What does it mean when 15 percent of a population is over the age of
65? Yes, it means we are living longer, are more active in our later
years and that is wonderful! It also means a slowing population growth,
which can ultimately stagnate an economy. Van Wert County’s percentage
is 17.4 percent. We have been directing our programming to include this
demographic and if you have been to one of our events you will see an
interesting mix of ages, gender and vocation. We are working hard to
become a vibrant part of this community and the statistics of our
increased membership, budget and physical space reflect this.
want this to be a community Van Wert youth want to come home to. We want
to create a space where there is something to do for the long term. Van
Wert is already brighter on this side of Town Creek bridge. The
Wassenberg Art Center is forging ahead and we won’t stop. Will you be on
board or watch from the sidelines?
The above illustrates a
challenge many communities in our country face, particularly within the
rust belt. It can be surmounted, but like raising a child it takes a
community. Do you have an idea? How can we grow this forward momentum
Van Wert is experiencing these days? Don’t sit down, keep brainstorming,
keep the future in forefront. This Friday be sure to stop in and say hi
after the first Fountain Park concerts! The Wass will be open until 10
p.m. We will have refreshments, wine and craft beer to quench thirsts
after jamming with Papa Doo Run Run!
There are a bunch of birdhouses here! From mortared stone, wine
corks, beer caps, paint, collage, moss to decoupage, the vast amount of
media is astounding. Come and bid on a truly unique, one-of-a-kind
birdhouse that has been transformed into original art. Proceeds help
some of that brainstorming mentioned above into reality and we
appreciate your support. This year birdhouses will be sold by silent
auction here at the art center instead of ArtRageous in Fountain Park as
we have in the past. We are so close to the park and downtown take a
little stroll and check out the Van Wert Jubilee Flower show!
recipes are flying and we are getting the artwork ready for the opening
reception of the 58th Annual June Art Exhibit will be on Saturday, June
14 from 6–10 p.m. and will be on view through July 6. 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 technologic gadgetry to create a unique
one-man-band. Using a looping technique he creates his own sound and has
a popular following in Fort Wayne and around the state of Indiana.
Other performers will accompany him as well, so be sure to check it all
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. This was a selective and
competitive jurying process. Artists with accepted works should be very
proud of their accomplishment. We wish to thank all entrants who
submitted work. It often can be an intimidating process.
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!
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. The cost is $35 for members and $40 for non-members.
a drawing class taught by Pat Rayman will be starting 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. The cost is
$35 for members and $40 for non-members.
Our Vine & Palette
for June 10 is full. However we often have a cancellation so, if you
want to wine and paint, give us a call. We do have a waiting list. Vine
& Palette is also scheduled through July and August so call soon!
The evening includes all materials and your first glass of wine.
Participants can bring a snack if they wish and a bottle of wine to
share. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect
your clothes. The cost is $25 for members and $30.
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: