Christmas Tree decorations by Rex Dolby.
It is the time to sit back and reflect on the past year on all the
things that have happened. This year, for us, we could sit back and
reflect for a very long time. The list is long. Believe me we’ve been
trying with just a little bit of staring off into space mixed in. We
made the Top 10 list of significant local goings on this year! As a
result of the year-end reflection, an idea came to light that most
likely, we are the most positive and significant thing that happened in
Van Wert this past year. This effort, due to the support of our members,
volunteers, board of directors, staff and the Van Wert County
Foundation have pushed forward with a positive force equal to geological
shifts that move mountains. While controversy and sometimes negatively
bogged down other endeavors, our corner of the community pushed onward
rattling windows and literally shaking the ground. As we drive north on
South Washington Street we now see a clear view of a quality-built,
historical building, which supports the visual arts industry. We have
employed independent contractors and suppliers and the subsequent
economic contributions could rival that of a small discount store for
many years. Simply because an art center may lack smoke stacks we are an
industry and a community tour de force. Now, for the best part, we are
just getting started.
That being said, you might want to find out a
little bit about our next event, the Big Wassky, which will take place
on Feb. 14 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Shhh. It’s secret. You will have to
ask someone (or us) in the know to get the skinny. One thing one of the
hottest bands in Toledo, Distant Cousinz, will have the joint jumpin.
We will soon be announcing our Annual High School Invitational.
Student artists from a 35-mile radius of Van Wert for are eligible for
entry and the chance to win cash-prizes. This year we will be increasing
those awards as well. If you are an educator, let your students know
about this great opportunity to showcase their work. This year the
exhibit will take place in February.
Our classes will be returning
on Jan. 7 with a pottery class taught by Dan McMahon of Van Wert and
our morning Classic Watercolor Class taught by Pat Rayman, Ohio City.
Give us a call or check out our website for more information or to sign
up! We have some more program designs in the works and will launch them
as soon as possible hopefully in February.
If you have any
questions regarding the classes or programs and would like to sign up
please call the Wassenberg Art Center at (419) 238-6837, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or register for classes online at
wassenbergartcenter.org. Hours during exhibits are: Tuesday through
Sunday from 1–5 p.m. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S.
Washington St. in Van Wert.