Our Artism Exhibit opened on Sunday with many of the artists in
attendance. Approximately 60 pieces are now on display from 10 artists
diagnosed with some form of autism. Autism is considered a spectrum
disorder which means exactly how it sounds. While some similar
characteristics can be evident no two cases are alike. The artwork on
our walls reflects that very fact. Many of the works are for sale and
the proceeds support artists who may have limited if any job options. I
have already purchased a beautiful sunflower painted by Patra Smilo also
of Bittersweet. Patra used to work with me in the art studio there
during my job prior to coming to the Wassenberg.
In addition, we
are looping a film created by filmmaker, Richard Walsh of Cleveland.
This film explains and illustrates how art can help improve,
communication, expression and over way of life for person suffering from
this neurodevelopmental disorder. It is poignant and very well done.
Through this film come and meet some of the artists who have overcome
great odds and challenges and are productive and imaginative artists.
for entries! Call for entries! The 58th Annual June Art Exhibit is just
around the corner. For 58 years the Wassenberg Art Center has hosted
its Annual June Art Exhibit. This will be the first year we will be
hosting this prestigious exhibit in our newly renovated 6000 square-foot
gallery. Once an armory facilitating war and destruction, it now serves
creativity and beauty. We encourage artists both professional and
amatuer to submit your work for this competitive tradition. Entries will
be accepted Saturday and Sunday, May 17 – 18, 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
Want to get in a little ArtReach for your youngster before the end of
the school year? We have a few spaces left on our Monday class schedule
so give us a call. ArtReach2 classes occur on Mondays and began on
April 7 but a new project will be started each week. Class sessions are
one-month long and renewable throughout the school year and payable
monthly. Van Wert Elementary School will provide transportation to the
Goedde Building where our instructor will be on hand to bring students
to the art center. However all area students are welcome.
Watercolor class on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. is an ongoing
Watercolor class taught by Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in
anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members
and $40 for non-members.
On April 8 we had our third Vine and
Palette painting session and as usual was a great time. Inspired by
artist Georgia O’Keefe and severe cases of spring fever, we painted a
large flower. What was even better is some of the participants felt
comfortable exploring on their own with color and technique. Something
we encourage at the Wassenberg Art Center. Like the individual behind
the brush each painting is beautifully different. Our next session is
happening on May 1 with only one or two spaces available. We have
scheduled future Vine & Palettes for June 10, July 8, and August 7.
Participants are encouraged to bring a friend and a bottle of wine to
share, any snacks you may like and we’ll take care of the rest. Class
time runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. We provide paints, canvas, brushes your first
glass of wine and senses of humor! Wear a paint shirt or apron to
protect your clothes.
Spots are available for Animaé/Manga (ages
8-130) class taught by instructor, Matthew Temple and is being offered
on Thursday evenings, May 8, 15, 22, 29 from 6–8 p.m. A list of
inexpensive materials will be available upon registration. Cost for this
class is $35 for art center members and $40 for non-members.
ready for thundering hooves on May 3 … Derby Jam is drawing closer and
the gates open at 4:30 p.m. We will be live-streaming the 140th Running
of the Kentucky Derby, serving derby inspired beverages and food.
Barbeque pork, southern style coleslaw, and other awesome homemade
treats will be served and following the race we will have one of our
favorite bands, Reese Dailey back to play in our new space. Reese Dailey
Band is very popular in the Put-in-Bay area and throughout Ohio and our
For information on exhibits, classes and programs listed
on there as well. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S.
Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). We can be reached by telephone
at (419) 238-6837, email: firstname.lastname@example.org and our website