The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Aug. 26, 2019

 

What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 

There has been a lot of attention on public art recently, thanks to efforts of those who have been creating and facilitating it. We’d like to take a moment to showcase a bit of our public art collection. This excludes the exhibit “Faces of Little Bighorn” and art programming inside!

Our first sculpture created by Michael Bendele of Delphos and underwritten by First Federal Savings and Loan is called “The Portal”. It is a passageway to art experiences. Second, provided by Bill and Kim Purmort, is “Tangled Foundations” by Wauseon artist Richard Morgan. With our growing art park came “Bandit the Thieving Raccoon”, purchased by Mike and Joyce Cross. Immediately following came “Ferro Alberro” (Iron Tree), sponsored by First Federal Savings and Loan and created by Dave Tonegatoo of Detroit. One day in my studio, I decided to sculpt an opossum sitting on a stump. “Flower Possum”, a fountain, reigns over the reflecting pond. Just inside our front doors and provided by Statewide Ford is “Arcus Libertatus”, a hand-forged steel arch created by Joe Bonifas of Spencerville greets guests as they enter. Each sculpture has a story and we aren’t remotely done. On September 26, 6-9 p.m., we will be dedicating yet another large, interactive sculpture the public is permitted to touch and play with anytime. The public is welcome to join us in this celebration. 

Collage of some of the sculptures in and around the Wassenberg Art Center. 

Come and watch glassblower Matt Paskiet on Saturday, August 24, 2-6 p.m., at our mobile hotshop. Firenation will be demonstrating aspects of blowing glass and observing is free. Plus, Matt will be bringing some of his items for sale! Interesting fact: Matt studied at Dale Chihuly Studios in Italy. Cash bar, snacks. Join us!

Currently on-view we feature the ceramic works of Steve Smith and paintings and prints of Doug Fiely. Both artists are former professors of art of Defiance College and often have created collaborative works. Doug Fiely and Steve Smith are together again. If you haven’t experienced this dynamic duo, you are in for a treat. Closing party will be held on Thursday, September 12, cash bar, snacks, music, everyone is welcome and there is no cost. We will have a little artist chat and maybe some guitar strumming. This will be a good one!

The deadline for the 42nd annual Photography Exhibit is September 6. Call-for-entry forms are now available online and at Wassenberg Art Center. One of our jurors is Mark Lanning Jr. of Iowa City, Iowa. Mark once exhibited at Wassenberg Art Center with Stephan Takacs of Columbus. Mark has taught at Sacramento University in California and is a photographer based in Iowa City, Iowa, and a current MFA candidate at the University of Iowa. Mark has created many national projects and his work can be seen here: http://marklanningjr.com. The exhibit will open on October 4. Get snapping!

Currently on exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center; Steve Smith and Doug Fiely, the Artful Codgers.

Have you checked out our art classes? There is still time to sign up for our newest upcoming! Arm yourself with your paintbrush join in. We promise, our art classes are painless.

Watercolor Class: Ongoing. Tuesday mornings 10 a.m. Openings available.  Fee: $55 Regular, $40 WAC member cost.

ArtNight: Thursday 6-9 p.m. Flip flop stained glass sun catcher facilitated by Joe Balyeat.

Pint Night: August 22, 6-9 p.m.: Ezra Miller is returning with acoustic guitar, we will be making flip-flop stained glass, sun catchers and featuring the craft brews of Two Bandits Brewery, Hicksville. Free entry and tastings, cash bar.

Pint Night: September 26, 6-9 p.m. In the Art Park (weather permitting) We will be dedicating our newest interactive art installation “Blink!” by Toledo Artist Todd Kime. The sculpture was sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council and funds were matched by the Van Wert County Foundation. We will feature live music by Bob Stevens (formerly of Distant Cousinz) and a regional brewery or winery. Join us at the Beverage Bin and new outdoor stage. Free entry. 

Our gift shop is open year-round. We get new items all the time. Great options to purchase one-of-a-kind, unique items, crafted by artisans in the area for the people who are one-of-a-kind to you. There is always a need throughout the year to purchase for those special to us and to show them how much we care and find them unique by purchasing the same. For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit: wassenbergartcenter.org

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). We can also be reached by telephone at 419.238.6837 or by email at info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 08/21/19 at 11:22 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

The Mobile Hotshop paperweight spots are full for August 24, 2-6 p.m. We do have a waiting list going and will most likely invite Firenation Glass back soon! Firenation will also be demonstrating other aspects of blowing glass and observing is free. Plus, Matt Paskiet will be bringing some of his items for sale! Cash bar, snacks. Join us!

Ezra Miller of Bryan will be returning to Wassenberg Art Center on August 22, from 6-9 p.m., to perform at Wassenberg’s monthly Pint Night. 

Our next art exhibit art opening on August 16 will feature the ceramic works of Steve Smith and paintings and prints of Doug Fiely. Both artists are former professors of art of Defiance College and often have created collaborative works. Doug Fiely and Steve Smith are together again. If you haven’t experienced this dynamic duo, you are in for a treat. Closing party will be held on Thursday, September 12, cash bar, snacks, music, everyone is welcome and there is no cost. We will have a little artist chat and maybe some guitar strumming. This will be a good one!

The deadline for the 42nd annual Photography Exhibit is September 6. Call-for-entry forms are now available online, at the Wassenberg Art Center. One of our jurors is Mark Lanning Jr. of Iowa City, Iowa. Mark once exhibited at the Wassenberg Art Center with Stephan Takacs of Columbus. Mark has taught at Sacramento University in California and is a photographer based in Iowa City, Iowa, and a current MFA candidate at University of Iowa. Mark has created many national projects and his work can be seen here: http://marklanningjr.com. The exhibit will open on October 4. Get snapping!

Have you checked out our art classes? There is still time to sign up for our newest upcoming! Arm yourself with your paintbrush join in. We promise, our art classes are painless.

Watercolor Class: ongoing. Tuesday mornings 10 a.m. Openings available.  Fee: $55 Regular, $40 WAC member cost.

Todd Kime and assistant continue the prep work for “Blink!”, the newest art installation at the Wassenberg Art Park. The piece will be dedicated September 26. 

ArtNight: Thursday 6-9 p.m. Flip flop stained glass sun catcher facilitated by Joe Balyeat.

Pint Night: August 22, 6-9 p.m.: Ezra Miller is returning with acoustic guitar, we will be making flip-flop stained glass, sun catchers and featuring the craft brews of Two Bandits Brewery, Hicksville. Free entry and tastings, cash bar.

Pint Night: September 26, 6-9 p.m. In the Art Park (weather permitting) We will be dedicating our newest interactive art installation “Blink!” by Toledo artist, Todd Kime. The sculpture was sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council and funds were matched by the Van Wert County Foundation. We will feature live music by Bob Stevens (formerly of Distant Cousinz) and a regional brewery or winery. Join us at the Beverage Bin and new outdoor stage. Free entry. 

Our gift shop is open year-round. We get new items all the time. Great options to purchase one-of-a-kind, unique items, crafted by artisans in the area for the people who are one-of-a-kind to you. There is always a need throughout the year to purchase for those special to us and to show them how much we care and find them unique by purchasing the same. 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.

POSTED: 08/15/19 at 7:18 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Only a couple openings are left on August 24, 2-6 p.m., for our glassblowing workshop with Firenation Glass’ mobile hot shop! Sign up now. Firenation will also be demonstrating other aspects of blowing glass and observing is free. Cash bar, snacks. Join us!

The 42nd annual Photography Exhibit entry deadline is September 6. This photo by Kathryn Quinn was the 2018 Best of Show.

Our next art exhibit art exhibit will feature the ceramic works of Steve Smith and paintings and prints of Doug Fiely. Both artists are former professors of art of Defiance College and often have created collaborative works. Doug Fiely and Steve Smith were professors of art together at Defiance College and have many collaborative pieces between them along with compelling work of their own. If you haven’t experienced this dynamic duo, you are in for a treat. We will have a little artist chat and maybe some guitar strumming. Closing party will be held on Thursday, September 12, cash bar, snacks, music, everyone is welcome and there is no cost. This will be a good one!

The deadline for the 42nd annual Photography Exhibit is September 6. Call-for-entry forms are going out. The exhibit will open on October 4. Get snapping!

Have you checked out our art classes? There is still time to sign up for our newest upcoming! Arm yourself with your paintbrush join in. We promise, our art classes are painless. Watercolor Class: ongoing. Tuesday mornings 10 a.m. Openings available.  Fee: $55 Regular, $40 WAC member cost.

ArtNight: Thursday 6-9 p.m. We will be finishing up our textured ceramic projects this week. What other projects would you like to see featured? Let us know! Do you play the piano, an instrument, participate in a drum circle? Let us know, our stage (and bar) are open! 

Pint Night: August 22: Make art, make music explore craft brews and wine. 6-9 p.m.

Our gift shop is open year-round. We get new items all the time. Great options to purchase one-of-a-kind, unique items, crafted by artisans in the area for the people who are one-of-a-kind to you. There is always a need throughout the year to purchase for those special to us and to show them how much we care and find them unique by purchasing the same. For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit: wassenbergartcenter.org

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). We can also be reached by telephone at 419.238.6837 or email at info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 08/08/19 at 7:29 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Thanks to all who came out Saturday to attend our fifth Town Creek Live! Such great fun with new things to do and music familiar and new to listen too! Puppet shows and maker workshops, an art exhibit that visitors made and the food trucks stayed for late snacking. The evening was spent with people we love — what a great summer night.

Cleveland rock band Vanity Crash performs at Town Creek Live 2019.

Winners of the Duck Derpy are as follows: Cindy Hettesheimer, first place; Tiffany Sparks, second place; Wallace Plumbing, third place; and Brad Etter, the Lame Duck prize.

Our next art exhibit art exhibit will feature the ceramic works of Steve Smith and paintings and prints of Doug Fiely. Fiely and Smith were professors of art together at Defiance College and have many collaborative pieces between them along with compelling work of their own. If you haven’t experienced this dynamic duo, you are in for a treat. We will have a little artist chat and maybe some guitar strumming. Opening party will be held Friday, August 16, and everyone is welcome and there is no cost.

Have you checked out our art classes? There is still time to sign up for our newest upcoming! Arm yourself with your paintbrush join in. We promise, our art classes are painless. Watercolor Class: ongoing. Tuesday mornings 10 a.m. Openings available. Fee: $55 Regular, $40 WAC member cost.

A single duck brings up the rear flank of the 2019 Town Creek Duck Derpy during Town Creek Live. Photo by Bradde Hamman

ArtNight: Thursday 6-9 p.m. This Thursday we will feature ceramic textured plate projects taught by art instructor Emilie Fisher. Bring friends! This will be a two-week project and the second session will be Thursday, July 21. Do you play the piano, an instrument, participate in a drum circle? Let us know, our stage (and bar) are open! 

Our next Pint Night will be July 25.

Sign-ups are being taken for our glassblowing workshop with Firenation Glass and their mobile hot shop! They will be demonstrating the art of blowing glass and the opportunity to create your own glass item will be available.

Our gift shop is open year-round. We get new items all the time. Great options to purchase one-of-a-kind, unique items, crafted by artisans in the area for the people who are one-of-a-kind to you. There is always a need throughout the year to purchase for those special to us and to show them how much we care and find them unique by purchasing the same. For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit: wassenbergartcenter.org

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). We can also be reached by telephone at 419.238.6837 or email info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 07/18/19 at 7:08 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Adopt, adopt, adopt for a chance to win $1,500, $400, or $100 in the fifth annual Duck Derpy! The adoption window ends soon! Town Creek Live is a fundraiser for both Historic Main Street Van Wert and Wassenberg Art Center. These two not-for-profit entities strive to make our community more vibrant. 

We offer this free entry festival so everyone can enjoy the cool things Van Wert has to offer. By purchasing ducks you support your home, culture and identity. By attending this free event, you support your home, culture and identity. The sooner you purchase, the better (we have to log all that data). You may adopt ducks at Collins Fine Foods, Main Street Van Wert, Wassenberg Art Center, or online at www.wassenbergartcenter.org. We hope to see all your shining faces at the goings-on listed below. 

One of Van Wert’s upcoming free festivals, Town Creek Live, takes place this Saturday, July 13.

This year’s Town Creek Live will feature PuppetArt Theatre out of Detroit, which will be putting on one show and two make-and-take puppet workshops. We will feature folk singer Matthew Wheeler & Friends from 3 p.m., then host Cleveland’s Vanity Crash, followed by the Holbrook Brothers Band from Bryan. As always, gourmet food trucks, make your own puppet and other art activities, and an axe throwing contest (sponsored by Straley Realty). The United Way Cornhole Tournament begins at noon and the remaining festivities at 3 p.m. Town Creek Draw will open at 3 p.m. and we’re letting the community create on the walls and the floor! Draw pictures, write a poem. Can’t draw a straight line? Perfect! Bring your blankets to sit on our new Central Park to watch the music and goings on. Moeller Brew Barn will be bring their beer truck and three great brews, including Limited Edition “First on the Moon”. This Saturday, July 13! 

Our next art exhibit art exhibit will feature the ceramic works of Steve Smith and paintings and prints of Doug Fiely. Both artists are former professors of art of Defiance College and often have created collaborative works. Stay tuned for details.

Who wants a lawn duck? Already have one? Time to display your duck loud and proud. It’s time to duck out Van Wert with wacky-decorated lawn ducks! Express yourself on your duck with your favorite team, food, pastime, etc. Lawn ducks can be picked up at the Wassenberg Art Center for a free-will donation. (We may even travel the town and pick out our favorite!)

Have you checked out our art classes? There is still time to sign up for our newest upcoming! Arm yourself with your paintbrush join in. We promise, our art classes are painless. Watercolor Class: ongoing. Tuesday mornings 10 a.m. Openings available. Fee: $55 Regular, $40 WAC member cost.

ArtNight: Thursday 6-9 p.m. This Thursday we will feature ceramic textured plate projects taught by art instructor Emilie Fisher. Bring friends! This will be a two-week project and the second session will be Thursday, July 21. Do you play the piano, an instrument, participate in a drum circle? Let us know, our stage (and bar) are open! 

Our next Pint Night will be July 25, stay tuned for the details!

Sign-ups are being taken for our glassblowing workshop with Firenation Glass and their mobile hot shop! They will be demonstrating the art of blowing glass and the opportunity to create your own glass item will be available.

Our gift shop is open year-round. We get new items all the time. Great options to purchase one-of-a-kind, unique items, crafted by artisans in the area for the people who are one-of-a-kind to you. There is always a need throughout the year to purchase for those special to us and to show them how much we care and find them unique by purchasing the same. For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit wassenbergartcenter.org

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). We can also be reached by telephone at 419.238.6837 or by email at info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 07/11/19 at 5:01 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Art Camp is scheduled next week, July 9-12. Sign up soon! Limited spots available. Emilie Fisher will return as instructor with the newest projects. 

Town Creek Live! 2019 is right around the corner! Adopt your ducks now for a chance to win $1,500 in the fifth annual Duck Derpy! You may purchase at Collins Fine Foods, Main Street Van Wert, Wassenberg Art Center, or online at www.wassenbergartcenter.org.

PuppetART Theatre of Detroit will be performing and hosting hands-on workshops at Town Creek Live! in Van Wert on July 13.

This year’s Town Creek Live! will feature PuppetArt Theatre out of Detroit, which will be putting on two shows and coinciding workshops. We will feature folk singer Matthew Wheeler & Friends from 3 p.m., then host Cleveland’s Vanity Crash, followed by the Holbrook Brothers Band from Bryan. As always, gourmet food trucks, make your own puppet and other art activities, an ax throwing contest (sponsored by Straley Realty), and much more. Saturday, July 13! 

Our next art exhibit art exhibit will feature the ceramic works of Steve Smith and paintings and prints of Doug Fiely. Both artists are former professors of art of Defiance College and often have created collaborative works. Stay tuned for details.

Who wants a lawn duck? Already have one? Time to display your duck loud and proud. It’s time to duck out Van Wert with wacky-decorated lawn ducks! Express yourself on your duck with your favorite team, food, pastime, etc. Lawn ducks can be picked up at the Wassenberg Art Center for a free-will donation. (We may even travel the town and pick out our favorite!)

Have you checked out our art classes? There is still time to sign up for our newest upcoming! Arm yourself with your paintbrush or pencil and join in. We promise, our art classes are painless. Watercolor Class: ongoing. Tuesday mornings 10 a.m. Openings available. Fee: $55 Regular, $40 WAC member cost.

ArtNight: Thursday 6-9 p.m. This Thursday we will feature ceramic textured plate projects taught by art instructor Emilie Fisher. Bring friends! This will be a two-week project. Do you play the piano, an instrument, participate in a drum circle? Let us know, our stage (and bar) are open!

Plans are being finalized with Firenation Glass out of Toledo and they will be visiting the Wassenberg Art Center on August 24 with their mobile hot shop! They will be demonstrating the art of blowing glass and the opportunity to create your own glass item will be available. Details to follow.

Our gift shop is open year-round. We get new items all the time. Great options to purchase one-of-a-kind, unique items, crafted by artisans in the area for the people who are one-of-a-kind to you. There is always a need throughout the year to purchase for those special to us and to show them how much we care and find them unique by purchasing the same. For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit: wassenbergartcenter.org

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). We can also be reached by telephone at 419.238.6837 or by email at info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 07/05/19 at 6:42 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

The Wassenberg Art Center will be serving concessions at the Daryl Dasher concert in Fountain Park this Friday, June 28. Please join us for some homemade and delectable treats during the concert while supporting the arts in Van Wert.

Our partner in crime Main Street Van Wert we here at the Wass are putting nose to the grindstone and getting ready for Town Creek Live 2019! We have a great line up this year along with the annual Duck Derpy. For a chance to win $1500 adopt your ducks now! You may purchase at Collins Fine Foods, Main Street Van Wert, Wassenberg Art Center, or online at www.wassenbergartcenter.org.

PuppetART Theatre will be providing performances and puppet making workshops at Town Creek Live, July 13, 2019.

This year’s Town Creek Live will feature PuppetArt Theatre out of Detroit who will be putting on two shows and coinciding workshops. We will feature folk singer Matthew Wheeler & Friends from 3 p.m. then host Cleveland’s Vanity Crash followed by Holbrook Brother’s Band, Bryan. As always, gourmet food trucks, make your own puppet and other art activities, an ax throwing contest (Sponsored by Straley Realty) and much more. July 13!

Pint Night is this Thursday June 27, we’ll be featuring Lake Rat Brewing out of Celina. Van Wert’s own Aubrey Gebert will be providing the music this evening and we’ll have pressed flower resin jewelry making in the art room. Join us!

Our Annual June Art Exhibit is on view through June 30. If you haven’t had a chance to take a look see at this compelling art please do so. Better yet, consider purchasing quality, one-of-a-kind art at reasonable prices instead of mass-produced commercial decor as a gift or for your home. You’ll be supporting those hard working souls who beautify our world.

Who wants a lawn duck? Already have one? Time to display your duck loud and proud. It’s time to duck out Van Wert with wacky-decorated lawn ducks! Express yourself on your duck with your favorite team, food, pastime, etc. Lawn ducks can be picked up at the Wassenberg Art Center for a free-will donation. (We may even travel the town and pick out our favorite!)

Pressed Flower Resin Jewelry, music by Aubrey Gebert and Lake Rat Brewing, Celina will be in the house Thursday for Pint (and art) night at the Wassenberg Art Center.

Have you checked out our art classes? There is still time to sign up for our newest upcoming! Arm yourself with your paintbrush or pencil and join in. We promise, our art classes are painless. Watercolor Class: ongoing. Tuesday mornings 10 a.m. Openings available. Fee: $55 Regular, $40 WAC member cost.

Our next Art Camp is scheduled for July 9–12. Sign up soon! Limited spots available. Emilie Fisher will return as instructor with the newest projects.

ArtNight: Thursday 6–9 p.m. This Thursday we will feature a pressed flower resin jewelry taught by art instructor Emilie Fisher. Bring some favorite photos and we’ll show you how to transfer onto wood or another surface. Bring friends! Do you play the piano, an instrument, participate in a drum circle? Let us know, our stage (and bar) are open!

Plans are being finalized with Firenation Glass out of Toledo and they will be visiting the Wassenberg Art Center on August 24 with their mobile hot shop! They will be demonstrating the art of blowing glass and the opportunity to create your own glass item will be available. Details to follow.

Have you shopped the Wass lately? Our gift shop is open year-round. We get new items all the time. Great options to purchase one-of-a-kind, unique items, crafted by artisans in the area for the people who are one-of-a-kind to you. There is always a need throughout the year to purchase for those special to us and to show them how much we care and find them unique by purchasing the same. 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.

POSTED: 06/25/19 at 2:42 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

We had another great to-do in our art park on Tuesday night. Main Street Van Wert hosted its Annual Dinner in our new space and we couldn’t wait for it to begin! 

Our annual June Art Exhibit is on view through June 30. If you haven’t had a chance to have a look see at this compelling art please do so. Better yet, consider purchasing quality, one-of-a-kind art at reasonable prices instead of mass-produced commercial decor as a gift or for your home. You’ll be supporting those hard working souls who beautify our world.

Another gathering held at the new Wassenberg Art Park on Tuesday. Main Street Van Wert hosted its annual dinner with a celebratory cookout!  

Our next Pint Night is June 27, and we’ll be featuring Lake Rat Brewing out of Celina. Music details almost hammered out. Stay tuned!

Have you adopted your ducks yet? Town Creek Live is right around the corner and adoptions are now available for the chance to win $1,500. You may purchase at Collins Fine Foods, Main Street Van Wert, Wassenberg Art Center, or online at www.wassenbergartcenter.org. Stay tuned for more developments and potential surprises!

Who doesn’t have a lawn duck? It’s time to duck out Van Wert with wacky-decorated lawn ducks! Express yourself on your duck with your favorite team, food, pastime, etc. Ducks can be picked up at the Wassenberg Art Center for a free-will donation. (We may even travel the town and pick out our favorite!) We have a great line up for our fifth annual Town Creek Live, July 13. Town Creek Draw will be an interactive visual art exhibit where the whole community creates the art with giant pieces of chalk! In addition to our Duck Derpy, we will host Matthew Keeler & Friends (folk/bluegrass), Vanity Crash (pop/rock) and The Holbrook Bros. Band (Classic Rock). Lots of new and favorite gourmet food trucks will be joining us along with an ax throwing game and Eaton Cornhole Tournament.

Have you checked out our art classes? There is still time to sign up for our newest upcoming! Arm yourself with your paintbrush or pencil and join in. We promise, our art classes are painless. Watercolor Class: ongoing. Tuesday mornings 10 a.m. Openings available. Fee: $55 Regular, $40 WAC member cost.

Summer Art Camps have begun at the Wassenberg Art Center. Next session July 9–12, sign up now, space is limited! 

We still have room for a student or two in our current summer art camp. All ages 10 a.m. to noon! Instructor Emilie Fisher has lots of exciting projects planned. Next art camps are July 9-12.

ArtNight: Thursday 6-9 p.m. Bring a group of friends and a project and come on in. We have staff on-hand to help you out. Do you play the piano, an instrument, participate in a drum circle? Let us know, our stage (and bar) are open! We often feature quick and easy projects, which are posted on Facebook. 

Mark your calendars! Firenation Glass out of Toledo will be visiting the Wassenberg Art Center on August 24 with their mobile hot shop! They will be demonstrating the art of blowing glass. Opportunities to create your own glass item will be available. Stay tuned for details! 

Have you shopped the Wass lately? Our gift shop is open year-round. We get new items all the time. Great options to purchase one-of-a-kind, unique items, crafted by artisans in the area for the people who are one-of-a-kind to you. There is always a need throughout the year to purchase for those special to us and to show them how much we care and find them unique by purchasing the same. For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit: wassenbergartcenter.org

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). We can also be reached by telephone at 419.238.6837, or by email at info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 06/12/19 at 1:04 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

We have lots of art! Thanks to all artists who bravely submitted their work for our June Art Exhibit. We are super excited to see new artists entering and impressive work from our regulars.

We invite the public to join us for the opening reception Friday, May 31, 6-9 p.m. where we will present awards, and an art park gratitude presentation honoring those who helped make our art park possible. In addition, joining us will be the Ben Daniels Band from Chelsea, Michigan. Ben is the son of actor Jeff Daniels and Ben’s group of six musicians play a great blend of original work and covers. 

Gallery shot of the Wassenberg Art Center featuring the 64th annual June Art Exhibit opening Friday.

We encourage all to attend and celebrate the vibrancy the Wassenberg Art Center is providing to the area. Free admission, munchies, and cash bar. We wish to thank the Van Wert County Foundation, Van Wert Federal Savings Bank, and the Pond Seed Company for their generous support for this event. 

Thanks to all for coming out to our last Pint Night! What a great time for a chill gathering. Next month, June 27, we’ll be featuring Lake Rat Brewing out of Celina! Music to be announced. Stay tuned and see you there!

The next weekend, June 8-9, while hosting the Van Wert County Jubilee Flower Show, we will be included in the 2019 Peony Festival Garden Tour. Join this tour to see some of the most amazing gardens around the community. 

Did you know the Peony Festival got its start because of our founder Charles Wassenberg? Mr. Wassenberg raised peonies on a farm outside of town and shipped them worldwide. While touring here, check out our Art Park behind the building and inside find the painting of the Wassenberg farm, by the late Lew Miller!

Who doesn’t have a lawn duck? It’s time to duck out Van Wert with wacky-decorated lawn ducks! Express yourself on your duck with your favorite team, food, pastime, etc. Ducks can be picked up at the Wassenberg Art Center for a free-will donation. (We may even travel the town and pick out our favorite!) Adopt a duck maybe win $1,500?! Ducks available at the following locations: Main Street Van Wert, Collins Fine Foods, Brewed Expressions, Wassenberg Art Center, and online at www.wassenbergartcenter.org. The ducks will be racing down Town Creek at the Fifth Annual Town Creek Live on July 13.

We have a great line-up of goings-on planned. Town Creek Draw will be an interactive art exhibit where the whole community creates the art with giant pieces of chalk! In addition to our Duck Derpy, we will host Matthew Keeler & Friends (folk/bluegrass), Vanity Crash (pop/rock) and The Holbrook Bros. Band (Classic Rock). Lots of new and favorite gourmet food trucks will be joining us along with an ax throwing game and Eaton Cornhole Tournament. Duck adoptions are now available for the chance to win $1500. You may purchase at Collins Fine Foods, Main Street Van Wert, Wassenberg Art Center, Stay tuned for more developments and potential surprises!

Have you checked out our art classes? There is still time to sign up for our newest upcoming! Arm yourself with your paintbrush or pencil and join in. We promise, our art classes are painless. Watercolor Class: ongoing. Tuesday mornings 10 a.m. Openings available. Fee: $45 Regular, $40 WAC member cost.

Ben Daniels, musician-songwriter for the Ben Daniels Band, will be performing Friday evening at Wassenberg Art Center.

Three Summer Art Camps will be held during the weeks of June 11–14, July 9–12, and in August. Instructor Emilie Fisher has lots of new exciting projects planned. Instructor. Young people ages 5-10 will meet at 10 a.m.-noon and ages 11 and up 1-3 p.m.

ArtNight: Thursday 6-9 p.m. Bring a group of friends and a project and come on in. We have staff on-hand to help you out. Do you play the piano, an instrument, participate in a drum circle? Let us know, our stage (and bar) are open! We often feature quick and easy projects, which are posted on Facebook. 

Stained Glass Basics: We will be offering a short stained glass one-day workshop in June. Stay tuned for details.

We are super excited. Mark your calendars! Firenation Glass out of Toledo will be visiting the Wassenberg Art Center on August 24 with their mobile hot shop! They will be demonstrating the art of blowing glass. Opportunities to create your own glass item will be available. Stay tuned for details! 

Our gift shop is open year-round. We get new items all the time. Great options to purchase one-of-a-kind, unique items, crafted by artisans in the area for the people who are one-of-a-kind to you. There is always a need throughout the year to purchase for those special to us and to show them how much we care and find them unique by purchasing the same. 

For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit wassenbergartcenter.org

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). We can also be reached by telephone at 419.238.6837 or by email at info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 05/29/19 at 1:56 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Pint Night is Thursday, May 23, from 6-9 p.m.! Moeller Brew Barn will be hosting the tasting and bringing their brand-new, commemorative edition of Walk on the Moon Pale Ale! We will also be demonstrating some refreshing ciders.

Moeller Brew Barn will be in-house at the Wassenberg Art Center this Thursday, May 23, for Pint Night.

For the music, we will feature a new group: Chop Shop. Chop Shop is a generation gap bridged by guitars. Aeddon Cartwright and Ryan Weaver play blues and rock stripped down to the bare metal. Cartwright, lead guitarist of Radithor, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performer, and custom guitar builder. Weaver, multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, Mandolin, drums), flight instructor, and college professor.

We have lots of art! Thanks to all artists who bravely submitted their work for our June Art Exhibit. We are super excited to see new artists entering and impressive work from our regulars. We invite the public to join us for the opening reception May 31, 6-9 p.m. where we will present awards. In addition, we will have art park gratitude presentation honoring those who helped make our art park possible.

Joining us will be the Ben Daniels Band from Chelsea, Michigan. Ben is the son of actor Jeff Daniels and Ben’s group of six musicians play a great blend of original work and covers. We encourage all to attend and celebrate the vibrancy the Wassenberg Art Center is providing to the area. Free admission, munchies and cash bar.

We wish to thank the Van Wert County Foundation, Van Wert Federal Savings Bank, and Pond Seed Company for their generous support for this event. Free admission, munchies and cash bar. We wish to thank the Van Wert County Foundation, Van Wert Federal, and the Pond Seed Company for their generous support for this event. 

The next weekend, June 8-9, while hosting the Van Wert County Jubilee Flower Show, we will be included in the 2019 Peony Festival Garden Tour. Join this tour to see some of the most amazing gardens around the community.

Did you know the Peony Festival got its start because of our founder Charles Wassenberg? Mr. Wassenberg raised peonies on a farm outside of town and shipped them worldwide. While touring here, check out our Art Park behind the building and inside find the painting of the Wassenberg farm, by the late Lew Miller!

Want a chance to win $1,500? Adopt a duck at the following locations: Main Street Van Wert, Collins Fine Foods, Brewed Expressions, Wassenberg Art Center, and online at www.wassenbergartcenter.org. The ducks will be racing down Town Creek at the Fifth Annual Town Creek Live on July 13. We have a great line up of goings-on planned. Town Creek Draw will be an interactive art exhibit where the whole community creates the art with giant pieces of chalk!

In addition to our Duck Derpy, we will host Matthew Keeler & Friends (folk/bluegrass), Vanity Crash (pop/rock) and The Holbrook Bros. Band (Classic Rock). Lots of new and favorite gourmet food trucks will be joining us along with an ax throwing game and Eaton Cornhole Tournament. Duck adoptions are now available for the chance to win $1,500. You may purchase at Collins Fine Foods, Main Street Van Wert, Wassenberg Art Center, Stay tuned for more developments and potential surprises!

Matthew Keeler and Friends will be performing at Town Creek Live, July 13. 

Have you checked out our art classes? There is still time to sign up for our newest upcoming! Arm yourself with your paintbrush or pencil and join in. We promise, our art classes are painless. Watercolor Class: ongoing. Tuesday mornings 10 a.m. Openings available.  Fee: $45 Regular, $40 WAC member cost.

ArtReach: After school art classes: Ages 7-11: Tuesdays & Ages 12 and up Thursdays. 3:30 –5 p.m. Sign up anytime.

Three Summer Art Camps will be held during the weeks of June 11-14, July 9-12, and in August. Instructor Emilie Fisher has lots of new exciting projects planned. Instructor. Young people ages 5-10 will meet at 10 a.m.-noon and ages 11 and up 1-3 p.m.

ArtNight: Thursday 6-9 p.m. Bring a group of friends and a project and come on in. We have staff on-hand to help you out. Do you play the piano, an instrument, participate in a drum circle? Let us know, our stage is open! We often feature quick and easy projects, which are posted on Facebook. 

Stained Glass Basics: We will be offering a short, stained glass 1-day workshop in June. Stay tuned for details.

We are super excited. Mark your calendars! Firenation Glass out of Toledo will be visiting the Wassenberg Art Center on August 24 with their mobile hot shop! They will be demonstrating the art of blowing glass. Opportunities to create your own glass item will be available. Stay tuned for details! 

Our gift shop is open year-round. We get new items all the time. Great options to purchase one-of-a-kind, unique items, crafted by artisans in the area for the people who are one-of-a-kind to you. There is always a need throughout the year to purchase for those special to us and to show them how much we care and find them unique by purchasing the same. 

For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit: wassenbergartcenter.org

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). We can also be reached by telephone at 419.238.6837 or email at info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 05/22/19 at 3:56 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?