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What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 

 By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

POSTED: 01/21/15 at 1:37 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watercolor Techniques class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. This ongoing class is taught by Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.  Note:  There will be no class on the last two Tuesdays of December.  Classes will resume in January.

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

 

 

 

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

By Hope Wallace

Construction on the Wassenberg Art Center Rotary Path and fire pit which connect South Washington Street to the Town Creek footbridge are coming along nicely.  (Photo submitted.)

Construction on the Wassenberg Art Center Rotary Path and fire pit which connect South Washington Street to the Town Creek footbridge are coming along nicely. (Photo submitted.)

I am sitting in a quiet corner of an art center, listening to the activity, which now buzzes almost constantly. For this we shout, hooray! I love that people feel comfortable to linger among the art, sit by our fireplace, chat and absorb the music that is now filling our gallery with clear, notes from our newly installed sound system. We get to share the work from artists who support us. What a mission to have. While Thanksgiving is several days past, I am thankful for the people of the Wassenberg Art Center whether you visit briefly, serve on our Board of Directors, sponsor our events, are one of our members, volunteers, contractors or simply glance our way and think to yourself, “what’s going on there is cool”, thank you.

Improvements continue on the grounds with contractor Alexander Bebout now working on an area that will be a fire pit surrounded by sandstone blocks. The Van Wert Rotary Club benefit auction generously funded what will be known as “Rotary Path”. Rotary path connects the South Washington Street sidewalk not only the fire pit, but the footbridge crossing Town Creek in the rear of the Wassenberg property. We can’t wait to roast marshmallows!

Yes! You can shop here. Actually, you can shop here all the time. We have a gift area all year long. Now, almost our entire gallery is filled with items that you won’t find anywhere else. One-of-a-kind items within these walls, is surprisingly inexpensive. The 25th Annual Artists’ Exhibit & Sale has everything from photography, pottery, paintings, one-of-a-kind stuffed animals, jewelry, shadow boxes, scarves and much more. Give the gift of the unexpected. Exhibit hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 1–5 p.m. This exhibit will be on view until Dec. 19.

Justin Hammond, Van Wert, smiles behind his painting. Justin is able to complete free paintings because of volunteer hours spent at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Justin Hammond, Van Wert, smiles behind his painting. Justin is able to complete free paintings because of volunteer hours spent at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Looking ahead for 2015 we are super excited to bring you national level artists and exhibits beginning with the 147th Annual American Watercolor Exhibition opening on Jan. 24, 2015. This exhibit is a collection of watercolors from the best artists in the United States. The exhibit travels to only a handful of places in the country each year and the Wassenberg Art Center is honored to be one of those few. To celebrate we thought it was only appropriate to open with an enigmatic international musician, Radoslav Lorković. Check out his music and full bio at radoslavlorkovic.com

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

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

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

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

POSTED: 12/03/14 at 2:11 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

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?