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Thursday, May. 28, 2015

 

What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 

By Hope Wallace

The One-eyed Show, a band from St. Marys, will perform behind the Wassenberg Art Center on July 11 in conjunction with the Art from the Fort and gourmet food truck event Eats on the Streets. (Photo submitted.)

The One-eyed Show, a band from St. Marys, will perform behind the Wassenberg Art Center on July 11 in conjunction with the Art from the Fort and gourmet food truck event Eats on the Streets. (Photo submitted.)

The entries are in; the drumroll begins. Jurors Andrew Herschberger of Bowling Green State University Art Department and Shanya McConnville, director of the Arts Council of Kettering, will soon begin the very difficult task of selecting works to be represent in the 59th Annual June Art Exhibit. The exhibit opens on June 13 at 6 p.m. with a free, public opening reception. The Dan Smyth Band of Fort Wayne will play, there will be hors d’oeurves and a cash bar will be available. The Dan Smyth band has a jazz background, which has jammed into something a bit less mellow. They often play Columbia Street West, Country Heritage Winery, the Botanical Gardens Roots concert series. Members are: Dan Smyth, Ed Renz, Casey Stasifer, and Colin Boyd. Big groove, funky funk, jazz-rock.

This week is the last week for ArtReach, our afterschool art program for youth. Do not despair young Picassos, our two Summer Art Camps are gearing up! Our first art camp is entitled Brownie in Motion. Huh? This super-unique camp will be held between June 17, 18, and 19 for ages 8 –15 and will feature not only a life size, but operational Brownie Camera. This camera, you can literally walk into was built by Stephen Takacs, a lecturer in Photography at Ohio State University and will be bringing his invention and life size model of one of the first point and shoot cameras, the Brownie. This fully functional camera obscura takes giant photos and you can actually stand up and walk around in it!  Youth from the Van Wert area can sign up to learn some of the basics of photography from the very ancestor of their phone camera,  using the brownie. Giant photos can be taken with the Brownie and it can also be used as a darkroom. Pinhole cameras and learning to photograph with just the sun will also be covered. You can read more about Stephen on this online article: http://www.lomography.com/magazine/278681-an-interview-with-photographer-stephen-takacs. Give us a call if you would like to reserve your child’s spot. Cost is $40 members and $45 non-members. Limited space!

Summer Camp II! Our second summer camp will be scheduled this year from July 21–23 for ages 6–15. We will be exploring perspective with chalk and photography, Native American art through by examining our Faces of Little Bighorn Collection and making artifacts. We’ll be making crazy illustrations by melting crayons and study children’s author and illustrator, Shel Silverstein. Ages 6-10 10–noon, ages 11–15 1–3 p.m. Sign up soon this goes fast! Costs are $30 for art center members, $35 regular.

Please sign up early for our summer camps they fill up very quickly! We don’t like to turn anyone away. Also, needs-based scholarships can be made available if a young person wishes to participate and there are financial boundaries. Please contact the director.

The Wassenberg Art Center has paired up with Main Street Van Wert and are planning a dual-bash extraordinaire which will take place on July 11! Not only will we feature works by neighbor artists from Fort Wayne, we’ll be shutting down Central Avenue and pretty much taking over the entire block! Art from the Fort, which begins at 2 p.m. will showcase work from five prominent Fort Wayne artists Gregg Coffey, Mindy Penneycoff, Terry Ratliff, Joel Fremion and Gary Travis.

Why stop there? Also on that day, beginning at 4 p.m. five gourmet food trucks based out of Fort Wayne, will be setting up shop on Central with tasty delights ranging from Mexican, brick oven pizza, Cajun and cool desserts…why stop there? Music inside and out by Dan Dickerson and the Harp Condition, Van Wert’s d.j. Real Human Robot and later on in the evening, The One-eyed Show from St. Marys! A beer/wine garden will be set up and enter the First Annual Duck Derby to win a chance at $1,000. Art activities for young and young at heart and we’ll have various kinds of performers on every corner. Eats on the Streets & Art from the Fort, experienced new forms of food, fun and art. Open to the public and zero entry fee.

We are adding a drawing class on June 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 10 a.m. – noon. Instructor: Pat Rayman. The class will learn how to improve drawing skills and learn new techniques using a variety of materials. Materials required: drawing pad or paper, drawing pencils, kneaded eraser, colored pencils, ink pen and oil pastels (provided if required).

Our ongoing watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings from at 10 a.m.–noon and the instructor is Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

For more information on exhibits or to sign 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: 05/28/15 at 1:08 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace 

Call for entries! Call for entries for our 59th Annual June Art Exhibit has gone our and we want your art! Art check-in days are scheduled for May 23 and 24 from 1–5 p.m. We encourage all regional and national artists both amateur and professional to enter the exhibit and competition. The exhibit itself opens on June 13 at 6 p.m. with an opening free, public opening reception. The Dan Smyth Band of Fort Wayne will play and a cash bar will be available. This band has a jazz background, which has jammed into something a bit less mellow. They often play Columbia Street West, Country Heritage Winery, the Botanical Gardens Roots concert series. Members are: Dan Smyth, Ed Renz, Casey Stasifer, and Colin Boyd. Big groove, funky funk, jazz-rock.

Austin Anderson, Facility & Grounds Attendant, and Gallery/Event Coordinator Kendra Bilimek have recently joined the Wassenberg Art Center as its newest employees. Both began their new roles this month. (Photo submitted.)

Austin Anderson, Facility & Grounds Attendant, and Gallery/Event Coordinator Kendra Bilimek have recently joined the Wassenberg Art Center as its newest employees. Both began their new roles this month. (Photo submitted.)

We wish to welcome Kendra Bilimek and Austin Anderson, both of Van Wert, as our newest, part-time employees! Kendra will fill the role of Gallery Coordinator and will be responsible for managing private rentals and assist with art center receptions and events. Kendra has a degree in Accounting and Finance from Ashland College and has worked as a facility manager at their campus recreation center. Austin attended Indiana Purdue of Fort Wayne and is currently employed by National Door and Trim. Austin are already immersed in projects and have added yet another level of positive energy and growth to the Wassenberg Art Center. Stop in and say hi!

Summer Camp II! Our regular summer camp will be scheduled this year from July 21–23 for ages 6–15. We will be exploring perspective, Native American art through using Faces of Little Bighorn Collection, melting crayons and studies into children’s author and illustrator, Shel Silverstein. Ages 6-10 are10 a.m–noon, ages 11-15 are 1-3 p.m. Sign up soon this goes fast! Costs are $30 for art center members, $35 regular.

A digital photograph from the Brownie In Motion project by Columbus, Ohio based photographer Stephen Takacs. (Photo submitted.)

A digital photograph from the Brownie In Motion project by Columbus, Ohio based photographer Stephen Takacs. (Photo submitted.)

The super-unique Brownie-in-Motion summer camp will be held between June 17, 18, and 19 for ages 8-15 and will feature  a huge operational Brownie Camera. This camera, which you can literally walk into, was built by Stephen Takacs of Columbus. Stephen is a professional photographer and lecturer from Ohio State University and will be exploring the ancestor of today’s point and shoot and smart-phone cameras with the young people in the Van Wert area. The campers will make pinhole cameras and learn about camera obscura among other things. Students will even get to use the giant Brownie, which makes…giant photos! You can read more about Stephan on this online article: http://www.lomography.com/magazine/278681-an-interview-with-photographer-stephen-takacs. Give us a call if you would like to reserve your child’s spot. Cost is $40 members and $45 non-members. Limited space!

Please sign up early for our summer camps they fill up very quickly! We don’t like to turn anyone away. Also, needs-based scholarships can be made available if a young person wishes to participate and there are financial boundaries. Please contact the director.

We have something new in store for everyone on July 11! This mystery event will coincide with our exhibit, Art from the Fort, which will begin at 2 p.m. and maybe, just maybe play on into the night! The exhibit features five prominent artists Gregg Coffey, Mindy Penneycoff, Terry Ratliff, Joel Fremion and Gary Travis from our neighbor city Fort Wayne. Vroom Vroom.

A new drawing class will be added beginning on June 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 10 a.m. – noon. Instructor: Pat Rayman. The class will learn how to improve drawing skills and learn new techniques using a variety of materials. Materials required: drawing pad or paper, drawing pencils, kneaded eraser, colored pencils, ink pen and oil pastels (provided if required).

Our ongoing watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings from at 10 a.m.–noon and the instructor is Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

For more information on exhibits or to sign 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: 05/20/15 at 1:16 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

 By Hope Wallace

Larry Wendel stands behind the 14-foot, modular boardroom table he and his wife Gloria had specially crafted for the Wassenberg Art Center. The table was made by Dave Salway, Rockford. (Photo submitted.)

Larry Wendel stands behind the 14-foot, modular boardroom table he and his wife Gloria had specially crafted for the Wassenberg Art Center. The table was made by Dave Salway, Rockford. (Photo submitted.)

This is one big table. Our 15 dedicated board members will now fit comfortably around a new 14 foot boardroom table for our monthly meetings instead of cobbling together card tables or locating folding tables around the center. We want to warmly thank Larry Wendel and his wife Gloria for donating this beautiful and unusual table to the art center. They have both been instrumental in the re-creation of the art center and we are grateful for their generosity and insight! The table, hand-crafted by master carpenter, Dave Salway of Rockford, is unusual for a boardroom table, in that it is modular. It is designed in four parts, which fit together to form up to ten different combinations. It is constructed out of solid oak and moves easily on glides. Keeping the table use flexible helps us utilize the space in different ways.

We also wish to thank the Niswonger Foundation and scholars for their visit, tour and lunch on Monday. It’s always great to share how quickly the arts can revitalize an area. The Niswonger foundation also provided a donation to the Art Center in support of our programing. Thank you.

Call for entries! Call for entries for our 59th Annual June Art Exhibit has gone our and we want your art! Art check-in days are scheduled for May 23 and 24 from 1–5 p.m. We encourage all regional and national artists both amateur and professional to enter the exhibit and competition. The exhibit itself opens on June 13 at 6 p.m. with a free, public opening reception. The Dan Smyth Band of Fort Wayne will play and a cash bar will be available. This band has a jazz background, which has jammed into something a bit less mellow. They often play Columbia Street West, Country Heritage Winery, the Botanical Gardens Roots concert series. Members are: Dan Smyth, Ed Renz, Casey Stasifer, and Colin Boyd. Big groove, funky funk.

A working, life-size brownie camera will be one of the stars at this years Summer Art Camp at the Wassenberg Art Center. The camera was designed by Stephen Tackis, a lecturer at Ohio State University. (Photo submitted.)

A working, life-size brownie camera will be one of the stars at this years Summer Art Camp at the Wassenberg Art Center. The camera was designed by Stephen Tackis, a lecturer at Ohio State University. (Photo submitted.)

What? Brownie in Motion? Camp? We will explain! This unique summer camp will be held between June 17, 18, and 19 for ages 8 –15 and will feature not only a life size, but operational Brownie Camera. The camera that you can literally walk into was built by Stephen Takacs of Columbus. Stephen is a professional photographer and lecturer from Ohio State University and will be exploring the ancestor of today’s point and shoot and smart-phone cameras with the young people in the Van Wert area. The campers will make pinhole cameras and learn about camera obscura among other things. Students will even get to use the giant Brownie, which makes…giant photos! You can read more about Stephan on this online article: http://www.lomography.com/magazine/278681-an-interview-with-photographer-stephen-takacs. Give us a call if you would like to reserve your child’s spot. Cost is $40 member price and $45 non-member price. Limited space!

Our exhibit, Art from the Fort which will open on July 11, which features five prominent artists Gregg Coffey, Mindy Penneycoff, Terry Ratliff, Joel Fremion and Gary Travis from our neighbor city Fort Wayne just got a bit more celebratory. We will announce what’s coming in the next few days. Quack. Roar.

A new drawing class will be added on June 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 10 a.m.-noon. Instructor: Pat Rayman. The class will learn how to improve drawing skills and learn new techniques using a variety of materials. Materials required: drawing pad or paper, drawing pencils, kneaded eraser, colored pencils, ink pen and oil pastels (provided if required).

Our ongoing watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings from at 10 a.m.–noon and the instructor is 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.

We have an acrylic painting class with Pat Rayman scheduled for May 15, 22 and 29 from 10 a.m. until noon. The class will learn composition and color value to create light and shadow effects, night scenes building texture and more. Materials required are basic acrylic paints in assorted colors, brushes, palette for color mixing (we use foam plates), canvas boards, panels or watercolor paper.

For more information on exhibits or to sign 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: 05/13/15 at 1:43 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Wassenberg Art Center ArtReach students presented a puppet show in which they created all the puppets and sets. ArtReach teacher Diane Bendele of Delphos directed the production. (Photo submitted.)

Wassenberg Art Center ArtReach students presented a puppet show in which they created all the puppets and sets. ArtReach teacher Diane Bendele of Delphos directed the production. (Photo submitted.)

By Hope Wallace

The Wassenberg High School Invitational opened this Sunday with an opening reception. Juror Brandon Knott of Bryan High School served as juror and selected cash awards for both two-dimensional and sculptural works. First place winners received $125, second place $100 and third place $75.  First place in 2-D went to Trey Miller from Delphos Jefferson High School with his piece entitled The Cost of Fame. Second place was awarded to Natasha Light of Van Wert and third place went to Emily Klir of Fort Jennings for her linoleum block print, Dreamy Piano. Three dimensional first place went to Turner Bransteter of Parkway High School for his ceramic sculpture Old Man Me, Second place to Lauren Schmid of Crestview for Geometric Plates and third place was awarded to Jade Moles of Parkway High School for Sea Pots and Sea Cups.

 Winning artwork from the Wassenberg 2015 High School Invitational. (Photo submitted.)


Winning artwork from the Wassenberg 2015 High School Invitational. (Photo submitted.)

Honorable mentions were given to: Baylee Neate: Washed Away (owl), Delphos Jefferson High School, Paige Hamrick: Jane, Parkway High School, Kylie Jettinghoff: Dragon, Fort Jennings High School, Nick Jellison: Hector, Just Hanging, Crestview High School. Live music was provided by Braden Thatcher, Skyler Whitaker and Taite McKinney during the event and a free chili-dog bar kept everyone fed. Our ArtReach students also presented their puppet show, Frederick, by Leo Lionni to a large crowd. Stop by and check out the highly energized work of these young people. It will be on-view until May 15.

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for Thursday, May 7 from 6:30–9 p.m. The warmer weather is a great excuse to come on out and paint with us. Soon we might be able to go outside! The session includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over)

Our ongoing watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings from at 10 a.m.–noon and the instructor is 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.

We still have some openings for the Pottery Class with Brandon Knott which runs on Wednesday nights from 6 – 8 p.m. There is still time to catch up. This will be another 8-week long course ending on June 10. New techniques are going to be explored. Materials are included.

We are announcing another acrylic painting class with Pat Rayman scheduled for May 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 10 a.m. until noon. The class will learn composition and color value to create light and shadow effects, night scenes building texture and more. Materials required are basic acrylic paints in assorted colors, brushes, palette for color mixing (we use foam plates), canvas boards, panels or watercolor paper.

We are already preparing for the Annual June Art Exhibit. Art check-in days are scheduled for May 23 and 24from 1–5 p.m. A call-for-entries form will be going out and available on our website soon. We encourage all regional artists both amateur and professional to enter. Show us what you’ve got.

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

 

POSTED: 04/29/15 at 12:56 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Babies Everywhere! We wish to congratulate our Office Manager Matt Temple and his wife Erica on the birth of their daughter, Autumn Elaine, who was born over the weekend. Both mom and daughter are doing fine and plan to be home Tuesday.

A 1928 A.B. Chase baby grand piano was donated to the Wassenberg Art Center from Joseph and Annette Atkins of Vandalia and arrived on April 21. Pictured from left to right, Seth Baker, Joseph and Anette Atkins. (Photo submitted.)

A 1928 A.B. Chase baby grand piano was donated to the Wassenberg Art Center from Joseph and Annette Atkins of Vandalia and arrived on April 21. Pictured from left to right, Seth Baker, Joseph and Anette Atkins. (Photo submitted.)

Our other baby is the arrival of a stunning, 1928 A.B. Chase baby grand piano, which moved here today from Vandalia. The piano was donated by Joseph and Annette Atkins who wanted their piano to find a good home in a not-for-profit organization and chose the Wassenberg Art Center over several applicants. Seth Baker, an accomplished pianist, facilitated the transition, inspection and proper transport and was able to take the piano keys for a brief test run this morning. We are very grateful and humbled by the generosity of the Atkins and will treasure this quality instrument for years to come. The piano is required to rest for a few weeks after being transported; it will then be tuned and ready to make more music!

This Sunday, April 26, our High School Invitational will begin with a free, public opening reception from 1–5 p.m. Awards will be presented in both 2-D and 3-D and we will feature live music performed by students during the event. A free hot dog bar will be available to stave off the munchies and our own ArtReach students will present a puppet show at 4 p.m. of the children’s classic, Frederick, by Leo Leonni. (Frederick is a mouse whose skills don’t necessarily fall in-line with typical mouse skills, however he brings to his mouse family a meaningful gift). This exhibit will be on-view until May 15.

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for Thursday, May 7 from 6:30–9 p.m. The warmer weather is a great excuse to come on out and paint with us. Soon we might be able to go outside! The session includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over)

Our ongoing watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings from at 10 a.m.–noon and the instructor is 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.

Pottery Class with Brandon Knott begins tonight at 6 p.m. Sign up now! This class fills quickly and for good reason! This will be another 8-week long course ending on June 10. New techniques are going to be explored and as the weather warms we’ll take to the outdoors and dig holes for raku! Materials are included.

We are announcing another acrylic painting class with Pat Rayman scheduled for May 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 10 a.m. until noon. The class will learn composition and color value to create light and shadow effects, night scenes building texture and more. Materials required are basic acrylic paints in assorted colors, brushes, palette for color mixing (we use foam plates), canvas boards, panels or watercolor paper.

We are already preparing for the Annual June Art Exhibit. Art check-in days are scheduled for May 23 and 24 from 1-5 p.m. A call-for-entries form will be going out and available on our website soon. We encourage all regional artists both amateur and professional to enter. Show us what you’ve got.

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

POSTED: 04/22/15 at 1:19 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

View of a downtown street in Paducah, Kentucky. Vacant nooks and crannies were filled with plantings and outdoor seating areas were plentiful to provide many places to linger. An advantage of small communities; access to music, art, food, unique shopping and theater were all within walking distance. (Photo submitted.)

View of a downtown street in Paducah, Kentucky. Vacant nooks and crannies were filled with plantings and outdoor seating areas were plentiful to provide many places to linger. An advantage of small communities; access to music, art, food, unique shopping and theater were all within walking distance. (Photo submitted.)

This weekend we saw the results, firsthand of yet another example of how a community truly comes together to make things happen. Paducah Kentucky, located in southwest Kentucky on the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers suffered much the same economic fate as many small communities. A district called Lowertown was dilapidated, riddled with crime. Vacant properties predominated and suffered the subsequent plummeting real estate values. In 2000, community leaders and groups such as the local Main Street Association, CVB, city government, Chamber of Commerce, financial institutions and economic development worked together, and with their combined brain power decided to take action. The result was getting artists involved in property renovation in an artist relocation project, which in turn, facilitated one of the most successful urban renewal efforts of its size in the country. What was once an area most persons would not even go is now a vibrant neighborhood with happenings and things to do on almost every corner. Friday night we saw people strolling down the quiet streets on their way to a venue, dinner or simply to enjoy the spring weather. Saturday evening was bustling with larger numbers. There were bands here, d.j’s and bands there, an art opening at the centrally located art center and a play in the adjacent theatre. A newly opened brewery located in an old bus station a few blocks away was receiving some great reviews by the folks we met. We listened to and met the members of Gideon’s Rifle and Clusterpluck, toe-tappin’ funk bluegrass bands who would be happy to visit us in Van Wert in the future. Restaurants offered unique menus and upper stories in downtown buildings were filled with apartments or bed & breakfasts. Yes, there was an empty storefront or two. Construction was evident here and there and a few for rent signs were hanging in windows. No place is perfect, there is always turnover and we have all weathered a tremendous financial storm. How we ride those waves, stay afloat, and thrive is up to us.

Rehearsals for the puppet show, Frederick by Leo Lionni, performed by our ArtReach program and directed by instructor Diane Bendele are underway at the Wassenberg Art Center. Flowers created by the students are part of the program. Pictured in the background, our new drapes, generously provided in part by Taylor Auto Sales. (Photo submitted.)

Rehearsals for the puppet show, Frederick by Leo Lionni, performed by our ArtReach program and directed by instructor Diane Bendele are underway at the Wassenberg Art Center. Flowers created by the students are part of the program. Pictured in the background, our new drapes, generously provided in part by Taylor Auto Sales. (Photo submitted.)

We have grown, again! We are happy to announce we have hired two part-time persons to assist us with our events and our still-new facility. The positions of Facility & Grounds Attendant and Gallery Coordinator have been filled and we look forward to introducing you to our newest employees very soon!

Our Annual High School Invitational will open on April 26 with an opening reception from 1- 5 p.m. and be on view through May 15. We continue to brainstorm new creative outlets to our area with our exhibits, classes and events. Our ArtReach classes are preparing for their puppet-type production of the children’s classic, Frederick. (Frederick is a mouse whose skills don’t necessarily fall in-line with typical mouse skills, however he brings to his mouse family a meaningful gift). In addition to live music, and a hot-dog bar, the puppet show, Frederick by Leo Leonni will premier that day.

Come to our next Vine & Palette on Thursday, May 7 from 6:30–9 p.m. The warmer weather is a great excuse to come on out and paint with us. Soon we might be able to go outside! The session includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over)

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

Sign up soon! This class fills quickly and for good reason! Pottery with Brandon Knott will start up on April 22 at 6 p.m. This will be another 8-week long course ending on June 10. New techniques are going to be explored and as the weather warms we’ll take to the outdoors and dig holes for raku!

We have already been preparing for the Annual June Art Exhibit. Music has been selected (announcing soon) and art check-in days are scheduled for May 23 and 24 from 1–5 p.m. A call-for-entries form will be going out and available on our website soon. We encourage all regional artists both amateur and professional to enter. We love to see what you’ve got.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 04/15/15 at 1:57 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Rich Davis of John Rager Home Improvement drills through the tough ceramic blocks to install the hardware which hold floor-length drapes at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Rich Davis of John Rager Home Improvement drills through the tough ceramic blocks to install the hardware which hold floor-length drapes at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

This place is bustling! Curtains which were donated in part by Gary Taylor of Taylor Auto Sales are being installed this week. The curtains were made by Penny Wiseman of Wiseman Interiors and are being installed by our old renovation friends, John Rager Home Improvement. The curtains are navy blue and will be hung in the tall windows in the gallery so we can darken the room for presentations. They will also help the space appear more finished and soften some of those industrial edges.

Giggling kids are arriving for ArtReach class, and a young couple are here finalizing their wedding reception plans. All the while we are preparing for this evening’s Vine & Palette. A baby grand piano donated by a family out of Dayton will be arriving soon to accent the stage and provide quality instruments for visiting musicians to enjoy. It’s beginning to look and feel as though we’ve lived here for a spell.

Our Annual High School Invitational will open on April 26 with an opening reception from 1- 5 p.m. and be on view through May 15. We continue to brainstorm new creative outlets to our area with our exhibits, classes and events. Our ArtReach classes are preparing for their puppet-type production of the children’s classic, Frederick. (Frederick is a mouse whose skills don’t necessarily fall in-line with typical mouse skills, however he brings to his mouse family a meaningful gift). In addition to live music, and a hot-dog bar, the puppet show, Frederick by Leo Leonni will premier that day.

Come to our next Vine & Palette on Thursday, May 7 from 6:30–9 p.m. The warmer weather is a great excuse to come on out and paint with us. Soon we might be able to go outside! The session includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over)

Our ongoing watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. The instructor is Pat Rayman. The monthly fee is $35 for members and $40 for non-members.  You may join the class at any time.

Sign up soon! This class fills quickly and for good reason! Pottery with Brandon Knott will start up on April 22 at 6 p.m. This will be another 8-week long course ending on June 10. New techniques are going to be explored and as the weather warms we’ll take to the outdoors and dig holes for raku!

For more information on exhibits or to sign 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: 04/08/15 at 1:16 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace 

Detail of a sculpture that will be installed on the Wassenberg Art Center property during the final landscaping this spring. (Photo submitted.)

Detail of a sculpture that will be installed on the Wassenberg Art Center property during the final landscaping this spring. (Photo submitted.)

Those first warm days of spring are intoxicating. I want to play outside all day long, everyone is restless for the warm sun on skin feeling. This also brings the anticipation of our landscape work beginning soon! The oasis of the Wassenberg is about to expand to our out-of-doors very soon, and an oasis it will be. Green grass, grouped plantings, a fishpond, meandering paths and many trees will create a mini-central park in downtown Van Wert. Seth Baker, Van Wert County Foundation Secretary who is also a landscape designer, further designed the grounds. A sculpture, reflecting our agricultural roots will be installed on the southwest corner of the building as our second of many sculptures that will grace the property eventually. This sculpture, which utilizes found steel objects, was created by Richard Morgan of Wauseon and stands almost eight feet high.

We at the Wassenberg Art Center challenge you to continue to grow creative place making in Van Wert. Is it our sole responsibility? Not on your life. However, we are happy to lead the charge. Creating in Van Wert and looking at old spaces with fresh eyes and ideas is crucial to the survival of a place that is engaging to live in. Take a chance, be daring. If Detroit after losing half of its inhabitants and still faced with acres of abandoned buildings can begin the rebuild, so can a community of 10,000 persons.

Our Annual High School Invitational will open on April 26 with an opening reception from 1- 5 p.m. and be on view through May 15. We continue to brainstorm new creative outlets to our area with our exhibits, classes and events. Our ArtReach classes are preparing for their puppet-type production of the children’s classic, Frederick. (Frederick is a mouse whose skills don’t necessarily fall in-line with typical mouse skills, however he brings to his mouse family a meaningful gift). In addition to live music, and a hot-dog bar, the play will premier during our High School Invitational exhibit opening, Sunday April.

 

Come to our next Vine & Palette on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:30–9 p.m. Welcome in spring with friends, wine and a fresh swath of color! The class is filling up so give us a call. The session includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over)

Our ongoing adult watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. and the instructor is Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Sign up soon! This class fills quickly and for good reason! Pottery with Brandon Knott will start on April 22 at 6 p.m. This will be another 8-week long course ending on June 10. New techniques are going to be explored and as the weather warms we’ll take to the outdoors and dig holes for raku!

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

POSTED: 04/01/15 at 12:41 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

A revitalized building in downtown Toledo which is overseen by the Live, Work, Create Toledo artist group. (Photo submitted.)

A revitalized building in downtown Toledo which is overseen by the Live, Work, Create Toledo artist group. (Photo submitted.)

One only has to type the words arts and economy in a search engine to find lead after lead of how the arts continue to do their part in maintaining and increasing economic impact in their respective communities. Live, Work, Create located in Toledo is one such example. Working under the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, the group has created an Art Zone which contains over 60 live/work studios in a downtown neighborhood and are not only revitalizing that area they are providing financial stability for many artists through the program. Established in 2007, this program attracted more than $50,000 in city support, tax credits and professional development opportunities as well as $122,000 in federal funding spearheaded by congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. The initiative also fosters collaboration between municipal government, real estate developers, businesses, restaurants, pubs, homeowners, and arts communities as a whole.

Our Annual High School Invitational will open on April 26 with an opening reception from 1- 5 p.m. and be on view through May 15. We continue to brainstorm new creative outlets to our area with our exhibits, classes and events. Our ArtReach classes are preparing for their puppet-type production of the children’s classic, Frederick. (Frederick is a mouse whose skills don’t necessarily fall in-line with typical mouse skills. However, he brings to his mouse family a meaningful gift). In addition to live music, and a hot dog bar, the play will premier during our High School Invitational exhibit opening, Sunday April.

Come to our next Vine & Palette on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:30–9 p.m. Welcome in spring with friends, wine and a fresh swath of color! The session includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over).

Our ongoing watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. and the instructor is 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.

Pottery projects from the Wassenberg Art Center pottery class waiting to be fired. (Photo submitted.)

Pottery projects from the Wassenberg Art Center pottery class waiting to be fired. (Photo submitted.)

Return of the clay! Pottery with Brandon Knott will resume on April 22 at 6 p.m. This will be another 8-week long course ending on New techniques are going to be explored and as the weather warms we’ll take to the outdoors!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 03/25/15 at 1:00 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

 “The Renaissance City” may be more true now than ever before in Detroit, Michigan after the devastating decline the city has endured over the past years.  (Photo submitted.)

“The Renaissance City” may be more true now than ever before in Detroit, Michigan after the devastating decline the city has endured over the past years. (Photo submitted.)

Um…Detroit is huge; statement of the obvious…obviously.

I have been watching Detroit; wincing, as it languished and fell. I watched open-mouthed where priceless masterpieces housed in the Detroit Institute of the Arts were considered as a possible revenue source to offset the deficit. Such a proposed sale would be considerably hefty and yet make only a nail-drop ting in that bucket. I’m still watching. Now spots of green are beginning to emerge on that fire-blackened ground. Time-worn and dedicated Detroit citizens, and Nuevo adventurers, are fighting back. They are fighting in an urban frontier to revive the city, which was once reliant on the auto industry. Detroit is becoming a Maker hotspot. Upcoming artists with limited resources can buy space, cheap; sometimes $500 cheap. The city lost half its residents and those who remain are tough, creative and resourceful. Those who migrate in bring renewed ideas, energy and additional inspiration.

Detroit resilient residents are beginning to emerge. Neighborhoods are beginning to clear away, plant and clean up vacant spaces.   (Photo submitted.)

Detroit resilient residents are beginning to emerge. Neighborhoods are beginning to clear away, plant and clean up vacant spaces. (Photo submitted.)

Art, is not a stranger to Detroit and is arriving like pioneer wagons. Galapagos Art Space, which has been a 20-year veteran in Brooklyn, New York, has pulled up stakes and is relocating…yep to Detroit. Galapagos bought 9 buildings totaling 600,000 square-feet and plans to build a 10,000 square-foot lake. The price was comparable to the price of a small apartment in New York City. The Greening of Detroit is a grass roots group that plans and implements community gardens, beautification projects and will replace green space with torn down areas within the city. Creative, start-up businesses have also begun the pilgrimage. This list goes on and on and then I think about our community and how space-wise we are fortunate in that we only occupy a small space. The reintroduction of vibrancy is much less daunting.

The Wassenberg Art Center continues to strive to bring creative outlets to our area with our exhibits, classes and events. Our ArtReach classes have started in earnest preparing for their puppet-type production of the children’s classic, Frederick. (Frederick is a mouse whose skills don’t necessarily fall in-line with typical mouse skills, however he brings to his mouse family a meaningful gift). The play will premier during our High School Invitational exhibit opening, Sunday April 26 at 3 p.m.

The Annual High School Invitational will open on April 26 with an opening reception from 1- 5 p.m. and be on view through May 15. Calls of entry are in the hands of students’ art teachers and we can’t wait to see the new round of fresh ideas.

Don’t forget! The next Vine & Palette date is coming up quickly and will be held on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:30–9 p.m. The session includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We even provide aprons, because we like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over)

Our ongoing watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. and the instructor is 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.

Pottery classes will resume after a 2-week break after this session and will return the end of April or early May. Exact dates will be posted next week. New techniques are going to be explored and as the weather warms we’ll take to the outdoors! Summer art camp plans are being finalized and will also be announced soon.

For more information on exhibits or to sign 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: 03/18/15 at 1:45 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?