VAN WERT — The Wassenberg Art Center will hold a youth summer camp July 7–11. Children ages 6-10 will have camp from 10 a.m. to noon and students 11-15 will be scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Diane Bendele, a retired art teacher from Delphos, will lead the Native American-themed camp.

Campers will study war ponies, Native American artwork, and cultural influences by the nations First Americans. In addition, students will learn about the late David Humphreys Miller, an artist and Van Wert native who painted and interviewed 72 survivors of the Battle of Little Bighorn. The Wassenberg Art Center houses a considerable collection of the enigmatic artist/historian’s work and is on view year round. The cost per student is $30 members/$35 non-members.

Other classes currently schedule are: Classic Watercolor class held on Tuesday mornings 10 a.m. – noon. This is an ongoing class is taught by Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to start anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. The cost is $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

The next Vine & Palette is scheduled for July 8 and Aug. 7. With only a few openings left for July’s event, interested persons are encouraged to sign up soon. The evening includes all painting materials and your first glass of wine. Additional glasses of wine can be purchased for a nominal charge. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

For information on exhibits, classes and programs contact the art center. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 South Washington Street (former Van Wert Armory). We can be reached by telephone at (419) 238-6837, email: and the website is: