The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Aug. 15, 2022

Vintage Velvet Valentine’s Ball coming up

Get your tickets now!! This Saturday, we will host our Vintage Velvet Valentine’s Ball, featuring Distant Cousinz of Toledo! You remember them, that great headliner band from Town Creek Live 2017? Well, they are coming back for the third time, simply because they are awesome.

Distant Cousinz of Toledo to provide dance music at the Wassenberg Art Center this Saturday at the Vintage Velvet Valentines Ball.

As the name implies, vintage and velvet, any era, any combination, any configuration. So, get crackin’ on your outfit. We may award a prize. We will also host Cloud Max, the mysterious fortune-teller from the West giving hints at what’s to come… games, pick up nibbles, door prizes, and cash bar.

Check out our Facebook page for the event details or give us a call at: 419.238.6837. You can also email or sign up online at

Thanks to all who came out to Van Wert Represents! Weston Thompson kept us entertained by tickling our baby grand and we served fresh hot soups and fresh Italian bread. Thanks to all of the volunteers who offered their great soups to make this a wonderful evening This exhibit will be on view from February 9-March 4.

Art Classes:

Crowd enjoying the Van Wert Represents Exhibit during the opening party following the Main Street Van Wert Chocolate Walk.

Classic Watercolor: Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon. Ongoing. $40 art center member price/$45 regular price. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Materials required. Online sign up available.

Beginning Digital Photography: February 20, 21, 22: 6-9 p.m. $55 art center member price/$60 regular price. A crash course in getting the most out of your digital (and sometime confusing) camera; participants will learn the basics of how a digital camera works and what settings they should and should not be using.  Students will be given cheat sheets and learn how to take better photos of people, children, sports, and landscapes. Materials: Camera, charged battery, memory card with space for photos, and camera manual. Instructor, Shannon Painter-Carpenter. This class is filling quickly so get signed up soon! You can sign up online, by calling or stopping in. 

ArtReach: We have openings available in both age groups and you can sign up anytime. Tuesdays (ages 7-11) and Thursdays (11 and up) 3:30-5 p.m. We are currently accepting students for this great, stress free after-school art program. Sign up forms are available online at or at the Wassenberg Art Center office.

ArtNight: Thursday evening we have a special project for Valentines. This event is free…with a twist. You will make two decorated, wooden valentine boxes and since you are helping you get to keep one! Your other creation will be featured at the Vintage Velvet Valentine’s Ball. Instructor will be Shannon Painter-Carpenter. You are also welcome to bring your own project or sign up for the project we feature. Additional instructors are being lined up to bring you varied choices. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you are here, hang out with friends, create and relax.

For more information on exhibits or to sign up for classes and events visit: The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). We can also be reached by telephone at 419.238.6837, or email at

POSTED: 02/16/18 at 9:18 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?