Sitting area with vintage fireplace in Wassenberg Art Center.
Sitting area with vintage fireplace in Wassenberg Art Center.

So here we are. Right here, in downtown Van Wert and now we are part of the action! Our typical hours are Tuesday through Sunday 1-5 p.m. or by chance. Prior to our moving to our new facility our gallery would only be open for exhibits. Now, because of the Faces of Little Bighorn Collection, which is available for viewing throughout the year.

We have several tables set up in the Wendel gallery that offers a space to hang out, watch free movies, eat popcorn and sit by the vintage fireplace. We have a table where you can sit down and create a project. Projects will change every so often so eventually something may tweak interest. Right now we have a doodle type art using black and white to create a mini-poster or greeting card. Bring your lunch or have a cup of coffee, we have the best toasty warm chill-space in town and enjoy being a hub of activity.

Our next big shindig is planned on Saint Valentines Day (Friday, Feb. 14) from 7:30 p.m. to midnight or so. Celebrate a unique period in American history with us, the roaring 20s. ‘The Big Wassky’ a Gatsby-style party will operate in the fashion of a speakeasy with great music from Toledo’s hottest bands, Distant Cousinz. Unique Hors d’oeuvres from Wild Hare, swell spirits from Collins Fine Foods and delectable desserts from Van Wert Manor will be served. We will have some well-known visitors, games and other surprises. Period and flapper fashions encouraged. If you are already a member of the Wassenberg Art Center your invite and password will be arriving in the mail. Be sure to make your reservation quickly, while we have a lot of space it is limited. If you’re not a member give us a call and we’ll give you the skinny on how to join in!

We are continuing to run our fundraising brick pavers in two different sizes. These bricks can honor or memorialize a loved one or put your family’s name in our walkway near the reflecting pond area. Memorials and honorary are only two ways a brick can be created. List your club, team or embed an inspirational phrase. In addition, some artwork is available. If you’d like to see a sample just give us a call and we can provide the details. Proceeds of the sales of the pavers will help toward landscaping and other expenses and will be installed in the spring along the reflecting pond. My more pavers the more stunning the space can become!

Our classes are back in session finally. Classic Watercolor Class is continuing in 2014 on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. Instructor is Pat Rayman. While this is an ongoing class newcomers are urged to join in. The cost for the morning watercolor class is $35 members and $40 for non-members. Give us a call to sign up and we will provide you a list of materials required.

Pottery Throwing Class has begun this week starting at 6 p.m. Taught by local potter Dan McMahon, students will learn basic throwing techniques and create items for a mini-exhibit and reception at the end of the class session on Feb. 4. If you prefer to use hand-building techniques, this class is also for you! Cost for this class is: $55 members and $60 for non-members. All materials are included.

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: