Refreshed, by: Sharon Borror, Medina, Ohio
Refreshed, by: Sharon Borror, Medina, Ohio

On Sunday, March 9 we will again host our harbinger of spring, the colorful Ohio Watercolor Society traveling exhibit. An opening reception will be held from 1–5 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Stop in and soak up this much needed color and almost feel the warmth as the color leaps of the paper and into our world.

The Ohio Watercolor Society is the culmination of an annual competition of the best watercolorists in Ohio and a few surrounding states. Winners of this completion are then eligible to compete in the national level American Watercolor Exhibit, which will also be featured here early next year. This is the best of the best right here in our corner of the state, Van Wert.

There is still time to register for our newest program ArtReach but spaces are filling up fast. Beginning on Thursday, March 6 we will begin hosting this weekly after school art program. Working with local Van Wert schools who will provide after-school bus service to the nearby Goedde Building our art instructor, Diane Bendele will then meet the students for the short walk to the Wassenberg Art Center. While Van Wert Schools provide transportation, all youth ages 7-12 are welcome to attend. Art-Reach will last until 5 p.m. and parents can then pick up their children. We will provide a snack. You may call us, sign up online or your child will be bringing a form and permission slip home from school.

Classic 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 four-class increments.

Atmospheric Acrylics taught by Pat Rayman will commence on Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m. An emphasis will be places on learning to paint atmospheric conditions such as fog and moonlight. Cost of the class will be $35 members/$40 non-members. Additional information will be available shortly through print and via our website.

Our pilot Vine & Palette painting event was held last week as a corporate team building exercise with Central Mutual Insurance customer service department and was a big hit with all 22 participants taking home a painting of spring flowers to adorn their walls they painted themselves. Taught by both Matt Temple and myself, our second Vine & Palette event will be held tonight and is filled to capacity!

More are scheduled however, and the next Vine & Palette will be held on April 8. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend and a bottle of wine to share and we’ll take care of the rest. At the end of the evening even persons who “can’t draw a straight line (thank heavens!)” will take home a completed painting and will be surprised at how skillful with the brush everyone can be.

Class time runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. We provide paints, canvas, brushes and your first glass of wine. You will need a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes.

For information 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: and our website is: