One of hundreds of mail art postcards created by Saffron Goetschius, Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo submitted)
One of hundreds of mail art postcards created by Saffron Goetschius, Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo submitted)
Wassenberg Art Center

Our next “After Notes” following the Fountain Park Concert series is scheduled on August 1 following “Don’t Stop Believin’” hits the stage in Fountain Park. Enjoy a refreshing drink and popcorn, but most of all enjoy the company. After Notes at Wassenberg Art Center is open until 10 p.m. or until everyone goes home.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out The Best of 2014 a national level, traveling, multi-media exhibit curated by the Ohio Design and Craft Museum in Columbus. 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 August 24.

After The Best of 2014 goes onto its next venue, we will be hosting an impromptu exhibit entitled 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 mailed as is.

The body of work is coming in from Iowa City, IA, but hails from all over. Saffron is originally from Indiana but lived in northwest Ohio for a considerable amount of time. 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, September 13, at 6 p.m. with an opening reception and run through September 28.

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. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Classic Drawing Class will again be offered August 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 August 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 for non-members.

Throw pots, learn slab techniques! September, 8–12 from 6 –9 p.m. ages 15–150. Reverend Hall Schafer will be joining us as an instructor in our ceramics studio! 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 Francisco. 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.

Muwhahaha we have plans, creepy plans, big plans. Consider yourself busy on October 31 because “it’s coming”.

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: