Again, laughter fills the halls of the art center. The sorority group
Beta Sigma Phi used our facility for their meeting and we enjoyed
showing them around the place. Once empty and dark light and people fill
the former Van Wert Armory with new purpose. Derby Jam is almost here!
We have been busy making a special horse race game board and setting up
the live stream, so we can all watch the race life size! The horses
spring out of the starting gates around 6 p.m. but we will start the jam
with local musicians at 4:30 p.m. on May 3.
On the menu are
derby-inspired beverages barbecue pork, southern style coleslaw, and
Kentucky Caviar (what is this??) will be served. After the race Reese
Dailey is coming back to the Wass to play on the new stage. Reese Dailey
Band is very popular in the Put-in-Bay area, throughout Ohio and our
region. Horse-themed art by William John, Lima, Kay Sluterbeck, Van
Wert, and Laura Barnhart Corle, Findley will be on display in addition
to our current exhibits. Want to design a crazy Derby hat for the chance
to win the best hat contest? Give us a call for tickets or check out
our website if you’d like to join us.
Artism will be on view until
May 4, many of the pieces have sold so if you have a gift-giving
opportunity coming up consider supporting these dynamic artists. Work by
regionally located artists from Fort Wayne, Toledo and Columbus are
accompanied by DVDs available for sale of “A Thousand Words”, a movie by
filmmaker, Richard Walsh of Cleveland. Richard’s brother Conor has
artwork in the exhibit and he illustrates with poignant,
attention-getting visuals how the arts assist artists with autism with
communication and stress.
We have to make another birdhouse run! Our 2014 fundraiser, artists
are transforming plain wooden birdhouses and feeders into works of art.
The houses will then be sold by silent auction June 6 & 7 during the
Peony festival, here at the art center. Artists will paint an
unfinished feeder and return them to us by June 1. If you are interested
in painting a feeder let us know, more supplies will be available this
Entries will be accepted for our 58th Annual June Art
Exhibit Saturday and Sunday, May 17–18, from 1–5 p.m. Entry is open to
all amateur and professional artists 18 years of age and older. A
non-refundable fee of $25 for Wassenberg Art Center members or $30 for
non-members entitles the artist to submit up to three entries. The
exhibit runs from June 14 – July 6 with a public opening reception
scheduled for June 14 at 6 p.m.
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
A drawing class taught by Pat Rayman will be offered
at 10 a.m. on Friday mornings June 6, 14, 20, and 27 at 10 a.m. Pat will
explore classic structure and experiment with alternate drawing
techniques. Give us a call if this sounds like something you would
enjoy. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.
Our next Vine
& Palette is scheduled for June 10. July 8, and August 7.
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 laughs! Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your
clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members.
available for Animaé/Manga (ages 8-130) class taught by instructor,
Matthew Temple and 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 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: wassenbergartcenter.org.