee. (Photo submitted.)

Clay animal ornaments will be the featured project at this weeks ArtNight at the Wassenberg Art Center. ArtNight is held every Thursday at 6–9 p.m. You may bring your own project or do ours for a small fee. (Photo submitted.)

ArtNight’s feature project is clay animal ornaments! Make one, make 20! ArtNights are on Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. ArtNight is free, you can bring your own project or do ours for a small fee. The clay animal ornament price is $6 each for the first ornament and $2 each following ornament. Price includes your first glass of house wine and unlimited hot chocolate (additional wine at regular WAC prices). Feel free to bring snacks and invite your friends

Items for sale at the Annual Artists’ Exhibit and Sale, located at the Wassenberg Art Center, which will run through this coming Sunday, December 19. (Photo submitted.)

Items for sale at the Annual Artists’ Exhibit and Sale, located at the Wassenberg Art Center, which will run through this coming Sunday, December 19. (Photo submitted.)

The last day to shop the Wass is this Sunday, December 18. Check off that list. We have stuff for even the most difficult giftees. Even better the Artists’ Exhibit & Sale is a great way to support local and regional We are open Tuesday-Sunday 1-5 p.m and until 9 p.m. every Thursday night for your shopping convenience.

Have you been thinking of magical things? Call for entries–Enchanted! The Enchanted Exhibit will explore fantasy, faeries; and their gardens & houses, dragons, wizardry, elves and anything that means magical to you. This show is open to anyone 15 years old and up and is an all-media show accepting drawings, paintings, sculpture and photography. Art intake is scheduled for January 6-7, 2017. A $25 entry fee gets you the opportunity to display four (4) pieces of your artwork from January 14-29, 2017. We encourage you to list your work for sale, but it is not mandatory. Complete guidelines are available online, here at the art center or give us a call and we can send you a prospectus.

The deadline to submit warm stuff for our Warm Up the Ridge project is December 20. Thank you to those who have already been so generous. The residents of Pine Ridge Reservation, where most of the descendants of our Little Bighorn warriors reside, live in third-world living conditions where the winters are brutal. We are collecting warm clothing to help them.

We need clean, new and used items (in good condition, please!) such as hats, gloves, warm socks, coats, boots, and blankets. The focus would be on adult sizes, however children’s clothing will be accepted as well. Last year we received an overwhelming outpouring of support and would like to see if we can surpass it this year. Simply drop off your items here at the Wassenberg Art Center during our regular hours and we will see that they get to the people who need them so much.

Art Classes:

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

ArtNight: Free, now with low-cost featured projects! Thursdays 6 – 9 p.m. Ongoing. Cash bar. Check out our website, Facebook page or give us a call. Each Thursday includes a low-cost feature project and the price includes one glass of house wine. Additional available at regular art center prices.

ArtReach (ages 7–11 and 12–15) Ongoing: Sign up whenever you want. We still have space available in our popular ArtReach after school art program! Ages 7-11 meet on Tuesdays and ages 12 and up meet on Thursdays. This after-school art program continuesfor the duration of the school year. Students receive a snack and then get down to creating! Parents can drop off their youngsters after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. Our program provides students with a much needed boost in visual art instruction, which has been proven to boost critical thinking, math skills and many other academic and social benefits. ArtReach instructor is Diane Bendele. Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for regular price during the regular school year. Most supplies will be provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules. An online registration is also available on our website. Need-based scholarships are also available on a limited basis and go quickly. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 12/14/16 at 1:54 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Samples of the items available for crafting at the Wassenberg Art Center Thursday evening during their Elf Workshop. (Photo submitted.)

Samples of the items available for crafting at the Wassenberg Art Center Thursday evening during their Elf Workshop. (Photo submitted.)

The Second Annual Elf Workshop will be getting underway Thursday, December 8 from 6-9 p.m. Featured projects are a wide selection of Wine cork ornaments, owl pinecone ornaments, one-of-a-kind snowflakes earrings, and cork-slice pendants. Make one or make them all! Prices are $6 each project or $22 for all. Price includes your first glass of house wine and unlimited hot chocolate (additional wine at regular WAC prices). Feel free to bring snacks and invite your friends. RSVP is suggested, pay upon arrival.

Pinecone owl ornaments will be one of the projects featured at the Wassenberg Art Center Thursday during the Elf Workshop. (Photo submitted.)

Pinecone owl ornaments will be one of the projects featured at the Wassenberg Art Center Thursday during the Elf Workshop. (Photo submitted.)

