The Van Wert County Courthouse

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014

 

What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 

By Hope Wallace

The new parking lot at the Wassenberg Art Center is now available to accept car traffic.  (Photo submitted.)

The new parking lot at the Wassenberg Art Center is now available to accept car traffic. (Photo submitted.)

Simple appreciation for something most of us take for granted has become paramount in the last weeks. Yes, parking lots are one of those things most of us take for granted. Over the past weeks trying to figure out how to get to the doors of the art center and picking our way over valleys and bogs of mud has been a challenge, but no more! We now have access to our brand new parking lot and sidewalks! Thank you to the crews of Alexander Bebout for braving the cold and working at a rapid pace to get this work completed before forced to stop due to the elements.

The 25th Annual Artists’ Exhibit and Sale opened on Saturday, Nov. 15.  The following artists received awards for their work.

Van Wert County Foundation Award
Debbie Gregory of St. Mary’s, “Sunrise Reflection”

Mary McVay Worthington Memorial Award

William John of Lima,  “Black Mountain Man”

Douglas Koch Memorial Award
Richard Morgan of Wauseon, “Hanging in the Balance”

Gertrude Sluterbeck Memorial Award

Caroline Stachera of Fort Wayne, “Taking A Break”

Clyde Wallace Memorial Award
John Freund of  Van Wert, “Autumn Leaves”

Director’s Award
Richard Morgan of Wauseon,  “Autumn Sun”

Merit Awards
Pat Rayman of Ohio City,  “Closed ”
William Hawkins of Van Wert, “Santa Cookie Jar”
Ann Dysinger of Grover Hill, “What Do You Mean, “Your Chair”?”
Jaye Bumbaugh of Lima, “Stingray”

Honorable Mention
Robert Vegler of  Fort Wayne, “Deep Sea”
John Stachera of Fort Wayne,  “The Ski Shed”
Kay Sluterbeck of Van Wert, “Home Sweet Home”
KS Funderburg  of Bryan, “Ripe”

The 25th Annual Artists’ Exhibit & Sale is a wonderful opportunity to shop for the holidays, we have everything from photography, pottery, paintings, one-of-a-kind stuffed animals, jewelry, shadow boxes and scarves. This is not only a great way to support local folk but a wonderful way to show loved ones how much you appreciate them by gifting the

“Black Mountain Man”, a painting by William John of Lima, won the Mary McVay Worthington Memorial award in the 25th Annual Artists’ Exhibit & Sale at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

“Black Mountain Man”, a painting by William John of Lima, won the Mary McVay Worthington Memorial award in the 25th Annual Artists’ Exhibit & Sale at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

unexpected. Exhibit hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 1–5 p.m. This exhibit will be on view until December 19. We are also known to have a little spiced cider to warm you up.

ArtReach Classes have resumed and the smell of popcorn fills the gallery a lot more often these days. Tuesday’s class for ages 7-11 is currently full but if your young Picasso would like a space give us a call and we can put you on a waiting list. Openings occur often. We do still have space in our Thursday class for slightly older artists. Give us a call to explore this option.

Our Vine & Palette sessions are taking a bit of a winters nap and will reconvene on Thursday, January 8 from 6:30–9 p.m. Always popular, Vine & Palettes fill up quickly. The event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because like to get messy! The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Did you know you can design and schedule private, parties for kids and corporate Vine & Palette events? Give us a call to find out more.

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

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

POSTED: 11/19/14 at 1:49 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace 

Jerame Wheeler will provide live music during the public opening reception of the 25th Annual Artists Exhibit & Sale at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Jerame Wheeler will provide live music during the public opening reception of the 25th Annual Artists Exhibit & Sale at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Change is a good thing. Right? While it’s good to be confident, absolute certainty can be rigid. I am ironically thankful for uncertainty. If absolutes rested comfortably in unshakable assurance then that change could prove to be meaningless. Change can be exhilarating. It can be equally difficult and frightening. Growth usually involves some misunderstandings and questions regarding how or why developments come about. In most cases those questions cannot be fully answered or understood initially or ever. There has been amazing progress at the Wassenberg Art Center but it has not come without difficult moments. For the patience, the enthusiasm, support, the hard work of volunteers, the financial support, the good times and challenges, we express our deepest gratitude. The excitement with which our supporters have embraced our efforts is truly humbling.

Speaking of change it’s been one year since our expansion and move to our new space and it couldn’t be more appropriate than to celebrate it with the show that makes things tick around here. The 25th Annual Artists’ Exhibit and Sale opening reception on Saturday November 15 at 6 p.m. is a fitting way to celebrate.

This tradition is made up of the work of our artist members and includes fine art, photography and sculpture and every person’s work is accepted. Cash awards are provided. This is a great way to purchase unique items for the holidays. In addition to having some amazing new visual artists in our line up, we are excited to have Jerame Wheeler performing live on guitar! A regular at Father John’s Microbrewery in Bryan Jerame has been playing guitar for over 20 years. Originally inspired by his father’s bluegrass band as a young boy, Jerame didn’t hesitate to form his own band called Locally Grown. Locally Grown toured Toledo area bars and venues for over 10 years until the members went their separate ways. Jerame continued playing gigs as a solo act. His many years of experience as an entertainer lead him to be a very eclectic musician covering artists and bands from his father’s era to today.

Sign up now! ArtReach is starting today and our Tuesday session for ages 7–11 is almost full. Thursday classes, beginning on November 13 is reserved for ages 11–15. Parents will be required to arrange for a ride to the Wassenberg Art Center after school and their children can be picked up at 5 p.m.

Detail of work by artist Richard Morgan of Wauseon, part of the 25th Annual Artists Exhibit & Sale opening Saturday at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Detail of work by artist Richard Morgan of Wauseon, part of the 25th Annual Artists Exhibit & Sale opening Saturday at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Our Vine & Palette sessions are taking a bit of a winter’s nap and will reconvene on Thursday, January 8 from 6:30–9 p.m. Always popular, Vine & Palettes fill up quickly. The event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because like to get messy! The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Did you know you can design and schedule private, parties for kids and corporate Vine & Palette events? Give us a call to find out more.

Watercolor Techniques class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. This 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.

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: 11/12/14 at 2:54 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Samantha Eve Marie of Fort Wayne, Ind., hangs upside down from the trusses in the Wassenberg Art Center in her silk aerial performance during Dr. Wassenstein’s Freak Haus.  (Photo by William Hawkins,)

Samantha Eve Marie of Fort Wayne, Ind., hangs upside down from the trusses in the Wassenberg Art Center in her silk aerial performance during Dr. Wassenstein’s Freak Haus. (Photo by William Hawkins,)

Dr. Wassenstein’s Freak Haus opened its doors on Friday, Oct. 31, Halloween night and a splendid event it was. Performers from Fort Wayne were up in the rafters doing acrobatics, Sarah Hope Wells from Van Wert’s Bachwell Center for Music & Dance created a dance that released some of the mad doctor’s creatures so they could be free to perform with fire. Dj C.R. Vourteque kept the crowd going with a new type of dance music that appeals to many ages and Sheila Chilcote Collins sang a solo from Mozart’s Requiem Mass. With delicious “intestine” Stromboli from Gibson Catering a large donation of pumpkins from Lincoln Ridge, and all of our sponsors: Van Wert County Foundation, First Federal Savings & Loan, Open Minded, Simply Irresistable, and Iberdrola Renewables and Lee’s Ace Hardware we had a fiendishly good time. After our last event, the Big Wassky, we asked ourselves, how are we going to top that? With the help of a dedicated and diabolically creative crew, I’m fairly confident we did just that. We can’t wait until the next go-round, either!

Call for entries for our 25th Annual Artists’ Exhibit and Sale is coming up this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8 and 9 from 1–5 p.m. If you need a call for entries give us a call, stop by or visit our website at: wassenbergartcenter.org/announcements/call-for-entries-25th-annual-wassenberg-artists-exhibit-sale. This non-juried exhibit is a great opportunity for artists to offer their work for sale in a month-long venue for the cost of an annual membership.

Sign up soon! ArtReach is starting next week and usually sells out. Beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 11 for ages 6-10 and Thursday Nov. 13 for ages 11-15. After school students and parents will be required to arrange for a ride to the Wassenberg Art Center and can their students can be picked up at 5 p.m. A snack will be provided, so give us a call soon, space is limited.

Sheila Chilcote Collins of Van Wert sings a portion of Mozart’s Requiem Mass during Dr. Wassenstein’s Freak House. Chicago dj Vourteque is in the background. 
(Photo by William Hawkins.)

Sheila Chilcote Collins of Van Wert sings a portion of Mozart’s Requiem Mass during Dr. Wassenstein’s Freak House. Chicago dj Vourteque is in the background. 
(Photo by William Hawkins.)

Our next Vine and Palette is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 6:30–9 p.m. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. Vine & Palettes fill up quickly. The event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we are messy! The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Did you know you can design and schedule private, parties for kids and corporate Vine and Palette events? Give us a call to find out more.

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.

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: 11/05/14 at 2:37 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace 

The Doctor awaits guests to arrive at Dr. Wassenstein’s Freak Haus, a Halloween party held at the Wassenberg Art Center on Friday Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale now and at the door. First come, first served. (Photo submitted.)

The Doctor awaits guests to arrive at Dr. Wassenstein’s Freak Haus, a Halloween party held at the Wassenberg Art Center on Friday Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale now and at the door. First come, first served. (Photo submitted.)

At last, the days count down and Dr. Wassenstein is waiting ever so patiently for you. He opens his doors this Friday at 7:30 p.m. and is taking organ donations for his “cutting” edge experiments. Dr. Wassenstein’s Freak Haus opens its doors on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Proper attire (costumes) are highly recommended. This Halloween event is open to the public and costs are below. There will be music and freak show performances. It’s even rumored that the reclusive Dr. Wassenstein himself will be making an appearance. Freakish gourmet food is included, and ghastly spirits will be available. Cash prizes for best costumes will be awarded and record your evening in our photo booth, if you dare. First-come, first-serve. Costs are $25 Individual and $35 Couple, (Wassenberg Art Center member price $20 Individual/$30 Couple). VIP tables have sold out thank you to everyone who purchased!

The doctor has hired DJ, Vourteque who is one of America’s quickly rising stars in the electro swing and neo-vaudeville communities. Musician, producer, remix artist, DJ, carny and ringmaster – Vourteque wows crowds from Los Angeles to New York. Vourteque’s sound can best be described as a cross behind the more house and disco electro and what we know as swing music. This event is brought to you by: Iberdrola Renewables, First Federal Savings & Loan, Simply Irresistible, Open Minded and Van Wert Manor, tickets are pre-sale and at door, starting now until sold out. Call us soon, we expect this happening to sell out: 419.238.6837.

Tonight we have the final round of dance lessons here at the art center to get you in an electro-swing-groove. Sarah Hope Wells of the Bachwell Center for Music & Dance, will offer two evening classes here at the Wassenberg Art Center that will feature several different kinds of swing dance lessons which the urban hippie/raver classic, the Shuffle. Lessons are geared for both couples and inviduals. Dress comfortably, in shoes you can move in. Classes will meet again on Oct. 28 from 7–8 p.m. Cost is

Students learn new swing dance moves at the Wassenberg Art Center with Sarah Hope Wells of the Bachwell Center for Music. (Photo submitted.)

Students learn new swing dance moves at the Wassenberg Art Center with Sarah Hope Wells of the Bachwell Center for Music. (Photo submitted.)

only $15 per person, per session/$10 for Wassenberg Art Center members. Sign up soon so you will be able to use your new skills at Dr. Wassensteins Freak Haus on Oct. 31, the best Halloween party in the region!

Sign up soon! ArtReach is back and usually sells out. Beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 11 for ages 6-10 and Thursday Nov. 13 for ages 11-15. After school students and parents will be required to arrange for a ride to the Wassenberg Art Center and can their students can be picked up at 5 p.m. A snack will be provided, so give us a call soon, space is limited.

Don’t forget to check out the 37th Annual Photography Exhibit will be on view until Oct. 30. If you haven’t had a chance to view this stunning display of photography please make a point to visit by Sunday. Most of the photographs are for sale and would make a beautiful addition to any home.

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

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 6:30–9 p.m. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. Vine & Palettes fill up quickly. The event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we are messy! The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Did you know you can design and schedule private, parties for kids and corporate Vine & Palette events? Give us a call to find out more.

For information on exhibits, classes and programs listed on there as well. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (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: 10/29/14 at 12:53 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Hope Wallace and DJ Joseph Vourteque at Theatre Bizarre, Detroit, Mich. Vourteque will be the featured DJ for the Wassenberg Art Center’s Halloween party, “Dr. Wassenstein’s Freak Haus.” (Photo submitted.)

Hope Wallace and DJ Joseph Vourteque at Theatre Bizarre, Detroit, Mich. Vourteque will be the featured DJ for the Wassenberg Art Center’s Halloween party, “Dr. Wassenstein’s Freak Haus.” (Photo submitted.)

The work continues next door with thuds and rumblings and watching the progression to a beautiful corner is moving along at great speed! Large amounts of concrete will be flowing soon and more dirt brought in to create green spaces.

Don’t forget to check out the 37th Annual Photography Exhibit will be on view until November 2. If you haven’t had a chance to view this stunning display of photography please make a point to visit. Most of the photographs are for sale and would make a beautiful addition to any home.

Tuesday is the first of two dance lessons here at the art center to get you in an electro-swing-groove. Sarah Hope Wells of the Bachwell Center for Music & Dance, will offer two evening classes here at the Wassenberg Art Center that will feature several different kinds of swing dance lessons which the urban hippie/raver classic, the Shuffle. Lessons are geared for both couples and inviduals. Dress comfortably, in shoes you can move in. Classes will meet again on October 28 from 7–8 p.m. Cost is only $15 per person, per session/$10 for Wassenberg Art Center members. Sign up soon so you will be able to use your new skills at Dr. Wassensteins Freak Haus on October 31, the best Halloween party in the region!

Sales for tickets to one of the best Halloween parties in our area have been brisk! Dr. Wassenstein’s Freak Haus opens its doors for one evening to let the public view the mad doctor’s diabolical medical “experiments”. Open to the public, Friday, October 31 beginning at 7:30 p.m., we hope you will join us for this unique There will be crazy performances of all kinds, performed by our friends of Pyroscope entertainment out of Fort Wayne. It’s even rumored that the reclusive Dr. Wassenstein himself will be making an appearance. We’ll be serving freaky gourmet food, and ghastly spirits, A cash prize for best costumes and all kinds of weird goings on. We will even hand out free cases of the willies.

We met Chicago-based DJ, Vourteque at Theatre Bizarre in Detroit last Saturday and he is super excited to visit Van Wert and host our evening with his new mixes of what’s called smash swing. More than just a DJ, Vourteque is also an act unto himself and is one of America’s quickly rising stars in the electro swing and neo-vaudeville communities. Musician, producer, remix artist, DJ, carny and ringmaster – Vourteque wows crowds from Los Angeles to New York. Vourteque’s sound can best be described as a cross behind the more house and disco electro and what we know as swing music. This event is brought to you by: Iberdrola Renewables, First Federal Savings & Loan, Simply Irresistible, Open Minded and Van Wert Manor, tickets are pre-sale and at door, starting now until sold out. Call us soon, we expect this happening to sell out: 419.238.6837. First-come, first-served. Costs are $25 Individual and $35 Couple, (Wassenberg Art Center member price $20 Individual/$30 Couple). VIP tables have sold out thank you to everyone who purchased!

Back to our regular scheduled programming!

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.

ArtReach is back! Beginning on Tuesday, November 11 for ages 6-10 and Thursday November 13 for ages 11-15. After school students and parents will be required to arrange for a ride to the Wassenberg Art Center and can their students can be picked up at 5 p.m. A snack will be provided, so give us a call soon, space is limited.

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for Tuesday, November 11 from 6:30–9 p.m. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. Vine & Palettes fill up quickly. The event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we are messy! The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Did you know you can design and schedule private, parties for kids and corporate Vine & Palette events? Give us a call to find out more.

For information on exhibits, classes and programs listed on there as well. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (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: 10/22/14 at 1:12 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace 

This past Saturday, the Van Wert Rotary club honored the Wassenberg Art Center at their annual benefit auction. The Wassenberg Art Center was chosen as the recipient of the auction proceeds. Bidding has fast paced and bids went high and we wish to thank Rotary and all who contributed for this worthy cause. Van Wert Rotary is funding a pathway that will lead from Washington Street through the north side of the lawn through to the foot-bridge crossing Town Creek. Along its way will also be a fire-pit where people can gather for events, which provides a stunning view of the Van Wert County Courthouse. Van Wert is fortunate to have such generous individuals supporting efforts to improve our community!

The 37th Annual Photography Exhibit will be on view until November 2. If you haven’t had a chance to view this stunning display of photography please make a point to visit. Most of the photographs are for sale and would make a beautiful addition to any home.

We are offering dance lessons here at the art center to get you in an electro-swing-groove. In conjunction with newly-opened Bachwell Center for Music & Dance, Sarah Hope Wells, will offer two evening classes here at the Wassenberg Art Center that feature East Coast swing, West Coast swing, the Jitterbug, the Shag 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 only $15 per person, per session. Sign up soon you will be able to use your new skills at Dr. Wassensteins Freak Haus on October 31, the best Halloween party in the region!

Joseph Vourteque entertaining a crowd. (Photo submitted.)

Joseph Vourteque entertaining a crowd. (Photo submitted.)

Speaking of the mad doctor… It is almost here and we have been busy decorating the laboratory! Dr. Wassenstein will open the doors for one evening to let the public view his diabolical medical “experiments”. On Friday, October 31 beginning at 7:30 p.m., we will be hosting this Halloween event and it is open to everyone. See below for fees.  There will be performances of all kinds, freaky gourmet food, ghastly spirits, (liquid and otherwise), a cash prize costume contest and all kinds of weird goings on. We will even hand out free cases of the willies.

Headlining the event will be nationally known, Chicago-based DJ, Vourteque. More than just a DJ, Vourteque is also an act unto himself and is one of America’s quickly rising stars in the electro swing and neo-vaudeville communities. Musician, producer, remix artist, DJ, carny and ringmaster – Vourteque wows crowds from Los Angeles to New York. Vourteque’s sound can best be described as a cross behind the more house and disco influenced European style of electro swing but injected with a good dose of good ol’ American industrial, techno and gothic blues. This event is brought to you by Iberdrola Renewables, First Federal Savings & Loan, Simply Irresistible, Open Minded and Van Wert Manor, tickets are pre-sale and at door, starting now until sold out. Call us soon, we expect this happening to sell out: 419.238.6837. First-come, first-serve. Costs are $25 Individual and $35 Couple, (Wassenberg Art Center member price $20 Individual/$30 Couple). VIP tables are almost sold out! They are $200 for a VIP table of 8, complete with personal laboratory “assistant”.

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.

ArtReach is coming back! Beginning on Tuesday, November 4 for ages 6-10 and Thursday ages 11-15 we will host our after school art program once again. After school students and parents will be required to arrange for a ride to the Wassenberg Art Center and can their students can be picked up at 5 p.m. A snack will be provided.

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for Tuesday, November 11 from 6:30–9 p.m. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. Vine & Palettes fill up quickly. The event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we are messy! The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Did you know you can design and schedule private, parties for kids and corporate Vine & Palette events? Give us a call to find out more.

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: 10/15/14 at 1:33 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

37th Annual Wassenberg Best of Show photographs by: Jodi Knoch , (top) and John Raush (bottom) (Photos submitted.)

37th Annual Wassenberg Best of Show photographs by: Jodi Knoch , (top) and John Raush (bottom) (Photos submitted.)

The 37th Annual Photography Exhibit opened this weekend. Approximately 150 persons attended the exhibit opening this past Saturday. Our jurors’ Duncan Snyder, Photography Department Head at Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, and Lynn Whitney, Head of Photography at Bowling Green State University, stated the following: “It was a genuine pleasure to review the over 300 entries submitted this year for the 37th Annual Wassenburg Photography exhibition. We continue to see the impact photography has as a medium by the range of work submitted. The photograph’s ability to touch us in important ways is wonderful. Our edit reflects our shared beliefs: that pictures crafted with a keen eye for the power of light to shape content and form is transcendent. With the plethora of images available in our culture we find hope in a show such as this. We encourage all the photographers who participated in this exhibition to continue their own private investigations of their world. Furthermore we encourage them to continue to have the courage to show what matters”. Live music was provided by Jason Grieshop & That Lousy Band and was well received by the audience.
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.

Approximately 150 persons attended the opening of the Wassenberg 37th Annual Photography Exhibit Saturday. (Photo submitted.)

Approximately 150 persons attended the opening of the Wassenberg 37th Annual Photography Exhibit Saturday. (Photo submitted.)

It’s drawing ever closer… the day Dr. Wassenstein opens his doors for one evening to let the public view his spooktacular medical “experiments”. Friday, Oct. 31 beginning at 7:30 p.m., we will be hosting this Halloween even and is open to everyone. There will be performances of all kinds, freaky gourmet food, ghastly spirits, (liquid and otherwise), a costume contest and all kinds of weird goings on. We will even hand out free cases of the willies.

Headlining the event will be nationally known, Chicago-based DJ, Vourteque. More than just a DJ, Vourteque is also an act unto himself and is one of America’s quickly rising stars in the electro swing and neo-vaudeville communities. Musician, producer, remix artist, DJ, carny and ringmaster – Vourteque wows crowds from Los Angeles to New York. Vourteque’s sound can best be described as a cross behind the more house and disco influenced European style of electro swing but injected with a good dose of good ol’ American industrial, techno and gothic blues. This event is brought to you by: Iberdrola Renewables, First Federal Savings & Loan, Simply Irresistible, Open Minded and Van Wert Manor, tickets are pre-sale and at door, starting now until sold out. Call us soon, we expect this happening to sell out: 419.238.6837. First-come, first-serve. Costs are $25 Individual and $35 Couple, (Wassenberg Art Center member price $20 Individual/$30 Couple). VIP tables are almost sold out! They are $200 for a VIP table of 8, complete with personal laboratory “assistant”.

To help you get into the Halloween “swing” of things we are offering dance lessons here at the art center to get you in electro-swing-groove. In conjunction with newly-opened Bachwell Center for Music & Dance in downtown Van Wert, Sarah Hope Wells, will offer two evening classes here at the Wassenberg Art Center that feature East Coast swing, West Coast swing, the Jitterbug, the Shag 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, Oct. 21 and again on Oct. 28 from 7–8 p.m. Cost is only $15 per person, per session. Sign up soon!

ArtReach is coming back! Beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 4 for ages 6-10 and Thursday ages 11-15 we will host our after school art program once again. After school students and parents will be required to arrange for a ride to the Wassenberg Art Center and can their students can be picked up at 5 p.m. A snack will be provided.

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 6:30–9 p.m. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. Vine & Palettes fill up quickly. The event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we are messy! The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Did you know you can design and schedule private, parties for kids and corporate Vine & Palette events? Give us a call to find out more.

For information on exhibits, classes and programs listed on there as well. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (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: 10/08/14 at 12:52 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

D.J. Vourteque does a dance number during a performance. Chicago-based DJ, Vourteque will be performing at the Wassenberg Art Center on Oct. 31. (Photo submitted.)

D.J. Vourteque does a dance number during a performance. Chicago-based DJ, Vourteque will be performing at the Wassenberg Art Center on Oct. 31. (Photo submitted.)

The results are in and the 37th Annual Photography Exhibit will open this Saturday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m! Awards will be presented at 8 p.m. Approximately 130 pieces were accepted into the exhibit out of almost 300 entries. Our jurors, Duncan Snyder, Photography Department Head at Columbus College of Art & Design and Lynn Whitney also Head of Photography at Bowling Green State University were quite selective in their choices and stated, “We encourage all the photographers who participated in this exhibition to continue their own private investigations of their world. Furthermore we encourage them to continue to have the courage to show what matters”. This will prove to be yet another excellent representation of the excellent photographers in our region and is taking place for the first time in our new space! There is no charge to attend as with all our exhibits and exhibit receptions, plus we will feed you. Live music will be provided by Jason Grieshop & That Lousy Band.

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.

ArtReach is back! Beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 4 for ages 6-10 and Thursday ages 11-15 we will host our after school art program once again. After school students and parents are to arrange for a ride to the Wassenberg Art Center and can then be picked up at 5 p.m. A snack will be provided.

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for this Thursday, Oct. 2 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 painting parties for children.

It’s time to get creepy. On Friday, Oct. 31 beginning at 7:30 p.m., we will be hosting a Halloween Party open to everyone. Come to Dr. Wassenstein’s Freak Haus and explore the laboratory of the reclusive and reportedly mad, scientist to see what he has been experimenting on! There will be performances of all kinds, freaky gourmet food, ghastly spirits, liquid and otherwise, a costume contest and all kinds of gooey stuff. Headlining the event will be Chicago-based DJ, Vourteque! More than just a DJ, Vourteque is also an act unto himself and is one of America’s quickly rising stars in the electro swing and neo-vaudeville communities. Musician, producer, remix artist, DJ, carny and ringmaster – Vourteque wows crowds from Los Angeles to New York. Vourteque’s sound can best be described as a cross behind the more house and disco influenced European style of electro swing but injected with a good dose of good ol’ American industrial, techno and gothic blues. His single, Whiskey Drinker, has gotten acclaim and plays throughout the internet, and his first release, The Swing Mechanical, still sells robustly and can be found on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Beatport and more. He’s played for a wide variety of promoters and shows, from The Steampunk Ball in Tampa and The Anachronism in New York, also Dayton, Columbus and is a favorite DJ at Detroit’s famous Theatre Bizarre show, three years in a row. He’s been described as one of the best electro Swing DJs in the United States and has never left a crowd feeling let down. If you’d like to know more about Vourteque, visit: www.Vourteque.com

Sponsored by Iberdrola Renewables, First Federal Savings & Loan, Simply Irresistible, Open Minded and Van Wert Manor, tickets are pre-sale and at door, starting now until sold out. Call us at: 419.238.6837 to reserve your ticket now. First-come, first-serve. Costs are $25 Individual and $35 Couple, (Wassenberg Art Center member price $20 Individual/$30 Couple). $200 for a VIP table of 8, with personal laboratory “assistant” who will wait on you …um hand and foot. yeth, massteer…

To help you get into the “swing” of things we are offering dance lessons here at the art center to get you in electro-swing-groove. In conjunction with newly-opened Bachwell Center for Music & Dance in downtown Van Wert, Sarah Hope Wells, will offer two evening classes here at the Wassenberg Art Center that feature East Coast swing, West Coast swing, the Jitterbug, the Shag 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, Oct. 21 and again on Oct. 28 from 7–8 p.m. Cost is only $15 per person, per session. Sign up soon!

For information on exhibits, classes and programs listed on there as well. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (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: 10/01/14 at 1:50 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

It’s been almost a year and the Wassenberg Art Center is planning another awesome event. A throwback from last year performers gather for a candid shot in November of 2014. (Photo submitted.)

It’s been almost a year and the Wassenberg Art Center is planning another awesome event. A throwback from last year performers gather for a candid shot in November of 2014. (Photo submitted.)

The 37th Annual Photography Exhibit will open on Oct. 4 at 7-9 p.m. with awards being presented at 8 p.m. Help us ring in this compelling exhibit which is taking place for the first time in our new space! As with all our exhibits and receptions there is no charge to attend and we even feed you. Live music will be provided by Jason Grieshop and That Lousy Band. A cash bar will be available.

The “Symphony of My Heart” exhibit will be ending on Sept. 28. If you have had a chance to view the postcards and found a favorite the time has come to think about cutting it down and taking it home. If you haven’t seen the exhibit, you don’t want to miss it. Art postcards by Iowa artist, Saffron Goetschius, amounted to a staggering 500 pieces and are now hanging from the Wendel Gallery trusses. Each card twists and moves with air movement and creates one of the most interactive exhibits we have hosted. People’s faces change from happy, laughter, shock and sadness and this exhibit runs the gamut of emotion. Mail art is typically collages of mixed media placed on a post card, with instructions to the post office to hand cancel. Each card is mailed as-is and was sent through the mail to my mailbox.

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.

ArtReach will be returning to the Wassenberg Art Center in October! Stay tuned, details very soon!

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for Oct. 2 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.

Let’s Dance! To help you prepare for our first epic open-to-the-public Halloween party, we are offering dance lessons here at the art center to get you in the swing. In conjunction with newly-opening Bachwell Center for Music & Dance in downtown Van Wert, Sarah Hope Wells, will offer two evening classes here at the Wassenberg Art Center that feature East Coast swing, West Coast swing, the Jitterbug, the Shag 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, Oct. 21 and again on Oct. 28 from 7-8 p.m. Cost is only $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 S. Washington St. (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: 09/24/14 at 1:01 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Artist Saffron Goetschius inspects some of the postcards in her solo exhibit, The Symphony of My Heart, now on display at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Artist Saffron Goetschius inspects some of the postcards in her solo exhibit, The Symphony of My Heart, now on display at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Our exhibit, The Symphony of My Heart, art postcards by Iowa artist, Saffron Goetschius, amounted to a staggering 500 cards and are now hanging from the Wendel Gallery trusses. We’d like to thank Terry & Verona Eikenbary, Gabe McConn, Travis Tribolet, Nic Byron, Saffron, Britt Noethen and Cat Fribley for all their hard work in getting the items arranged and hung up! Each assemblage twists and moves with air movement and creates one of the most interactive exhibits we have hosted. Mail art is typically collages of mixed media placed on a post card, with instructions to the post office to hand cancel. Each card is mailed as-is and was sent through the mail to my mailbox. Thank you to my mail carrier! During the last week of the show, artist Saffron encourages visitors to cut down a postcard they find meaningful and take it home. Pamela Purmort and Jayne Smith also created the tasty gourmet food that was served at the reception. This exhibit is on view through Sept. 28.

The 37th Annual Photography Exhibit will open on Oct. 4 at 7–9 p.m. with awards being presented at 8 p.m. Help us ring in this compelling exhibit which is taking place for the first time in our new space! As with all our exhibits and receptions there is no charge to attend and we even feed you. Live music will be provided by Jason Grieshop and That Lousy Band. A cash bar will be available.

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.

ArtReach will be returning to the Wassenberg Art Center in October! Stay tuned, details very soon!

Vine & Palette painting sessions are a fun and effective team-building exercise for corporate gatherings. Central Insurance recently hosted agents from all over the country. (Photo submitted.)

Vine & Palette painting sessions are a fun and effective team-building exercise for corporate gatherings. Central Insurance recently hosted agents from all over the country. (Photo submitted.)

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for Oct. 2 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.

To help you prepare for our next off-the-charts, Wassenberg event this Halloween we are offering dance lessons here at the art center to get you in the swing. In conjunction with newly-opening Bachwell Center for Music & Dance in downtown Van Wert, Sarah Hope Wells, will offer two classes here at the Wassenberg Art Center: East Coast swing, West Coast swing, the Jitterbug, the Shag 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, Oct. 21 and again on Oct. 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 S. Washington St. (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: 09/17/14 at 12:38 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?