Detail of ‘Ol Skull’ by artist Ceith Purifoy of Open Door Art Studio in Columbus. (Photo submitted)
Detail of ‘Ol Skull’ by artist Ceith Purifoy of Open Door Art Studio in Columbus. (Photo submitted)

Imaging yourself not being able to get your message across. Imaging being in a country where no one understands your language and neither do you understand theirs.

Jan Cline, speech therapist, Bittersweet, Inc.

We are really getting excited. Matthew went on a quest to Columbus yesterday to pick up more art created by artists who have been diagnosed with some form of autism. Open Door Art Studio in Columbus is a happening place and serves artists with learning differences. For this exhibit we focused on autism in conjunction April being autism awareness month. The world can be view in a myriad of ways and it is rare or never that I’m not blown away by the variety and sources of inspiration. Join us in our upcoming exhibit ‘Artism’ opening on Sunday, April 13, with a reception from 1-5 p.m. In addition, we will be looping a documentary 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.

We still have some spaces for ArtReach2 so if you would like to sign up your child for some great art instruction including a bus ride to our bus stop for Van Wert students, give us a call. ArtReach2 classes occur on Mondays and began on April 7 but a new project will be started next 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. Last week we discussed artist M.C. Escher, learned about tessellations and pattern.

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 monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Tonight’s Vine and Palette painting will feature a large floral, inspired by artist Georgia O’Keefe and we can’t wait. Tonight’s event is full, however the next sessions scheduled for May 1 is just around the corner. Vine & Palettes are scheduled through June and July’s is on the horizon. 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 a lot of fun. 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. The class 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.

Are you designing your Kentucky Derby hat yet? Derby Down is drawing closer and the gates spring open May 3! We will be live-streaming the 140th Running of the Kentucky Derby, serving derby inspired beverages and snacks. Following the race we will have one of our favorite bands, Reese Dailey back to play in our new space. Reese Dailey Band is super popular in the Put-in-Bay area and throughout Ohio and our region.

It will be so nice to have a real stage for his band to perform on this time around. In addition, a call for entry will be going out to those who might like to create or share original art with a horse theme!

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: