The Van Wert County Courthouse

Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

 

What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 

Not only did we break ground on the Wassenberg Art Park with a vengeance this week, most of the asphalt is dug up and the shapes are already taking form. This is going to go fast!

Economic based study models vary; however, the arts industry is currently attributed to $780 billion annually in the United States. That is more than the toy industry at $24 billion, and more than the home appliance industry at $17 billion.

Contractors from Alexander & Bebout begin cutting the asphalt in the unused parking lot behind the Wassenberg Art Center during the “Ground-sawing Ceremony Tuesday morning.

While the arts industry doesn’t possess smokestacks, the arts are, without question, an industry. Difficult to ideate in black and white, real-world dollars, the arts can come in at the forefront as economic game changers or, passively follow along and support longevity as well.

We’ve chosen the former. Simply, because leveraging the arts as a game changer is happening right now, right here, at the Wassenberg Art Center. The landscape of this tiny rust-belt town is rising, due to committed residents, corporations, quiet donors, and an active main street program. This has all happened from the unassuming power of one small community art center.

Where do you want to be in our renaissance?

We have with us today these visionaries who make economic revival through the arts happen. They are the true heroes, We have folks who have committed $20 up to $175,000.

We wholeheartedly thank the staff of the Wassenberg Art Center, our Board of Directors, The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, Central Mutual Insurance, First Federal Savings and Loan, Kenn-Feld Group, Alexander and Bebout Construction, Current Energy Solutions, Van Wert County Foundation, the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District, Mike and Joyce Cross, and the 60-plus residents of the Van Wert region for contributing to and believing in our mission.

We will never be able to thank you in a true sense. Just know you all are community spirit, and it wouldn’t have happened without you.

This Sunday we open the Annual High School Invitational! We have opened the competition up to new schools and wow. The work is stunning! Please join us for our opening party on April 22, 1-5 p.m. Awards will be presented around 2:30.

Speaking of art that rocks…after the awards, we will be pleased to present Radithor, for a short rock concert. Radithor is a band comprised of 6) high school freshman from Lake High School in Millbury, Ohio. (yes, they have had similar tornado issues in years past too) Radithor was selected to compete in the prestigious, national music competition; 2018 Tri-C annual High School Rock Off at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. It will be fun to watch these musicians grow and hopefully inspire other young musicians to start a band, or play out. Please join us for free munchies, great art and a chance to watch these young musicians. Free entry, open to the public, as always.

Art Classes:

Classic Watercolor: Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon. Ongoing. $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

ArtReach: We have openings available in both age groups and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently accepting students for this great, stress free after-school art program. Sign up forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office.

ArtNight: Instructor will be Shannon Painter-Carpenter and sometimes we feature other instructors. You are also welcome to bring your own project or sign up for the project we feature. We have some great projects coming up beginning next week, so be watching social media. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you are here, hang out with friends, create and relax.

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, Van Wert. We can also be reached by telephone at: 419.238.6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org .

POSTED: 04/19/18 at 8:18 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

We are one week away from breaking ground on the Wassenberg Art Park on April 17; join us! We are excited to see construction materials arriving, like concrete reinforcement material and boulders for our seat wall! The arts contribute $780 million annually to the American economy and we get this; and eventually our efforts will continue to move Van Wert into a vibrant, creative place to live and visit.

This week, WAC Office Manager Matt Temple, Facility and Event Coordinator Joe Balyeat, and I are en route to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to return the last exhibit “Bark vs. Roar” by student artist Jordyn Fishman. Grand Rapids has used an arts-based economy to turn around the city’s financial challenges by introducing one of the world’s largest annual art competitions: ArtPrize. Artists the world over participate and the entire city is the venue in which the art is exhibited. Now in its 10th year, ArtPrize has completely changed the face of the community to a vibrant place with a soaring population.

Radithor, freshman rock band from Lake High School, will be featured at the annual High School Invitational opening party at the Wassenberg Art Center, April 22. Entry is free and always open to the public.

No, this concept is not new or novel. The arts have been attributed and solely credited for countless communities’ positive turnarounds. All it takes is for a few creative minds to come together and some scrappy thinking, Hmmmm, I wonder if we have any of that going on in Van Wert. The answer is: absolutely. Coming up very soon will be the annual High School Invitational. We have extended the invitation to a few more schools this year to amp up the ante! The opening party will be April 22, 1- 5 p.m. Awards will be presented around 2:30 that afternoon.

Speaking of amp … after the awards, we will be pleased to present Radithor for a short rock concert. Radithor is a band comprised of six high school freshmen from Lake High School in Millbury (yes, they have had their tornado issues in years past, too). Radithor was selected to compete in the prestigious national music competition: Tri-C Annual High School Rock Off at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. It will be fun to watch these musicians grow and inspire other young musicians to reach for the stars.

Please join us for free munchies, great art, and a chance to watch these talented musicians. Free entry, open to the public, as always.

Art Classes:

Classic Watercolor:  Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon. Ongoing. $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

ArtReach: We have openings available in both age groups and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently accepting students for this great, stress free after-school art program. Sign up forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office.

ArtNight: Instructor will be Shannon Painter-Carpenter and sometimes we feature other instructors. You are also welcome to bring your own project or sign up for the project we feature. We have some great projects coming up beginning next week, so be watching social media. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you are here, hang out with friends, create and relax.

ArtNight! April 26 — Flower Pot Mosaics: This class will show you how to transform a flower pot into a lovely mosaic work of art! This demonstration will take up to 3 sessions. Cost will be $15 for the project which includes your first beverage.

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: 04/12/18 at 8:08 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

The contributions for the glow pebbles are still coming in. Thank you all so much!  If you missed adopting some glow pebbles, please give us a call and we will sign you up. There are many other projects going on that you can become involved with as well. Chat us up. We have ideas!

Wassenberg Art Center Executive Director Hope Wallace marches as a member of the “The Bee Swarm” in the popular parade Marche du Nain Rouge, held annually in Detroit at the end of March. photo by Christopher M. Bjornberg, special to The (Detroit) Free Press

We will be breaking ground on the Wassenberg Art Park on April 17 and are so excited we can hardly stand it. What was once a ratty parking lot will soon be a wonderful space for festivals, a place to walk your puppy, and a peaceful, beautiful spot to sit back and take in life. We simply can’t wait to share the power of the arts to create a place someone wants to live.

Directing an art center and keeping things fresh is important, so I do try to travel when I can. This past weekend I went to Detroit, Michigan, primarily to participate in a parade called Marche du Nain Rouge. Primarily it is an event to drive the Nain Rouge (red imp) out of Detroit for yet another year. For Detroit, the legend of the Nain embodies negativity. Detroit has had plenty of negativity, but is rebounding in amazing ways and quickly. What is at the heart of the rebound? The arts. What is Van Wert’s Nain Rouge? What negativity or negative attitude would you drive from your community?

Don’t forget to get out the statement murals during Bark vs. Roar through April 8! The murals are created by Jordyn Fishman who is a student at the highly regarded Penny Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. She is also probably one of the youngest persons to be accepted into ArtPrize IX in 2017 for her 22-foot mural: “Income, Inequality, Imagine”, which was accepted by the Grand Rapids Museum of Art venue.

Art can be created anywhere with anything. A recycled percussion group plays at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan during the Marche du Nain Rouge. photo by Christopher Moeller

ArtPrize is one of the largest art competition in the world and over 400,000 people flock to the city to see it every year. The venue is the entire city, which includes not only museums, but also, the river, restaurants, sidewalks, lawns, parks, parking lots and even the roofs of buildings. Each participating venue chooses artist(s) they wish to highlight.

Jordan works through themes of social inequality and uses her art as activism. She works to the root of the problem beginning with phrases, and uses oil paint, acrylic paint, nail polish, glitter, charcoal, pastel, and graphite. Her youth and passion are a reassurance, our world is heading in a good direction.

Art Classes:

Classic Watercolor: Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon. Ongoing. $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

ArtReach: We have openings available in both age groups and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently accepting students for this great, stress free after-school art program. Sign up forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office.

ArtNight: Instructor will be Shannon Painter-Carpenter and sometimes we feature other instructors. You are also welcome to bring your own project or sign up for the project we feature. We have some great projects coming up beginning next week, so be watching social media. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you are here, hang out with friends, create and relax.

ArtNight! March 29: Never enough Mason Jars!: Instructor: Shannon Painter-Carpenter. We will be exploring even more cool things you can do with mason jars. Chalk paint, glitter, and glass scraps. Project fee for all $15. Includes your first beverage.

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: 03/29/18 at 8:15 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Michael and Joyce Cross of Van Wert recently sponsored the first sculpture installation in the upcoming Wassenberg Art Park.

Mike and Joyce Cross of Van Wert stand beside the Bandit the Thieving Raccoon, along with artist Dave Tonegatto of Highland Park, Michigan. The Crosses donated Bandit as the first sculpture installation in the Wassenberg Art Park.

Bandit the Thieving Raccoon has been permanently attached to the footbridge crossing Town Creek and will welcome pedestrians as they cross from Central Avenue to the future Wassenberg Art Park. Construction on the park itself is scheduled for mid-April and will feature glow-in-the-dark sidewalks, a grain bin concession stand, a circular green space, and flowering shade structures.

Funds were raised by the community for the patterned, glowing sidewalks by a Go-Fund-Me campaign. A small amphitheater constructed from a shipping container and additional shade structures and interactive sculptures are planned for the future.

For more information on the Wassenberg Art Park, or for those interested in contributing to this unique, downtown development, contact Wassenberg Director Hope Wallace at the number or emails below.

For more information on classes, exhibits, and events call the Wassenberg Art Center at 419.238.6837, email info@wassenbergartcenter.org, or access the Wassenberg website  at http://www.wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 03/22/18 at 8:10 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Thank you to all the generous folks who donated to our recent “Adopt-a-Glow-Pebble Go-Fund-Me fundraiser! We have surpassed two goals and are humbled by the positive response. If you missed adopting some glow pebbles, please give us a call and we will sign you up. There are many other projects going on that you can become involved with as well. Chat us up. We have ideas!

Concept image of the glowing sidewalks planned for the Wassenberg Art Park, which will begin construction in a couple weeks. 

Through April 8 an exhibit will be in place by Jordyn Fishman, who is a student at the highly regarded Penny Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. She is also probably one of the youngest persons to be accepted into ArtPrize IX in 2017 for her 22-foot mural: “Income, Inequality, Imagine”, which was accepted by the Grand Rapids Museum of Art venue.

ArtPrize is one of the largest art competitions in the world and over 400,000 people flock to the city to see it every year. The venue is the entire city, which includes not only museums, but also the river, restaurants, sidewalks, lawns, parks, parking lots, and even the roofs of buildings. Each participating venue chooses an artist they want to highlight.
Jordan works through themes of social inequality and uses her art as activism. She works to the root of the problem beginning with phrases, and uses oil paint, acrylic paint, nail polish, glitter, charcoal, pastel, and graphite.
Jordyn’s statement: “My work deals with issues of injustice while simultaneously pointing out the strength we have to push back and to come together to fight and to love. We must fight not only for a more just world, but also we must fight for love. To love this world, to love one another, and to love ourselves is the most powerful force we have.”

Jordyn will be at the art center from 7 p.m. into the evening on March 17. Please feel free to stop by and check out her work.

Art Classes:

Classic Watercolor: Tuesday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon. Ongoing. $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

ArtReach: We have openings available in both age groups and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently accepting students for this great, stress free after-school art program. Sign up forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office.

ArtNight: Instructor will be Shannon Painter-Carpenter and sometimes we feature other instructors. You are also welcome to bring your own project or sign up for the project we feature. We have some great projects coming up beginning next week, so be watching social media. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you are here, hang out with friends, create and relax.

ArtNight March 15: Painted Rock Project: Instructor: Shannon Painter-Carpenter.

Balloon Clay Bowls: March 6, 14 6-8 p.m. Instructor: Shannon Painter-Carpenter. Join us for this two-night class and make a bowl out of…yes a balloon and clay!
$30 WAC member price $35 Regular price.

Ceramic Fairy Houses: Instructor: Shannon Painter-Carpenter There are never enough Fairy Houses for this 2-night class and construct fairy houses just in time for them to move into your spring garden.
Cost: WAC member $30. Regular price $35

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: 03/17/18 at 7:06 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

It takes a community. We are all in for a better Van Wert and the Wassenberg Art Center has been hard at work for the past several years striving to make our town and region a better place to be. We think we have demonstrated that the power of the lucrative arts industry can be trans-formative through gaining local momentum, appropriated Ohio capital budget funds, and securing a 2015 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Even now, we cannot sit on our laurels. Who really wants to anyway? We are humbled and grateful for all of the support we receive, and we can’t possibly thank all who have contributed directly and/or by participating in our programs. The upward heave must continue, for this is only the beginning of our renaissance.

The Wassenberg Art Park construction at Wassenberg Art Center is set to begin and be ready by this summer.

The construction of the first phase of the Wassenberg Art Park project is set to begin this In this first phase we plan to create a green-space, walking paths, naturalized watershed along Town Creek and install an updated electrical supply to safely conduct festivals and outdoor events like the popular Town Creek Live (more than 3,000 people and growing). In addition, and if funds allow, we will add a re-purposed grain bin concession stand. Oh, and the whole place will glow at night, all night, seven days a week.

While a couple of the projects have been adopted, there is still much to accomplish. For example, we could use funds to complete our glowing…yes, glowing sidewalk. Special luminescent aggregate will cause the circular sidewalk to glow. Adopt a rock! A go-fund my rock campaign will commence soon as well. Watch for posts on our Facebook page.

Please visit our website or call the Wassenberg Art Center office to see how you can get involved.

The Wassenberg is opening the ArtFitter fund for Wassenberg Art Park to help install interesting aspects into the glowing space. Pictured here is a concept of a glowing sidewalk.

Beginning March 8 through April 8 a new exhibit will be in place Jordyn Fishman is a student at the highly regarded Penny Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. She is also probably one of the youngest persons to be accepted into ArtPrize IX in 2017 for her 22-foot mural: “Income, Inequality, Imagine”, which was accepted by the Grand Rapids Museum of Art venue.

ArtPrize is one of the largest art competition in the world and over 400,000 people flock to the city to see it every year. The venue is the entire city, which includes not only museums, but also, the river, restaurants, sidewalks, lawns, parks, parking lots and even the roofs of buildings. Each participating venue chooses artist(s) they wish to highlight.

Jordyn works through themes of social inequality and uses her art as activism. She works to the root of the problem beginning with phrases, and uses oil paint, acrylic paint, nail polish, glitter, charcoal, pastel, and graphite.

Jordyn’s statement: My work deals with issues of injustice while simultaneously pointing out the strength we have to push back and to come together to fight and to love. We must fight not only for a more just world, but also we must fight for love. To love this world, to love one another, and to love ourselves is the most powerful force we have.

Jordyn will be at the art center from 7 p.m. into the evening on March 17. Please feel free to stop by and check out her work.

Art Classes:

Classic Watercolor: Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon. Ongoing. $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

ArtReach: We have openings available in both age groups and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7–11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30–5 p.m. We are currently accepting students for this great, stress free after-school art program. Sign up forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office.

ArtNight: Instructor will be Shannon Painter-Carpenter and sometimes we feature other instructors. You are also welcome to bring your own project or sign up for the project we feature. We have some great projects coming up beginning next week, so be watching social media. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you are here, hang out with friends, create and relax.

ArtNight March 15: Painted Rock Project: Instructor: Shannon Painter-Carpenter.

Balloon Clay Bowls: March 6, 14 6–8 p.m. Instructor: Shannon Painter-Carpenter. Join us for this two-night class and make a bowl out of…yes a balloon and clay! $30 WAC member price $35 Regular price.

Ceramic Fairy Houses: . Instructor: Shannon Painter-Carpenter There are never enough Fairy Houses for this 2-night class and construct fairy houses just in time for them to move into your spring garden.
Cost:WAC member $30. Regular price $35

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: 03/09/18 at 9:41 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Be sure to catch Van Wert Represents! before it is gone. This exhibit is on view through March 4. Be sure to stop in and check out the work.

Bark vs. Roar! By Jordyn Fishman will be one of the murals in the upcoming exhibit beginning March 10 at the Wassenberg Art Center.

Beginning March 10 through April 8 a new exhibit will be in place. Jordyn Fishman is a student at the highly regarded Penny Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. She is also probably one of the youngest persons to be accepted into ArtPrize IX in 2017 for her 22-foot mural: “Income, Inequality, Imagine”, which was accepted by the Grand Rapids Museum of Art.

ArtPrize is one of the largest art competition in the world and over 400,000 people flock to the city to see it every year. The venue is the entire city, which includes not only museums, but also, the river, restaurants, sidewalks, lawns, parks, parking lots and even the roofs of buildings. Each participating venue chooses artist(s) they wish to highlight.

Jordyn works through themes of social inequality and uses her art as activism. She works to the root of the problem beginning with phrases, and uses oil paint, acrylic paint, nail polish, glitter, charcoal, pastel, and graphite.

Jordyn’s statement: My work deals with issues of injustice while simultaneously pointing out the strength we have to push back and to come together to fight and to love. We must fight not only for a more just world, but also we must fight for love. To love this world, to love one another, and to love ourselves is the most powerful force we have.

Jordyn will be at the art center from 7 p.m. into the evening on March 17. Please feel free to stop by and check out her work.

Art Classes:

Classic Watercolor: Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon. Ongoing. $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

ArtReach: We have openings available in both age groups and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently accepting students for this great, stress free after-school art program. Sign up forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office.

Ceramic bowls created with balloons is the newest class available at the Wassenberg Art Center

ArtNight: Instructor will be Shannon Painter-Carpenter and sometimes we feature other instructors. You are also welcome to bring your own project or sign up for the project we feature. We have some great projects coming up beginning next week, so be watching social media. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you are here, hang out with friends, create and relax.

ArtNight March 15: Painted Rock Project: Instructor: Shannon Painter-Carpenter.

Balloon Clay Bowls: March 6, 14 6-8 p.m. Instructor: Shannon Painter-Carpenter. Join us for this two-night class and make a bowl out of … yes, a balloon and clay!
$30 WAC member price $35 Regular price.

Ceramic Fairy Houses: Instructor: Shannon Painter-Carpenter There are never enough Fairy Houses for this 2-night class and construct fairy houses just in time for them to move into your spring garden.
Cost:WAC member $30. Regular price $35

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: 03/02/18 at 9:37 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Thanks to all who came out to our Vintage Velvet Valentine’s Ball, featuring Distant Cousinz of Toledo! As always they were fantastic and, if possible, may get better every time.

Van Wert Represents! is on view through March 4. Be sure to stop in and check out the work!

Art Classes:

Classic Watercolor: Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon. Ongoing. $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

ArtReach: We have openings available in both age groups and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently accepting students for this great, stress free after-school art program. Sign up forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office. 

ArtNight: Instructor will be Shannon Painter-Carpenter and sometimes we feature other instructors. You are also welcome to bring your own project or sign up for the project we feature. We have some great projects coming up beginning next week, so be watching social media. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you are here, hang out with friends, create and relax.

For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit: wassenbergartcenter.org. 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: 02/21/18 at 10:27 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Get your tickets now!! This Saturday, we will host our Vintage Velvet Valentine’s Ball, featuring Distant Cousinz of Toledo! You remember them, that great headliner band from Town Creek Live 2017? Well, they are coming back for the third time, simply because they are awesome.

Distant Cousinz of Toledo to provide dance music at the Wassenberg Art Center this Saturday at the Vintage Velvet Valentines Ball.

As the name implies, vintage and velvet, any era, any combination, any configuration. So, get crackin’ on your outfit. We may award a prize. We will also host Cloud Max, the mysterious fortune-teller from the West giving hints at what’s to come… games, pick up nibbles, door prizes, and cash bar.

Check out our Facebook page for the event details or give us a call at: 419.238.6837. You can also email  info@wassenbergart-center.org or sign up online at www.wassenbergartcenter.org.

Thanks to all who came out to Van Wert Represents! Weston Thompson kept us entertained by tickling our baby grand and we served fresh hot soups and fresh Italian bread. Thanks to all of the volunteers who offered their great soups to make this a wonderful evening This exhibit will be on view from February 9-March 4.

Art Classes:

Crowd enjoying the Van Wert Represents Exhibit during the opening party following the Main Street Van Wert Chocolate Walk.

Classic Watercolor: Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon. Ongoing. $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

Beginning Digital Photography: February 20, 21, 22: 6-9 p.m. $55 art center member price/$60 regular price. A crash course in getting the most out of your digital (and sometime confusing) camera; participants will learn the basics of how a digital camera works and what settings they should and should not be using.  Students will be given cheat sheets and learn how to take better photos of people, children, sports, and landscapes. Materials: Camera, charged battery, memory card with space for photos, and camera manual. Instructor, Shannon Painter-Carpenter. This class is filling quickly so get signed up soon! You can sign up online, by calling or stopping in. 

ArtReach: We have openings available in both age groups and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently accepting students for this great, stress free after-school art program. Sign up forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office.

ArtNight: Thursday evening we have a special project for Valentines. This event is free…with a twist. You will make two decorated, wooden valentine boxes and since you are helping you get to keep one! Your other creation will be featured at the Vintage Velvet Valentine’s Ball. Instructor will be Shannon Painter-Carpenter. You are also welcome to bring your own project or sign up for the project we feature. Additional instructors are being lined up to bring you varied choices. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you are here, hang out with friends, create and relax.

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: 02/16/18 at 9:18 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

The American Watercolor Society is crated and awaiting pick up for a trip to Art Center Manatee in Bradenton, Florida. This is one of our most prestigious exhibits and we will be saying goodbye until 2020 Thanks to all who came in to soak up the color of these compelling paintings.

The Wassenberg Peony Farm painted by Lew Miller will be one of the paintings exhibited during our Van Wert Represents! Exhibit.

Van Wert Represents! Do you own an old painting, drawing, or sculpture of a scene, building or event that took place in Van Wert? Do you currently create scenes of Van Wert in the above media? If you do, this exhibit is for you! Entry forms are available and can be obtained by calling 419.238.6837, emailing info@wassenberg-artcenter.org, or stopping by the art center. Art entries will be accepted Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 2-4, from 1-5 p.m. Entry is open to all artists 18 and older. A non-refundable fee of $15 for Wassenberg Art Center members or $20 for non-members entitles the artist to submit up to three entries. We’ll be having an opening party on February 9, 6-9 p.m. following the Van Wert Main Street Chocolate Walk. We’ll serve fresh, homemade soups, and bread, and wine and chocolate pairings. Weston Thompson will keep us entertained by tickling our baby grand. This exhibit will be on view from February 9-March 4.

Would you like to help provide homemade soup(s) in a crock pot for our Van Wert Represents opening? Matt, Joe and I are making my famous Italian bread! Give us a call at the number below!

A photograph by our new instructor Shannon Painter-Carpenter. Shannon will be teaching Beginning Digital Photography starting on February 20.

What are you wearing? My vintage, crushed velvet ensemble arrived last week and I can’t wait to deck it out. On February 17, we will host our Vintage Velvet Valentine’s Ball, featuring Distant Cousinz of Toledo! You remember them, that great, headliner band from Town Creek Live 2017? Well, they are coming back for the third time, simply because they are awesome. As the name implies, vintage and velvet, any era, any combination, any configuration. So, get crackin’ on your outfit. We may award a prize. We will also host Cloud Max, the mysterious fortune-teller from the West giving hints at what to come… games, pick up nibbles, door prizes and cash bar. Check out our Facebook page for the event details or give us a call at: 419.238.6837. You can also email us at: info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

Our gift shop area is growing! Be on the look out for new artist introductions and an expanded selection of local/regional one-of-a-kind art! Prices for fun, functional, decorative and always unique artisan items are more reasonable than you’d think. Support area artists, how cool is that?

Art Classes:

Classic Watercolor: Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon. Ongoing. $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

Beginning Digital Photography: Feb 20, 21, 22: 6-9 p.m. $55 art center member price/$60 regular price. A crash course in getting the most out of your digital (and sometime confusing) camera; participants will learn the basics of how a digital camera works and what settings they should and should not be using.  Students will be given cheat sheets and learn how to take better photos of people, children, sports, and landscapes. Materials: Camera, charged battery, memory card with space for photos, and camera manual. Instructor, Shannon Painter-Carpenter. This class is filling quickly so get signed up soon!

ArtReach: We have openings available in both age groups and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently accepting students for this great, stress free after-school art program. Sign up forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office. 

ArtNight: February 1 and 7 we have a special project for Valentines. This event is free…with a twist. You will make two decorated, wooden valentine boxes and since you are helping you get to keep one! Your other creation will be featured at the Vintage Velvet Valentine’s Ball. Instructor will be Shannon Painter-Carpenter. You are also welcome to bring your own project or sign up for the project we feature. Additional instructors are being lined up to bring you varied choices. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you are here, hang out with friends, create and relax.

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: 02/01/18 at 9:16 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?