Have you checked out the current show and sale at the Wassenberg? The Artists’ Exhibit & Sale is a great way to support local and regional artists and an even better way to find a unique, lasting gift for those you love. This exhibit will be in place until December 18, and we are open until 9 p.m. every Thursday night for your shopping convenience.

Check out our new David Humphrey Miller paintings! The Brent Stevens family recently donated more original paintings and prints of sketches by David. We are excited to see this collection grow yet again. A huge thank you for this family’s generosity.

Call for entries–Enchanted! The Enchanted Exhibit will explore fantasy, faeries; and their gardens & houses, dragons, wizardry, elves and anything that means magical to you. This show is open to anyone 15 years old and up and is an all-media show accepting drawings, paintings, sculpture and photography. Art intake is scheduled for January 6-7, 2017. A $25 entry fee gets you the opportunity to display four (4) pieces of your artwork from January 14-29, 2017. We encourage you to list your work for sale, but it is not mandatory. Complete guidelines are available online, here at the art center or give us a call and we can send you a prospectus.

We have four barrels of coats, hats and other warm things collected for our Warm Up the Ridge campaign, thank you! We are still collecting clean, new and used items (in good condition, please!) such as hats, gloves, warm socks, coats, boots, and blankets, through December 20, for the Pine Ridge Reservation. The more items the better. The focus would be on adult sizes, but children’s clothing will be welcome as well. Simply drop off your items here at the Wassenberg Art Center during our regular hours and we will see they warm someone up.

Art Classes:

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

ArtNight: Free, now with low-cost featured projects! Thursdays 6 – 9 p.m. Ongoing. Cash bar. Check out our website, Facebook page or give us a call. Each Thursday includes a low-cost feature project and the price includes one glass of house wine. Additional available at regular art center prices.

ArtReach (ages 7–11 and 12–15) Ongoing: Sign up whenever you want. We still have space available in our popular ArtReach after school art program! Ages 7-11 meet on Tuesdays and ages 12 and up meet on Thursdays. This after-school art program continues

for the duration of the school year. Students receive a snack and then get down to creating! Parents can drop off their youngsters after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. Our program provides students with a much needed boost in visual art instruction, which has been proven to boost critical thinking, math skills and many other academic and social benefits. Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for regular price during the regular school year. Most supplies will be provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules. An online registration is also available on our website. Need-based scholarships are also available on a limited basis and go quickly. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

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: 12/07/16 at 2:44 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

The Betty Woodruff family has donated a painting by Vera Wassenberg for the art center's collection.  (Photo submitted.)

The Betty Woodruff family has donated a painting by Vera Wassenberg for the art center’s collection. (Photo submitted.)

We have had some great donations of art recently! Come in and see for yourself. We have a new painting painted by Vera Wassenberg herself, which was donated by the Betty Woodruff family. We have many new David Humphreys Miller works from Brent Stevens (more on this later!) and a painting by Richard Rogers, which was donated by Judi Snook. Thank you to everyone for your generosity!

Have you checked out the current show at the Wassenberg? The Artists’ Exhibit & Sale is a great way to support local and regional artists and an even better way to find a unique, lasting gift for those you love. This exhibit will be in place until December 18, and we are open until 9 p.m. every Thursday night.

Call for entries–Enchanted! The Enchanted Exhibit will explore fantasy, faeries; and their gardens & houses, dragons, wizardry, elves and anything that means magical to you. This show is open to anyone 15 years old and up and is an all-media show accepting drawings, paintings, sculpture and photography. Art intake is scheduled for January 6–7, 2017. A $25 entry fee gets you the opportunity to display four (4) pieces of your artwork from January 14–29, 2017. Awards will be presented.  We encourage you to list your work for sale, but it is not mandatory. Complete guidelines are available online, here at the art center

Paintings and 3-D work are available for purchase at the art center's Members' Show and Sale, on display now.  (Photo submitted.)

Paintings and 3-D work are available for purchase at the art center’s Members’ Show and Sale, on display now. (Photo submitted.)

or give us a call and we can send you a prospectus.

The warm stuff is starting to trickle in, thank you! Warm Up the Ridge 2016! The residents of Pine Ridge Reservation, where most of the descendants of our Little Bighorn warriors reside, live in third-world living conditions where the winters are brutal. We’re having a drive for warm clothing (hats, coats, socks, boots, blankets, gloves); the need is greatest for adult sizes, but children’s clothing will certainly be accepted as well. Please drop items off at the art center by December 20.

