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Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

 

What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 

It was such an honor and fun to work with the Scrap Detroit group this weekend in the Motor City for its second annual scrap metal art event.

David Tonnegato, winner of Scrap Detroit 2017, and other artists’ work were displayed at the iconic “Spirit of Detroit” prior to arriving at Wassenberg Art Center. These large, interactive sculptures will be on exhibit beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m.

After a brief showing in front of the iconic sculpture Spirit of Detroit in downtown, the sculptures followed me home! Over 700 people voted on their favorite piece and the winner, Dave Tonnegato, won $1,000. Dave will make the trip to the Wassenberg Art Center for our scrap material exhibit, “Scrapped!”, and will be providing a welding art demo during the opening party on August 18, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., following the Main Street Van Wert’s “Hidden Spaces” tour.

This exhibit is comprised of a group of 11 welders from the Detroit area who have made kinetic sculptures out of 250 pounds of scrap bicycle parts, and a Toledo artist, Danielle Herrera, who makes two-dimensional art out of fabric, paper, and other tossed out materials such as zippers.

These artists from these two cities will collide at the Wassenberg Art Center with their sculptures and collages. Music will be provided by Lee Warren and Mike Hallock of Toledo, while food and a cash bar are available. In addition, we will be featuring a beer tasting from brand new High 5 brewing, a group who hopes to bring a brewery to Van Wert!

The sculptures will then be auctioned off in Detroit in October. A sign-up sheet will be available if anyone is interested in bidding.

Work by Dani Herrera of Toledo made from recycled items. Exhibit begins this Friday at 7:30 p.m. with an opening party at the Wassenberg Art Center.

The Van Wert Farm & Art Market continues this coming Saturday, August 19, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., so support our providers of fresh veggies, fruit, and baked goods! Thanks to our partners and sponsors: Van Wert County Health Department, Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert Chamber, and Lee Kinstle GM Sales & Service, Leland Smith Insurance, and Gary Taylor.

August’s “Last Saturday!” will fall on August 26 and Ezra Miller joining us again for some acoustic guitar and signing.

Applications are ongoing for the Van Wert Farm & Art Market here at Wassenberg Art Center on Saturdays running through September 30. Growers and makers are encouraged to apply. Producers and artisans who sign up can be featured free of charge in our Farmers Market directory on the Wassenberg Art Center website.

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. This class resumes in September.

ArtNight: Featured ArtNight projects will be starting back up in September and we will host every Thursday, 6–9 p.m. It is free to hang out at ArtNight, and you don’t even have to make art. Sit and breeze a bit with folks. Feel free to bring snacks and invite your friends and the cash bar is open. Do you play an instrument? Bring it and we will hook you up. Watch Facebook and this column for featured projects.

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 and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 08/17/17 at 6:19 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

We are excited to be hosting “Scrapped!” with an opening party scheduled for 7-10:30 p.m. Friday, August 18, following Main Street Van Wert’s “Hidden Spaces” tour.

This exhibit is comprised of a group of 12 welders from Detroit called Scrap Detroit who have made kinetic sculptures out of scrap bicycle parts and a Toledo artist, Danielle Herrera, who makes two-dimensional art out of fabric, paper, and other tossed out materials such as zippers. The artists from those two cities will collide at the Wassenberg Art Center with their sculptures and collages, and will be providing a welded art demo! Music will be provided by Lee Warren and Mike Hallock of Toledo, with food and a cash bar available.

Kinetic sculpture by Dennis Graham of Detroit created out of scrapped bicycle parts. Dennis’ work, along with other teams of welder artists from Detroit, will bring sculptures to the Wassenberg Art Center, beginning Friday, August 18, at 7:30 p.m. A metal artist will be on hand to demonstrate during the party as well.

The Van Wert Farm & Art Market continues this coming Saturday, August 12, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. so pop in on your drive by for some fresh veggies, fruit, and baked goods! Van Wert County Health Department, Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce, and Lee Kinstle, Leland Smith Insurance, and Gary Taylor are sponsors. August’s “Last Saturday!” will fall on August 26 and Ezra Miller is joining us again for some acoustic guitar and signing.

Applications are ongoing for the Van Wert Farm & Art Market located here at the Wassenberg Art Center on Saturdays running through September 30. Growers and makers are encouraged to apply. Producers and artisans who sign up can be featured free of charge in our Farmers Market directory on the Wassenberg Art Center website.

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.

ArtNight: Featured projects will be starting back up in September and we will host every Thursday, 6-9 p.m. It is free to hang out at ArtNight, and you don’t even have to make art. Sit and breeze a bit with folks. Feel free to bring snacks and invite your friends and the cash bar is open. Do you play an instrument? Bring it and we will hook you up. Watch Facebook for featured projects.

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 and our website, wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 08/09/17 at 7:15 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Last Saturdays! at the Van Wert Farm & Art Market scheduled Saturday, July 29, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., so stop by for some fresh stuff, baked goods, and food!

Van Wert Farm & Art Market hosts “Last Saturdays!” — a free, live music and food event coinciding with the farmer’s market at Wassenberg Art Center.

Live music and zany antics came from John Reichle, who has been thrilling audiences with his awesome guitar talents and spunky stories for many years. Experience at varied venues throughout Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, the riffs coming off the strings of his guitar guaranteed toe-tapping.

Thanks to our partners and sponsors: Van Wert County Health Department, Van Wert County Hospital, the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce, Lee Kinstle’s GM Sales & Service, and Leland Smith Insurance.

Applications are ongoing for the Van Wert Farm & Art Market located here at the Wassenberg Art Center on Saturdays running through September 30. Growers and makers are encouraged to apply. Producers and artisans who sign up can be featured free of charge in our Farmers Market directory on the Wassenberg Art Center website.

Work by Dani Herrera made from recycled items. Exhibit begins August 12 at 1 p.m. with an opening party at Wassenberg Art Center.

Dani Herrera of Toledo will be joining us, beginning August 12, with an opening party from 1-5 p.m., to exhibit her amazing creations made out of recycled cloth, paper, and other found objects. Her pieces will be for sale and are priced very reasonably.

Come check out what can be done with zippers and other strange media. August Bordelois of Cleveland will follow in September with his large, enigmatic paintings

Art Classes:

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

Summer Art Camp The third summer art camp will be held August 8–11. We will be exploring the stories of the Lakota Sioux with corresponding art projects. Sign up soon, space is limited!

ArtNight: Every Thursday, 6–9 p.m. Featured projects and wind-down time. ArtNights occur every Thursday evening from 6–9 p.m. It is free to hang out at ArtNight, and you don’t even have to make art. Sit and breeze a bit with folks. Feel free to bring snacks and invite your friends and the cash bar is open. Do you play an instrument? Bring it and we will hook you up. Watch Facebook for featured projects.

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 and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 07/19/17 at 5:30 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

The happy faces at the third annual Town Creek Live were in abundance this past Saturday and that’s what makes our jobs so worthwhile.

The Violin Monster meets a new friend during Town Creek Live! on Saturday. (photos submitted)

Crowds were larger than ever and the festivities went on long into the night. Distant Cousinz, The Changing Elements Band, Fort Wayne Taiko, and Pyroscope Entertainment were big hits, along with Violin Monster, who made many new friends and performed some complex fiddle tunes on stage.

The partnership of Main Street Van Wert and the Wassenberg Art Center has created a growing festival that always offers something new. A giant “thank you” goes out to our hardworking staff, volunteers, board members, vendors, and to the crowd who attended and inspires us further.

Another “thank you” to those businesses who support this event: Long Prairie Wind, Harvest the Wind, Central Mutual Insurance, Edward Jones Investments, Fort Wayne WISE-TV 33.1, Eaton Corporation, the City of Van Wert and Van Wert County Board of Commissioners, Cooper Farms and McNaughten McKay of Ann Arbor for donating our table-spools.

Winners of the Duck Derpy were: First Place: Donna Clouse, $1,000; Second Place: Sharon Bowersock, $400; Third Place: Becca Adams, $100; and Last Place/Lame Duck: Susan Munroe, a bottle of wine. Until next year, we are putting these ducks to bed. The Town Creek Glow luminary exhibit continues through the month, however.

We have our regular Farm & Art Market scheduled this coming Saturday, July 15, so stop by for some fresh stuff and baked goods! Coming up on July 29, we will host Last Saturday, with some food for lunch and live music from John Reichle, who has been thrilling audiences with his awesome guitar talents and spunky antics for many years.

Experience in varied venues throughout Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, the riffs coming off the strings of his guitar equals guaranteed toe-tapping. Thanks to our partners and sponsors: Van Wert County Health Department, Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce, Lee Kinstle GM Sales & Service, and Leland Smith Insurance.

The Town Creek Live! glow.

Growers of fruits and veggies and artisans: Applications are ongoing for the Van Wert Farm & Art Market here at the Wassenberg Art Center on Saturdays through September 30. Market times are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Producers and artisans who sign up can be featured free of charge in our Farmers Market directory on the Wassenberg Art Center website.

Upcoming exhibits include Cleveland artist August Bordelois (August) and Toledo artist Dani Herrera (September). Stay tuned for more information on these enigmatic artists.

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.

Summer Art Camp The third summer art camp will be held August 8-11. We will be exploring the stories of the Lakota Sioux with corresponding art projects. Sign up soon, space is limited!

ArtNight: Every Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Featured projects and wind-down time. ArtNights occur every Thursday evening from 6-9 p.m. It is free to hang out at ArtNight, and you don’t even have to make art. Sit and breeze a bit with folks. Feel free to bring snacks and invite your friends and the cash bar is open. Do you play an instrument? Bring it and we will hook you up. Watch Facebook for featured projects.

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, or our website above.

POSTED: 07/12/17 at 6:37 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Be sure to stop by the Wassenberg Art Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday as we open with our first Farm & Art Market of the season.

Detail of artwork from the 61st annual Wassenberg June Art Exhibit by Fort Wayne, Indiana, artist Sue Davis.

Detail of artwork from the 61st annual Wassenberg June Art Exhibit by Fort Wayne, Indiana, artist Sue Davis.

That evening, beginning at 6 p.m., we are also hosting our 61st annual June Art Exhibit opening party. Thanks to all the artists who entered their work in this awesome example of regional art! Zak Ward of Toledo will return to provide live acoustic music, and we will have free appetizers and a cash bar.

This exhibit is brought to you by Van Wert Federal Savings Bank and Van Wert Manor and will be on view through July 2.

Growers of fruits and veggies and artisans: Applications are still open for the Van Wert Farm & Art Market located here at Wassenberg Art Center on Saturdays, beginning June 10 and continuing through September 30. Market times are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Producers and artisans who sign up can be featured in our Farmers Market directory on the Wassenberg Art Center website.

In addition, “Last Saturdays” of each of month of our market season will feature live music by Wass veteran musicians John Reichle and Ezra Miller, demos, and a couple of food trucks.

Marketing support such as branded grocery bags, signage, and punch cards will also be provided.

We are also gearing up for the third annual Town Creek Live! event. Duck adoptions are now “live”! Get your quack-pack (six for $25) or individual duck for $5. Brought to you by Main Street Van Wert and the Wassenberg Art Center, this growing festival always has something new and fun. Each year we choose an entity to share the duck sale proceeds with and this year’s recipients are Wren Baseball and Crestview FFA. You may purchase your quackers here: http://www.wassenbergartcenter.org/events.html, or contact Wassenberg Art Center or a representative of Main Street Van Wert, Wren Baseball, or Crestview FFA!

Art Classes:

Zak Ward (above) will be performing an acoustic set along with Christopher Zalinski, both of Toledo, at the 61st annual June Art Exhibit Opening Party this Saturday, June 10, beginning at 6 p.m. at Wassenberg Art Center. Entry is free and the public is always welcome.

Zak Ward (above) will be performing an acoustic set along with Christopher Zalinski, both of Toledo, at the 61st annual June Art Exhibit opening party this Saturday, June 10, beginning at 6 p.m. at Wassenberg Art Center. Entry is free and the public is always welcome.

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.

June 24: Glowing Luminary Workshop: In conjunction with Town Creek Live, plans for our interactive exhibit, Town Creek Glow!, are underway. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a cool darkened gallery where the artwork glows! What makes this experience even more mystical and magical is if you make your own luminary and join in the exhibit!

Summer Art Camp registration is open for the summer season. First session is scheduled Tuesday-Friday, June 20-30. Ages 6-11 attend from 10 a.m.–noon, instructor: Ashley Balyeat and ages 11-16 attend from 1-3 p.m. with instructor: Diane Bendele. The second camp will be conducted in August with more information on all camps coming soon! Please call or email the art center or visit this link to register: http://www.wassenbergartcenter.org/summer-camps.html Sign up soon, space is limited!

ArtNight: Every Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Featured projects and wind-down time. ArtNights occur every Thursday evening. It is free to hang out at ArtNight, and you don’t even have to make art. Sit and breeze a bit with folks. Feel free to bring snacks and invite your friends, while the cash bar is open. Do you play an instrument? Bring it and we will hook you up.

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

We are currently working on luminaries for Town Creek Glow! exhibit. You are still welcome to hang out on Thursday nights, have a beverage, listen to music, and bring a project or just zen out. All are welcome.

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 at  info@wassenbergartcenter.org, and our website: wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 06/07/17 at 7:22 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

We are gearing up for our 61st annual June Art Exhibit. Over 150 entrees have been received this year, which is up considerably from 2016. Thanks to all the artists who entered their work!

This exhibit will open on Saturday, June 10, from 6–9 p.m., with an opening party at 6 that evening. Zak Ward of Toledo will return to provide live acoustic music. We will have free appetizers and cash bar. This exhibit is brought to you by Van Wert Federal Savings Bank and Van Wert Manor.

Growers of fruits and veggies and artisans! Applications are currently being accepted for the Van Wert Farm & Art Market located here at the Wassenberg Art Center on Saturdays, beginning June 10, and will continue through September 30. Market times on those Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Producers and artisans who sign up can be featured in our Farmers Market directory on the Wassenberg Art Center website. In addition, “last Saturdays” of each of month of our market season will feature live music, demos, and a couple of food trucks. Marketing support such as branded grocery bags, signage and punch cards will also be provided.

We are also gearing up for the third annual Town Creek Live! Duck adoptions are now Live! Get your quack-pack, six for $25 or individual ducks for $5.

Brought to you by Main Street Van Wert and Wassenberg Art Center, this growing festival always has something new and fun. Each year we choose an entity to share the duck sale proceeds and this year’s recipients are Wren Baseball and Crestview FFA. You may purchase your quackers here:     http://www.wassenbergartcenter.org/events.html or contact Wassenberg Art Center or a representative of Main Street Van Wert, Wren Baseball, or Crestview FFA.

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.

5/27: Glowing Luminary Workshop: In conjunction with Town Creek Live, plans for our interactive exhibit: Town Creek Glow! are underway. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a cool darkened gallery where the artwork glows! What makes this experience even more mystical and magical is if you make your own luminary and join in the exhibit!

We are also making giant duck luminaries to carry in the Peony Parade this year! We need duck makers and carriers! We will show you how to make these luminaries, it’s easy. Come to our workshop on Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For your own personal luminary, a $10 donation is appreciated to offset costs. If you are making a duck, there is no charge. 

Summer Art Camp registration is open for the summer season. First session is scheduled Tuesday–Friday, June 20-30. Ages 6-11 attend from 10 a.m.-noon, instructor: Ashley Balyeat and ages 11–16 attend from 1-3 p.m. with instructor Diane Bendele. The second camp will be conducted in August with more information on all camps coming soon! Please call or email the art center or visit this link to register. http://www.wassenbergartcenter.org/summer-camps.html.

ArtNight: Every Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Featured projects and wind-down time. ArtNights occur every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. It is free to hang out at ArtNight, and you don’t even have to make art. Sit and breeze a bit with folks. Feel free to bring snacks and invite your friends and the cash bar is open.

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

5/24: Come on in and make or work on your luminary already in progress. Free Night! Cash bar will be open.

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 and our website:  wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 05/25/17 at 8:28 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By  Hope Wallace

The annual High School Invitational continues through May 21. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 1–5 p.m., and we are open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Please take a moment to check out the work of young minds.

The 61st annual June Art Exhibit call for entries is coming up on May 19-21! So it’s time to gather your work. We want to see your new stuff! You may visit our website to download a prospectus and complete rules and information here: http://www.wassenbergartcenter.org/announcements/61st-annual-june-art-exhibit-call-for-entries, or give us a call at 419.238.6837 and we will mail you one. Email us at info@wassenbergartcenter.org to receive an electronic copy.

