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Friday, Apr. 25, 2014

 

What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 

By Hope Wallace

Our new space continues to amaze me. Recently it hosted 112 people for the Van Wert Main Street Annual Dinner where we were honored by receiving the Main Street Best Rehabilitation Award. O

A cart full of birdhouses will provide area artists an object to paint or decorate for the annual Wassenberg fundraising project. Finished birdhouses will be available at silent auction on June 7. (Photo submitted.)

A cart full of birdhouses will provide area artists an object to paint or decorate for the annual Wassenberg fundraising project. Finished birdhouses will be available at silent auction on June 7. (Photo submitted.)

n Tuesday the Wendel Gallery was completely transformed into a carnival of color for a Quarter Auction benefit.

One of the persons responsible for getting the armory built in the first place stated that the armory would serve the needs of the community for years to come. They were absolutely correct. The building is filled with voices and laughter and the hubbub of activity.

Our current exhibit, “Artism,” will be on view until May 4. This work by regionally located artists from Fort Wayne, Toledo and Columbus offers an insightful view into the world of individuals diagnosed with autism. Most items are also for sale and help support these artists whose challenges can become at times, consuming.

The birdhouses are here! Our fundraiser this year, which takes place during the Peony Festival, is hand-painted birdhouses (and a feeder or two). Artists will paint an unfinished birdhouse or feeder and return them to us by June 1. The painted birdhouses will be auctioned off by silent auction at the art center on June 7 during the Annual Van Wert Flower show. If you are interested in participating let us know.

Most persons on our mailing list should have received our 58th Annual June Art Exhibit call for entries. If you are an artist or simply dabble and would like to enter this, our largest exhibit, please give us a call or check out our website to obtain a copy of the prospectus. This will be the first year we will be hosting this prestigious exhibit in our newly renovated 6000 square-foot gallery. Entries will be accepted Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18, 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. The exhibit runs from June 14-July 6.

Want to get in a little ArtReach for your youngster before the end of the school year? We have a few spaces left on our Monday class schedule beginning in May so give us a call. Class sessions are one-month long and renewable throughout the school year and payable monthly. Van Wert Elementary School will provide transportation to the Goedde Building where our instructor will be on hand to bring students to the art center. All area students are welcome.

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

Our next Vine & Palette scheduled for May is full. However we can put you on a waiting list in case of a cancellation or simply schedule you for June 10. We have also scheduled future Vine & Palettes for July 8, and August 7. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend and a bottle of wine to share, any snacks you may like and we’ll take care of the rest. Class time runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. We provide paints, canvas, brushes your first glass of wine and senses of humor! Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes.

Spots are available for Animé/Manga (ages 8-130) class taught by instructor Matthew Temple and offered on Thursday evenings, May 8, 15, 22, 29 from 6–8 p.m. A list of inexpensive materials will be available upon registration. Cost for this class is $35 for art center members and $40 for non-members.

Want to watch the ponies run? Want to watch it with us? Derby Jam will get out of the starting gates open at 4:30 p.m. on May 3. We will be live-streaming the 140th Running of the Kentucky Derby, serving derby inspired beverages barbeque pork, southern style coleslaw, and other yummies will be served. After the race Reese Dailey is coming back to the Wass to play on our new stage. Reese Dailey Band is very popular in the Put-in-Bay area, throughout Ohio and our region. Horse-themed art will be on display.

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). For information, call 419.238.6837, e-mail info@wassenbergartcenter.org, or visit the website at wassenbergartcenter.org.  Hours during exhibits are Tuesday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

POSTED: 04/23/14 at 12:48 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

On April 8 we had our third Vine and Palette painting session and as usual it was a great time. Inspired by artist Georgia O’Keefe and severe cases of spring fever, we painted a large flower. What was even better is some of the participants felt comfortable exploring on their own with color and technique.  (Photo submitted.)

On April 8 we had our third Vine and Palette painting session and as usual it was a great time. Inspired by artist Georgia O’Keefe and severe cases of spring fever, we painted a large flower. What was even better is some of the participants felt comfortable exploring on their own with color and technique. (Photo submitted.)

By Hope Wallace

Our Artism Exhibit opened on Sunday with many of the artists in attendance. Approximately 60 pieces are now on display from 10 artists diagnosed with some form of autism. Autism is considered a spectrum disorder which means exactly how it sounds. While some similar characteristics can be evident no two cases are alike. The artwork on our walls reflects that very fact. Many of the works are for sale and the proceeds support artists who may have limited if any job options. I have already purchased a beautiful sunflower painted by Patra Smilo also of Bittersweet. Patra used to work with me in the art studio there during my job prior to coming to the Wassenberg.

In addition, we are looping a film created by filmmaker, Richard Walsh of Cleveland. This film explains and illustrates how art can help improve, communication, expression and over way of life for person suffering from this neurodevelopmental disorder. It is poignant and very well done. Through this film come and meet some of the artists who have overcome great odds and challenges and are productive and imaginative artists.

Our Artism Exhibit opened on Sunday with many of the artists in attendance. Approximately 60 pieces are now on display from 10 artists diagnosed with some form of autism.  (Photo submitted.)

Our Artism Exhibit opened on Sunday with many of the artists in attendance. Approximately 60 pieces are now on display from 10 artists diagnosed with some form of autism. (Photo submitted.)

Call for entries! Call for entries! The 58th Annual June Art Exhibit is just around the corner. For 58 years the Wassenberg Art Center has hosted its Annual June Art Exhibit. This will be the first year we will be hosting this prestigious exhibit in our newly renovated 6000 square-foot gallery. Once an armory facilitating war and destruction, it now serves creativity and beauty. We encourage artists both professional and amatuer to submit your work for this competitive tradition. Entries will be accepted Saturday and Sunday, May 17 – 18, 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.

Want to get in a little ArtReach for your youngster before the end of the school year? We have a few spaces left on our Monday class schedule so give us a call. ArtReach2 classes occur on Mondays and began on April 7 but a new project will be started each week. Class sessions are one-month long and renewable throughout the school year and payable monthly. Van Wert Elementary School will provide transportation to the Goedde Building where our instructor will be on hand to bring students to the art center. However all area students are welcome.

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

On April 8 we had our third Vine and Palette painting session and as usual it was a great time. Inspired by artist Georgia O’Keefe and severe cases of spring fever, we painted a large flower. What was even better is some of the participants felt comfortable exploring on their own with color and technique. Something we encourage at the Wassenberg Art Center. Like the individual behind the brush each painting is beautifully different.  Our next session is happening on May 1 with only one or two spaces available. We have scheduled future Vine & Palettes for June 10, July 8, and August 7. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend and a bottle of wine to share, any snacks you may like and we’ll take care of the rest. Class time runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. We provide paints, canvas, brushes, your first glass of wine, and senses of humor! Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes.

Spots are available for Animaé/Manga (ages 8-130) class taught by instructor, Matthew Temple and is being offered on Thursday evenings, May 8, 15, 22, 29 from 6–8 p.m. A list of inexpensive materials will be available upon registration. Cost for this class is $35 for art center members and $40 for non-members.

Getting ready for thundering hooves on May 3 …Derby Jam is drawing closer and the gates open at 4:30 p.m. We will be live-streaming the 140th Running of the Kentucky Derby, serving derby inspired beverages and food. Barbeque pork, southern style coleslaw, and other awesome homemade treats will be served and following the race we will have one of our favorite bands, Reese Dailey back to play in our new space. Reese Dailey Band is very popular in the Put-in-Bay area and throughout Ohio and our region.

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). For information, call 419.238.6837, e-mail info@wassenbergartcenter.org, or visit the website at wassenbergartcenter.org.  Hours during exhibits are Tuesday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

POSTED: 04/16/14 at 1:36 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace 

Detail of a self-portrait by Charles Poe of Columbus.  This artwork is included in the upcoming exhibit  "Artism - See the Silence." (Photo submitted.)

Detail of a self-portrait by Charles Poe of Columbus. This artwork is included in the upcoming exhibit “Artism – See the Silence.” (Photo submitted.)

Imagine yourself not being able to get your message across. Imagine being in a country where no one understands your language and neither do you understand theirs. – Jan Cline, speech therapist, Bittersweet, Inc.

April is Autism Awareness Month, and we’re excited about our upcoming exhibit, “Artism,” featuring work by artists who are dealing with the neurodevelopmental disorder known as autism.  Office Manager Matt Temple recently went to Columbus to pick up additional work for the show, this time from the Open Door Art Studio, which serves artists with learning differences.

“Artism” opens on Sunday, April 13, with a reception from 1-5 p.m.  We’ll be showing a documentary by filmmaker Richard Walsh of Cleveland which explains how art can help improve communication, expression, and life experiences for people suffering from autism.

Spaces are available for “ArtReach2”, our after-school art program; the next session begins April 7.  ArtReach 2 classes are on Mondays, are one month long, and can be renewed throughout the school year with a monthly fee.  Van Wert Elementary School will provide transportation to the Goedde Building, where our instructor will be on hand to bring students to the art center. Children learn about artists and art history, and do exciting projects.

Spaces are always available for the ongoing Classic Watercolor Class taught by Pat Rayman on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon.  The class is renewable each month at a fee of $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

On this past Tuesday evening a large group enjoyed participating in “Vine & Palette,” where we sip wine and paint.  Tuesday’s subject was a close-up of a flower, and the gallery looked like a blooming flower garden!  This is a good introduction to handling paint; all materials are provided and you need only bring yourself.  The next Vine & Palette event will take place on May 1.  These fun events are scheduled through the next few months.  Participants are encouraged to bring a friend and a bottle of wine to share.  You may also bring snacks for the snack table.  We’ll take care of the rest. Class time runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. We provide paints, canvas, brushes, your first glass of wine and a lot of fun. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes.

Detail of “Ol' Skull” by artist Ceith Purifoy of Open Door Art Studio in Columbus. (Photo submitted.)

Detail of “Ol’ Skull” by artist Ceith Purifoy of Open Door Art Studio in Columbus. (Photo submitted.)

Spots are available for Animaé/Manga (ages 8-adult) class taught by instructor, Matthew Temple and is being offered on Thursday evenings, May 8, 15, 22, 29 from 6-8 p.m. A list of inexpensive materials will be available upon registration. Cost for this class is $35 for art center members and $40 for non-members.

Are you designing your Kentucky Derby hat yet?  “Derby Down” is drawing closer and the gates spring open May 3! We will be live-streaming the 140th Running of the Kentucky Derby and serving derby-inspired beverages and snacks. Following the race we will have one of our favorite bands, “Reese Dailey,” back to play in our new space – which includes a stage for bands and other entertainment!  In addition, a call for entry will be going out to those who might like to create or share original art with a horse theme.

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). For information, call 419.238.6837, e-mail info@wassenbergartcenter.org, or visit the website at wassenbergartcenter.org.  Hours during exhibits are Tuesday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

 

 

 

POSTED: 04/09/14 at 1:28 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Sunflower painted by Patra, an artist who is diagnosed with autism.  (Photo submitted.)

Sunflower painted by Patra, an artist who is diagnosed with autism. (Photo submitted.)

The power of art often puts me in a state of awe. At my former job I worked as an art director for adult artists diagnosed with autism. There were several areas on the facility in which we created pottery and ceramics, woven items, paintings and woodworking. One of the women I worked with was already in her senior years at that time (she would be mad if I told). She had never drawn in her life. She would see shapes in the scraps of clay scattered on the table. She would identify animals of real and imagined species. So with a few pinches and tweaks Patra’s critters were born. The critters all had stories and challenges they faced in life and they lived in an imagined land called Twitter Forest. Patra hasn’t stopped and in the three years since, her work has continued to excel and grow. She is now making money with her paintings. As a testament to the unquenchable creative human spirit, we couldn’t be more proud to present her as one of the artists in our upcoming exhibit “Artism” opening on April 14 with a reception from 1–5 p.m.

Artists who have been diagnosed with some form of autism from Bittersweet, Inc. and around the area will be sharing the way art works in their lives. We will also feature a film by Cleveland filmmaker, Richard Walsh titled A Thousand Words. The compelling film methodically illustrates the importance of art to those who have challenges communicating and more importantly broadens what our expectation of art can be. Often loosely falling into a category called “Outsider art”, work by artists with autism can be extremely profound and a can provide a slice of how the world may be perceived by them and therefore helping us to understand some of their outlooks.

ArtReach2 signups are almost full so sign up soon! ArtReach2 classes occur on Mondays and begin on April 7. Classes sessions are one-month long and renewable throughout the school year. If your child wants to participate in the next round of after school art programming give us a call. Van Wert Elementary School will provide transportation to the Goedde Building where our instructor will be on hand to bring students to the art center. We like to accommodate anyone who likes to create stuff.  I believe the next project on the books involves…sticks, and one of my favorite things to make things out of.

Classic Watercolor class on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m., is an ongoing Watercolor class taught by Pat Rayman. People are encouraged to join the class at the beginning of any month.  The class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Want to learn how to paint fog and misty moonlight? Atmospheric Acrylics, taught by Pat Rayman will commence on Friday, April 4, 11, 18, 25 from 10 – noon. An emphasis will be places on learning to paint atmospheric conditions such as fog and moonlight. Cost of the class will be $35 members/$40 non-members. A list of materials required will be provided upon registration.

Thanks to your enthusiasm our next Vine and Palette painting evening scheduled for April 8 is already full. However we have scheduled sessions for May and June! May’s Vine & Palette is scheduled for May 1 and June 10. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend and a bottle of wine to share, any snacks you may like and we’ll take care of the rest. Class time runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. We provide paints, canvas, brushes and your first glass of wine and great fun. You will need a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. Sign up soon, creativity marches on!

Spots are still available for Anime/Manga (ages 8-130) class taught by Matthew Temple and offered on Tuesday evenings, May 8, 15, 22, 29 from 6–8 p.m. A list of inexpensive materials will be available upon registration. Cost for this class is $35 for art center members and $40 for non-members.

Thundering hooves, crashing drums, thumping bass…our next event, and yes it does involve hats…Derby Down! On May 3 we will be streaming the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby, serving derby designed refreshments and following the race we will have one of our favorite bands, Reese Dailey back to play in our new space. Reese Dailey Band was on of the first bands that performed when we started adding music to our receptions. In addition, a call for entry will be going out to those who might like to create or share original art with a horse theme. Stay tuned for updates.

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). For information, call 419.238.6837, e-mail info@wassenbergartcenter.org, or visit the website at wassenbergartcenter.org.  Hours during exhibits are Tuesday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

POSTED: 04/02/14 at 1:36 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

(Painting by David Humphreys Miller.) Joseph High Eagle was an Oglala Sioux warrior aged 16 in 1876.  He fought in the Battle of Little Big Horn under his cousin Crazy Horse. In 1950, he was killed by a careless hit-and-run motorist while he stood at the side of a road.  David Humphreys Miller also painted him in full headdress.  Miller's paintings can be seen in the gallery at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

(Painting by David Humphreys Miller.) Joseph High Eagle was an Oglala Sioux warrior aged 16 in 1876. He fought in the Battle of Little Big Horn under his cousin Crazy Horse. In 1950, he was killed by a careless hit-and-run motorist while he stood at the side of a road. David Humphreys Miller also painted him in full headdress. Miller’s paintings can be seen in the gallery at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

This week I have been creating a digital file that will be used to develop the most complete online database ever on David Humphreys Miller’s artwork. Beginning with the 72 survivors of the battle of Little Big Horn, the images are being photographed and prepared for linking which involves editing such as color correction and techy naming conventions. With each image there is information on the Native American warrior that is keyed into the main document. Once the survivors are completed we will move on to other Miller portraits and paintings.

Throughout this process I’m learning even more what a valuable gift we have been loaned by Robert Brent Stevens. In fact, in a recent AP news service release, published nationally, stated that a major collection of Miller’s work is being offered for sale and has been valued at 3.8 million dollars. It is located at the Wrangler Gallery in Great Falls, Montana and includes film, negatives, photography and artifacts. Unfortunately the Wassenberg Art Center doesn’t have the funds to acquire it, but would definitely provide a place for the work to be exhibited.

These warriors served under iconic leaders such as Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, and it is our hope that we can raise awareness through art of just how important this period in American history was and is. Third world living conditions remain in gang-riddled Pine Ridge Reservation where the majority of these noble warriors’ descendants live. For example, during the propane shortage residents were burning clothing and furniture to stay warm and tragically a woman froze to death as a result of that shortage. This is something we find unfathomable.

There is only one more week left for you to visit the Ohio Watercolor Society exhibit, on view here at the Wassenberg Art Center, before it moves on like the migratory birds. If you planned to see this winter-doldrums-depression-alleviator, time is running out. Thanks to First Federal Savings and Loan the exhibit will be up through Sunday, March 30.

ArtReach2 signups are almost full! ArtReach2 classes are held on Mondays and begin on April 7. Classes sessions are one-month long and renewable throughout the school year. If your child wants to participate in the next round of after school art programming please register soon. We like to accommodate anyone who likes to create stuff.  I believe the next project on the books involves…sticks, and one of my favorite things to make things out of.

Classic Watercolor class on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. is an ongoing Watercolor class taught by Pat Rayman. People are encouraged to jump in anytime. The class is sold in monthly increments.

Want to learn how to paint fog and misty moonlight? “Atmospheric Acrylics,” taught by Pat Rayman, will commence on Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m. An emphasis will be placed on learning to paint atmospheric conditions such as fog and moonlight. Cost of the class will be $35 members/$40 non-members. Additional information will be available shortly through print and via our website.

Our next Vine and Palette painting evening is scheduled for April 8. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend and a bottle of wine to share and we’ll take care of the rest. Class time runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. We provide paints, canvas, brushes and your first glass of wine and great fun. You will need a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. Sign up soon. This class is almost full!

Drum roll please…back by popular demand! Anime/Manga Class with office manager/instructor Matthew Temple will again be offered on Tuesday evenings, May 8, from 6–8 p.m. A list of inexpensive materials will be available upon registration.

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). For information, call 419.238.6837, e-mail info@wassenbergartcenter.org, or visit the website at wassenbergartcenter.org.  Hours during exhibits are Tuesday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

POSTED: 03/26/14 at 1:30 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

The Central Mutual Insurance Customer Service group attended a Vine & Palette painting event at the Wassenberg Art Center. They are shown here holding their completed paintings.  (Photo submitted.)

The Central Mutual Insurance Customer Service group attended a Vine & Palette painting event at the Wassenberg Art Center. They are shown here holding their completed paintings. (Photo submitted.)

By Hope Wallace

On Sunday, March 9, our harbinger of spring, the colorful Ohio Watercolor Society traveling exhibit, will open at the Wassenberg Art Center. The opening reception will be held from 1–5 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Stop in and soak up this much needed color and almost feel the warmth as the color leaps of the paper and into our world. The Ohio Watercolor Society is the culmination of an annual competition of the best watercolorists in Ohio and a few surrounding states. Winners of this completion are then eligible to compete in the national level American Watercolor Exhibit, which will also be featured here early next year. This is the best of the best right here in our corner of the state, Van Wert.

There is still time to register for our newest program, ArtReach, but spaces are filling up fast. We will begin hosting this weekly after school art program on Thursday, March 6. Van Wert schools will provide after-school bus service to the Goedde Building. Art instructor Diane Bendele will then meet the students for the short walk to the Wassenberg Art Center. While Van Wert Schools provide transportation, all youth ages 7-12 are welcome to attend. ArtReach will last until 5 p.m. and parents can then pick up their children. We will provide a snack. You may call us, sign up online or your child will be bringing a form and permission slip home from school.

 "Refreshed," watercolor painting  by Sharon Borror of Medina, will be part of the Ohio Watercolor Society exhibit which opens at the Wassenberg Art Center on Sunday, March 9. (Photo submitted.)


“Refreshed,” a watercolor painting by Sharon Borror of Medina, will be part of the Ohio Watercolor Society exhibit which opens at the Wassenberg Art Center on Sunday, March 9. (Photo submitted.)

Classic Watercolor class on Tuesday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon, is an ongoing Watercolor class taught by Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in 4-class increments.

Atmospheric Acrylics, taught by Pat Rayman, will commence on Friday, April 5, 10 a.m.-noon. Emphasis will be placed on painting atmospheric conditions, such as fog and moonlight. Cost of the class will be $35 members/$40 non-members. Additional information will be available shortly through print and via our website.

Our pilot Vine & Palette painting event was held last week as a corporate team building exercise with Central Mutual Insurance customer service department.  It was a big hit, with all 22 participants taking home a painting of spring flowers that they painted themselves.

Taught by both Matt Temple and me, our second Vine & Palette event was held this past Tuesday evening and was filled to capacity!  The next Vine & Palette will be held on April 8. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend and a bottle of wine to share and we’ll take care of the rest. At the end of the evening even persons who “can’t draw a straight line” will take home a completed painting and will be surprised at how skillful with the brush everyone can be. Class time runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. We provide paints, canvas, brushes and your first glass of wine. You will need a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes.

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). For information, call 419.238.6837, e-mail info@wassenbergartcenter.org, or visit the website at wassenbergartcenter.org.  Hours during exhibits are Tuesday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

 

POSTED: 03/05/14 at 2:29 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

 By Hope Wallace

Guests enjoying the music during the Wassenberg Art Center event  “The Big Wassky.” (Photo submitted.)

Guests enjoying the music during the Wassenberg Art Center event “The Big Wassky.” (Photo submitted.)

We wish to thank each and every one of you who came out to The Big Wassky on Saint Valentines Day! The Big Wassky kicked off at 7:30 p.m. and did not wind down until midnight with dancers on the floor until then.

Distant Cousinz rocked the house and were a big hit and we can’t wait to have them back again soon. Another group we will have back is Polar Vortex Trio, made up of Weston Thompson, alto sax; Dee Fisher, piano; and Rod Sroufe on bass. Polar Vortex Trio opened for Distant Cousinz and Weston even joined in on some of their music.

Hors d’oeuvres were provided by Kevin Jerome of Wild Hare BBQ and the stunning Valentine desserts were provided by Van Wert Manor. Collins Fine Foods once again served our refreshments in complete style and invented some Roaring 20s style cocktails, one entitled the “Bees Knees.” The photo booth by Lucktech, was a popular and completely goofy activity as well. Almost everyone dressed up and it was great to see the creative solutions and outfits. Yes. We are working on the next go-round.

Speaking of activity and human interaction one afternoon while driving down the road the song by John Mellencamp called “Jack and Diane” came on the radio. Mellencamp, once known as John Cougar back in the day, was a familiar voice, and I left it on, listening to the lyrics. One line: “life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone” made me briefly stare at the radio like John was actually in there. When is the thrill of living actually gone? I’m sure it’s different for

Weston Thompson of Van Wert jams with Toledo band Distant Cousinz at “The Big Wassky.” (Photo submitted.)

Weston Thompson of Van Wert jams with Toledo band Distant Cousinz at “The Big Wassky.” (Photo submitted.)

everyone and everyone has experienced less than thrilling times. The main thing that struck me was the thought of having to be young to experience the thrill of living, which seems quite limiting indeed. Another thought was someone needs to tell those students, who have not obviously heard the lyrics to this song, that their life is supposed to be thrilling during these turbulent times. I have a feeling that the outcry to the contrary would be deafening.

For me the thrill of living becomes more important with each passing minute. We are here to laugh and make stuff and help create a place for the enjoyment of others whether they are family, our community or persons we don’t even know. So when I hear of those, especially young people, whose thrill of living is gone it saddens me because there is just so much here to do. Another iconic image pops in my head of a poster showing an orange kitten clinging by its front paws to a branch, legs dangling down and the words below, “Hang in There”. It will get better, distract, make something, make anything, get up and breathe. You still have that choice.

With our strong belief in the power of making stuff, we have announced our newest program, “ArtReach!” Beginning on Thursday, March 6, we will launch this, a weekly after school art program. Working with local Van Wert schools, who will provide after-school bus service to the nearby Goedde Building, our art instructor, Diane Bendele, will then meet the students for the short walk to the Wassenberg Art Center. Art-Reach will last until 5 p.m. in which parents can then pick up their children. We will provide a snack. You may call us, sign up online or your child will be bringing a form and permission slip home from school.

Classic Watercolor class, from 10 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays, is an ongoing Watercolor class taught by Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in any time.  The class is sold in four-class increments.

“Vine & Palette” is yet another event we are thrilled to be able to offer. After being delayed by the renovation process we are ready to begin an evening painting class where no pressure is the first item of business. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend and a bottle of wine to share and we’ll take care of the rest. At the end of the evening even persons who “can’t draw stick figures” will take home a completed painting and will be surprised at how skillful with the brush everyone can be. Instructors Matt Temple and I will be at the helm for this first of many fun evenings. Class time runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. We provide paints, canvas, brushes and your first glass of wine. You will need a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes.

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). For information, call 419.238.6837, e-mail info@wassenbergartcenter.org, or visit the website at wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 02/26/14 at 1:59 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Clay sculpture created in one of the Wassenberg Art Center’s youth art classes. (Photo submitted.)

Clay sculpture created in one of the Wassenberg Art Center’s youth art classes. (Photo submitted.)

Every once in a while I enjoy an animated film. While dog sitting over the weekend I watched The Croods. The Croods is a story of a Neanderthal family who were forced to embrace new ideas and stop living in constant fear. Their world was undergoing unforeseen and catastrophic change and throughout the course of events the family experience a total upheaval of what had become the norm. The patriarch, whose voice was portrayed by actor Nicolas Cage, ended up having an idea (ideas are considered dangerous), which saved his family and himself. This movie was another great illustration that shows how adaptability and change must be embraced for survival.

Our Annual High School Invitational Exhibit is on view until February 16. We enthusiastically encourage you to take in the work of these young people who hail from a 35-mile radius of Van Wert and who continue to inspire and push the envelope.

The Big Wassky is almost here! If you want to experience a big-city, unique evening of games, performances, art and music give us a call soon! Why travel when the cool stuff is right here in Van Wert? The Big Wassky will take place, yep that’s right, this Friday, Saint Valentines Day, February 14 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight or so. If you are a member (or want to be) and did not receive an invitation, we may have had some delivery issues possibly due to the weather. Have no fear! Simply give us a call and we will get you set up. The Big Wassky is a Gatsby-style party based on the emergence of the speakeasy when Prohibition went into full effect. We encourage attendees to dress in the spirit of a time, which underwent radical change and reaction. Local musicians, games and performers will be in the house along with popular Toledo band, Distant Cousinz. Distant Cousinz regularly play at Hollywood Casino along with many other venues around the city and their music brings together various musical influences that form one unique genre. From Peter Gabriel to the P-Funk… and everything in between Distant Cousinz will have you outa your seats pronto. Custom designed, hors d’oeuvres from Wild Hare and desserts that resemble tiny, edible sculptures, will be provided by Van Wert Manor. Collins Fine Foods will be creating unique, period spirits and serving wine and beer. If you’d like to dress up but are unsure of which direction to head, we’re here to help, give us a call.

We would like to announce yet another great development. Beginning on Thursday, March 5 we will launch Art-Reach, a weekly after school art program! We are working with local Van Wert schools who will be providing after-school bus service to the nearby Goedde Building in which our art instructor, Diane Bendele will meet the students for the short walk to the Wassenberg. Art-Reach will last until 5 p.m. in which parent can then pick up their children. A snack will be provided. More information will be available through your child’s school soon.

Our Classic Watercolor class taught by Pat Rayman will continue in February on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. While this class is ongoing, persons are encouraged to jump in anytime.

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: 02/12/14 at 2:45 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Composite of winning entries in the Wassenberg High School Invitational.  (Photo submitted.)

Composite of winning entries in the Wassenberg High School Invitational. (Photo submitted.)

By Hope Wallace

The results are in! The Annual High School Invitational Exhibit opened this past Sunday and were had a great turnout in spite of the fact we again dug out of snow burrows like our February friend, the groundhog. A hot dog bar, fresh popcorn out of our new popcorn machine donated by Carol Temple, Paulding and a vast array of candy and cookies were served. Juror Timothy Danko, Bryan was on hand to speak and answer questions regarding his choices for awards and the exhibit as a whole. Almost $600 in cash awards and 6 honorable mentions went to several area high school students. They are as follows: Honorable Mentions, Emilie Fisher: Losing Myself, Parkway High School, Rockford, Dalton West: CN-Drone 9091, Lincolnview High School, Emily Kehres for Halloween, Fort Jennings, Leah Brubaker: Chief, Van Wert High School, Kennedy Baker: Twisted Night, and Kayla Stephenson: Seasons Tree, both of Parkway. In the three-dimensional division 1st Place $125: Taylor Andrews of Parkway with her mixed media sculpture, Summer Doll. 2nd Place for $100 was awarded to Kaylynn Noriega of Fort Jennings for her ceramic sculpture titled Tears will Dry and 3rd Place $75 went to Shannon Joseph also of Parkway High School for a corrugated sculpture called Being Revealed. Two-dimensional awards went to 1st Place $125: Brooke Ripley of Crestview with a triptych entitled, Split Personality. Moses Boroff of Crestview High School received 2nd Place for $100 for a self-portrait created in pointillism, and Rebecca Welker of Van Wert High School took 3rd Place winning $75 with a pencil drawing called, Beaded Beauty. Stop in and see this compelling work created by our communities’ young artists. The exhibit is on view through February 16.

It’s almost here! The Big Wassky! We’ve been taste testing our gourmet inventions and ordering supplies. There is still time to join us. Give us a call to get your speakeasy password. The Big Wassky will take place, fittingly, on Saint Valentines Day, February 14 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight or when the cows come home. The Big Wassky is a flapper-style party based on the emergence of speakeasies also called juice joints when Prohibition went into full effect. Games and Distant Cousinz, who regularly play at Hollywood Casino in Toledo will rock the rafters along hors d’ oeuvres created by Kevin Jerome (aka gangster Wild Hare). Collins Fine Foods will supply the spirits and Van Wert Manor is concocting some tasty, romantic treats. Period flapper fashions encouraged! Do you have your outfit yet? Confused, questions? We’re here to help! Give us a jingle on the telly.

Our Classic Watercolor class taught by Pat Rayman will continue in February on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. While this class is ongoing, persons are encouraged to jump in anytime.

We are officially announcing the launch of our newest program, Art-Reach, for Van Wert Area Schools! Starting on March 6, right after school, children 7-12 will be able to ride the bus to the Goedde Building, just a short walk from the art center, where our art teacher, Diane Bendele, will pick them up. School makes one weak so we will also provide a snack to perk up your little Picasso. Class will end at 5 p.m. and students can be picked up here at the Wassenberg Art Center. Cost is $20 members or $25 for non-members per 4-week session. Instructor, Diane Bendele, Delphos earned her bachelors degree in art education from Bowling Green State University and her Masters degree in education from Ohio State University. As an art educator for 35 years, she worked with students of all ages in the traditional classroom setting as well as the online classroom. She has organized student art exhibits, and served as judge for art shows. Diane has been commissioned to create interior and exterior murals including a floor mural here at the art center. She has exhibited her work at Delphos Area Art Guild shows, American Gallery of Sylvania Ohio, BGSU, Delphos Postal Museum, and Art Space Lima. Diane works in acrylic and oil paints as well in fibers and concrete sculptures. We are very excited to offer this program with Diane leading the charge. Sign-up information will be available through your child’s school soon.

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: 02/06/14 at 2:18 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

 By Hope Wallace 

Detail of a mixed media piece by Shannon Joseph, Parkway High School. (Photo submitted.)

Detail of a mixed media piece by Shannon Joseph, Parkway High School. (Photo submitted.)

The artwork is here for our Annual High School Invitational Exhibit! We are very excited to see some new techniques and are setting up the display to open this Sunday, Feb. 2. We are having a celebratory design your own hot-dog bar for the free public, reception which runs from 1 – 5 p.m. Cash awards will be presented at 2 p.m. This is a great opportunity to support young artists within a 35-mile radius of Van Wert who continue to inspire and push the envelope of art.

Speaking of inspiration, the Wassenberg Art Center lost one of its own this past week. Pat Pancake, a long-time artist affiliated with the Wassenberg Art Center for many years passed away Sunday. What an obituary cannot tell is how Pat’s support of all our endeavors was constant and unwavering. Every art reception and exhibit would find Pat here with her daughter. Pat was a member of the Van Wert County Art Club, and her creative energy was with her constantly. She was able to exhibit her beautiful pastels this past November in our last artist members’ exhibit and it meant a lot to see her face out in the crowd at the opening of our new space. We would like to thank Pat Pancake for helping the Wassenberg Art Center become a source of pride for Van Wert.

The invites have been sent out for our upcoming Big Wassky, however even if you aren’t on our mailing list we do not want to turn anyone away! Give us a call to get in on one of the coolest Van Wert events of the year. RSVP’s are required. The Big Wassky will take place, yep that’s right, on Saint Valentines Day, February 14 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight or so. Celebrate a unique period in American history with us, the roaring 20s. The Big Wassky is a Gatsby-style party based on the emergence of the speakeasy when Prohibition went into full effect. Games and Distant Cousinz,

“Across the Road,” pastel painting by Pat Pancake, original Wassenberg Art Club member. (Photo submitted.)

“Across the Road,” pastel painting by Pat Pancake, longtime Van Wert County Art Club member. (Photo submitted.)

who regularly play at Hollywood Casino in Toledo will rock the house along with a few other surprises. We have invented signature, hors d’oeuvres with Wild Hare, desserts that resemble tiny, edible sculptures, will be created by Van Wert Manor and Collins Fine Foods will be serving swell spirits. Period flapper fashions encouraged! Do you have your outfit yet? Questions? We’re here to help you resource, give us a call.

Our Watercolor Techniques class taught by Pat Rayman will continue in February on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. While this class is ongoing, persons are encouraged to jump in anytime.

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

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 01/29/14 at 2:36 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?