Learn with Friends took place at the Wassenberg Art Center and was sponsored by Van Wert Manor. (Photo submitted)
Learn with Friends took place at the Wassenberg Art Center and was sponsored by Van Wert Manor. (Photo submitted)

It's a little lighter in this corner of Van Wert these days. The last of the buildings south of us came down in a large, rumbling cloud of bricks and dust yesterday. I realize these buildings have been a vital component of Van Wert's history and memories are important. However, it's been fascinating watching the walls collapse and recognizable items like refrigerators tumble down a mountain of debris like Lego bricks. Spoor Excavating will continue to clear away the remaining debris and concrete before smoothing out the area for finishing in the spring.

Jacque Welch and assistants of Van Wert Manor braved the cold and the war-zone next door and hosted this year's Learn with Friends event. About 20 people gathered for a tour and presentation of our space, the art of David Humphreys Miller and had the opportunity to learn about line art, negative and positive space in art and each created a card from what they had learned. The cards were created using Sharpie markers and collage techniques. It's always fun to share creative techniques and watch people having fun exploring a new creative process.

We hosted our first wedding reception in our 6000 square-foot gallery this past weekend. Office manager Matt Temple and his bride tied the knot on Saturday and held their reception here. The space accommodated 250 persons very comfortably and featured a d.j. a photo booth and several tables for a full course meal. Catering was Grants Catering out of Antwerp and photographer Caci Hyman, Paulding.

The 24th Annual Artists' Exhibit and Sale will close on Dec. 20 so get your shopping in! We are open Tuesday through Sunday 1-5 p.m. Art is a great way to shop for those who are difficult to buy for and can appreciate in value. In addition you will be supporting the strong art presence and the artists who create it in Van Wert.

We will be offering brick pavers in 2 different sizes to honor or memorialize a loved one or to put your family's name in our walkway near the pond area for several months. You can print anything you like and 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.

For information on exhibits, classes and programs listed on there as well. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington Street (former Van Wert Armory) You can reach us by telephone: (419) 238-6837, email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.