Entry is open to all artists 18 and older. A non-refundable fee of $25 for Wassenberg Art Center members or $30 for non-members entitles the artist to submit up to three entries. A total of $1,300 in total cash prizes will be awarded. This exhibit is provided by Van Wert Federal Savings Bank and Van Wert Manor. A free public opening party will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 10.

Growers of fruits and veggies and artisans! Applications are currently being accepted for the Van Wert Farm & Art Market located here at the Wassenberg Art Center on Saturdays, beginning June 10 and continuing through September 30. Market times on those Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Producers and artisans who sign up can be featured in our Farmers Market directory on the Wassenberg Art Center website. In addition, “Last Saturdays” of each of month of our market season will feature live music, demos, and a couple of food trucks. Marketing support such as branded grocery bags, signage, and punch cards will also be provided.

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 signup available.

Sample of luminaries that can be made at the first Luminary Workshop on Saturday, May 13 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at Wassenberg Art Center.

Sample of luminaries that can be made at the first Luminary Workshop on Saturday, May 13 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at Wassenberg Art Center.

5/13: Glowing Luminary Workshop: In conjunction with Town Creek Live, plans for our interactive exhibit: Town Creek Glow! are underway. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves into a cool darkened gallery where the artwork glows! What makes this experience even more mystical and magical is if you make your own luminary and join in the exhibit!
We are also making giant duck luminaries to carry in the Peony Parade this year! We need duck makers and carriers! We will show you how to make these luminaries, it’s easy. Come to our workshop on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For your own personal luminary, a $10 donation is appreciated to offset costs. If you are making a duck, there is no charge.

Summer Art Camp registration is open for the summer season. First session is scheduled Tuesday-Friday, June 20-30. Ages 6-11 attend from 10 a.m.-noon, instructor: Ashley Balyeat and ages 11-16 attend from 1-3 p.m. with instructor Diane Bendele. The second camp will be conducted in August with more information on all camps coming soon! Please call or email the art center or visit this link to register: http://www.wassenbergartcenter.org/summer-camps.html.

ArtNight: Every Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Featured projects and wind-down time. ArtNights occur every Thursday evening from 6-9 p.m. It is free to hang out at ArtNight, and you don’t even have to make art. Sit and breeze a bit with folks. Feel free to bring snacks and invite your friends and the cash bar is open.

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

5/11: A follow up on the watercolor technique ArtNight, attend tonight and take home your very own watercolor. Our long-time instructor, and watercolorist extraordinaire, Pat Rayman will be hosting our featured project and you will take home an original work of art. $18 includes materials and your first glass of house wine or beer. Additional glasses available at regular WAC prices.

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, and our website is wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 05/12/17 at 7:29 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Winners of the Annual High School Art Exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center. First place Hannah Troyer of Continental High School, Second Place Jade Moles of Parkway High School and Third Place Karie Ladd of Ottoville High School. (Photo submitted.)

Winners of the Annual High School Art Exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center. First place Hannah Troyer of Continental High School, Second Place Jade Moles of Parkway High School and Third Place Karie Ladd of Ottoville High School. (Photo submitted.)

The Annual High School Invitational opened this past Sunday, April 23 with a free, public party from 1–5 p.m. Schools located within a 30-mile radius of Van Wert were invited to participate. Plan to attend and check out the wonderful and imaginative work of our area students. This exhibit is on view through May 21. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday 1–5 p.m. and we are open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Young artists won the following honors: First place: Hannah Troyer, Continental High School, second place: Jade Moles, Parkway High School, third place: Karie Ladd, Ottoville High School. Honorable Mentions: Ryanne Ducheney – Lincolview, Kayla Webb – Parkway, Gilly Wiseman – Wayne Trace, Lexi Lepper – Van Wert, Caton Williamson – Van Wert, Leah Baker – ContinentalLydia Saylor – Crestview, Marshall Healey – Van Wert, Nicole Clay – Van Wert, Erin Gemmer – Van Wert, Nicole Williams – Ottoville.

Remember the June Art Exhibit Call for Entries is coming up on May 19, 20, 21! For 61 years the Wassenberg Art Center has hosted the Annual June Art Exhibit and it is time to gather your work or get cracking on some new stuff! You may visit our website to download a prospectus and complete rules and information here: http://www.wassenbergartcenter.org/announcements/61st-annual-june-art-exhibit-call-for-entries, or give us a call at 419.238.6837 and we will mail you one. Email us at info@wassenbergartcenter.org to receive an electronic copy. Entries will be accepted Saturday & Sunday, May 19, 20, 21, 2017 from 1 – 5 p.m. Entry is open to all artists 18 and older. A non-refundable fee of $25 for Wassenberg Art Center members or $30 for non-members entitles the artist to submit up to three entries. $1,300 in total cash prizes will be awarded. This exhibit is provided by Van Wert Federal Savings Bank and Van Wert Manor. Free, public opening party June 10, 6–9 p.m.

Growers of fruits and veggies and artisans! Beginning June 10 you are welcome to set up in our east parking lot to sell your wares! A sign up sheet is being completed and should be available April 19 to begin the application process. Market times will be Saturdays through September 30, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. We will even feature your farm in our grower directory on our website. In addition “Last Saturdays” of each of month of our market season will feature live music, and a couple food trucks.

We are expanding and updating our website with new features and it will be easier to use on today’s different devices. In addition we will have a special directory for Wassenberg Art Center artist members that feature a sample of their work, contact information and description. We will also have a directory of local produce vendors! Stay tuned we are going live soon!

Art Classes:

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

ArtNight: Every Thursday, 6–9 p.m. Featured projects and wind-down time. ArtNights occur every Thursday evening from 6–9 p.m. It is free to hang out at ArtNight, and you don’t even have to make art. Sit and breeze a bit with folks. Feel free to bring snacks and invite your friends and the cash bar is open.

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

4/27: Glowing Luminary Workshop: In conjunction with Town Creek Live, plans for our interactive exhibit: Town Creek Glow is underway. Guests will be able to immerse themselves into a cool darkened gallery where the artwork glows! What makes this experience even more mystical/magical is if you help us make the luminaries and join in the exhibit! Don’t know how? Come to our workshop during ArtNight and we’ll get you started! $10 donation to offset costs includes your first house beverage. Additional cocktails available at regular WAC prices.

5/11: A follow up on the watercolor technique ArtNight, attend tonight and take home your very own watercolor. Our long-time instructor, and watercolorist extraordinaire, Pat Rayman will be hosting our featured project and you will take home an original work of art. $18 includes materials and your first glass of house wine or beer. Additional glasses available at regular WAC prices.

ArtReach (ages 7–11 and 12–15) OngoingEarly May is the last time to sign up for ArtReach as the program ends when Van Wert City Schools lets out. Our Tuesday afternoon ArtReach is currently full. We still have space available in our Thursday session. Parents can drop off their youngsters after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. Students receive a snack and then get down to creating! Studies show that children who receive more instruction in the arts enjoy higher GPAs, higher SAT scores and a dramatically lower drop out rate. A good arts education can improve critical thinking and math skills. ArtReach instructor Diane Bendele earned her bachelors degree in art education from Bowling Green State University and her Masters degree in education from Ohio State. As an art educator for 35 years, she has worked with students of all ages. Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for regular price during the regular school year. Supplies are provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules. An online registration is also available on our website. Need-based scholarships are available. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

We will be conducting Summer Art Camps this summer. First session is scheduled Tuesday–Friday, June 20–30. Ages 6–11 attend from 10 a.m.–noon, instructor: Ashley Balyeat and ages 11–16 attend from 1–3 p.m. with instructor: Diane Bendele. The second camp will be conducted in August with more information on all camps coming soon!

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 and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 04/26/17 at 1:42 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Here is a sneak peek at some of the work to be featured at the 2017 Annual High School Invitational Exhibit opening this Sunday at the Wassenberg Art Center at 1 p.m. This work is by Jade Moles, Parkway High School. (Photo submitted.)

Here is a sneak peek at some of the work to be featured at the 2017 Annual High School Invitational Exhibit opening this Sunday at the Wassenberg Art Center at 1 p.m. This work is by Jade Moles, Parkway High School. (Photo submitted.)

The Annual High School Invitational will open on this Sunday, April 23 with a free, public party from 1–5 p.m. Free munchies, awards and an art project will celebrate young artists who go to school within a 30-mile radius of Van Wert. Plan to attend and check out the wonderful and imaginative work of our area students.

Remember the June Art Exhibit Call for Entries is coming up in May! For 61 years the Wassenberg Art Center has hosted the Annual June Art Exhibit and it is time to gather your work or get cracking on some new stuff! You may visit our website to download a prospectus and complete rules and information here: http://www.wassenbergartcenter.org/announcements/61st-annual-june-art-exhibit-call-for-entries, or give us a call at 419.238.6837 and we will mail you one. Email us at info@wassenbergartcenter.org to receive an electronic copy. Entries will be accepted Saturday & Sunday, May 19, 20, 21, 2017 from 1 – 5 p.m. Entry is open to all artists 18 and older. A non-refundable fee of $25 for Wassenberg Art Center members or $30 for non-members entitles the artist to submit up to three entries. $1,300 in total cash prizes will be awarded. This exhibit is provided by Van Wert Federal Savings Bank and Van Wert Manor. Free, public opening party June 10, 6–9 p.m.

Growers of fruits and veggies and artisans! Beginning June 10 you are welcome to set up in our east parking lot to sell your wares! A sign up sheet is being completed and should be available April 19 to begin the application process. Market times will be Saturdays through September 30, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. We will even feature your farm in our grower directory on our website. In addition “Last Saturdays” of each of month of our market season will feature live music, and a couple food trucks.

We are expanding and updating our website with new features and it will be easier to use on today’s different devices. In addition we will have a special directory for Wassenberg Art Center artist members that feature a sample of their work, contact information and description. We will also have a directory of local produce vendors! Stay tuned we are going live soon!

Art Classes:

Watercolor techniques: Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. – noon. Ongoing class; monthly fee is $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Watercolor materials are required. Online sign up available.

ArtNight: Every Thursday, 6–9 p.m. Featured projects and wind-down time. ArtNights occur every Thursday evening from 6–9 p.m. It is free to hang out at ArtNight, and you don’t even have to make art. Sit and breeze a bit with folks. Feel free to bring snacks and invite your friends and the cash bar is open. 

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

Participants working on their Luminaries during our Thursday night ArtNight at the Wassenberg Art Center. Luminaries will be featured at the annual interactive art exhibit opening during Town Creek Live festival on July 8. (Photo submitted.)

Participants working on their Luminaries during our Thursday night ArtNight at the Wassenberg Art Center. Luminaries will be featured at the annual interactive art exhibit opening during Town Creek Live festival on July 8. (Photo submitted.)

4/20: Glowing Luminary Workshop: In conjunction with Town Creek Live, plans for our interactive exhibit: Town Creek Glow is underway. Guests will be able to immerse themselves into a cool darkened gallery where the artwork glows! What makes this experience even more mystical/magical is if you help us make the luminaries and join in the exhibit! Don’t know how? Come to our workshop during ArtNight and we’ll get you started! $10 donation to offset costs includes your first house beverage. Additional cocktails available at regular WAC prices.

5/11: A follow up on the watercolor technique ArtNight, attend tonight and take home your very own watercolor. Our long-time instructor, and watercolorist extraordinaire, Pat Rayman will be hosting our featured project and you will take home an original work of art. $18 includes materials and your first glass of house wine or beer. Additional glasses available at regular WAC prices. 

ArtReach (ages 7–11 and 12–15) OngoingEarly May is the last time to sign up for ArtReach as the program ends when Van Wert City Schools lets out. Our Tuesday afternoon ArtReach is currently full. We still have space available in our Thursday session. Parents can drop off their youngsters after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. Students receive a snack and then get down to creating! Studies show that children who receive more instruction in the arts enjoy higher GPAs, higher SAT scores and a dramatically lower drop out rate. A good arts education can improve critical thinking and math skills. ArtReach instructor Diane Bendele earned her bachelors degree in art education from Bowling Green State University and her Masters degree in education from Ohio State. As an art educator for 35 years, she has worked with students of all ages. Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for regular price during the regular school year. Supplies are provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules. An online registration is also available on our website. Need-based scholarships are available. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

We will be conducting Summer Art Camps this summer. First session is scheduled Tuesday–Friday, June 20–30. Ages 6–11 attend from 10 a.m.–noon, instructor: Ashley Balyeat and ages 11–16 attend from 1–3 p.m. with instructor: Diane Bendele. The second camp will be conducted in August with more information on all camps coming soon!

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 and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 04/19/17 at 1:47 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Our next upcoming exhibit is the Annual High School Invitational, which will open on April 23 with a free, public party from 1–5 p.m. Free munchies, awards and an art project will celebrate young artists who go to school within a 30-mile radius of Van Wert. Plan to attend and check out the wonderful and imaginative work of our area students.

The 2017 June Art Exhibit will be taking entries in May; contact the art center to receive an entry form with complete rules. (Painting by Jeff Crabill, from the 2016 Annual June Art Exhibit.)

The 2017 June Art Exhibit will be taking entries in May; contact the art center to receive an entry form with complete rules. (Painting by Jeff Crabill, from the 2016 Annual June Art Exhibit.)

Call for Entries! For 61 years the Wassenberg Art Center has hosted the Annual June Art Exhibit and it is time to gather your work or get cracking on some new stuff! You may visit our website to download a prospectus and complete rules and information here: http://www.wassenbergartcenter.org/announcements/61st-annual-june-art-exhibit-call-for-entries, or give us a call at 419.238.6837 and we will mail you one. Email us at info@wassenbergartcenter.org to receive an electronic copy. Entries will be accepted Saturday & Sunday, May 19, 20, 21, 2017 from 1 – 5 p.m. Entry is open to all artists 18 and older. A non-refundable fee of $25 for Wassenberg Art Center members or $30 for non-members entitles the artist to submit up to three entries. $1,300 in total cash prizes will be awarded. This exhibit is provided by Van Wert Federal Savings Bank and Van Wert Manor. Free, public opening party June 10, 6–9 p.m.

We are expanding and updating our website with new features and it will be easier to use on today’s different devices! In addition we will have a special directory for Wassenberg Art Center artist members that feature a sample of their work, contact information and description. We will also have a directory for our Farm & Art Market a directory of local produce vendors! Stay tuned we are going live soon!

Art Classes:

Watercolor Techniques, an ongoing class, meetsTuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. The monthly fee is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Instructor: Pat Rayman. You will need to bring your own watercolor materials.

ArtNight: Every Thursday, 6–9 p.m. A studio night, free if you bring your own project, or pay a small fee to try our featured project. Enjoy the congenial atmosphere with other artists. A cash bar is available.

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

Help make Luminaries at this Thursday’s ArtNight at the Wassenberg Art Center to help light up the upcoming Town Creek Glow exhibit which will open July 8 during the annual Town Creek Live Festival. We will begin construction on luminary ducks for the Peony Parade soon as well. (Photo submitted.)

Help make Luminaries at this Thursday’s ArtNight at the Wassenberg Art Center to help light up the upcoming Town Creek Glow exhibit which will open July 8 during the annual Town Creek Live Festival. We will begin construction on luminary ducks for the Peony Parade soon as well. (Photo submitted.)

4/13: Glowing Luminary Workshop: In conjunction with Town Creek Live, plans for our interactive exhibit: Town Creek Glow is underway. Guests will be able to immerse themselves into a cool darkened gallery where the artwork glows! What makes this experience even more mystical/magical is if you help us make the luminaries and join in the exhibit! Don’t know how? Come to our workshop during ArtNight and we’ll get you started! $10 donation to offset costs includes your first house beverage. Additional cocktails available at regular WAC prices.

5/11: Watercolor fun: Pat Rayman, popular teacher and well-known artist, will guide you through the creation of your own original work of art to take home. $18 includes materials and your first glass of house wine or beer. Second glass available at the usual art center prices.

ArtReach (ages 7–11 and 12–15) OngoingEarly May is the last time to sign up for ArtReach as the program ends when Van Wert City Schools lets out. Our Tuesday afternoon ArtReach is currently full. We still have space available in our Thursday session. Parents can drop off their youngsters after school and pick them up at 5 p.m. Students receive a snack and then get down to creating! Instructed by Diane Bendele.  Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for regular price during the regular school year. Supplies are provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules. An online registration is also available on our website. Need-based scholarships are available. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

We will be conducting Summer Art Camps this summer. First session is scheduled Tuesday–Friday, June 20–30. Ages 6–11 attend from 10 a.m.–noon, instructor: Ashley Balyeat and ages 11–16 attend from 1–3 p.m. with instructor: Diane Bendele. The second camp will be conducted in August with more information on all camps coming soon!

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 and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.

 

 

POSTED: 04/12/17 at 2:04 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?