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Friday, Jun. 23, 2017

 

What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art Classes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art Classes:

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

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

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

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

By  Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

Art Classes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art Classes:

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

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

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art Classes:

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

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

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

By Hope Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

Art Classes:

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

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

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

By Hope Wallace

Marche Du Nain Rouge, held annually in Detroit, is a parade to remove a mythical dwarf who is suspected to be responsible for the past year’s bad happenings throughout the city. (Photo submitted.)

Marche Du Nain Rouge, held annually in Detroit, is a parade to remove a mythical dwarf who is suspected to be responsible for the past year’s bad happenings throughout the city. (Photo submitted.)

Du Nain Rouge (The Red Dwarf) is based on a myth dating from the early 1700s when founder of Detroit, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac was tasked with founding the city. He received advice from a fortune teller that foretold he and the city would be continually tormented by the Nain Rouge if he settled on the straits of the Detroit river. Cadillac ignored the advice, proceeded with development, and sure enough, we all know Detroit has had its share of trouble. As a result, at the onset of spring, arose a tradition of chasing the Nain Rouge from Detroit; the Marche Du Nain Rouge. A parade of costumed and masked (to avoid detection from the Nain) residents chase an insult hurling Nain Rouge down a downtown corridor and banish the ne’re do well from the city. Do most communities have their versions of Nain Rouge? Negativity, defeated attitudes, low morale, lack of commitment to make a better place and feelings of doom and complaining could be manifestations of a mythical nain. What do we chase out at this onset of spring?

Healing Hearts & Nature will be closing on April 2. This exhibit showcases the ancient art of mosaic in both traditional and not-so traditional techniques and all pieces are priced identically at $250 each. It is a great way to pick up some high quality art at a reasonable price. The artists of MAM are dedicated to the creation and promotion of the ancient art of mosaic. As artists they strive to express the artistic in the language of the 21st century. MAM members include professional artists, hobbyists, and patrons. Many of their members have achieved recognition in the art community from solo and international juried exhibits, publication in mosaic and other art books and magazines, and public and private commissions. Many MAM members participate in the group exhibits throughout the year at galleries, art centers and art spaces around Michigan along with solo exhibits. Members also engage in philanthropic mosaic projects and installations around Michigan.

Art Classes:

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

Participants in Wassenberg Art Center’s Thursday evening ArtNight created baskets on March 23. Instructor was Jayne Smith of Van Wert, who has been a successful basket weaver for many years. The next featured project, on April 6, is the return of the Psychedelic Wine Bottle Light.  (Photo submitted.)

Participants in Wassenberg Art Center’s Thursday evening ArtNight created baskets on March 23. Instructor was Jayne Smith of Van Wert, who has been a successful basket weaver for many years. The next featured project, on April 6, is the return of the Psychedelic Wine Bottle Light. (Photo submitted.)

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

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

3/30: Do Your Own Thing: Same great company, this night will be a do your own thing kind of night. Bring in a project, work on something you’d like to explore further or finish something you have in the works. Free.

4/6: Due to popular demand, we are bringing back our Psychedelic Wine Bottle Light Project. We promise this wine bottle light is quite different and even a tad trippy. A great way to brighten up the winter indoors and can move outside in the summer. $15 gets you a wine bottle, a set of battery lights, all materials and a glass of our house wine. Additional glasses available at regular WAC prices.

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

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

ArtReach (ages 7–11 and 12–15) Ongoing: Tuesday afternoon ArtReach is currently full. However, you can call in to be added to the waiting list as the fluid structure of ArtReach scheduling allows for new openings. Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for regular price during the regular school year. Supplies are provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules. An online registration is also available on our website. Need-based scholarships are available. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

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

 

 

 

 

Participants in Wassenberg Art Center’s Thursday evening ArtNight created baskets on March 23. Instructor was Jayne Smith of Van Wert, who has been a successful basket weaver for many years. The next featured project, on April 6, is the return of the Psychedelic Wine Bottle Light.  (Photo submitted.)

 

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 03/29/17 at 1:53 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

 

 By Hope Wallace

Wassenberg Art Center staff Matthew Temple and Joe Balyeat participating in the Luminary Workshop hosted by Wonderfool Productions out of Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wassenberg will be hosting workshops in the near future to create luminaries for their Town Creek Glow opening on July 8.  (Photo submitted.)

Wassenberg Art Center staff Matthew Temple and Joe Balyeat participating in the Luminary Workshop hosted by Wonderfool Productions out of Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wassenberg will be hosting workshops in the near future to create luminaries for their Town Creek Glow opening on July 8.  (Photo submitted.)

Healing Hearts & Nature continues through April 2. This exhibit showcases the ancient art of mosaic in both traditional and not-so traditional techniques and all pieces are priced identically at $250 each. It is a great way to pick up some high quality art at a reasonable price. The artists of MAM are dedicated to the creation and promotion of the ancient art of mosaic. As artists they strive to express the artistic in the language of the 21st century. MAM members include professional artists, hobbyists, and patrons. Many of their members have achieved recognition in the art community from solo and international juried exhibits, publication in mosaic and other art books and magazines, and public and private commissions. Many MAM members participate in the group exhibits throughout the year at galleries, art centers and art spaces around Michigan along with solo exhibits. Members also engage in philanthropic mosaic projects and installations around Michigan.

Art Classes:

Watercolor techniques: Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon. This ongoing class has a monthly fee of $40 art center member price/$45 regular price, and you can drop in or out at the beginning of each month. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Watercolor materials required. Online sign up available.

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

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

3/23: Tisket-Tasket Basket: will feature a quick basket weaving project by award winning basket weaver, Jayne Smith. Just in time for Easter, make your own small basket to use as a gift of to keep for yourself. $12 for your basket and first glass of house wine. Additional glasses available at regular WAC prices.

3/30: Do Your Own Thing: Same great company, this night will be a do your own thing kind of night. Bring in a project, work on something you’d like to explore further or finish something you have in the works. Free.

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 03/22/17 at 1:04 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

People of all ages attended the opening party of Healing Hearts & Nature at the Wassenberg Art Center and participated by creating mini-paintings on easels.  (Photo submitted.)

People of all ages attended the opening party of Healing Hearts & Nature at the Wassenberg Art Center and participated by creating mini-paintings on easels.  (Photo submitted.)

By Hope Wallace

The public, opening party to celebrating Healing Hearts & Nature was a big success. Thanks to all who came out! This exhibit showcases the ancient art of mosaic in both traditional and not-so traditional techniques. Visitors created their own mini-paintings, enjoyed free appetizers and live, acoustic music by Ezra Miller of Blakeslee. The theme represents the capacity of both hearts and nature to heal during difficult times. The artists of MAM are dedicated to the creation and promotion of the ancient art of mosaic. As artists they strive to express the artistic in the language of the 21st century.

Mosaic Artist Shonda Adams and son Edward of Ann Arbor, Michigan represented the Mosaic Artists of Michigan at the opening of the Healing Hearts & Nature exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center. Shonda created an abstract iris mosaic using a mirror as a backing material.  (Photo submitted.)

Mosaic Artist Shonda Adams and son Edward of Ann Arbor, Michigan represented the Mosaic Artists of Michigan at the opening of the Healing Hearts & Nature exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center. Shonda created an abstract iris mosaic using a mirror as a backing material.  (Photo submitted.)

MAM members include professional artists, hobbyists, and patrons. Many of their members have achieved recognition in the art community from solo and international juried exhibits, publication in mosaic and other art books and magazines, and public and private commissions. Many MAM members participate in the group exhibits throughout the year at galleries, art centers and art spaces around Michigan along with solo exhibits. Members also engage in philanthropic mosaic projects and installations around Michigan.

Art Classes:

Watercolor Technniques: Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon. Ongoing. $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman.  Online sign up available.

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

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

3/16: Watercolor Technique: Learn a couple watercolor techniques that make your work pop! We have the supplies. We will talk briefly about different knds of watercolor and some nifty tricks. $8 will get you’re the materials you need work on learning some techniques and a small take home painting or card.

3/23: Tisket-Tasket Basket: will feature a quick basket weaving project by award winning basket weaver, Jayne Smith. Just in time for Easter, make your own small basket to use as a gift of to keep for yourself. $12 for your basket and first glass of house wine. Additional glasses available at regular WAC prices.

3/30: Own Thing: Same great company, this night will be a do your own thing kind of night. Bring in a project, work on something you’d like to explore further or finish something you have in the works. Free.

4/6: Glowing luminaries: In conjunction with Town Creek Live, plans for our interactive exhibit: Town Creek Glow is underway. Guests will be able to immerse themselves into a cool darkened gallery where the artwork glows! What makes this experience even more mystical/magical is if you help us make the luminaries and join in the exhibit! Don’t know how? Come to our workshop during ArtNight and we’ll show you! $10 donation to offset costs includes your first house beverage. Additional cocktails available at regular WAC prices.

ArtReach (ages 7–11 and 12–15) Ongoing: Tuesday afternoon ArtReach is currently full. However, you can call in to be added to the waiting list as the fluid structure of ArtReach scheduling allows for new openings. Cost for the program is charged monthly and is $40 for Wassenberg Art Center members and $45 for regular price during the regular school year. Supplies are provided. All holidays and cancellations will follow Van Wert City School schedules. An online registration is also available on our website. Need-based scholarships are available. Please contact the Wassenberg Art Center for more information.

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

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 03/15/17 at 1:26 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

By Hope Wallace

Mosaic by R. Spears; part of the upcoming exhibit at the art center, opening on the 11th.  (Photo submitted.)

Mosaic by R. Spears; part of the upcoming exhibit at the art center, opening on the 11th.  (Photo submitted.)

Join us for a free, public opening party to celebrate Healing Hearts & Nature! This is an exhibit of mosaics by the Mosaic Artists of Michigan will be opening this Saturday, March 11 at 1 p.m. at the Wassenberg Art Center. Make a painting or your own mosaic, free appetizers and live, acoustic music by Ezra Miller will be provided. The Healing Hearts and Nature exhibit is a collection of contemporary mosaic art from the Mosaic Artists of Michigan (MAM). The theme represents the capacity of both hearts and nature to heal during difficult times. The artists of MAM are dedicated to the creation and promotion of the ancient art of mosaic. As artists they strive to express the artistic in the language of the 21st century.

The Mosaic Artists of Michigan began in 2003 with a small group of mosaic and tile artists.  Their vision became our commitment to share, educate, and promote the resurgence of fine art mosaics. The style of each member’s work is unique, as the art of mosaic presents a world of endless possibilities in color, texture, shape and expression.

You can make a mini painting with its own easel Saturday, 1–5 p.m. at the Wassenberg Art Center. Ezra Miller will be providing acoustic music during the free, public opening party.  (Photo submitted.)

You can make a mini painting with its own easel Saturday, 1–5 p.m. at the Wassenberg Art Center. Ezra Miller will be providing acoustic music during the free, public opening party. (Photo submitted.)

As an art organization, MAM embraces all achievements in the artist’s journey, from beginner to professional. Members include professional artists, hobbyists, and patrons. Many of our members have achieved recognition in the art community from solo and international juried exhibits, publication in mosaic and other art books and magazines, and public and private commissions. Many MAM members participate in the group exhibits throughout the year at galleries, art centers and art spaces around Michigan along with their own solo exhibits.  Members also engage in philanthropic mosaic projects and installations around Michigan.

Keep the creativity going after the party and head on out to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center for the musical and painting extravaganza ArtRageous! 

Art Classes:

Watercolor Techniques is an ongoing class for adults held Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. The monthly fee is $35 for art center members, $45 for non-members. Pat Rayman is the instructor. You may join at any time.

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

Upcoming ArtNight featured projects:

3/9: Talisman Dream Catcher: Art is about self expression. This won’t be a generic dream catcher. Dream catchers were first made by Native Americans to catch good dreams in the wind. Here’s chance to make a dream catcher truly your own. Bring in mementos, broken jewelry, buttons, feathers, scraps of cloth, small photos… little things sitting around in trays. (If you are really neat and tidy, we will have items on hand as well) $10 will get you the remaining materials you need to make a personal dream catcher and a glass of house wine. Additional glasses available at regular WAC prices.

3/16: Watercolor Technique: Learn a couple watercolor techniques that make your work pop! We have the supplies. We will talk briefly about different knds of watercolor and some nifty tricks. $8 will get you’re the materials you need work on learning some techniques and a small take home painting or card.

3/23: Tisket-Tasket Basket: will feature a quick basket weaving project by award winning basket weaver, Jayne Smith. Just in time for Easter, make your own small basket to use as a gift of to keep for yourself. $12 for your basket and first glass of house wine. Additional glasses available at regular WAC prices. Just want to hang out at ArtNight? That’s fine too, or bring your own project (both totally free), we are here to help!

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

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

 

 

 

You can make a mini painting with its own easel Saturday, 1–5 p.m. at the Wassenberg Art Center. Ezra Miller will be providing acoustic music during the free, public opening party.  (Photo submitted.)

POSTED: 03/08/17 at 2:10 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?