The opening reception for the 58th Annual June Art Exhibit was held
here at the new Wassenberg Art Center on Saturday, June 14. Dan
Dickerson & the Harp Condition from Fort Wayne performed all evening
with complicated loops and hoop and fire dancers performed in honor of
some of the best visual artists in our area.
The following artists
won awards: Van Wert County Foundation Grand Award ($400) was presented
to Douglas Fiely of Stryker for his acrylic painting entitled Morning
Doves. The Charles F. Wassenberg Award ($250): Isaac Smith, Bowling
Green, Florentine Violinist – Graphite, David Humphreys Miller Award
($100): Austin Cartwright, Fort Wayne for Pieced Together Yellow – Oil,
Douglas Edward Koch Memorial Award ($250): Jaye Bumbaugh, Lima, Crows
Watching the German Crow Airforce - Watercolor & Ink.
Gertrude Sluterbeck Memorial Award ($50) went to: Isaac Smith, Bowling
Green for Antique Table – Charcoal, Marguerite Fryer Award ($100): Tom
Emerine, Middle Point, Rhythm of the Heart – Ceramic. Gregg, Luginbuhl
of Bluffton was awarded the Vera Woodruff Wassenberg Award ($200) for
his stoneware piece, Rustic Decanter XVIII. Allen Hutton of Toledo won
the Marilla Connors Award ($90) for his watercolor, Opposition.
A new memorial award honoring the late Pat Pancake of Van Wert was
presented to Isaac Smith for his pastel, Dragon Hiding Behind Barn.
Valerie, Escobedo of Findlay won the Robin Carol Cartwright Memorial
Award ($75) for her charcoal drawing entitled, Lauren. Three (3)
Wassenberg Art Center Awards valued at $50 each were awarded to: Laura
Barnhardt Corle of Findlay, Jordi Nagel, New Bremen and Leslie Rohr
Honorable mentions went to: Melissa Eddings Mancuso - Ada, Meghan
Hager - Tipp City, Mike Huffman – Lima and Mackenzie Kozumplik -
We wish to congratulate and thank the artists who
participate in this highly competitive exhibit. We also wish to thank
our sponsors who help make it happen, Van Wert Federal Savings Bank,
Taylor Auto Sales and the Van Wert County Foundation.
will be on view through July 6. Don’t forget to sign up your budding
artist for summer camp at the Wass! Scheduled for the first week in
July, instructor Diane Bendele, a retired art teacher from Delphos will
head the Lakota/Sioux-themed camp. We will study war ponies and some of
the artwork and cultural influences by the First Americans. In addition,
students will learn about David Humphreys Miller, an artist and Van
Wert native who painted and interviewed 72 survivors of the Battle of
Little Bighorn. 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. on July 7–11. Call and
sign your young artist up soon! Cost per student is $30 members/$35
Classic Watercolor class continues on Tuesday
mornings starting at 10 a.m. This is an ongoing class is 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.
up for Vine & Palette soon. We only have a few openings left for
July’s event. 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. We
take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your
clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members.
on exhibits, classes and programs listed on there as well. 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: email@example.com and our website is: