Tafi Stober works on her painting of a dragonfly from the second Vine & Palette event at the Wassenberg Art Center.
Tafi Stober works on her painting of a dragonfly from the second Vine & Palette event at the Wassenberg Art Center.

The colorful Ohio Watercolor Society traveling exhibit has arrived and is gracing our walls just in time for the next round of wintry weather. Stop in to avoid snow blindness! The Ohio Watercolor Society showcases the results of the 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. The American Watercolor Exhibit slated to arrive here early next year will be a national level exhibit of some of the best watercolors in the country. The Ohio Watercolor Society Exhibit is brought to you by the generosity of First Federal Savings & Loan, Van Wert.

Thank you to the students and parents who signed up their children for our new afterschool program called ArtReach! We are happy to announce due to an overwhelming response that we will be expanding this program to two afternoons per week in April! ArtReach 2 will be held on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. Our instructor, Diane Bendele demonstrated how art is in everything last week and discussed the design of an ordinary overlooked object, the chair. Students then created their own chair designs.

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.

Want to learn how to paint fog and misty moonlight? Atmospheric Acrylics taught by Pat Rayman will commence on Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m. An emphasis will be placed 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 first official Vine & Palette painting event was held last week and was a huge success. Persons who had never painted created a successful and colorful painting of a dragonfly. Taught by both Matt Temple and myself, our next Vine and Palette is scheduled for April 8. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend and a bottle of wine to share and we’ll take care of the rest. 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. Sign up soon. This class fills quickly and a month without art is just not healthy.

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: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.