Matt Keeler and Blues Reveler perform on the Central Mutual Stage located in the Wassenberg Art Center during the opening of the Best of 2014 exhibit reception.
Matt Keeler and Blues Reveler perform on the Central Mutual Stage located in the Wassenberg Art Center during the opening of the Best of 2014 exhibit reception.

Hanging our various exhibits are different from each other as one human is different from another. No two are alike and each can present challenges. First of all, if the exhibit is considered a national level show like our current The Best of 2014, much of it arrives in wooden crates with precise instructions on opening the container. Each piece has to be recorded and inspected for damage. Any damage present is logged into a tracking sheet. At the time the exhibit closes, we do it all again only backwards. Finally we rent a big truck, which I hopefully I remember how to drive and load everything up very carefully and gingerly drive the exhibit to its next destination. Breaker, Breaker, ten-four good buddy.

The Best of 2014 is a national level, traveling, multi-media exhibit curated by the Ohio Design and Craft Museum in Columbus. The exhibit showcases how craft (functional objects) have morphed into a fine art. Woven giant critters, sterling silver mustaches, and twisted quilts make up just a small portion of these compelling works. The Best of 2014 opened this past Saturday with pie, ice cream and live music by Matt Keeler and the Blues Reveler. It will be on view through Aug. 24.

Our next After Notes following the Fountain Park Concert series is scheduled on July 25 following Scarborough. Enjoy good company, a glass of wine, or beer. After Notes at Wassenberg Art Center is open until 10 p.m. on Fridays or until everyone goes home. We are working hard to help expand our dynamic downtown activities.


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.

Vine & Palette is just around the corner for August and we always end up 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.

Starting in early September Reverend Hall Schafer will be joining us as an instructor in pottery! 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, Sept. 8-12 from 6-9 p.m. ages 15-150. Cost for the class is $40 members/$45 non-members all materials included.

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: info@wassenbergartcenter.org and our website is: wassenbergartcenter.org.