There are still openings in the “Drawing basic anatomy” class on December 7, 14, 21, 28. Recommended ages: 15 and up. Instructor: Matt Temple. All skill levels. Costs are WAC members: $40 and regular price is $45. Materials required: #2 pencil, sketch pad, newsprint pad, various soft drawing pencils, kneaded eraser and magic rub eraser. Graphite and/orcharcoal optional.

ArtNight, held on Thursdays 6 – 9 p.m. now features ongoing inexpensive projects for those interested. Cash bar. On December 1, we will be making “stained” glass candle votives for $8. Price includes one glass of house wine. Additional available at regular art center prices.

ArtReach (ages 7–11 and 12–15) still has space available. Ages 7-11 meet on Tuesdays and ages 12 and up meet on Thursdays. This after-school art program costs $40 a month for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for non-members and runs through the school year. Most supplies will be provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules. An online registration is also available on our website. Need-based scholarships are also available on a limited basis and go quickly. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

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: 11/30/16 at 2:45 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Some of the fine art pieces that will be displayed during the Member Artists' Show and Sale. If you're looking for unique Christmas presents, consider original artwork. (Photo submitted.)

Some of the fine art pieces that will be displayed during the Member Artists’ Show and Sale. If you’re looking for unique Christmas presents, consider original artwork. (Photo submitted.)

By Hope Wallace

The 27th Annual Wassenberg Member Artists’ Exhibit & Sale begins this weekend. This display will be open through December 18 so you can not only enjoy a great show, but also purchase unique gifts for friends, loved ones, co-workers and help support local artists during the holidays. Our gallery hours are: Tuesday – Sunday 1–5 p.m. Open until 9 p.m. on Thursday and closed Mondays.

Everyone is invited to the opening party this Saturday, November 19 from 6–9 p.m. Admission is free. Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. We will have free appetizers and a cash bar. Entertainment will be provided by The Changing Elements Band.

Do you have warm clothing and blankets in good condition that you could donate our Warm Up the Ridge 2016 project? Your help will be appreciated. The residents of Pine Ridge Reservation, where most of the descendants of theLittle Bighorn warriors reside, live in third-world living conditions and winters are brutal; there have been limbs lost to frostbite and even fatalities. Fuel oil is hard to come by and expensive. With the standoff going on at the North Dakota Pipeline, they need our help more than ever.

Hats, gloves, warm socks, coats, boots, and blankets will be collected at the art center through December 20. The focus should be on adult sizes, although chlidren’s items are also needed. Last year we received an overwhelming outpouring of support. We thank everyone who participated, and who will participate this year.

Art Classes

Watercolor Techniques is held on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. – noon. This enjoyable class for adults continues throughout the year; new members are welcome anytime. A fee is charged monthly; contact the art center for information.   Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required – watercolor supplies.

New! ArtNight: Now providing a feature project every Thursday night for a small fee. Project includes one glass of house wine. Thursdays 6 – 9 p.m. This week we will be making pumpkins just in time for T-day! Easy-peasy, terra-cotta pumpkins to use in harvest décor, as part of a centerpiece or timeless enough to use throughout the year. $15 gets you a ceramic, pumpkin (roughly the size of a …mini pumpkin) and one glass of house wine (additional glasses at regular WAC prices). We will fire your pumpkin and you can pick up by November 22.

Ongoing! ArtReach (ages 7–11 and 12–15) Sign up whenever convenient. We still have space available in our popular ArtReach after school art program! Ages 7-11 meet on Tuesdays and ages 12 and up meet on Thursdays. This after-school art program continues for the duration of the school year. Students receive a snack and then get down to creating! Parents can drop off their youngsters after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. Our program provides students with a much needed boost in visual art instruction, which has been proven to boost critical thinking, math skills and many other academic and social benefits.

Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for regular price during the regular school year. Most supplies will be provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules. An online registration is also available on our website. Need-based scholarships are also available on a limited basis and go quickly. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

NEW! Drawing Basic Anatomy: December 7, 14, 21, 28 from 6 – 8 p.m. Recommended ages: 15 and up. Instructor: Matt Temple. Matt holds a degree in computer animation and multimedia from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Defiance College. He has been a frequent instructor at the Wassenberg Art Center and also serves as the office manager there. Matt’s work has been selected consistently in many area exhibits and competitions and he has a strong command of rendering human anatomy. Persons with any skill level will feel at home in this class. The fee is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for non-members.

 

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

POSTED: 11/16/16 at 2:43 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?