The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Sep. 1, 2014

 

What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 

By Hope Wallace

Mail art postcard self-portrait by Iowa artist Saffron Goetschius.  This artist’s work will be on display at the Wassenberg Art Center Sept. 13-28. (Photo submitted.)

Mail art postcard self-portrait by Iowa artist Saffron Goetschius. This artist’s work will be on display at the Wassenberg Art Center Sept. 13-28. (Photo submitted.)

“The Symphony of My Heart,” art postcards by Iowa artist Saffron Goetschius is over a staggering 500 cards categorized as mail art. Mail art (also known as Postal art and Correspondence art) is an artistic movement centered around sending small scale works through the postal service.  It initially developed out of the Fluxus movement in the 1950s and 60s and has since developed into a global movement that continues to the present. American artist Ray Johnson is considered to be the first mail artist, and the New York Correspondence School that he developed is considered the first network of mail artists.

Mail Art covers a wide variety of mediums and methods, but includes collages of mixed media placed on a post card, with instructions to the post office to hand cancel. and they are mailed as is. Each postcard was sent through the mail to my mailbox. These cards of communication will hang from the trusses in the Wendel Gallery, signifying fragile balance of life and relationship. You will laugh, you will want to cry. The Exhibit will open Saturday Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. with an opening reception and run through Sept. 28. During the last week of the show, Saffron encourages visitors to cut down a postcard they find meaningful and take it home.

The call for entries for our Annual Photography Exhibit will be mailed have been posted on our website. This year we will be accepting and jurying by digital entry only. Entry deadline is September 12.

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.

Classic Drawing Class will again be offered August 8, 15, 22, 29 10 a.m.–noon. Learn different and sometimes crazy ways to open up and have fun with drawing. The use of non-traditional tools make this class a hoot. Materials required. Cost is $35 members/$40 for non-members.

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for September 9 from 6:30–9 p.m.. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. The evening includes all painting materials and wine and participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Did you know you can schedule private and corporate Vine & Palette parties? We can also design the party for children and or parent child. Give us a call and lets see what we can dream up.

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

To help you prepare for what is coming to the Wassenberg this Halloween we are offering dance lessons here at the art center to get you up to snuff. In conjunction with newly-opening Bachwell Center for Music & Dance in downtown Van Wert, Sarah Hope Wells, will offer two classes: East Coast swing, West Coast swing, the Jitterbug, the Shag (no, really, that’s the official dance of South Carolina!) and even the urban hippie/raver classic, the Shuffle. If you’ve got a partner, bring him or her, and if not, bring yourself! Dress comfortably, in shoes you can move in. Classes will be meeting Tuesday, October 21 and again on October 28 from 7–8 p.m. Cost is $15 per person, per session.

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: 08/27/14 at 1:15 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

One Stop Summer employees at the Wassenberg Art Center. Pictured left to right are: Christina Emery, Jaylynn Hofacker, Tiffany Fuerst, Justin Hammond, Marshall Healy. Not pictured, Casey Kiracofe. (Photo submitted)

One Stop Summer employees at the Wassenberg Art Center. Pictured left to right are: Christina Emery, Jaylynn Hofacker, Tiffany Fuerst, Justin Hammond, Marshall Healy. Not pictured, Casey Kiracofe. (Photo submitted)

By Hope Wallace

This is a whopping big space and our whole way of being is changing. I always say change is the only constant. Change is also a lot of hard work. The new Wassenberg Art Center could not have come into being without the constant dedication of our board of directors, staff, volunteers and this summer we are forever and deeply appreciative of our summer crew from the Ohio Means Jobs program. The “minions” we affectionately call them have eased the workload for our two permanent staff immeasurably and we want to shout out a huge thank you not only to the students and student volunteers but to the Ohio Means Jobs program. We couldn’t have done it without you! We will welcome you with open arms next year, although some of you are willing to volunteer throughout the year. Wow! The Wassenberg “Minions” are: Christina Emery, Jaylynn Hofacker, Justin Hammond, Tiffany Fuerst, Marshall Healy, Casey Kiracofe.

There are only days left of The Best of 2014 a traveling, multi-media exhibit curated by the Ohio Design and Craft Museum in Columbus before we tote it to its only other stop in Ohio, at the French Art Colony. The world of craft (functional objects) has over time morphed into fine art. This is not your grandmother’s craft show. Van Wert is extremely fortunate to have been chosen to exhibit this body of work. It will be on view through August 24.

Our next exhibit, The Symphony of My Heart, will open Saturday September 13, at 6 p.m. with an opening reception and run through September 28. During the last week of the show, Saffron encourages visitors to cut down a postcard they find meaningful and take it home.

The call for entries for our Annual Photography Exhibit will be mailed have been posted on our website. This year we will be accepting and jurying by digital entry only. Entry deadline is September 12

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.

Classic Drawing Class will again be offered August 8, 15, 22, 29 10 a.m.–noon. Learn different and sometimes crazy ways to open up and have fun with drawing. The use of non-traditional tools make this class a hoot. Materials required. Cost is $35 members/$40 for non-members.

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for September from 6:30–9 p.m.. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. The evening includes all painting materials and wine and participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Did you know you can schedule private and corporate Vine & Palette parties? We can also design the party for children and or parent child. Give us a call and lets see what we can dream up.

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

To help you prepare for what is coming to the Wassenberg this Halloween we are offering dance lessons here at the art center to get you up to snuff. In conjunction with newly-opening Bachwell Center for Music & Dance in downtown Van Wert, Sarah Hope Wells, will offer two classes: East Coast swing, West Coast swing, the Jitterbug, the Shag (no, really, that’s the official dance of South Carolina!) and even the urban hippie/raver classic, the Shuffle. If you’ve got a partner, bring him or her, and if not, bring yourself! Dress comfortably, in shoes you can move in. Classes will be meeting Tuesday, October 21 and again on October 28 from 7–8 p.m. Cost is $15 per person, per session.

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: 08/20/14 at 1:15 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

The mass grave at Wounded Knee, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in S. D. (Photo submitted.)

The mass grave at Wounded Knee, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in S. D. (Photo submitted.)

The silence of that hill is palpable. While I’m comfortable traversing the country through all types of terrain and spaces, that all went out the open truck window as we approached the hill where over 300 Lakota/Sioux were massacred by the United States Seventh Cavalry in 1890. Standing there it becomes evident how “moving on” is extremely difficult. The mass grave where the victims are buried, ironically sits on a knoll where the four Hotchiss guns used to mow them down were situated. Looking out from that spot Wounded Knee Creek curved away from the camp and was the only refuge the few survivors could flee too. Multitudes of brightly colored flags, strips of cloth and handkerchiefs are tied around a run-down chain link fence, flapping in an ironic dance. Scrawled in permanent marker on one of the concrete gateposts is the history to date of some of the atrocities suffered before and after that fateful day in December of 1890.

The visit to Wounded Knee was prompted by a trip to meet with the administration of the Crazy Horse Memorial which is located in Custer, S.D. They have a permanent display of David Humphrey Miller’s prints of the 72 Little Bighorn Battle survivors. The paintings created by one of Van Wert’s own overlook the massive monument. Unlike Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse memorial, which was commissioned by Lakota elder Henry Standing Bear, in 1939, is funded entirely by private monies. In contrast, the creation of Mount Rushmore was funded by the Federal government. Crazy Horse monument is still being completed following the sculptor’s death by remaining family members and the current administration.

An exhibit by the late David Humphreys Miller of Van Wert is housed at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, S.D. (Photo submitted.)

An exhibit by the late David Humphreys Miller of Van Wert is housed at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, S.D. (Photo submitted.)

There are only a couple weeks left of The Best of 2014 a traveling, multi-media exhibit curated by the Ohio Design and Craft Museum in Columbus before we tote it to its only other stop in Ohio, at the French Art Colony. The world of craft (functional objects) has over time morphed into fine art. This is not your grandmother’s craft show. Van Wert is extremely fortunate to have been chosen to exhibit this body of work. It will be on view through Aug. 24. As most art within the Wassenberg Art Center, this unique art is also for sale and could be a great addition to any decor or collection.

We are beginning our work on our next exhibit, The Symphony of My Heart. This exhibit will detail the life and loved ones of Saffron Goetschius through something called mail art. Mail art is typically collages of mixed media placed on a post card, with instructions to hand cancel and are they are mailed as is. My mailbox has been full almost every day with the body of the work arriving through the United States Post Office. Thank you mail carrier, your pack is probably much lighter following delivery at my house. 
The body of work is coming in from Iowa City, Iowa, but hails from all over. Saffron lived in northwest Ohio for a considerable amount of time and these poignant slips of communication will hang from the trusses in the Wendel Gallery, signifying fragile balance of life and relationship. The Exhibit will open Saturday September 13, at 6 p.m. with an opening reception and run through Sept. 28. During the last week, Saffron encourages visitors to cut down a postcard they find meaningful and take it home.

The call for entries for our Annual Photography Exhibit will be mailed and posted on the website soon.

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

Drawing Techniques will again be offered August 8, 15, 22, 29 10 a.m.–noon. Learn different and sometimes crazy ways to open up and have fun with drawing. The use of non-traditional tools make this class a hoot. Materials required. Cost is $35 members/$40 for non-members.

We still have some space for Vine & Palette taking place on August 7. We often end up with a waiting list. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. The evening includes all painting materials and wine and participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

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

Plans are formulating and percolating Consider yourself busy on Oct. 31 because “it’s coming”.

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: 08/13/14 at 1:50 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Collaged postcard, part of the mail art of Saffron Goetschius of Iowa City, Iowa, which will be on display at the Wassenberg Art Center.  (Photo submitted.)

Collaged postcard, part of the mail art of Saffron Goetschius of Iowa City, Iowa, which will be on display at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Our next “After Notes” is scheduled on Aug. 1 following the “Don’t Stop Believin’” concert in Fountain Park. Enjoy a refreshing drink and popcorn, but most of all enjoy the company. “After Notes” at Wassenberg Art Center is open until 10 p.m. or until everyone goes home.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out The Best of 2014, a national-level, traveling, multi-media exhibit curated by the Ohio Design and Craft Museum in Columbus. The world of craft (functional objects) has over time morphed into fine art. This is not your grandmother’s craft show. Van Wert is extremely fortunate to have been chosen to exhibit this body of work. It will be on view through Aug. 24.

After The Best of 2014 goes onto its next venue, we will be hosting an impromptu exhibit entitled The Symphony of my Heart. This exhibit will detail the life and loved ones of Saffron Goetschius of Iowa City, Iowa, through mail art. Mail art covers a wide variety of art which is not only sent through the mail, but also IS mail.  It includes decorated envelopes, “round-robin” mailings in which recipients decorate a traveling art piece, and mixed media collages on postcards. Some artists arrange their artwork so that the cancellation stamp becomes part of the work.

Saffron is originally from Indiana but lived in northwest Ohio for a considerable amount of time. These poignant and whimsical slips of communication will hang from the trusses in the Wendel Gallery, signifying fragile balance of life and relationship. The Exhibit will open Saturday Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. with an opening reception and run through Sept. 28.

Watercolor techniques class continues on Tuesday mornings, 10 a.m. to noon. This ongoing class is taught by Pat Rayman. People can join the class at any time.  A fee is charged monthly — $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Classic Drawing Class will again be offered Aug. 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 10 a.m.–noon. Learn different and sometimes crazy ways to open up and have fun with drawing. The use of non-traditional tools make this class a hoot. Materials required. Cost is $35 members/$40 for non-members.

We still have some space for Vine & Palette taking place on Aug. 7. We often end up with a waiting list. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. The evening includes all painting materials and wine and participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

Throw pots, learn slab techniques! September, 8-12 from 6-9 p.m. ages 15-adult. The Rev. Hal Schafer will be joining us as an instructor in our ceramics studio! Hal graduated from Mount Union University and learned to throw pottery at Culver Military Academy at the age of 14. He also attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco. We are super excited to have Hal on board. The cost for the class is $40 members/$45 non-members, all materials included.

Muwhahaha!  We have plans, creepy plans, big plans. Consider yourself busy on Oct. 31 because “it’s coming”.

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

POSTED: 07/30/14 at 1:10 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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