Our new space continues to amaze me. Last evening it hosted 112
people for the Van Wert Main Street Annual Dinner where we were honored
by receiving the Main Street Best Rehabilitation Award. Thank you! Today
the Wendel Gallery is completely transformed into a carnival of color
with a Quarter Auction benefit.
One of the persons responsible for
getting the armory built in the first place stated that the armory
would serve the needs of the community for years to come. They were
absolutely correct. The building is filled with voices and laughter and
the hubbub of activity. It’s like this most of the time now.
was once a quiet art center is now everyone’s community space to gather
and create. People do make stuff and are happiest when doing so. We are
creating community. Our current exhibit, Artism will be on view until
May 4. This work by regionally located artists from Fort Wayne, Toledo
and Columbus offers an insightful view into the world of individuals
diagnosed with autism. Most items are also for sale and help support
these artists whose challenges can become at times, consuming.
The birdhouses are here! Our fundraiser this year, which takes place
during the Peony Festival, is hand-painted birdhouses (and a feeder or
two). Artists will paint an unfinished feeder and return them to us by
June 1. Finished birdhouses will be auctioned off by silent auction at
the art center on June 7 during the Annual Van Wert Flower show. If you
are interested in painting a feeder let us know.
Most persons on
our mailing list should have received our 58th Annual June Art Exhibit
call for entries. If you are an artist or simply dabble and would like
to enter this, our largest exhibit, please give us a call or check out
our website to obtain a copy of the prospectus.
This will be the
first year we will be hosting this prestigious exhibit in our newly
renovated 6000 square-foot gallery. Entries will be accepted Saturday
and Sunday, May 17 - 18, from 1 - 5 p.m.
Entry is open to all
artists 18 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.
get in a little ArtReach for your youngster before the end of the school
year? We have a few spaces left on our Monday class schedule beginning
in May so give us a call.
Class sessions are one-month long and renewable throughout the school
year and payable monthly. Van Wert Elementary School will provide
transportation to the Goedde Building where our instructor will be on
hand to bring students to the art center. All area students are welcome.
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 non-members.
Our next Vine & Palette scheduled for
May is full. However we can put you on a waiting list in case of a
cancellation or simply schedule you for June 10. We have also scheduled
future Vine & Palettes for 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
senses of humor! Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes.
are available for Anima/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
Want to watch the ponies run? Want to watch it
with us? Derby Jam will get out of the starting gates open at 4:30 p.m.
on May 3. We will be live-streaming the 140th Running of the Kentucky
Derby, serving derby inspired beverages barbeque pork, southern style
coleslaw, and other yummies will be served. After the race Reese Dailey
is coming back to the Wass to play on our new stage. Reese Dailey Band
is very popular in the Put-in-Bay area, throughout Ohio and our region.
Horse-themed art will be on display.
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: