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Sunday, Apr. 26, 2015

 

What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 04/08/15 at 1:16 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 03/18/15 at 1:45 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Stan Schumm inspects one painting studio among a corridor of artist studios that are now making use of the vast space in an old factory in the up-and-coming Franklinton neighborhood in Columbus.  (Photo submitted.)

Stan Schumm inspects one painting studio among a corridor of artist studios that are now making use of the vast space in an old factory in the up-and-coming Franklinton neighborhood in Columbus. (Photo submitted.)

It is surprising the spaces where creativity can flourish and provide the grounds for transformation. While in Columbus this past weekend we had the opportunity to tour a vast facility which, until a couple years ago was an empty and decaying factory located in the blighted neighborhood of Franklinton in Columbus. The former, D. A. Ebinger sanitary company, built in 1910 is huge; taking up a city block. It was suffering the fate of many defunct manufacturing sites throughout the rust belt until two years ago when artists began moving in. The group made up of both visual and performing artists, working with a local contractor-turned-developer are creating affordable studios and work-spaces. The space currently houses 97 art/design studios, 17 Flex Studio spaces, The 3,500 square-foot {Co-working} space, Ohio State University STEAM factory, an innovative food truck court, an eclectic market featuring fresh produce, uncommon goods, art, and performances are held on the 2nd/4th Saturdays of the month.

Is it pretty? Many might not consider the dirty, old windows, dinged and peeling paint, rusted frames and industrial wood ceilings dotted with former vents and other unrecognizable equipment, pretty. It simply doesn’t matter. The new uses work with the industrial environment and look very cool and most importantly, are functional. In addition, within the two years this project has been in the works, a nice restaurant has set up in the former front offices and a brewery sprung up across the street. In another year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see neighboring, abandoned factory, with spring-melt water pouring through spots in its forgotten roof, to be appointed a new lease on life.

This renaissance is happening everywhere, across the country and right here in Ohio in small towns and large cities. This is not the work of the super-rich. This movement is the group efforts of residents who have decided to create a better existence and completely embodies the American spirit. There is a choice, we can sit on the sidelines and whine or we can jump in and create our own vibrant ways of life.

Exterior of a formerly abandoned factory in the Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus. Revitalization has springboarded after artists moved into the space. Within just two years, a restaurant, and a brewery have moved into the 400 Rich Street Studio area. (Photo submitted.)

Exterior of a formerly abandoned factory in the Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus. Revitalization has springboarded after artists moved into the space. Within just two years, a restaurant, and a brewery have moved into the 400 Rich Street Studio area. (Photo submitted.)

The Wassenberg Art Center continues to strive to bring creative outlets to our area with our exhibits, classes and events. Our ArtReach classes are planning on putting on a puppet-type production of the children’s classic, Frederick. Frederick is a mouse who’s skills don’t necessarily fall in-line with typical mouse skills, however he brings to his mouse family a meaningful gift. The production date will be announced soon. Our evening pottery, painting and stained glass classes are creating beautiful objects and that has prompted upgrades in our classroom space to facilitate increased needs. New glazes, pottery equipment have been added and plans to explore raku are in the works as soon as we can rely on the weather. Thank you to our instructors Brandon Knott, Kathy Funderburg, Diane Bendele, Pat Rayan and Jerry Mazur for breathing even more life into the Wassenberg Art Center!

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

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

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

More classes including more pottery are on the horizon. Stay tuned for announcements. Classes are kept small for more in-depth attention.

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

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 03/11/15 at 1:16 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Portraits (prints) of the 72 survivors of the Battle of Little Bighorn by former Van Wert, native David Humphreys Miller are housed in the main gallery at Crazyhorse Memorial in Custer South Dakota. The portraits overlook the memorial. (Photo submitted.)

Portraits (prints) of the 72 survivors of the Battle of Little Bighorn by former Van Wert, native David Humphreys Miller are housed in the main gallery at Crazyhorse Memorial in Custer South Dakota. The portraits overlook the memorial. (Photo submitted.)

March is going to be a quiet month exhibit-wise and the portion of the gallery that houses the temporary exhibits is an expanse of white walls. However we still have the Faces of Little Bighorn exhibit on the remaining side, thanks to the generosity of former Van Wert residents, the Brent & Vicki Stevens family. Faces of Little Bighorn houses the work of David Humphreys Miller, a Van Wert native who became a well-known historian, artist, author and western film authority, who became an expert on the Little Bighorn battle through face-to-face interviews with Indian survivors who were involved in the fight.

We recently scanned an original field sketchbook of David’s and have created a slide-show of the images which are viewable on-screen. You can also access our Faces of Little Bighorn website via a laptop housed within the exhibition or from your home computer. Davidhumphreysmiller.org is designed as an interactive and research data-base which viewers can submit additional information and photos of survivors of the Battle of Little Bighorn. There is also an extensive reading list including the two books written by David and where they can be purchased. Videos about the battle and the current situation of Native American plight today can also be viewed. “Dreams Along the Little Bighorn” features an interview with David Humphreys Miller about his work with the survivors.

Image of the home page of the Faces of Little Bighorn website that is administered by the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Image of the home page of the Faces of Little Bighorn website that is administered by the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

The Wassenberg Art Center is one of a couple places in the country you can view his work. The other, where David painted murals is the Citadel Academy in North Carolina. Prints of the 72 survivors of the battle that David painted are on display at the famous Crazy Horse Memorial in the main gallery overlooking the monument. His work is also featured on their website and can be viewed here: http://crazyhorsememorial.org/6455/david-humphreys-miller-collection/. If you haven’t seen the exhibit, stop in and learn about the individual from who questioned the norm and went for and succeeded in his dream. It happens!

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

A morning drawing class will be held on Fridays, beginning on March 6, 13, 20 and 27from 10 a.m. until noon. Instructor Pat Rayman will demonstrate new ways to improve drawing skill to produce more dramatic results. Materials needed are: a sketchbook or drawing paper, drawing pencils, HB and 2B a black pen (fine or medium point) and colored pencils.

Our next Vine & Palette session will be on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:30–9 p.m. 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 like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over)

Need a great party idea? Vine & Palettes can be designed for private and corporate parties and a Snack/Pizza & Palette version is available for young people. Give us a call to find out more.

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

Sign up soon. Classes are kept small for more in-depth attention.

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

 

 

 

POSTED: 03/04/15 at 3:15 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Pottery from Brandon Knott's class has been busy in the studio at the Wassenberg Art Center.  (Photo submitted.)

Pottery from Brandon Knott’s class has been busy in the studio at the Wassenberg Art Center. (Photo submitted.)

Working for an art center with social media, email and the internet at my fingertips every day, I am astounded at the power of creation. People, everywhere all over the globe and right within our own personal bubbles are making art, food, music, videos, buildings, money, livings and conversation in a constant chaos-hum. It never ceases. It is said we are created in God’s image. My impression extends a bit beyond the immediate physical attributes and that creative power has proven to be transformative. From something small there becomes something bigger. Depending on whatever creation story you find meaningful, it is a lesson we cannot ignore. Every little thing we make, unknowingly and ironically moves us toward the thing we fear and fight the most, change and growth. We are never done, we are constantly progressing one way or another, and though through the hum, we hardly notice. It is great to be a part of an industry where creation is observed directly and an honor to help celebrate that part of the human spirit.

We have much planned for the remaining year and we can’t wait to share it with you. March will be a quiet month; however, we will be open and our art classes will be in force. The Faces of Little Bighorn exhibit will be getting some techie additions and the grounds will be landscaped as soon as the ground gives way to warmer temperatures. On, on!

Our next Vine & Palette session will be on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:30–9 p.m. 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 like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over)

Need a great party idea? Vine & Palettes can be designed for private and corporate parties and a Snack/Pizza & Palette version is available for young people. Give us a call to find out more.

A morning drawing class will be held on Fridays on March 6, 13, 20 and 27from 10 a.m. until noon. Instructor Pat Rayman will demonstrate new ways to improve drawing skill to produce more dramatic results. Materials needed are: a sketchbook or drawing paper, drawing pencils, HB and 2B a black pen (fine or medium point) and colored pencils.

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

Sign up soon. Classes are kept small for more in-depth attention.

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

 

 

POSTED: 02/25/15 at 1:18 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

 The dance floor at the Wassenberg Art Center’s 2nd Annual Big Wassky held on Feb. 14 was never empty. Music was provided by Earl P and the Family Tree of Bryan. (Photo by William Hawkins.)

The dance floor at the Wassenberg Art Center’s 2nd Annual Big Wassky held on Feb. 14 was never empty. Music was provided by Earl P and the Family Tree of Bryan. (Photo by William Hawkins.)

Sometimes we hear statements like “I thought I had to be a member to attend Wassenberg events.” Not true, not true! The Wassenberg is a community art center and everyone is welcome to attend our events. Our members support our mission and we couldn’t do what we do without them of which we are truly thankful. Membership to the art center provides the member advance notice for events and program discounts. Membership is not designed to exclude, so please come to one of our shindigs, classes or exhibit openings because you are most welcome. While we may charge entry to our parties to pay the piper, so to speak, art exhibits and opening receptions are always free. Mr. Wassenberg wanted it that way and we think that is a great idea too!

The American Watercolor Society Exhibit will be shutting down and leaving for North Carolina in a few short days so please visit by Feb. 22 if you would like to see the work of artists from as far away as Australia and Italy. We have had visitors from Cleveland and Evansville IN travel to Van Wert just to get a glimpse of these paintings. Our regular gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday 1-5 p.m. and on those mornings, by chance. Please note we will be closed on Saturday Feb. 21, for a wedding.

Thanks to everyone who braved the elements and came out to the 2nd Annual Big Wassky a roaring 20s/Gatsby style party held on Feb. 14. Performance by Earl P and the Family Tree kept everyone on the dance floor all night long. We’d like to thank our sponsors, Wild Willies Pizza, Stephanie Dawn, Father John’s Microbrewery of Bryan, The Met, Lima and Open Minded for supplying the door prizes. Van Wert Manor supplied all of the desserts. Our board members Jayne Smith, Bradde Hamman and Kyle Schumm provided gourmet lasagna and antipasto with hardworking volunteers keeping things flowing smoothly. Travis Tribolet and Byron Nic graciously supplied the spirits throughout the night Luck-tech photo booth was here to record the evening along with William Hawkins who provided the in-house photography.

Our next Vine & Palette session will be on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:30–9 p.m. 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 like to get messy! The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (21 and over)

Example of work from new Friday morning drawing class held at the Wassenberg Art Center. Artwork by Pat Rayman.  (Photo submitted.)

Example of work from new Friday morning drawing class held at the Wassenberg Art Center. Artwork by Pat Rayman. (Photo submitted.)

Need a great party idea? Vine & Palettes can be designed for private and corporate parties and a Snack/Pizza & Palette version is available for young people. Give us a call to find out more.

We are beginning a morning drawing class to be held on Fridays, beginning on March 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 10 a.m. until noon. Instructor Pat Rayman will demonstrate new ways to improve drawing skill to produce more dramatic results. Materials needed are: a sketchbook or drawing paper, drawing pencils, HB and 2B a black pen (fine or medium point) and colored pencils.

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

Sign up soon. Classes are kept small for more in-depth attention.

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

 

 

POSTED: 02/18/15 at 1:14 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?