This is a whopping big space and our whole way of being is changing. I
always say change is the only constant. Change is also a lot of hard
work. The new Wassenberg Art Center could not have come into being
without the constant dedication of our board of directors, staff,
volunteers and this summer we are forever and deeply appreciative of our
summer crew from the Ohio Means Jobs program.
The “minions” we
affectionately call them have eased the workload for our two permanent
staff immeasurably and we want to shout out a huge thank you not only to
the students and student volunteers but to the Ohio Means Jobs program.
We couldn’t have done it without you! We will welcome you with open
arms next year, although some of you are willing to volunteer throughout
the year. Wow! The Wassenberg “Minions” are: Christina Emery, Jaylynn
Hofacker, Justin Hammond, Tiffany Fuerst, Marshall Healy, Casey
There are only days 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.
Our next exhibit,
The Symphony of My Heart, 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 the
post office 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. These cards 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 of the show, Saffron encourages
visitors to cut down a postcard they find meaningful and take it home.
call for entries for our Annual Photography Exhibit will be mailed have
been posted on our website. This year we will be accepting and jurying
by digital entry only. Entry deadline is Sept. 12
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.
Our next Vine & Palette is
scheduled for September from 6:30–9 p.m. 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. Did you know you can
schedule private and corporate Vine & Palette parties? We can also
design the party for children and or parent child. Give us a call and
lets see what we can dream up.
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 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.
To help you
prepare for what is coming to the Wassenberg this Halloween we are
offering dance lessons here at the art center to get you up to snuff. In
conjunction with newly-opening Bachwell Center for Music & Dance in
downtown Van Wert, Sarah Hope Wells, will offer two classes: East Coast
swing, West Coast swing, the Jitterbug, the Shag (no, really, that’s
the official dance of South Carolina!) and even the urban hippie/raver
classic, the Shuffle. If you’ve got a partner, bring him or her, and if
not, bring yourself! Dress comfortably, in shoes you can move in.
Classes will be meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21 and again on Oct. 28 from 7–8
p.m. Cost is $15 per person, per session.
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: