The Van Wert County Courthouse

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014

 

What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 

By Hope Wallace

Hope Wallace and DJ Joseph Vourteque at Theatre Bizarre, Detroit, Mich. Vourteque will be the featured DJ for the Wassenberg Art Center’s Halloween party, “Dr. Wassenstein’s Freak Haus.” (Photo submitted.)

Hope Wallace and DJ Joseph Vourteque at Theatre Bizarre, Detroit, Mich. Vourteque will be the featured DJ for the Wassenberg Art Center’s Halloween party, “Dr. Wassenstein’s Freak Haus.” (Photo submitted.)

The work continues next door with thuds and rumblings and watching the progression to a beautiful corner is moving along at great speed! Large amounts of concrete will be flowing soon and more dirt brought in to create green spaces.

Don’t forget to check out the 37th Annual Photography Exhibit will be on view until November 2. If you haven’t had a chance to view this stunning display of photography please make a point to visit. Most of the photographs are for sale and would make a beautiful addition to any home.

Tuesday is the first of two dance lessons here at the art center to get you in an electro-swing-groove. Sarah Hope Wells of the Bachwell Center for Music & Dance, will offer two evening classes here at the Wassenberg Art Center that will feature several different kinds of swing dance lessons which the urban hippie/raver classic, the Shuffle. Lessons are geared for both couples and inviduals. Dress comfortably, in shoes you can move in. Classes will meet again on October 28 from 7–8 p.m. Cost is only $15 per person, per session/$10 for Wassenberg Art Center members. Sign up soon so you will be able to use your new skills at Dr. Wassensteins Freak Haus on October 31, the best Halloween party in the region!

Sales for tickets to one of the best Halloween parties in our area have been brisk! Dr. Wassenstein’s Freak Haus opens its doors for one evening to let the public view the mad doctor’s diabolical medical “experiments”. Open to the public, Friday, October 31 beginning at 7:30 p.m., we hope you will join us for this unique There will be crazy performances of all kinds, performed by our friends of Pyroscope entertainment out of Fort Wayne. It’s even rumored that the reclusive Dr. Wassenstein himself will be making an appearance. We’ll be serving freaky gourmet food, and ghastly spirits, A cash prize for best costumes and all kinds of weird goings on. We will even hand out free cases of the willies.

We met Chicago-based DJ, Vourteque at Theatre Bizarre in Detroit last Saturday and he is super excited to visit Van Wert and host our evening with his new mixes of what’s called smash swing. More than just a DJ, Vourteque is also an act unto himself and is one of America’s quickly rising stars in the electro swing and neo-vaudeville communities. Musician, producer, remix artist, DJ, carny and ringmaster – Vourteque wows crowds from Los Angeles to New York. Vourteque’s sound can best be described as a cross behind the more house and disco electro and what we know as swing music. This event is brought to you by: Iberdrola Renewables, First Federal Savings & Loan, Simply Irresistible, Open Minded and Van Wert Manor, tickets are pre-sale and at door, starting now until sold out. Call us soon, we expect this happening to sell out: 419.238.6837. First-come, first-served. Costs are $25 Individual and $35 Couple, (Wassenberg Art Center member price $20 Individual/$30 Couple). VIP tables have sold out thank you to everyone who purchased!

Back to our regular scheduled programming!

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

ArtReach is back! Beginning on Tuesday, November 11 for ages 6-10 and Thursday November 13 for ages 11-15. After school students and parents will be required to arrange for a ride to the Wassenberg Art Center and can their students can be picked up at 5 p.m. A snack will be provided, so give us a call soon, space is limited.

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for Tuesday, November 11 from 6:30–9 p.m. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. Vine & Palettes fill up quickly. The event 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 are messy! The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Did you know you can design and schedule private, parties for kids and corporate Vine & Palette events? Give us a call to find out more.

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

POSTED: 10/22/14 at 1:12 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace 

This past Saturday, the Van Wert Rotary club honored the Wassenberg Art Center at their annual benefit auction. The Wassenberg Art Center was chosen as the recipient of the auction proceeds. Bidding has fast paced and bids went high and we wish to thank Rotary and all who contributed for this worthy cause. Van Wert Rotary is funding a pathway that will lead from Washington Street through the north side of the lawn through to the foot-bridge crossing Town Creek. Along its way will also be a fire-pit where people can gather for events, which provides a stunning view of the Van Wert County Courthouse. Van Wert is fortunate to have such generous individuals supporting efforts to improve our community!

The 37th Annual Photography Exhibit will be on view until November 2. If you haven’t had a chance to view this stunning display of photography please make a point to visit. Most of the photographs are for sale and would make a beautiful addition to any home.

We are offering dance lessons here at the art center to get you in an electro-swing-groove. In conjunction with newly-opened Bachwell Center for Music & Dance, Sarah Hope Wells, will offer two evening classes here at the Wassenberg Art Center that feature East Coast swing, West Coast swing, the Jitterbug, the Shag and even the urban hippie/raver classic, the Shuffle. If you’ve got a partner, bring him or her, and if not, bring yourself! Dress comfortably, in shoes you can move in. Classes will be meeting Tuesday, October 21 and again on October 28 from 7–8 p.m. Cost is only $15 per person, per session. Sign up soon you will be able to use your new skills at Dr. Wassensteins Freak Haus on October 31, the best Halloween party in the region!

Joseph Vourteque entertaining a crowd. (Photo submitted.)

Joseph Vourteque entertaining a crowd. (Photo submitted.)

Speaking of the mad doctor… It is almost here and we have been busy decorating the laboratory! Dr. Wassenstein will open the doors for one evening to let the public view his diabolical medical “experiments”. On Friday, October 31 beginning at 7:30 p.m., we will be hosting this Halloween event and it is open to everyone. See below for fees.  There will be performances of all kinds, freaky gourmet food, ghastly spirits, (liquid and otherwise), a cash prize costume contest and all kinds of weird goings on. We will even hand out free cases of the willies.

Headlining the event will be nationally known, Chicago-based DJ, Vourteque. More than just a DJ, Vourteque is also an act unto himself and is one of America’s quickly rising stars in the electro swing and neo-vaudeville communities. Musician, producer, remix artist, DJ, carny and ringmaster – Vourteque wows crowds from Los Angeles to New York. Vourteque’s sound can best be described as a cross behind the more house and disco influenced European style of electro swing but injected with a good dose of good ol’ American industrial, techno and gothic blues. This event is brought to you by Iberdrola Renewables, First Federal Savings & Loan, Simply Irresistible, Open Minded and Van Wert Manor, tickets are pre-sale and at door, starting now until sold out. Call us soon, we expect this happening to sell out: 419.238.6837. First-come, first-serve. Costs are $25 Individual and $35 Couple, (Wassenberg Art Center member price $20 Individual/$30 Couple). VIP tables are almost sold out! They are $200 for a VIP table of 8, complete with personal laboratory “assistant”.

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

ArtReach is coming back! Beginning on Tuesday, November 4 for ages 6-10 and Thursday ages 11-15 we will host our after school art program once again. After school students and parents will be required to arrange for a ride to the Wassenberg Art Center and can their students can be picked up at 5 p.m. A snack will be provided.

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for Tuesday, November 11 from 6:30–9 p.m. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. Vine & Palettes fill up quickly. The event 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 are messy! The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Did you know you can design and schedule private, parties for kids and corporate Vine & Palette events? Give us a call to find out more.

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: 10/15/14 at 1:33 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

37th Annual Wassenberg Best of Show photographs by: Jodi Knoch , (top) and John Raush (bottom) (Photos submitted.)

37th Annual Wassenberg Best of Show photographs by: Jodi Knoch , (top) and John Raush (bottom) (Photos submitted.)

The 37th Annual Photography Exhibit opened this weekend. Approximately 150 persons attended the exhibit opening this past Saturday. Our jurors’ Duncan Snyder, Photography Department Head at Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, and Lynn Whitney, Head of Photography at Bowling Green State University, stated the following: “It was a genuine pleasure to review the over 300 entries submitted this year for the 37th Annual Wassenburg Photography exhibition. We continue to see the impact photography has as a medium by the range of work submitted. The photograph’s ability to touch us in important ways is wonderful. Our edit reflects our shared beliefs: that pictures crafted with a keen eye for the power of light to shape content and form is transcendent. With the plethora of images available in our culture we find hope in a show such as this. We encourage all the photographers who participated in this exhibition to continue their own private investigations of their world. Furthermore we encourage them to continue to have the courage to show what matters”. Live music was provided by Jason Grieshop & That Lousy Band and was well received by the audience.
Classic Watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. This is an ongoing class is taught by Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Approximately 150 persons attended the opening of the Wassenberg 37th Annual Photography Exhibit Saturday. (Photo submitted.)

Approximately 150 persons attended the opening of the Wassenberg 37th Annual Photography Exhibit Saturday. (Photo submitted.)

It’s drawing ever closer… the day Dr. Wassenstein opens his doors for one evening to let the public view his spooktacular medical “experiments”. Friday, Oct. 31 beginning at 7:30 p.m., we will be hosting this Halloween even and is open to everyone. There will be performances of all kinds, freaky gourmet food, ghastly spirits, (liquid and otherwise), a costume contest and all kinds of weird goings on. We will even hand out free cases of the willies.

Headlining the event will be nationally known, Chicago-based DJ, Vourteque. More than just a DJ, Vourteque is also an act unto himself and is one of America’s quickly rising stars in the electro swing and neo-vaudeville communities. Musician, producer, remix artist, DJ, carny and ringmaster – Vourteque wows crowds from Los Angeles to New York. Vourteque’s sound can best be described as a cross behind the more house and disco influenced European style of electro swing but injected with a good dose of good ol’ American industrial, techno and gothic blues. This event is brought to you by: Iberdrola Renewables, First Federal Savings & Loan, Simply Irresistible, Open Minded and Van Wert Manor, tickets are pre-sale and at door, starting now until sold out. Call us soon, we expect this happening to sell out: 419.238.6837. First-come, first-serve. Costs are $25 Individual and $35 Couple, (Wassenberg Art Center member price $20 Individual/$30 Couple). VIP tables are almost sold out! They are $200 for a VIP table of 8, complete with personal laboratory “assistant”.

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

ArtReach is coming back! Beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 4 for ages 6-10 and Thursday ages 11-15 we will host our after school art program once again. After school students and parents will be required to arrange for a ride to the Wassenberg Art Center and can their students can be picked up at 5 p.m. A snack will be provided.

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 6:30–9 p.m. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. Vine & Palettes fill up quickly. The event 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 are messy! The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Did you know you can design and schedule private, parties for kids and corporate Vine & Palette events? Give us a call to find out more.

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

 

 

POSTED: 10/08/14 at 12:52 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

D.J. Vourteque does a dance number during a performance. Chicago-based DJ, Vourteque will be performing at the Wassenberg Art Center on Oct. 31. (Photo submitted.)

D.J. Vourteque does a dance number during a performance. Chicago-based DJ, Vourteque will be performing at the Wassenberg Art Center on Oct. 31. (Photo submitted.)

The results are in and the 37th Annual Photography Exhibit will open this Saturday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m! Awards will be presented at 8 p.m. Approximately 130 pieces were accepted into the exhibit out of almost 300 entries. Our jurors, Duncan Snyder, Photography Department Head at Columbus College of Art & Design and Lynn Whitney also Head of Photography at Bowling Green State University were quite selective in their choices and stated, “We encourage all the photographers who participated in this exhibition to continue their own private investigations of their world. Furthermore we encourage them to continue to have the courage to show what matters”. This will prove to be yet another excellent representation of the excellent photographers in our region and is taking place for the first time in our new space! There is no charge to attend as with all our exhibits and exhibit receptions, plus we will feed you. Live music will be provided by Jason Grieshop & That Lousy Band.

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

ArtReach is back! Beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 4 for ages 6-10 and Thursday ages 11-15 we will host our after school art program once again. After school students and parents are to arrange for a ride to the Wassenberg Art Center and can then be picked up at 5 p.m. A snack will be provided.

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

It’s time to get creepy. On Friday, Oct. 31 beginning at 7:30 p.m., we will be hosting a Halloween Party open to everyone. Come to Dr. Wassenstein’s Freak Haus and explore the laboratory of the reclusive and reportedly mad, scientist to see what he has been experimenting on! There will be performances of all kinds, freaky gourmet food, ghastly spirits, liquid and otherwise, a costume contest and all kinds of gooey stuff. Headlining the event will be Chicago-based DJ, Vourteque! More than just a DJ, Vourteque is also an act unto himself and is one of America’s quickly rising stars in the electro swing and neo-vaudeville communities. Musician, producer, remix artist, DJ, carny and ringmaster – Vourteque wows crowds from Los Angeles to New York. Vourteque’s sound can best be described as a cross behind the more house and disco influenced European style of electro swing but injected with a good dose of good ol’ American industrial, techno and gothic blues. His single, Whiskey Drinker, has gotten acclaim and plays throughout the internet, and his first release, The Swing Mechanical, still sells robustly and can be found on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Beatport and more. He’s played for a wide variety of promoters and shows, from The Steampunk Ball in Tampa and The Anachronism in New York, also Dayton, Columbus and is a favorite DJ at Detroit’s famous Theatre Bizarre show, three years in a row. He’s been described as one of the best electro Swing DJs in the United States and has never left a crowd feeling let down. If you’d like to know more about Vourteque, visit: www.Vourteque.com

Sponsored by Iberdrola Renewables, First Federal Savings & Loan, Simply Irresistible, Open Minded and Van Wert Manor, tickets are pre-sale and at door, starting now until sold out. Call us at: 419.238.6837 to reserve your ticket now. First-come, first-serve. Costs are $25 Individual and $35 Couple, (Wassenberg Art Center member price $20 Individual/$30 Couple). $200 for a VIP table of 8, with personal laboratory “assistant” who will wait on you …um hand and foot. yeth, massteer…

To help you get into the “swing” of things we are offering dance lessons here at the art center to get you in electro-swing-groove. In conjunction with newly-opened Bachwell Center for Music & Dance in downtown Van Wert, Sarah Hope Wells, will offer two evening classes here at the Wassenberg Art Center that feature East Coast swing, West Coast swing, the Jitterbug, the Shag and even the urban hippie/raver classic, the Shuffle. If you’ve got a partner, bring him or her, and if not, bring yourself! Dress comfortably, in shoes you can move in. Classes will be meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21 and again on Oct. 28 from 7–8 p.m. Cost is only $15 per person, per session. Sign up soon!

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

 

POSTED: 10/01/14 at 1:50 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

It’s been almost a year and the Wassenberg Art Center is planning another awesome event. A throwback from last year performers gather for a candid shot in November of 2014. (Photo submitted.)

It’s been almost a year and the Wassenberg Art Center is planning another awesome event. A throwback from last year performers gather for a candid shot in November of 2014. (Photo submitted.)

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

The “Symphony of My Heart” exhibit will be ending on Sept. 28. If you have had a chance to view the postcards and found a favorite the time has come to think about cutting it down and taking it home. If you haven’t seen the exhibit, you don’t want to miss it. Art postcards by Iowa artist, Saffron Goetschius, amounted to a staggering 500 pieces and are now hanging from the Wendel Gallery trusses. Each card twists and moves with air movement and creates one of the most interactive exhibits we have hosted. People’s faces change from happy, laughter, shock and sadness and this exhibit runs the gamut of emotion. Mail art is typically collages of mixed media placed on a post card, with instructions to the post office to hand cancel. Each card is mailed as-is and was sent through the mail to my mailbox.

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

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

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

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

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

POSTED: 09/24/14 at 1:01 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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