The Van Wert County Courthouse

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

 

What's Up at Wassenberg?

By: Hope Wallace and Kay Sluterbeck

 

Get your tickets now!! This Saturday, we will host our Vintage Velvet Valentine’s Ball, featuring Distant Cousinz of Toledo! You remember them, that great headliner band from Town Creek Live 2017? Well, they are coming back for the third time, simply because they are awesome.

Distant Cousinz of Toledo to provide dance music at the Wassenberg Art Center this Saturday at the Vintage Velvet Valentines Ball.

As the name implies, vintage and velvet, any era, any combination, any configuration. So, get crackin’ on your outfit. We may award a prize. We will also host Cloud Max, the mysterious fortune-teller from the West giving hints at what’s to come… games, pick up nibbles, door prizes, and cash bar.

Check out our Facebook page for the event details or give us a call at: 419.238.6837. You can also email  info@wassenbergart-center.org or sign up online at www.wassenbergartcenter.org.

Thanks to all who came out to Van Wert Represents! Weston Thompson kept us entertained by tickling our baby grand and we served fresh hot soups and fresh Italian bread. Thanks to all of the volunteers who offered their great soups to make this a wonderful evening This exhibit will be on view from February 9-March 4.

Art Classes:

Crowd enjoying the Van Wert Represents Exhibit during the opening party following the Main Street Van Wert Chocolate Walk.

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.

Beginning Digital Photography: February 20, 21, 22: 6-9 p.m. $55 art center member price/$60 regular price. A crash course in getting the most out of your digital (and sometime confusing) camera; participants will learn the basics of how a digital camera works and what settings they should and should not be using.  Students will be given cheat sheets and learn how to take better photos of people, children, sports, and landscapes. Materials: Camera, charged battery, memory card with space for photos, and camera manual. Instructor, Shannon Painter-Carpenter. This class is filling quickly so get signed up soon! You can sign up online, by calling or stopping in. 

ArtReach: We have openings available in both age groups and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently accepting students for this great, stress free after-school art program. Sign up forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office.

ArtNight: Thursday evening we have a special project for Valentines. This event is free…with a twist. You will make two decorated, wooden valentine boxes and since you are helping you get to keep one! Your other creation will be featured at the Vintage Velvet Valentine’s Ball. Instructor will be Shannon Painter-Carpenter. You are also welcome to bring your own project or sign up for the project we feature. Additional instructors are being lined up to bring you varied choices. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you are here, hang out with friends, create and relax.

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 at info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 02/16/18 at 9:18 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

The American Watercolor Society is crated and awaiting pick up for a trip to Art Center Manatee in Bradenton, Florida. This is one of our most prestigious exhibits and we will be saying goodbye until 2020 Thanks to all who came in to soak up the color of these compelling paintings.

The Wassenberg Peony Farm painted by Lew Miller will be one of the paintings exhibited during our Van Wert Represents! Exhibit.

Van Wert Represents! Do you own an old painting, drawing, or sculpture of a scene, building or event that took place in Van Wert? Do you currently create scenes of Van Wert in the above media? If you do, this exhibit is for you! Entry forms are available and can be obtained by calling 419.238.6837, emailing info@wassenberg-artcenter.org, or stopping by the art center. Art entries will be accepted Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 2-4, from 1-5 p.m. Entry is open to all artists 18 and older. A non-refundable fee of $15 for Wassenberg Art Center members or $20 for non-members entitles the artist to submit up to three entries. We’ll be having an opening party on February 9, 6-9 p.m. following the Van Wert Main Street Chocolate Walk. We’ll serve fresh, homemade soups, and bread, and wine and chocolate pairings. Weston Thompson will keep us entertained by tickling our baby grand. This exhibit will be on view from February 9-March 4.

Would you like to help provide homemade soup(s) in a crock pot for our Van Wert Represents opening? Matt, Joe and I are making my famous Italian bread! Give us a call at the number below!

A photograph by our new instructor Shannon Painter-Carpenter. Shannon will be teaching Beginning Digital Photography starting on February 20.

What are you wearing? My vintage, crushed velvet ensemble arrived last week and I can’t wait to deck it out. On February 17, we will host our Vintage Velvet Valentine’s Ball, featuring Distant Cousinz of Toledo! You remember them, that great, headliner band from Town Creek Live 2017? Well, they are coming back for the third time, simply because they are awesome. As the name implies, vintage and velvet, any era, any combination, any configuration. So, get crackin’ on your outfit. We may award a prize. We will also host Cloud Max, the mysterious fortune-teller from the West giving hints at what to come… games, pick up nibbles, door prizes and cash bar. Check out our Facebook page for the event details or give us a call at: 419.238.6837. You can also email us at: info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

Our gift shop area is growing! Be on the look out for new artist introductions and an expanded selection of local/regional one-of-a-kind art! Prices for fun, functional, decorative and always unique artisan items are more reasonable than you’d think. Support area artists, how cool is that?

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.

Beginning Digital Photography: Feb 20, 21, 22: 6-9 p.m. $55 art center member price/$60 regular price. A crash course in getting the most out of your digital (and sometime confusing) camera; participants will learn the basics of how a digital camera works and what settings they should and should not be using.  Students will be given cheat sheets and learn how to take better photos of people, children, sports, and landscapes. Materials: Camera, charged battery, memory card with space for photos, and camera manual. Instructor, Shannon Painter-Carpenter. This class is filling quickly so get signed up soon!

ArtReach: We have openings available in both age groups and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently accepting students for this great, stress free after-school art program. Sign up forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office. 

ArtNight: February 1 and 7 we have a special project for Valentines. This event is free…with a twist. You will make two decorated, wooden valentine boxes and since you are helping you get to keep one! Your other creation will be featured at the Vintage Velvet Valentine’s Ball. Instructor will be Shannon Painter-Carpenter. You are also welcome to bring your own project or sign up for the project we feature. Additional instructors are being lined up to bring you varied choices. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you are here, hang out with friends, create and relax.

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.

POSTED: 02/01/18 at 9:16 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

The American Watercolor Society is due to leave on January 28 so get in and take a peek. AWS is an international based group that features a traveling exhibit annually. Van Wert is fortunate to be able to host this level of exhibit. Please drop by and soak up the color of these stunning works by this time-honored group, the American Watercolor Society.

Expanded Steve Smith pottery selection in located in the gift shop area at Wassenberg Art Center.

Do you own an old painting, drawing, or sculpture of a scene, building, or event that took place in Van Wert? Do you currently create scenes of Van Wert in the above media? If you do, this exhibit is for you! Entry forms are available and can be obtained by calling 419.238.6837, emailing info@wassenbergartcenter.org, or stopping by the art center. Art entries will be accepted Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 2-4, from 1-5 p.m. Entry is open to all artists 18 and older. A non-refundable fee of $15 for Wassenberg Art Center members or $20 for non-members entitles the artist to submit up to three entries. We’ll be having an opening party on February 9, from 6-9 p.m. following the Main Street Van Wert Chocolate Walk. We’ll serve fresh, homemade soups, and bread, and wine and chocolate pairings. Weston Thompson will keep us entertained by tickling our baby grand.

Distant Cousinz to return to the Wassenberg Art Center February 17.

Have you gotten your velvet on yet? February 17 we will host Vintage Velvet Valentine’s Ball, featuring Distant Cousinz of Toledo! You remember them, that great, headliner band from Town Creek Live 2017? Well, they are coming back for the third time, simply because they are awesome. As the name implies, vintage and velvet, any era, any combination, any configuration. So, get crackin’ on your outfit. We may award a prize. We will also host Cloud Max, the mysterious fortune teller from the West giving hints at what to come … games, pick up nibbles, and cash bar. Check out our Facebook page for the event details or give us a call at: 419.238.6837. You can also email us at info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

Our gift shop area is growing! Be on the lookout for new artist introductions and an expanded selection of local/regional one-of-a-kind art! Prices for fun, functional, decorative, and always unique artisan items are more reasonable than you’d think. Support area artists; how cool is that?

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.

Beginning Digital Photography: February 20-22: 6-9 p.m. $55 art center member price/$60 regular price. A crash course in getting the most out of your digital (and sometime confusing) camera; participants will learn the basics of how a digital camera works and what settings they should and should not be using.  Students will be given cheat sheets and learn how to take better photos of people, children, sports, and landscapes. Materials: Camera, charged battery, memory card with space for photos, and camera manual. Instructor, Shannon Painter-Carpenter. 

ArtReach: We have openings available in both age groups and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently accepting students for this great, stress free after-school art program. Official forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office.

ArtNight: This week’s art night is cancelled; however, on February 1 and 7, we have a special project for Valentines. This event is free…with a twist. You will make two decorated, velvet boxes and, keep one! Your other creation will be featured at the Vintage Velvet Valentine’s Ball. Instructor will be Shannon Painter-Carpenter. You are also welcome to bring your own project or sign up for the project we feature. Additional instructors are being lined up to bring you varied choices. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you are here, hang out with friends, create and relax.

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 by email at info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 01/24/18 at 10:39 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

The American Watercolor Society Exhibit is here! The trucks have thawed and the brilliant, warm colors are on the walls and a welcome relief from the palettes out our windows. The American Watercolor Society is an international based group that features a traveling exhibit annually. This is a prestigious exhibit, especially for our size of community. Please drop by and see these stunning works by this time-honored group, the American Watercolor Society. This exhibit will be on view through January 28.

The American Watercolor Society exhibit will be on view at the Wassenberg Art Center through January 28.

The Wassenberg Art Center has been a staple of Van Wert for many years, since 1954 to be exact. Long before this, a solid vein of art has run through the community. In our February, curated exhibit, we want to see Van Wert represented in art. Do you own an old painting, drawing, or sculpture of a scene, building or event that took place in Van Wert? Do you currently render scenes of Van Wert in the above media?

If so, this exhibit is for you! Entry forms and all the details will be available very soon! Art entries will be accepted Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 2, 3, and 4, from 1-5 p.m. Entry is open to all artists 18 and older. A non-refundable fee of $15 for Wassenberg Art Center members or $20 for non-members entitles the artist to submit up to three entries. We’ll be having an opening party following the Van Wert Main Street Chocolate Walk, serving homemade soups, freshly baked bread, and featuring live music on our baby grand by Weston Thompson.

Art Classes:

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

ArtReach: We have openings available in both age groups and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently accepting students for this great, stress free after-school art program. Official forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office.

ArtNight: We will start back up with our regular ArtNights on Thursday, January 11 at 6 p.m. The featured project will be how to make a ceramic wine bottle topper. Project fee is $10. You are welcome to bring your own project or sign up for the project we feature. Additional instructors are being lined up to bring you varied choices. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you are here, hang out with friends, create and relax.

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 at info@wassenbergartcenter.org .

POSTED: 01/12/18 at 8:40 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

The American Watercolor Society Exhibit will open on January 6 (hopefully) during regular gallery hours. Trucks seem to be freezing up and delivery has been delayed. They do seem to be back on schedule, however.

This is an international based exhibit with some of the artists being from different parts of the globe. Please drop by and see these stunning works by the time-honored group, the American Watercolor Society.

The Wassenberg Art Center has been a staple of Van Wert for many years, since 1954 to be exact. Long before this, a solid vein of art has run through the community. In our February curated exhibit, we want to see Van Wert represented in art. Do you own an old painting, drawing, or sculpture of a scene, building or event that took place in Van Wert? Do you currently render scenes of Van Wert in the above media?
If so, this exhibit is for you!

Entry forms and all the details will be available very soon! Art entries will be accepted Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 2-4, from 1-5 p.m. Entry is open to all artists 18 and older. A non-refundable fee of $15 for Wassenberg Art Center members or $20 for non-members entitles the artist to submit up to three entries. We’ll be having an opening party following the Van Wert Main Street Chocolate Walk, serving homemade soups, freshly baked bread, and featuring live music on our baby grand by Weston Thompson.

Art Classes:

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

ArtReach: We have openings available in both age groups and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently accepting students for this great, stress free after-school art program. Official forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office.

ArtNight: We will start back up with our regular ArtNights on Thursday, January 11, at 6 p.m. We are gathering some great ideas for projects so stay tuned. You are welcome to bring your own project or sign up for the project we feature. Additional instructors are being lined up to bring you varied choices. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you are here, hang out with friends, create and relax.

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 by email at info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 01/04/18 at 10:54 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

We are winding down with our last exhibit in the history books. Thank you to all who visited the Annual Artists’ Exhibit and Sale and for supporting regional artists!

Original, handmade cards created by local artists can be framed, and are just one of the types of items available in the gift area at Wassenberg Art Center.

The Wassenberg will be closed from December 22 through January 2, 2018. We will, however, be available by appointment, so please give us a call or email if you require access. The staff, board of directors, and I wish you all a peaceful and loved-filled holiday.

The Artists’ Members Exhibit and Sale has officially closed; however, some work is still here and we have items in our gift area year round. We will be open until December 22. If you need a last minute item, we’ve got you covered.

We have surpassed our goal in our Warm Up the Ridge Go Fund Me drive and have purchased 100 electric space heaters to distribute to residents of Pine Ridge Reservation, where most of the descendants of our Little Bighorn warriors reside. Thank you to all who donated and thank you to the folks at Ace Hardware for selling the heaters at cost! The Wassenberg Art Center has direct contacts at the reservation and the donations go quickly to where they are needed. The owner of the Faces of Little Bighorn art collection, Brent Stevens, personally drives the items to our contacts at the reservation. The drive for donated items runs through December 21. You may still access the Go Fund Me fundraiser by accessing this website. https://www.gofundme.com/warm-up-the-ridge

Our next exhibit following the Artists Exhibit & Sale will be the American Watercolor Society. This international exhibit will open on Saturday, January 6 at 6 p.m. with an opening reception. Please drop by and see these stunning works by the time-honored group, the American Watercolor Society.

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.  

ArtReach: We have openings available in both age groups and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently accepting students for this great, stress free after-school art program. Official forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office.

ArtNight: We will start back up with our regular ArtNights on Thursday, January 4 at 6 p.m. Bring your own project or sign up for a project we feature. Additional instructors are being lined up to bring you varied choices. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you are here, hang out with friends, create and relax.

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 at info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 12/20/17 at 12:57 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

We will be hosting our Warm Up the Ridge drive again this year. However, this year we’ve made it even easier with a Go Fund Me component.

Numerous families and individuals are at risk for cold-related injury and even death in Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Many deaths have been attributed to freezing from the lack of propane for adequate heat.

We are purchasing electric space heaters to purchase and deliver to the reservation. Many of the residents of Pine Ridge Reservation, where most of the descendants of our Little Bighorn warriors reside, often live in third-world living conditions and winters there are brutal. Fuel oil is hard to come by and expensive. People have lost their legs and there are fatalities due to the inability to get heat.

One of the challenges that makes support difficult is logistics and a connection with persons at Pine Ridge to aid in distribution. The Wassenberg Art Center has direct contacts at the reservation and the donations go quickly to where they are needed. The owner of the Faces of Little Bighorn art collection, Brent Stevens, personally drives the items to our contacts at the reservation. The drive for donated items runs through Thursday, December 21. The Go Fund Me campaign will run through December 27. You may access the drive by accessing this website. https://www.gofundme.com/warm-up-the-ridge

Down to the wire! Shop the Wass is still going on through December 17! If you need a last minute, unique, one-of-a-kind gift we have it! Our hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. and we are open 1-9 p.m. on Thursdays for your convenience or by appointment. This exhibit was sponsored by the Van Wert County Hospital and through the Van Wert County Foundation.

A watercolor by Richard Haynes of Fairfield, New Jersey, will be one of many paintings with the American Watercolor Society traveling exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center in January 2018.

Our next exhibit following the Artists Exhibit & Sale will be the American Watercolor Society. This international exhibit will open on Saturday, January 6 at 6 p.m. with an opening reception. Please drop by and see these stunning works by the time-honored group, the American Watercolor Society.

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.

Elf Workshop Continues: 

The Elf Workshop is going to continue through December 21 due to popular response! Each craft is $5 or you can create all 5 for $20. We provide the hot chocolate. The elf workshop is great for all levels. You can create unique, projects to give as special gifts or use for holiday décor. We will be making felt pine tree centerpieces, tassel earrings, pinecone Christmas trees, Tea light snowman ornaments, and more! An instructor will be in-house to assist you.

ArtReach: We are accepting students for both age groups on Tuesday and Thursday. We still have some openings, and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently accepting students for this great, stress free after-school art program. Official forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office.

The Wassenberg will be closed from December 22 through January 2, 2018. We will however, be available by appointment, so please give us a call or email if you need access. 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: 12/14/17 at 10:18 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Shop the Wass is still going on through December 17! If you need a unique, one-of-a-kind gift we have it! Our hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m., and we are open 1-9 p.m. on Thursdays for your convenience or by appointment. This exhibit was sponsored by the Van Wert County Hospital and through the Van Wert County Foundation.

Our next exhibit following the Artists Exhibit & Sale will be the American Watercolor Society. This international exhibit will open on Saturday, January 6, at 6 p.m. with an opening reception. Please drop by and see these stunning works by the time-honored group, the American Watercolor Society.

We will be hosting our Warm Up the Ridge drive again this year. This year we are also requesting donations of electric space heaters and/or you may contribute to our Go Fund Me site available on our Facebook page and we will purchase space heaters for you. Many of the residents of Pine Ridge Reservation, where most of the descendants of our Little Bighorn warriors reside, often live in third-world living conditions and winters there are brutal. Fuel oil is hard to come by and expensive. People have lost their legs and there are fatalities due to the inability to get heat.
One of the challenges that makes it hard to get heat and help is logistics and connection with people on the Pine Ridge end to aid in distribution. Our friends, Marian Whitemouse and Gypsy Moon Summer, handle this for our project and our donations go directly to where they are needed … quickly. Faces of Little Bighorn donor Brent Stevens, owner of our Faces of Little Bighorn collection, personally drives the donated items to Pine Ridge.

In addition to the electric space heaters the Wassenberg Art Center will be collecting clean, new, or gently used items (in good condition, please), such as hats, gloves, warm socks, coats, boots, and blankets, through December 20 to send to Pine Ridge Reservation. The more items the better. The focus would be on adult sizes. The past two years we received an overwhelming outpouring of support and we thank you all for your kindness. What can we give this year? Simply drop off your items here during our regular hours and we will see they warm someone up.

Art Classes:

Classic Watercolor: On 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.

November 30, Elf Workshop: 

The Elf Workshop is going to continue through December 21 due to popular response! Each craft is $5 or you can create all 5 for $20. We provide the hot chocolate. The elf workshop is great for all levels. You can create unique, projects to give as special gifts or use for holiday décor. We will be making felt pine tree centerpieces, tassel earrings, pinecone Christmas trees, Tea light snowman ornaments, and more! An instructor will be in-house to assist you.

ArtReach: We still have some openings available in both age groups. We still have some openings, and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently taking reservations at this time for this great, stress free after-school art program. Official forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office.

The Wassenberg will be closed from December 22 through January 2, 2018. We will, however, be available by appointment, so please give us a call or email if you need access. 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: 12/06/17 at 8:29 pm. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

Congratulations to the award winners of the Annual Wassenberg Artist Members’ Exhibit and Sale! Artists who received awards are:

Mary McVay Worthington Memorial Award: Anita Lehman: Midnight Map

Van Wert County Foundation Award: Misty Hughes: Girl Wonder

Douglas Koch Memorial Award: Jan Boone: Wild Thing

The Van Wert County Hospital Sponsor Award went to Judith Snook of Paulding for her painting “Choir Practice”.

Gertrude Sluterbeck Memorial Award: Brian Michael Sirois: A Timeless Rest

Van Wert County Hospital Sponsor Award: Judith Snook Choir Practice

Merit Awards (3): Jan Boone: Bovine Beauty Parlour, William John Jr.: Narrow Escape,Ralph Stuckman: Oil Inked No. 14

Honorable Mentions: Karissa Jaggers: Happy Day, Richard Morgan: T-Bird, John Leatherman: Blue Bow, Robert Minto: Baby Faces

Call the art center or check out our website for more information on this great opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind items for this holiday season. This sale will be on-view through December 17. Our hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m., and we are open 1-9 p.m. on Thursdays for your convenience or by appointment. This exhibit was sponsored by the Van Wert County Hospital and through the Van Wert County Foundation.

Our next exhibit following the Artists Exhibit & Sale will be the American Watercolor Society. This international exhibit will open on Saturday, January 6, at 6 p.m. with an opening reception. Please drop by and see these stunning works by the time-honored group, the American Watercolor Society.

We will be hosting our Warm Up the Ridge drive again this year. This year we are also requesting donations of electric space heaters. Many of the residents of Pine Ridge Reservation, where most of the descendants of our Little Bighorn warriors reside, live in third-world living conditions and winters there are brutal. Fuel oil is hard to come by and expensive. People have lost their legs and there are fatalities due to the inability to get heat.

One of the challenges that makes it hard to get heat and help is logistics and connection with people on the Pine Ridge end to aid in distribution. Our friend, Marian Whitemouse handles this for our project and our donations go right to where they are needed, quickly. Faces of Little Bighorn donor Brent Stevens, owner of our Faces of Little Bighorn collection, personally drives the donated items to Pine Ridge.

A neighborhood located within the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in January.  Residents will receive donated electric space heaters, and warm clothing from the Wassenberg Art Center and Van Wert community.

In addition to the electric space heaters, the Wassenberg Art Center will be collecting clean, new or gently used items (in good condition, please!) such as hats, gloves, warm socks, coats, boots, and blankets, through December 20 to send to Pine Ridge Reservation. The more items the better. The focus would be on adult sizes. The past two years we received an overwhelming outpouring of support and would like to see if we can surpass that this year. Simply drop off your items here during our regular hours and we will see they warm someone up.

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.

November 30-Elf Workshop: The Elf Workshop is back! You and your family can partake in all or just a few of the holiday craft stations. The elf workshop is great for all levels. You can create unique, projects to give as special gifts or use for holiday décor. We will be making felt pine tree centerpieces, tassel earrings, pinecone Christmas trees, Tea light snowman ornaments, and more! Several instructors will be on hand to assist you. Light snacks, hot chocolate and the cash bar will be available. Cost for the session, is $20, make all projects or choose what you like.

ArtReach: We still have some openings available in both age groups. We still have some openings, and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently taking reservations at this time for this great, stress free after-school art program. Official forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office.

The Wassenberg will be closed from December 22 through January 2, 2018. We will however, be available by appointment, so please give us a call or email if you need access. 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: 11/30/17 at 8:54 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?

On November 18 we launched the 28th annual Wassenberg Artist Members’ Exhibit and Sale just in time for the holiday season with an opening party. We handed out cash awards to the artists in attendance. A separate news release will list the winners shortly.

Artwork and other gift items are available at Wassenberg Art Center now through December 18 at the 28th annual Artists Sale.

While we will be closed Thursday and Friday this week for the holiday, we will open back up on Saturday with regular shopping hours. This sale will be on view through December 17. Our hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m., and we are open 1-9 p.m. on Thursdays for your convenience. Don’t forget to check out our permanent gift area as well.

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.

November 30 and December 6 — Succulent Planters II: We will be glazing the succulent planters we made on November 16. Instructor Hope Wallace will show you different techniques on how to overgrazes and underglazes to finish off your mini-planters. Finished pieces can be picked up in approximately two weeks after firing. No charge for this follow-up session.

November 30 — Elf Workshop: The Elf Workshop is back! You and your family can partake in all or just a few of the holiday craft stations. The elf workshop is great for all levels. You can create unique, projects to give as special gifts or use for holiday décor. Several instructors will be on hand to assist you. Light snacks, hot chocolate and the cash bar will be available. More information on this popular event soon!

ArtReach: We still have openings available in both age groups. We still have some openings, and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently taking reservations at this time for this great, stress free after-school art program. Official forms are available online at wassenbergartcenter.org or at the Wassenberg Art Center office.

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, by email at info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is wassenbergartcenter.org.

POSTED: 11/24/17 at 12:15 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?