A generation of people can be wiped out in myriads of unspeakable
ways. It is then their art that speaks for them long after their voices
fall silent. Discoveries buried underground, brought to light after
centuries of darkness tell us what was. Art is our fingerprint, our
retina, our record of existence long after we are gone and what we live
for. We all forget the details. Architecture, music, food, fashions,
landscaping, and created items fall victim to idyllic ravages of war, by
ignorance or by mere inevitable change and those voices slowly are
muffled into silence.
The Van Wert Armory had fallen into disuse
and was within one week of being plowed silent onto a pile of red dust.
That dust held the memories of guardsmen preparing for the possibility
of home invasion, community dances where young teenagers fell in and out
of love, where young athletes brought their basketball team to sweaty
victory within walls filled with echoing cheers. Budding art exhibit
traditions were born here, gardeners brought their prized blooms and
hundreds of couples celebrated the first day of their journey through
life together. This building, so much more than an armory then, once
again is much more than an art center today and quietly beats the tattoo
of community spirit once again.
This simple renovation project
has unleashed a swath of glittering ideas, positive thinking and most
importantly, the action to back them up. Like the proverbial ripple in
the pond, good momentum cannot be impeded by a weary, bumping log
resisting the growing expansion. With that we are leaving no stone mired
and reach out to opportunity to fulfill our goals. This small voice
within many, strive to better their community, and ultimately their
country. Thank you Van Wert. We will continue to make ripples.
Last Friday was the first of many evenings we will be open until 10
p.m. so following the Fountain Park Concerts stop up for a glass of wine
or beer and hang out with friends. There will always be something to
see here at the Wass. Next concert scheduled is Tom Rigney &
Flambeau. Did someone say Zydeco and New Orleans style jammin?!
you to those who bid on birdhouses! We had a very successful
fundraising project and from the vast styles, techniques and materials
the artists had fun too! You should be receiving notification today
whether you won an arty birdhouse.
The 58th Annual June Art
Exhibit will be on Saturday, June 14! From 6–10 p.m. We are getting so
excited to have Dan Dickerson & the Harp Condition out of Fort Wayne
performing this year also to celebrate these awesome works of art. Dan
has taken a piano and created a new kind of harp out of the spare parts.
It’s electric. He then added a looping technique creating his own sound
and is a one-man-band. Dan has a popular following in Fort Wayne and
around the state of Indiana. Hoopers and dancing fire will be around, so
be sure to check it all out. Our art receptions remain free-of-charge
and we are serving gourmet tacos, desserts and will be providing a cash
bar. Jurors for 2014 are Lisa Vetter and Paul Seifert of the Art Farm,
located in Spencerville, Indiana. Lisa and Paul chose approximately 89
pieces from over 200 entries, representing 70 artists. We wish to thank
Van Wert Federal Savings Bank, Taylor Auto Sales and the Van Wert County
Foundation for supporting this worthy cause. The exhibit will be on
view through July 6.
Summer Camp at the Wass is here! Scheduled
for the first week in July, instructor Diane Bendele, a retired art
teacher from Delphos will head the Lakota/Sioux themed camp. We will
study war ponies and some of the artwork and cultural influences by the
first Americans. In addition students will learn about David Humphreys
Miller, an artist and Van Wert native who painted and interviewed 72
survivors of the Battle of Little Bighorn. Ages 6-10 will have camp from
10 a.m. to noon and students 11-15 will be scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m.
on July 7–11. Call and sign your young artist up soon! Cost per student
is $30 members/$35 non-members.
Classic Watercolor class continues
on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. This is an ongoing class is
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
Sign up for Vine & Palette soon. July’s event is
filling fast and we may just throw in a twist that evening! The evening
includes all painting materials and your first glass of wine.
Participants may bring a snack and bottle of wine to share if they wish.
We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your
clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members.
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: wassenbergartcenter.org.