The results are in! The Annual High School Invitational Exhibit
opened this past Sunday and were had a great turnout in spite of the
fact we again dug out of snow burrows like our February friend, the
groundhog. A hot dog bar, fresh popcorn out of our new popcorn machine
donated by Carol Temple, Paulding and a vast array of candy and cookies
Juror Timothy Danko, Bryan was on hand to speak and
answer questions regarding his choices for awards and the exhibit as a
whole. Almost $600 in cash awards and 6 honorable mentions went to
several area high school students. They are as follows: Honorable
Mentions, Emilie Fisher: Losing Myself, Parkway High School, Rockford,
Dalton West: CN-Drone 9091, Lincolnview High School, Emily Kehres for
Halloween, Fort Jennings, Leah Brubaker: Chief, Van Wert High School,
Kennedy Baker: Twisted Night, and Kayla Stephenson: Seasons Tree, both
In the three dimensional division: first place $125:
Taylor Andrews of Parkway with her mixed media sculpture, Summer Doll.
Second place for $100 was awarded to Kaylynn Noriega of Fort Jennings
for her ceramic sculpture titled Tears will Dry and third place $75 went
to Shannon Joseph also of Parkway High School for a corrugated
sculpture called Being Revealed.
Two-dimensional awards went to first place $125: Brooke Ripley of
Crestview with a triptych entitled, Split Personality. Moses Boroff of
Crestview High School received second place for $100 for a self-portrait
created in pointillism, and Rebecca Welker of Van Wert High School took
third place winning $75 with a pencil drawing called, Beaded Beauty.
Stop in and see this compelling work created by our communities’ young
artists. The exhibit is on view through Feb. 16.
It’s almost here!
The Big Wassky! We’ve been taste testing our gourmet inventions and
ordering supplies. There is still time to join us. Give us a call to get
your speakeasy password. The Big Wassky will take place, fittingly, on
Saint Valentines Day, Feb. 14 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight or when the
cows come home. The Big Wassky is a flapper-style party based on the
emergence of speakeasies also called juice joints when Prohibition went
into full effect.
Games and Distant Cousinz, who regularly play at
Hollywood Casino in Toledo will rock the rafters along hors d’ oeuvres
created by Kevin Jerome (aka gangster Wild Hare). Collins Fine Foods
will supply the spirits and Van Wert Manor is concocting some tasty,
romantic treats. Period flapper fashions encouraged! Do you have your
outfit yet? Confused, questions? We’re here to help! Give us a jingle on
Our Classic Watercolor class taught by Pat Rayman will
continue in February on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. While this class is
ongoing, persons are encouraged to jump in anytime.
officially announcing the launch of our newest program Art-Reach for Van
Wert Area Schools! Starting on March 6, right after school, children
7-12 will be able to ride the bus to the Goedde Building, just a short
walk from the art center, where our art teacher, Diane Bendele, will
pick them up. School makes one weak so we will also provide a snack to
perk up your little Picasso.
Class will end at 5 p.m. and students
can be picked up here at the Wassenberg Art Center. Cost is $20 members
or $25 for non-members per four-week session. Instructor, Diane
Bendele, Delphos earned her bachelors degree in art education from
Bowling Green State University and her Masters degree in education from
Ohio State University.
As an art educator for 35 years, she worked
with students of all ages in the traditional classroom setting as well
as the online classroom.
organized student art exhibits, and served as judge for art shows. Diane
has been commissioned to create interior and exterior murals including a
floor mural here at the art center. She has exhibited her work at
Delphos Area Art Guild shows, American Gallery of Sylvania Ohio, BGSU,
Delphos Postal Museum, and Art Space Lima.
Diane works in acrylic
and oil paints as well in fibers and concrete sculptures. We are very
excited to offer this program with Diane leading the charge. Sign-up
information will be available through your child’s school soon.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org and our website is: