The silence of that hill is palpable. While I’m comfortable
traversing the country through all types of terrain and spaces, that all
went out the open truck window as we approached the hill where over 300
Lakota/Sioux were massacred by the United States Seventh Cavalry in
Standing there it becomes evident how “moving on” is
extremely difficult. The mass grave where the victims are buried,
ironically sits on a knoll where the four Hotchiss guns used to mow them
down were situated.
Looking out from that spot Wounded Knee Creek
curved away from the camp and was the only refuge the few survivors
could flee too. Multitudes of brightly colored flags, strips of cloth
and handkerchiefs are tied around a run-down chain link fence, flapping
in an ironic dance.
Scrawled in permanent marker on one of the concrete gateposts is the
history to date of some of the atrocities suffered before and after that
fateful day in December of 1890.
The visit to Wounded Knee was
prompted by a trip to meet with the administration of the Crazy Horse
Memorial which is located in Custer, South Dakota. They have a permanent
display of David Humphrey Miller’s prints of the 72 Little Bighorn
Battle survivors. The paintings created by one of Van Wert’s own,
overlook the massive monument.
Unlike Mount Rushmore, Crazy horse
memorial, which was commissioned by Lakota elder, Henry Standing Bear in
1939, is funded entirely by private monies. In contrast, the creation
of Mount Rushmore was funded by the federal government. Crazy Horse
monument is still being completed following the sculptor’s death by
remaining family members and the current administration.
only a couple weeks left of The Best of 2014, a traveling, multi-media
exhibit curated by the Ohio Design and Craft Museum in Columbus, before
we tote it to its only other stop in Ohio, at the French Art Colony. The
world of craft (functional objects) has over time morphed into fine
art. This is not your grandmother’s craft show. Van Wert is extremely
fortunate to have been chosen to exhibit this body of work. It will be
on view through Aug. 24. As most art within the Wassenberg Art Center,
this unique art is also for sale and could be a great addition to any
decor or collection.
We are beginning our work on our next
exhibit, The Symphony of My Heart. This exhibit will detail the life and
loved ones of Saffron Goetschius through something called mail art.
Mail art is typically collages of mixed media placed on a post card,
with instructions to hand cancel and are they are mailed as is. My
mailbox has been full almost everyday with the body of the work arriving
through the United States Post Office. Thank you mail carrier, your
pack is probably much lighter following delivery at my house. The body
of work is coming in from Iowa City, Iowa, but hails from all over.
lived in northwest Ohio for a considerable amount of time and these
poignant slips of communication will hang from the trusses in the Wendel
Gallery, signifying fragile balance of life and relationship. The
Exhibit will open Saturday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. with an opening
reception and run through Sept. 28. During the last week, Saffron
encourages visitors to cut down a postcard they find meaningful and take
The call for entries for our annual photography exhibit will be mailed and posted on the website soon.
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 non-members.
Classic Drawing Class will again
be offered Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29 10 a.m.–noon. Learn different and
sometimes crazy ways to open up and have fun with drawing. The use of
non-traditional tools make this class a hoot. Materials required. Cost
is $35 members/$40 for non-members.
We still have some space for
Vine & Palette taking place on Aug. 7. We often end up with a
waiting list. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening.
The evening includes all painting materials and wine and participants
may bring a snack 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
Clay creation is here! Beginning on Sept. 8–12
from 6 –9 p.m. ages 15–150. Reverend Hall Schafer will be joining us to
teach various ceramic techniques. Hal graduated from Mount Union
University and learned to throw pottery at Culver Military Academy at
the age of fourteen. He also attended the Academy of Art in San
We are super excited to have Hal on board. If you’ve
ever wanted to learn how to throw ceramic pots, Cost for the class is
$40 members/$45 non-members all materials included.
Plans are formulating and percolating Consider yourself busy on Oct. 31 because “it’s coming.”
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: email@example.com and our website is: