The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2014

 

What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for Oct. 2 from 6:30–9 p.m. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. The evening includes all painting materials and wine and participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Did you know you can schedule private and corporate Vine & Palette parties? We can also design the party for children.

To help you prepare for our next off-the-charts, Wassenberg event this Halloween we are offering dance lessons here at the art center to get you in the swing. In conjunction with newly-opening Bachwell Center for Music & Dance in downtown Van Wert, Sarah Hope Wells, will offer two classes here at the Wassenberg Art Center: East Coast swing, West Coast swing, the Jitterbug, the Shag and even the urban hippie/raver classic, the Shuffle. If you’ve got a partner, bring him or her, and if not, bring yourself! Dress comfortably, in shoes you can move in. Classes will be meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21 and again on Oct. 28 from 7–8 p.m. Cost is $15 per person, per session.

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

POSTED: 09/17/14 at 12:38 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

The National Buick Car Club paid the Wassenberg Art Center a visit and held a luncheon and with a presentation by art center director Hope Wallace. (Photo submitted.)

The Wassenberg Art Center had some wonderful visitors yesterday! The national tour Buick Car Club visited and had lunch with us yesterday. Drivers from Florida to Nebraska and all over the nation drive together on the road less traveled. Black Angus Catering provided the lunch with wonderful homemade cakes for dessert. The club then toured the Brumback Library, Van Wert County Courthouse, and the Fire Museum at Central Insurance. We wish them merry travels and blue skies on their continuing journey.

Please join us for our opening reception this Saturday, Sept.  13, at 6 p.m. of our next exhibit, The Symphony of My Heart, art postcards by Iowa artist Saffron Goetschius is over a staggering 500 cards categorized as mail art. Mail art is typically collages of mixed media placed on a post card, with instructions to the post office to hand cancel. and are they are mailed as is. Each postcard was sent through the mail to my mailbox. These cards of communication will hang from the trusses in the Wendel Gallery, signifying the fragile balance of life and relationship. The Exhibit will open Saturday Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. with an opening reception where you can meet the artist, enjoy some gourmet snack and run through September 28. During the last week of the show, Saffron encourages visitors to cut down a postcard they find meaningful and take it home.

Time is running out to submit your digital photo entries for Annual Photography Exhibit have been mailed and posted on our website. Please let us know if you would like a copy.  This year we will be accepting and jurying by digital entry only, so again let us know if you have any questions, we’d be happy to help. Entry deadline creeping up and is September 12.

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.

Acrylic painting is offered in the mornings on September 5, 12, 19, 26 -10 a.m.–noon. earn how to master one of our favorite mediums? Acrylics taught by Pat Rayman will commence on Friday, April 4 at 10 a.m. Cost of the class will be $35 members/$40 non-members. If you want to join in let us know. Please call or see our website for more materials list.

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

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for October 2 from 6:30–9 p.m.. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. The evening includes all painting materials and wine and participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Did you know you can schedule private and corporate Vine & Palette parties? We can also design the party for children.

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

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

 

POSTED: 09/10/14 at 1:45 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Photo caption #1: The Vine & Palette sessions at the Wassenberg Art Center are a great time for all. Techniques are used to assure a stress free experience. (Photo submitted.)

Photo caption #1: The Vine & Palette sessions at the Wassenberg Art Center are a great time for all. Techniques are used to assure a stress free experience. (Photo submitted.)

The Wassenberg Art Center has undergone a tremendous amount of change over the last 1–3 years during our transition to a community art center. We wanted to grow not as an exclusive club, welcome only by literal or perceived invitation but as an open space for everyone to feel comfortable. Our culture, or what makes us…us, belongs to no class, nor exclusive to the privileged or to the poor, the well adjusted or the eccentric. Culture is who we are. We dance, we cry, we create, make mistakes, we fail, we laugh, but mostly we have an basic human need to laugh with those we feel close to and to explore creativity. Our programming may not outwardly resemble how the original art center began, but the respect for its foundation and integrity of exhibits will remain unchanged. Van Wert is an extraordinarily fortunate community to have been given this ongoing gift. To Mr. Wassenberg, we give our eternal respect and gratitude.

We The Symphony of My Heart, art postcards by Iowa artist Saffron Goetschius is over a staggering 500 cards categorized as mail art. Mail art is typically collages of mixed media placed on a post card, with instructions to the post office to hand cancel. and are they are mailed as is. Each postcard was sent through the mail to my mailbox. These cards of communication will hang from the trusses in the Wendel Gallery, signifying the fragile balance of life and relationship. The Exhibit will open Saturday September 13, at 6 p.m. with an opening reception where you can meet the artist, enjoy some gourmet snack and run through September 28. During the last week of the show, Saffron encourages visitors to cut down a postcard they find meaningful and take it home.

The photos have begun to roll in. The call for entries for our Annual Photography Exhibit have been mailed and posted on our website. Please let us know if you would like a copy.  This year we will be accepting and jurying by digital entry only, so again let us know if you have any questions, we’d be happy to help. Entry deadline creeping up and is September 12.

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

Acrylic painting is offered in the mornings on September 5, 12, 19, 26 -10 a.m.–noon. earn how to master one of our favorite mediums? Acrylics taught by Pat Rayman will commence on Friday, April 4 at 10 a.m. Cost of the class will be $35 members/$40 non-members. Please call or see our website for more materials list.

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

 

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for September 9 from 6:30–9 p.m.. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. The evening includes all painting materials and wine and participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Did you know you can schedule private and corporate Vine & Palette parties? We can also design the party for children and or The following month’s Vine & Palette is set for October 2.

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

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

 

 

 

POSTED: 09/03/14 at 1:26 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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